Trekking in Peru
Peru is an Andean state that shares borders with Ecuador and Colombia in the north, Brazil and Bolivia in the east, and Chile in the south. The entire western side of the country is pacific coastal region. Peru is one of the great trekking destinations in South America. The most popular trekking trail in Peru is the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail follows the old Inca routes to Machu Picchu. It is known for his scenic beauty. Because of its popularity, the Peruvian government limited access to Machu Picchu to 500 people per day. Therefore, you have to book long in advance, as the places allocated to outfitters are quickly sold out. In February, the trail is closed for maintenance and clearing work. The Salkantay Trek is often used as an alternative for the Inca Trail. However, the trail is so beautiful that it proves to be equal. It leads the Trekker along old, secluded paths through the Savage Mountains which in opposite to the name reward you with calm and beautiful views of the Andes. The Lares Trek which takes 4 days is a wonderful alternative to the Inca Trail too. It starts north of Cusco and east of Machu Picchu and is shorter but higher. You should book this trek with a renowned agency as it requires a lot of planning.