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INCA TRAIL VS SALKANTAY
The Classic 4 day Inca trail allows you to trek the famous route seeing ancient ruins and settlements along the way. If what you’re looking for is history and culture then the Inca trail is for you. However, you do need a permit for this trek so booking months, even a year in advance is necessary. If you are a lover of trekking and nature then Salkantay is for you, a less touristic route it provides connection with the snow capped mountains and winding river. Salkantay has the most extreme weather ranging from snowy alps to tropical rainforest. Although, importantly they both end with the majestic visit Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.
The Incan civilization was an ancient culture who rained over the 15th century. They built wide reaching and elaborate pathways to connect their empire like veins to a heart. They were used as transportation routes, pilgrimages to sacred sites and to allow for more expansion and conquest. The empire touched almost every country as we know it today within South America; colonizing the entire west coast and branching out North from Peru to reach Ecuador, along the Southern Andes into modern day Chile and Argentina and spreading into the Brazilian Rainforest.
THE INCA TRAIL ROAD
The world-famous 4-day classic Inca Trek is a part of the Incan empires extensive network of roads which spanned over 40,000km. The footpaths towards the mysterious ancient city of Machu Picchu which are hiked every day is attributed the name Qhapaq Ñan, meaning “Royal Road.” These roads were not constructed of that of European civilisations at the time. The Inca roads are infamous for their large blocks of granite and serpentine stone with sharp and wide inclines. It is believed one reason is due to the altitude; not only the need to ascend into high places but the people and the animals of transport where accustomed to the altitude and elevations.
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