This 15th-century Inca site is where the mountains meet the jungle. Many travel here by train. Fewer travel by foot for 43kms, along the Inca Trail. Permits for the Inca Trail are scarce, so booking early is the key.
Though, there is an alternative trail called the Lares Trek. It’s a breath-taking three day hike through the Andes. The main difference is that llamas and donkeys are allowed on the Lares trail, which means that the weight restriction on your luggage is relaxed. The cooks and porters load up the donkeys, so they are able to bring along more food for the trip. However, the Lares trail does not lead you directly to the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. Instead, you take a train to Aguas Calientes, check into a hotel, shower, change, enjoy Happy Hour, get a good night’s sleep and catch a bus to the top of Machu Picchu the next day. So the choice is yours.
But, there is something you need to know…
We were informed by our guide that due to government regulations and restrictions the permits that are released to tourists to visit Machu Picchu, like the Inca Trail, are becoming fewer and fewer. Within about three years, it may be impossible to enter this site. The government has concerns that the foot traffic is ruining the integrity of the structure.
And this is something that you don’t want to miss!