Three travelers trekking in the Andes along the Salcantay route to Machu Pichhu.

A Beginners’ Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.

The terraced structure of Machu Picchu seems dwarfed by the mountains around it.

Trekking to Machu Picchu

Most travelers to Peru think there is just one option for trekking to Machu Picchu—the four-day Inca Trail hike. The truth is there are at least four ways to hike to the Inca citadel.

Low grass studded with small yellow wildflowers carpets the areas between the remains of stone walls.

Visiting Ecuador’s Ingapirca Ruins

Home to the Inca empire’s only remaining sun temple, Ingapirca is easily Ecuador’s best set of pre-Columbian ruins. Ben Westwood covers the history of Ingapirca and what travelers can expect to see.

View of a snow-capped mountain visible through a steep valley between two verdant hillsides.

Trekking in Peru: Planning and Making a Trek

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Authors Ross and Renée give readers an overview of how to plan trekking the Inca Trail as well as other routes, plus tips on when to go and how long it takes to acclimatize.