What can beat a scenic train ride to the wonder of the world in the cradle of the Andes? A four-day trek that takes you through little-known Inca ruins, breathtaking mountains, tropical vegetation, extraordinary ecological diversity and Andean wildlife. Inca Trail, the 43km trek to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best treks in the world. It is extremely popular and often gets sold out well in advance. If you plan to do the trail then book well in advance.
The four day Inca Trail trek costs somewhere between $600-700 including three meals a day, porters to carry luggage, stays in tents and Machu Picchu entrance ticket. The trek is moderate to difficult due and requires a decent level of fitness to complete.
Indian citizens require a tourist visa to enter Peru. The visa costs ₹2,250 and is issued within 3-5 working days. For more information, check out the Peru embassy website.
When to go
Best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season between May and October. The temperature during these months is between 5 to 20 Celsius.
By air: Round-trip flights from Mumbai to Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima cost ₹97,848. From Lima, you can take a bus or an internal flight to Cusco.
Cusco: Antis Hostel (₹316 dorm bed), Gringo's Bill (₹2,820 for double). For more options, check here.
Aguas Calientes: Casa Paz Hostel (₹537 dorm bed), Inn El Mistico (₹2,484 for double). For more options, check here.
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