Where are you: Peru
Nearest town(s): Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
How long is this hike: 4 Days
On your toughness scale (1 easiest, 10 toughest): 8
Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world and trekking their via the Inca Trail is the ultimate experience.
The 4 day trek along the Inca Trail leads you through valleys, peaks and even tropical climates. The altitude and arduous days make the trek seriously challenging but also incredibly rewarding.
The most challenging day of the trek was Day 2 which led us up "Dead Woman’s Pass” to the peak at 13,776 ft above sea level. On the final day, we set out before the sun rose, and arrived at Puerta del Sol where we could finally see Machu Picchu in the distance. It took my breath away.
There isn't a ton of wildlife along the trail, but I did see wild deer, butterflies and plenty of birds. The trail is lined with all sorts of flora and beautiful plants and flowers.
At Machu Picchu, you'll find definitely see llamas!
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Kiersten Rich is the author of The Blonde Abroad, an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog featuring travel tips, fashion, festivals and photography from around the world.