Machu Picchu, Peru
The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and its less popular but equally scenic Inca Path to Choquequirao take in a trek along ancient routes to the Lost City. The famous Inca city of Machu Picchu is the reward for trekking through scenic and mesmerising trails in the Andes. Time is taken to acclimatise and preparation is essential before setting out on a trek of this nature.
Mcchu Picchu lies in a remote corner of south eastern Peru and north of Cuzco. In the early 20th century Hiram Bingham searched the area for the legendary lost city of Vilcabamba but discovered Machu Picchu instead. This is the best known trekking route in South America and was brilliantly engineered by the Incas. The trek passes through jungle with screeching parakeets and rare orchids and crosses the Urumbamba River. It still has the original paving, overgrown with vines and a number of camping areas en route.
Arguably the best time to see Machu Picchu is at dawn both for the rising sun and for the peace before visitors descend on this famous Peruvian landmark. Visitors can either walk down or take the train back to Cuzco.