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Unedited Super Shots Of The Inca Trail, Peru

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inca trail During my three-month backpacking trip through South America, hiking the Inca Trail was a top experience on my bucket list. The only reason I questioned whether I would do it or not is you need to book this Peru travel experience six months in advance — especially if you go between June and August (high season), as I did — because I hate planning activities in advance. After completing the trek, however,  I highly recommend even the most anti-planning travelers add the Inca Trail to their South America itinerary. inca trail While I’ve never been overly interested in history, actually walking the same paths of the Incas, exploring their hand-built stone structures and having guides provide historical anecdotes about such a fascinating culture brought Inca heritage to life in an interesting way. Not only that, but the views along the trail will stop you dead in your tracks with your jaw hanging wide open. Inca Trail For those who want to visit Machu Picchu but are debating whether to hike the Inca Trail or visit by bus, I highly recommend opting for the trek. Walking 26 miles/42 kilometers (4 days, 3 nights) to your destination — just as the Incas did — helps you appreciate the attraction and the Inca sites you’ll encounter along the way much more. If you really don’t want to plan in advance, you can do the Salkantay Trek, an 5 day/4 night trek that’s a bit more difficult but also immerses you in Inca culture and ends at Machu Picchu. This can be booked a few days in advance as opposed to a few months. Inca Trail To give you an idea of what you’ll see along the Inca Trail, check out the unedited photo essay below, taken with an Olympus Tough TG320 point-and-shoot camera (Note: Some photos were taken in the camera’s cold pop mode although none underwent any post production). For more information on the Inca Trail, check out my post on Going Back In Time On The Inca Trail In Peru.

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About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is a New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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3 Comments

  1. Stef on at 1:33 pm

    Amazing photos. I cannot wait to hike the Inca Trail myself. Even though I am a bit scared of having altitude sickness and the long distances…:)

    • jess2716 on at 2:22 am

      @Stef: Hey Stef. My advice would be to arrive a few days early and acclimate yourself to the altitude. Also, drink a lot of water and go at a slow and steady pace. It’s not a race 🙂

  2. THey’re gorg! You would have thought you used filters on them or something!

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