The Extraordinary Ancient Road
THE INCA EMPIRE’S REMARKABLE COMMUNICATION
Highly reliable network Inca Trail
The Inca Roads, which date back to the 11th to the 15th century, stretched across South America during the peak of the Inca Empire. This intricate network, celebrated for its comprehensive reach and advanced engineering, connected coastal areas, highlands, and jungles, originating from Cusco, the empire’s capital. Notably, the primary routes, especially the Qhapaq Ñan or Royal Road, served as the empire’s fundamental communication pathways, covering approximately 70,000 kilometers and playing a vital transregional integrative role. It reached its pinnacle during the Inca period, showcasing the advanced technological prowess achieved by Andean civilizations.
Today, the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu offers five access routes for adventurous tourists through its Inca Trails, allowing them to reach Machu Picchu from the south side through the Sun Gate, which is the only way to get to Machu Picchu trekking (only done by companies that got the authorization).
These routes are as follows:
Route 1: The Classic Inca Trail, starting at Km 82, is the most popular and well-known trek.
Route 2: Starting at km 88, this route usually takes 5 days to complete the classic Inca Trail.
Route 3: This route follows the valley along the right bank of the Urubamba River from Km 88 and connects with the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (currently closed).
Route 4: Accessible from the southwest (Salkantay), this route connects to Paucarcancha and then to the first regular camp of the Classic Inca Trail in Wayllabamba.
Route 5: The shorter version of the Inca Trail starts at km 104 and climbs to the last camp of Wiñaywayna, often used as the last camp by trekkers on the Classic Inca Trail before reaching Machu Picchu.
THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE AWAITS
The Inca Trail is undoubtedly the most optimal route to reach Machu Picchu, a renowned destination in Peru. This thrilling expedition not only provides awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Andes Mountains and lush cloud forests but also grants a glimpse into the captivating past of the Inca civilization. Along this path, one encounters not only cobblestone steps but also remarkable archaeological sites and ancient Inca ruins, shrouded in enigmatic history amidst the mountainous terrain.
Hikers traverse diverse landscapes, ranging from tropical forests to high alpine passes. While the trail is well-maintained and clearly marked, it is essential for hikers to be prepared for challenging terrain, steep slopes, and unpredictable weather conditions. Engaging the services of a qualified guide is highly recommended by an authorized tour company to ensure safety and to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the area’s rich history and culture. Ultimately, the Inca Trail culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu, accessed through the iconic Sun Gate.
Here are the most important tours that are offered and that you would prefer.