Traveling to Machu Picchu in Peru

Sports agent Mark Fretta cofounded VandaMark Trade Industries in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has also served as the president of Vector Sports Intermediary and as a tutor with Lively Minds Tutoring. Having traveled extensively across the world, Mark Fretta considers Machu Picchu in Peru one of his favorite sites to visit.

Machu Picchu, which translates from the Quechua language as “old mountain,” remains the most popular archaeological site in Peru, as well as across South America. The site’s popularity arises from the unique nature of the Incan city built more than 500 years ago. Located amid subtropical forests in the Andes mountains and designated by UNESCO as a historic sanctuary, the entire area of Machu Picchu encompasses over 100 square miles.

Visitors to Machu Picchu can travel to the site by train with Machu Picchu Train, Inca Rail, or Peru Rail. Those wishing for a more adventurous route, however, can journey on foot via the classic Inca Trail hike, which has become so popular that it requires permits and limits travelers to 500 per day. At least six other trails lead to the site, however, including the Salcantay Route, Lares Route, One-Day Inca Trail, Vilcabamba Traverse Route, Lodge Trek, and Chaski (or Cachicata) Trail. These routes range from a 1-day trip to 13 days of travel.

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