Visiting Peru: Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Visiting Peru is a favorite destination for Americans. It is a beautiful country in South America, beaches and the high Andes mountains. Peru is home to many Inca settlements that date back thousands of years.
Machu Picchu, Peru is a big favorite, known as The Lost City of the Incas. The elevation ranges from 5,900 feet to 12,470 feet. Before visiting Peru, you could acclimate yourself for the high altitude. The climate changes with the elevation, at low altitudes the average temperature is 61 F and at 8,000 feet and above the temperature averages a cool 50 F. The wet season is from October to April and the dry season is from May to September.
Machu Picchu by Kudumomo/Flickr.com
Hiking at Machu Picchu by Eduardoz/Flickr.com
The Inca trail in Peru is the most popular place to visit. This is possibly one of the most spectacular trails in South America or all of the Americas. You can walk the trail or you can take a bus, the trail is steep which makes for some tough hiking. This area is full of history and Inca remains and more are being uncovered all the time. The Inca trail is about 20 miles long between Cusco on the South to Quillabamba to the North.
Cusco, Peru is at the southern end of the Inca trail at an altitide of 11,000 feet. Cusco is a UNESCO Would Heritage Site and the historic capital of the Inca Empire. The crowds might be less here in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, as most tourist go directly to Machu Picchu.
Cajamarca, Peru is located in the northern highlands and another sacred Inca site. A visit here as well as the other places would be well worth it as most tourists go to the other sites and this would be less crowded.
- Indio Feliz in Aguas Calientes and ask for the tables upstairs
- Retaurant Ayllu in Aguas Caliente
- Toto's in Agua Caliente
- Machu Picchu Inkaterra hotel
- And if you hike the trail for more than a day and camp, the cook will cook great meals also.
- Pollo Brasas in Cajamarca
- Inkan Grill in Cusco
- Sauce Hostal in Ollantaytambo
- Orient Express Hotel, Machu Picchu.
- Machu Picchu Inkaterra Hotel
- Sol y Luna Hotel in Urubamba
Activities certainly would be sightseeing and traveling on the Inca trail either by foot and or by train, and visiting all of the Inca ruins and settlements.
Take the Orient Express train to Agua Caliente, Peru.
There are rafting trips down the Apurimac river, it is reported that this river has class 4 or 5 rapids with not much flat water.
And of course there is plenty of shopping at the street vendors and open markets where you can buy beautiful Peruvian sweaters, scarves, silver and gold jewelry and souvenirs. When visiting Peru, you will find friendly people, good food, ancient historical sites and beautiful scenery.
Sam Montana © 08 December 2008