Although Machu Picchu itself is the popular destination for eager travelers from around the globe, it is the 32,000 hectares of lush scenery, mountainous peaks and sprawled out valleys that make this abandoned city so remarkable. If hiking isn’t your forte, then you can certainly stay at the beautiful resort at Machu Picchu and visit the cobbled ruins at a time of day that suits you. However, if your fitness level is anywhere from beginner to professional, there is an array of hikes that will suit your needs.
As you take each step, a professional guide leads you on such a spiritual journey that helps you understand the culture of the Incas and their sacred beliefs. During the days you gain an insight on the exact path that the Peruvians would walk to get food and items from Cusco back to their families who lived in the City. You learn that the functions of the ‘city above the clouds’ were partially religious, partially residential and even used as an astronomical observatory. You are fed traditional Peruvian food that helps with the altitude and filled with mostly carbohydrates and protein to provide you with the energy to keep going. During the nights, you pitch your tent, sit around camp with your hiking buddies, share stories and build friendships with people that you will remember for a lifetime. And just as it is time to go to sleep, you’ll take a moment to look up and take in the trillions and trillions of sparkling stars that cover the night. Still to this day, I have never seen a night sky so bright, that it lights up the scenic land below.