It’s the path that led Inca royalty from Cusco to Machu Picchu decades before the Spanish arrived in Cajamarca. And, for that matter, there is no individual that makes a more interesting guide and companion along the trail than Peter Frost.
A writer, photographer, independent scholar, and world-renowned archaeologist, Peter has been exploring the Andes mountains for more than 35 years and has lived in Peru since the 1980s. Peter has pioneered multiple Inca ruins and led a number of National Geographic sponsored expeditions deep into the Andes. Peter is essentially the 21st century’s counterpart to Hiram Bingham, with a deep-rooted knowledge of Inca history and Andean societies.
The Hiking Adventure
On this extraordinary one-day hike to Machu Picchu, you will be dropped off the Vistadome Train at km 104 around mid-morning. You will then cross the Urubamba River and begin to ascend a series of switchbacks until you reach the Inca Trail where you will then continue towards the Sun Gate. This moderate hike is roughly 10 km long and will take between five to eight hours to complete. You will need a daypack for the journey (your luggage will be waiting for you at the hotel that evening).
The View Along the Way
During the hike you will be able to marvel at snow-capped peaks rising above the lush green high Amazon, passing waterfalls and Inca ruins along the way. After several hours of hiking you finally reach the Intipunku “Sun Gate,” and feel chills run down your spine as you catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will spend a brief period at the Seventh Wonder and then head to your hotel by bus (or walk to your hotel if you’re staying at the Sanctuary Lodge).
The following day you will rise early for a privately guided half-day tour of Machu Picchu. Peter will once again lead the tour, bringing the ruins to life with his Inca history insights. After the tour comes to close, you may return to the hotel or further explore the ruins independently.