5 reasons why walking the Inca Trail is better than taking the train to Machu Picchu

Tripping Over The World

There are two main ways to get to Machu Picchu, but it’s best done by foot.

Machu Picchu, the famed Inca city, sits in ruin on top of the Andes in southern Peru. It’s a magical and increasingly popular destination for travelers. It’s also a tightly regulated Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site. It requires advanced planning and the first decision a traveler has to make is how to get there: by train or by foot.

Here are five reasons why hiking the Inca Trail is the best way to get to Machu Picchu.

img_00661. Machu Picchu was intended to be accessed by foot. The Inca created thousands of miles of stone walking paths and staircases linking their impressive mountaintop cities. Our guide Jhon joked that instead of all roads leading to Rome, they actually lead to Cusco (the ancient Inca capital). Only a fraction of these trails have been rediscovered and cleared of the cloud forest’s quick growing…

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