Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire curiosity, evoke a bit of terror, arouse envy in your friends and stir up a feeling of wandering in your mind.
One of South America's most common activities to do-and one of the most successful climbs in the world-the Inca Trail is the kind of unique journeys that we all fly for.
The trek itself, which takes you through ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian plains and high into the Andean mountains, is magnificent; beautiful Incan ruins, cloud forest, and breathtaking valley views set out as breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest destination of any multi-day trek on earth, the legendary Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail is a well-established and popular 4-day, 3-night hike that leads travelers from km.82 (the starting point 40 minutes outside Ollantaytambo) via its unique Sun Gate (also called Inti Punku) to Machu Picchu.
The good news is that at just 40 kms (25 miles) it's a lot shorter than you would think. Right news? At height, a large chunk of the 40 kms is up steep, narrow Andean mountain tracks.