After so many episodes we have lived and are living during this horrible pandemic, with lost and illnesses, we have to breathe again and preferably clean and healthy air walking through the Peruvian Mountains
Peru has become a very great destination for all kind of travelers; from very cosmopolitan cities and passengers with so many demands with very special requirements, pleasures, tastes and hobbies, passing to people that only want to have discoveries, new experiences and personal contact with the inhabitants to people that just want to visit a fix place. Peru is for all of them and more, as offers very different places to visit and be amazed; without forgetting its great gastronomy recognized all over the world, and also its very famous pisco sour, made with lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker or blender with and egg and adding a large handful of ice; this cocktail is unforgettable.
Among other amazing destinations, Peru counts with the world tourism paradise, Cusco, that were the sacred city of the Incas, with Inca walls in the streets; cosmopolitan to the extreme, inhabitants of Cusco combine almost everyone living with their originals. Inca palaces of supreme beauty, are part of this amazing city. Fine plazas, splendid churches and a people accustomed to visitors, make one of Cusco’s most important tourist destinations in the world.
Cusco has many different places full of history and charm, with memorable landscapes just to have a trip like no other. One of the best ways to delve into history is walking; walking in the same capital, Cusco and in all the towns around it; but, if you wish to follow the Incas steps, you have to try the well-known Inca Trail. Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience which should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear; this experience is mesmerizing and unique. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley view’s laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu. It is incredible to reach to the Sun’s Gate or Intipunku from here we will see why the hike is worth it as we will be rewarded with astonishing views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valley as the sun is rising, you will be able to appreciate every detail of this recondite place. Lots of the trails are built right next to the abyss and their surrounded by the beautiful landscape with very dense vegetation, in some parts the trail is carved into the rock. With a capacity-controlled visitors per month and per year, no unwanted visitor traverse.
If you do not have enough time, but you dream with such experience, there is a fantastic option, the Short Inca Trail of 2days/1night. With an incredible scenery, a wide variety of flora and fauna on display and a visit to the Inca Trail’s most beautiful site (Wiñay Wayna), you get to enjoy the all the best bits of the Inca Trail, having just 10km / 6.3 miles, this hike is not too challenging which makes it perfect for families with children.
Another special experience is the Salkantay trek. If you are seeking for an alternative route to do in five days to reach Machu Picchu site and avoiding the crowds, then this trek is perfect for you! Salkantay trek is an antique and secluded trail located in the same area as the classic Inca Trail, encircled by the Sacred Mountains or Apus (Guardians of the Andes) and prolific cloud rainforest. Be ready to go through various climates, villages, and even an original inca trail to Llaqtapata hidden in the profuse mountain vegetation. This program will definitively amaze you with its varied attractive from camping nearby the breathtaking Salkantay Pass to a complete guided visit to coffee plantations.
It is a very diverse and rich geography hike, Andean culture and history with extraordinary natural beauty. This amazing trekking presents a unique combination of culture and mistic, with preserved proudly by the Peruvian people. View the amazing highest peaks of Humantay Mountain, where the cold ice of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andes.
Imagine a walk with a breathtaking view of the most beautiful mountains in the world or a dip in the hot springs of Cocalmayo in the forest
Also, Cusco counts with other incredible places to hike and to enjoy. The 4days/3nights treking to Lares, 4days program. You have to live and contemplate incredible landscapes; the blue of the lakes; the green of the mountains, the faces of the native kids and much more. Along this quieter route, you will feel the authentic spirit of the Andes passing through scenic valleys, mountains, snow-covered peaks and numerous lakes surprising you with its dazzling colors and location; before encountering traditional Andean communities that remain almost unchanged for the last hundreds of years conserving their millenary old-style weaving and farming practices while wearing their typical clothing.
We can not leave mentioning the Quarry Trail (Perfect for those looking to delve further the Inca history and see how the Andean people live around this places); the Choquequirao Trail (Archaeological site or The Golden Cradle which only 30% of its ruins had been excavated, revealing the imposing extension of this important complex. You will hike through cloud forests encircled by lush vegetation, crossing a crystalline river and admiring the diverse sectors of this impressive site)
Finally, we cannot forget the lot full-days trek programs that Cusco offers as Palcoyo Rainbow, Vinicunca rainbow, Humantay Lake; Chonta, WaqrapuKara among others