Machu Picchu is mesmerizing, no matter how you get there. But the most rewarding approach to these mysterious Incan ruins in the highlands of Peru is via the multi-day Inca Trail.
And reservations to travel this ancient trail are finally open. For the next few days, you’ll be able to reserve your 2022 trek. Last year,COVID-19 restrictions meant that only 250 people were able to walk the trail. This year the full 500 will be able to go — but tickets sell out fast, so get on and buy your spot.
Note that reservations are not transferable to other people or other dates. The only possible changes that can be made are if Machu Picchu itself is closed for any reason, so be sure of your dates. Or throw caution to the wind, and take whatever date you can get — because there are few places as magical as this incredibly well-preserved, 600-year-old Incan citadel in the sky.
The Inca Trail trek is only 25 miles but reaches elevations that near 14,000 feet, making it tough going. You’ll want expert local guidance, so consider booking a tour led by Quechua women through Elevation Treks Peru to get there.
And if you can’t make it to Peru, you can always go to the world’s first virtual walk-through of Machu Picchu at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida.