Whether you’re seeking an active holiday, love ancient history or trekking out in the wildness, visiting Machu Picchu is an ideal trip for you. Even with its remote location Machu Picchu is one of the top tourist destinations in South America. Located approximately 2,400 meters above sea level and overlooking the Urubamba River in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visiting Machu Picchu
A visit to Machu Picchu begins in the city of Cuzco, leads through the picturesque landscape of Peru and eventually into the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Famous for its outstanding architecture, ancient mystery and breathtaking scenery, the ruins of Machu Picchu are a must see when visiting Peru.
The Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu is undoubtedly one of the top-ranking adventures in the world. Up until 2001 the number of trekkers on the trail increased yearly with no control. Unfortunately, the overuse resulted in overcrowded paths with litter scattered everywhere. Consequently, these conditions resulted in a lot of negative press and UNESCO threatened to withdraw World Heritage Site status.
Protecting the Inca Trail
In an effort to protect the area, in 2002 the Peruvian government stepped in and introduced new Inca Trail Regulations. The regulations imposed strict restrictions to help conserve the trek and safeguard it for future generations. Additionally, since 2005, the government allows a maximum of 500 trekkers per day. This figure comprises of 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff, including guides, chefs, and porters.
Trekkers and trekking staff must obtain a government-issued permit while visiting Machu Picchu. The permits sell out fast; sometimes just hours after the government releases them. So, make sure that you prepare for your trip early or book with a trekking company that organizes the permits on your behalf.
At Alpaca Expeditions we offer daily departures so that you can choose your favorable dates. However, you must plan early to get your preferred dates! We are happy to help at every step of the way and you may change your starting date before the permits are issued at no extra charge. But, once the permit has been obtained on your behalf, it is not possible to change the start date or to pass the permit to someone else. Click here to check the availability of this amazing expedition.