Trekking in the Andes


Trekking in the Andes

16 January 2019


The great Andes mountain chain stretches the entire length of the South American, and made up of dozens of individual mountain groups known as Cordilleras.

In Peru, these snow-capped peaks have been the source of superstition, frustration and inspiration to mankind for thousands of years.

And modern-day outdoor enthusiasts have found that walking around mountains is as much of a thrill as climbing them. For these trekkers, Peru is a paradise.

Mountain Cultures: Except for the most remote and rugged areas, the Peruvian Andes offer little in the way of untouched "wilderess". Only 23 percent of Peru´s land is arable, and every fertile meter is farmed by local people. For most trekkers, then, "getting way" means leaving behind the 20th century and becoming acquainted with an indigenous lifestyle centuries old. 

The formidable Peruvian Sierra, or mountainous region, was tamed by the Incas, whose terraced system of agriculture enabled large areas of steep yet fertile land to be cultivated.

This unique system  is still employed in some areas, and countless ramains of ancient terracing give an insight into the productivity achieved by this civilizations.

The mountain Quechua, or campesinos, today cultivate numerous small plots of ancestral land. During growing season the hillsides are plowed in a variety of geometric shapes and , as the crops begin to mature, the mountains are carpeted in colors ranging from deep green to warm gold. It is into these areas that trekkers wander along ancient paths, occasionally  pausing to allow a herd of llamas or goats or sheeps to scramble by, crossing high Andean passes at altitudes above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), and marveling at the glacier-covered peaks which serve as a spectacular backdrop.

It is the very presence of humanity that makes trekking in Peru a unique experience.

There is always the opportunity to stops and converse in simple words or hand signals with local inhabitants. Many of the older Quechuas, especially the women, speak only a little Spanish - Quechua, the language of the Incas, is more often heard. Though the highland people are typically reticent with strangers, curious children or brave adults may initiate a conversation by wanting to know where you are from, what´s your name, or do you have any sweets- the last question being the most relavant.

The Peruvian Andes offer unlimited trekking possibilities. Still, trekkers are drawn to a few special places.

 

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

: Of all the popular treks in South America, the three to fourth day Inca Trail is legendary. The adventure begings Ollantaytambo, along the Urubamba river, known to the Incas as the Sacred Valley.

 

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

 This hike is the best alternative for the Inca Trail. If you didn´t find spaces available for the Classic Inca Trail, we recommend to book the Salkantay Trek.

 

 

 

Tour Operators


Alpaca Expeditions


Alpaca Expedition is a local tour operator for the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek and the alternative hikes to Machu Picchu. Alpaca Expeditions has got positive reviews and five-star ratings on TripAdvisor.
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Llama Path


15 years of experience of Llama Path in operating the Inca Trail and loads of positive reviews ensure you an awesome trekking experience! Moreover, it offers guaranteed trek departures.
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Tierras Vivas


Tierras Vivas Travel is a highly professional trek and tour company that focuses on both young and older travelers alike, making sure everyone arrives to his/her intended destination.
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United Mice


United Mice was started by an experienced Inca Trail Guide and has developed a sterling image over the almost 30 years of activity. United Mice offers superb hiking services along with bilingual Guides.
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Inca Trail permits

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If the 2019 limit was set to travel to the Inca Trail, you must make your plans as soon as possible. Book your Inca Trail permits 2019 online 6 months in advance. There are only 500 spaces available per day, approximately 200 are assigned to tourists and 300 to porters, cooks and guides. If the number of spaces is exhausted, you will have to choose another date. If the permits ...
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Inca Trail Porters

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Every day, five hundred of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days. For most of them, the trip is their lifetime experience and fulfillment of their personal ambitions. The satisfaction of having completed the trek and visiting the spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu is hard to beat. Although, this feeling is even better if you know that all porters helping you ...
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Wildlife of the Sierra

17 January 2019
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The Andes of Peru have been heavily populated by wildlife for thousands of years, In Inca times all types of Andean wildlife enjoyed a form of protection, and although periodic hunts occurred, these were few and the privilege of the ruling class. After the Spanish conquest and the breakdown of the Inca infrastructure, wild animals were hunted indiscriminately and consequently suffered a population decline which was further advanced by ...
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Responsible Travel

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In recent years, the increase in awareness of the impact of our activities on the natural, economic and social environment has extended to the form of tourism, which has led to the emergence of a new way of traveling called responsible tourism. Responsible travel seeks to contribute to the maintenance and protection of the patrimonial, cultural and natural assets of the destinations with the ultimate goal of promoting sustainable development ...
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Trekking in the Andes

16 January 2019
trekking-in-the-andes
The great Andes mountain chain stretches the entire length of the South American, and made up of dozens of individual mountain groups known as Cordilleras. In Peru, these snow-capped peaks have been the source of superstition, frustration and inspiration to mankind for thousands of years. And modern-day outdoor enthusiasts have found that walking around mountains is as much of a thrill as climbing them. For these trekkers, Peru is a paradise. Mountain ...
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