The idea to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu all started over a few drinks down in Ecuador. I had met up with my friends Alex & Frank the Tank for some adventures. We had just finished Language School in Montañita and needed to take some time to explore. So the decision was made to head south to Peru.

We linked up with a company called View Peru who organized the entire trip.

The Inca Trail is a pretty posh trail due to: porters, guides, toilets, and small stores. But all these amenities are necessary because the trail is heavily regulated by the Peruvian Government, and many of these aforementioned comforts actually help to reduce impact on the local environment.

Spending 3 nights / 4 days on the Inca Trail is a perfect way to approach the world famous Machu Picchu. Along the way you get to learn about the Incan Culture and how they lived before the Spanish arrived.

The final morning you are up at 3am to hike thru the Sun Gate and to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu (It was cloudy the day we went, so we missed the sunrise, but the clouds broke apart later in the morning and we had some spectacular views).

TIP: Only 500 people are allowed to hike the trail each day, so plan ahead and make sure you reserve a spot with a local guide. Also, go to the hot springs in Auguas Calientes after you are done with the hike to soak your bones.