Trek Through the Andes on the Inca Trail With Adventure Holidays to Peru
If you are after the ultimate adventure holiday experience, why not consider Peru? Trekking through the Andes on the Inca Trail could be the perfect way to spend an active break – and you’ll come home with spectacular photographs and memories to last long after the trip has come to an end.
Explore the mysteries of Machu Picchu on an adventure holiday
No trip to the Andes would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. Known as the Lost City of the Incas, it has been a designated Unesco World Heritage Site since the early 1980s and is considered to be a sacred place. Machu Picchu is located around 80 km from the city of Cuzco and is thought to have been built around 1460, although it was abandoned by Inca rulers only a century later.
Because it was never discovered by the Spanish conquerors – it did not rise to prominence until the early 20th century – Machu Picchu provides a perfect opportunity for a glimpse back in time. Constructed in the classic Inca style, its polished stones were interlocked with such great care that a razor blade cannot be slid between the joints.
Take an active break in the Cordillera Blanca
However, there is much more to the Andes than Machu Picchu alone. An alternative trek takes you throught the Cordillera Blanca – also known as the white mountain range – which is an eight-hour drive from Lima. Here, you will begin your trek at Huarez City and take in the spectacular sites from the peaks. The Cordillera Blanca is home to Huascaran, which is the tallest peak in Peru at 6,768 metres.
Alpamayo, which was declared the world’s most beautiful mountain in an international survey carried out in 1966, is also located here. On your journey, you are likely to pass by the glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca, which are essential to rural life in the valley of the Callejonn de Huaylas. These form many beautiful lagoons over 4,000 metres above sea level, supporting hydroelectric power stations in the area and providing water to irrigate the puna grassland.
Whether you’re keen to scale the impressive peaks of the Corderilla Blanca or get a closer glimpse of history at Machu Picchu, the Andes have something to offer everyone. The dry season – the months between May and October – is the best time to book your Peruvian trek. Soon you’ll be climbing the slopes of the longest mountain range of the world – and creating memories to last a lifetime.
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