INCA TRAIL

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What is the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca trail is a 4-day trek on foot that follows the original pathways of the Incas. Trails from this ancient civilisation spur from Cusco and reach out to important sites such as Machu Picchu. The classic Inca trail starts at Ollantaytambo at 82km above sea level and passes several important ruins and settlements, climbing mountains anad disappearing into amazon rainforest before leading through the original entrance (Sun Gate) to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The sites around the trail, the path itself and the cloud forest region is protected by the state to ensure responsible tourism and conservation of heritage and nature. Due to this you will need a permit which is booked in advance to be able to undertake this trek. Please see Inca Trail Availability to discover more about availability, bookings and requirements.

It is a trek that consists of hiking, progressively getting more challenging. The heavy stoned pathways and iconic Incan steps make up this historic route. You will literally be following in the footsteps of an ancient civilization. This gives purpose and pride to the trek; however, this kind of route is demanding and at least a moderate level of fitness will be needed to undertake it.

Trek Options

Southern Peru Explorers also provides variations of The Classic Inca trail, so we suit everyone. We have options to; either shorten the trek to accommodate for time restrictions or fitness level; lengthen it to include other historical or natural sites; or to swap from camping to hotels to provide a more comfortable luxurious experience. Options include :

  • Classic Inca Trail 4D/3N
  • Shortened Trail – Hotel 2D/1N
  • Shortened Trail – Camping 2D/1N
  • Inca Trail + Sacred Valley 5D/4N
  • Inca Trail – Experience 5D/4N
  • Inca Trail + Salkantay 7D/6N

HISTORY CULTURE

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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