Yeah, we love it too. This photo got some lovin' on our #travel focused Instagram this week. Machu Picchu is one of those instant guaranteed winners for us. It evokes such a feeling of adventure, mystery, exploration, and history, that we hardly need to add a caption. The formula is pretty simple: 1) Post a picture of MaPi in the clouds. 2) People dream about travel.
1. Hiking the Inca Trail is the only way to get to Machu Picchu.
Thousands of travelers visit Machu Picchu every day, and only a fraction of these visitors got there via the Inca Trail. After hiking for four days through sparsely populated mountains, many Inca Trail hikers are surprised to find a small but bustling modern town at the base of the mountain, complete with a crowded train station. The Peruvian train system is extensive, and has been shuttling travelers to the base of Machu Picchu mountain from the Sacred Valley for years.
Rebecca is a Global Basecamps MVP traveler who has trekked all over the world and back again. Having gained knowledge and experience packing for her various treks, she was kind enough to offer her tips for future travelers! In our "Packing for Treks" series, Rebecca will give general tips, as well as destination-specific tips for Nepal, Tanzania and Peru!
Now that you have planned your custom trek with Global Basecamps, and in order to maximize the return on all your planning, it is important to select suitable gear. While it's true that Mallory and Irvine climbed Everest in gabardine and not Gore-Tex, appropriate gear can make your trip infinitely more comfortable and safe, not to mention more stylish. You don’t want to be a blot on the beautiful landscape, do you? Careful selection of your gear is also a fun part of getting ready for your trip - you read that right - gear is fun!
You’ve been told for years that you need to get there. That there’s nothing like it. That it’s an experience you’ll never forget. The mystery. The history. My goodness, the beauty. Any traveler worth their salt wants to get there, period.
After years of dreaming, months of planning, and days of hiking, you finally turn the corner and see it. Machu Picchu.