A super comprehensive guide for anyone planning a trip to Peru and want to complete the Inca Trail along their way to Machu Picchu.  It's an incredible experience but having done it myself, there were a ton of things I wish I knew before going.  This is everything that I learned.

Ultimate Machu Picchu Inca Trail Planning Guide

A super comprehensive guide for anyone planning a trip to Peru and want to complete the Inca Trail along their way to Machu Picchu. It's an incredible experience but having done it myself, there were a ton of things I wish I knew before going. This is everything that I learned.

It took us four days of trekking the Inca Trail to finally reach Machu Picchu. It was one of the most incredible and challenging experiences of my life. Here’s a breakdown of each day leading up to our final destination… Machu Picchu!

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

It took us four days of trekking the Inca Trail to finally reach Machu Picchu. It was one of the most incredible and challenging experiences of my life. Here’s a breakdown of each day leading up to our final destination… Machu Picchu!

The Step-by-Step Guide to Visiting Machu Picchu

The Step-by-Step Guide to Visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu's haunting beauty is best explored in the early morning before the crowds set in. Photo by Hope Tarr.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only place to stay at Machu Picchu. Looks beautiful and good restaurant, too.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only place to stay at Machu Picchu. Looks beautiful and good restaurant, too.

MACHU PICCHU ......for the millineum solstice......directly behind the stone........unbelievable

MACHU PICCHU ......for the millineum solstice......directly behind the stone........unbelievable

Take a trip back in history to the time of the Incas in 1450 when you visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The structures were thought to serve as a royal retreat, ceremonial site, or military stronghold, according to National Geographic. Today, the ancient ruins provide a breathtaking contrast against the backdrop of the Peruvian Andes. Source: Flickr user szeke

Machu Picchu, Peru

Take a trip back in history to the time of the Incas in 1450 when you visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The structures were thought to serve as a royal retreat, ceremonial site, or military stronghold, according to National Geographic. Today, the ancient ruins provide a breathtaking contrast against the backdrop of the Peruvian Andes. Source: Flickr user szeke

On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world's top tourist destinations.    Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century.

On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world's top tourist destinations. Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century.

Machu Picchu, Peru. After seeing a program on TV about the ancient civilization of the Incas when I was a teenager, I've always wanted to visit Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu, Peru. After seeing a program on TV about the ancient civilization of the Incas when I was a teenager, I've always wanted to visit Machu Picchu.

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