The essence of Machu Picchu hikes
It’s time for guests to put their hiking boots on, grab their cameras and hit the trails around Machu Picchu. The hikes below have varying degrees of exposure and physical challenge. However, guests are guaranteed scenic-rich surrounds. It is advisable to purchase tickets for chosen treks in advance.
Huayna Picchu – Level: Very Challenging
This is one of the most popular hikes, and access is limited to 400 permits per day. It will take guests to the crest of the sugar-loaf mountain that they will see in the immediate background of most pictures of Machu Picchu. If guests have a fear of heights, it’s best to give this option careful consideration as there are exposed sections with some big drop-offs. The summit of this peak is 2 720m (8 924ft).
Machu Picchu Mountain – Level: Challenging
No permits are required for this hike which will take guests to the high point of the mountain immediately opposite Huayna Picchu, and overlooking the site ruins. While there is still an element of exposure, it is not as challenging as Huayna Picchu. The summit of this peak is 3 051m (10 010ft).
Hiking to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) – Level: Moderate
This hike will take guests an easy hour to complete, which will offer plenty of time to stop and take pictures en-route. From the Sun Gate, guests will be treated to panoramic views of Machu Picchu.
Inca Bridge – Level: Easy
Here, guests will follow a narrow path through the forest down to the Inca Bridge. The scenery is simply beautiful, however, there is a degree of exposure. The bridge itself is several logs placed across a wide gap in the path, and access to it is prohibited. Historically, this path and bridge were an escape route for the Inca. In dire situations, the logs could be pulled off leaving enemies stranded.