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|Your next adventure:||Inca Trail to Machu Picchu|
|Where in the world?||Peru|
|Difficulty:||Although the trail is long, there are plenty of places to rest and you can take your time completing it.|
|How long, how far?||45km over 4 days or 2 days if preferred.|
|Wrap up:||The Inca Trail is one of the most famous hikes in the world and it’s not hard to see why. You’ll travel through beautiful cloud forests, see spectacular views and get a first-hand look at the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. There’s nothing quite like it.|
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|Day 1 ||Depart Australia and arrive in Peru. If you’re looking for a delicious meal, you might like to try the traditional Peruvian seafood dish called ceviche.|
|Day 2||Fly over the Andes to Cusco and explore the town while you acclimatise to the altitude of the Andes. |
|Day 3||Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley. |
|Day 4||Explore and prepare for the first day of trekking. |
|Day 5||Begin the 4 day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This leg of the trek will take you from Cusco to Llactapata (7km). |
|Day 6||Trek from Llactapata to Llulluchapampa (12km). |
|Day 7||Trek from Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca ruins (16km). |
|Day 8||Set off early for your final day of trekking to see the sun rise over the peaks of Salcantay and Veronica. Rest in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes (9km).|
|Day 9||Explore Machu Picchu and Cusco! |
|Day 10||Visit Cusco’s outlying Inca ruins, visit the colonial churches, bargain hunt in the local markets. |
|Day 11||Depart Peru. |
A stand out experience from the trek was climbing Huayna Picchu. This towering mountain rises over Macchu Picchu, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the ancient ruins. The walk is challenging but permits for this mountain are limited, so it doesn't get too busy.
As you face the steep and exposed climb up to the summit, be prepared to experience some strong wind. At the top, there are small floating steps with a sheer drop on either side that lead to a narrow tunnel. You’ll need to take off your backpack to shuffle through this claustrophobic-inducing cave, but it’s worth it when you reach the top and see the incredible view.