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Trekking in Peru

If you want to take it easier you can just do a day hike while those that are more adventurous can undertake a multi-day or multi–week hike. All hikers and trekkers should be aware of altitude.

Many of the unbeatable treks you’ll find in Peru are above 4,000 meters. Since anything over 2,000 meters can start the onset of altitude sickness (AMS), make sure to acclimatize at least a couple days before venturing too far above sea level. This means coming to the start city (or base camp) early and getting use to the lack of oxygen.

If you’re into sticking to the definitive itinerary, then you’ll not want to miss the four-day Classic Inca Trail trek. Though you may have to walk uphill for some hours, this hike is only considered moderate. With hiking poles in hand, you’ll see some of Peru’s best mountain landscapes and prolific rainforests all while being a part of history: The Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Runkuracay ruins await your camera all well before reaching Machu Picchu. The permits for hiking the trail can be backlogged for several months, so be sure to book this sought-after trek well in advance with your tour operator.

If you and your hiking buddies want a trek with a few more days in the wild, and more history en route, then a seven day, moderate to difficult Mollepata to Salkantay to Wayllabamba to Machu Picchu trek is in order. This trail is an alternate route until finally meeting a few days later to the Classic Inca Trail route. This trek is much more rustic, quieter and devoid of the Classic trail throngs.

If you like the sound of total peace and quiet in Peru, but not the tumult of the multi-day hike, you can try the Macashca Hills day hike. Unlike the rest of the “mountain treks,” this hike takes you through the undulating hills of Huaraz for five to seven hours. This one is a good trek to get you acclimated to the area, as the entire area is above 4000 meters.

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