Inca Trail

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Located in the Andes mountain range, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes through cloud forests, alpine tundra, settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins before ending at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain. People travel from all over the world to Peru to walk the Inca Trail, making it the most popular hike in South America. The multi-day hike allows hikers to follow the original route the Incas used over 500 years ago. The two longer routes of the trail will take hikers above 13,800 feet above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness. The Peruvian government has placed a limit of 500 people on the trail each day; only 200 can be hikers and the rest are local guides and porters.