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Inca Trail in Peru

Inca Trail in Peru

The mythical Inca Trail is the preferred destination for all adventure travelers visiting the beautiful city of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Over the years, many travelers have walked to the citadel of Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail to such an extent that this route has become famous internationally to the point that today, the daily income tickets to the Inca Trail has a capacity so as not to damage the ecosystem that exists along the Inca Trail as well as preserve the local flora and fauna.

It is worth mentioning that the Inca Trail is more than just an established trail that you can take from the city of Cusco to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail, also called the Inca Trail road network of Peru, comprises roads, aqueducts, resting places, and places to store non-perishable products along its length. Peru's Inca Trail road network is also known as Qhapac Ñan, which comes from the Quechua language and means "The King's Road" or "The Road of the Mighty One."

Inca Trail road network does not only cover the department of Cusco since it has a proven extension of more than 60 thousand kilometers connecting the countries of Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and a small part of Colombia and Argentina, but many experts believe that its extension could be even double what has been discovered to date.

Now, let's focus on the famous Inca Trail that travelers take from the magical city of Cusco. For logistical reasons, time and places protected by the Ministry of Culture of Peru, the maximum duration of a travel program to enter the Inca Trail and reach the citadel of Machu Picchu is five days, including the visit and tour in Machu Picchu, i.e., four days of trekking on the Inca Trail. Nowadays, you can even find short and express versions of the Inca Trail, the shortest of which lasts two days, including the visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu; that is, the hike through the Inca Trail would have a duration of only one day.

The Inca Trail starts from somewhere other than Cusco. However, this possibility may occur besides the main attractions of the Incas on the Inca Trail are located beyond the starting point established by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. The beginning of the Inca Trail is at kilometer 82 in the town of Piskacucho, which belongs to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. For this, a trip is made from Cusco or cities of the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo and then to Piskacucho. The short Inca Trail's starting point is at kilometer 104 from Ollantaytambo. Still, since this is a point without vehicular access, you must take a train and apply for a special permit to get off at kilometer 104.

So there are no more excuses for not taking a tour and trekking through the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to recharge yourself with the mystical energy that the Incas left as a legacy to all travelers.


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