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The Inca trial to Machu Picchu, Peru

Monday, March 28, 2011 · Category World · comments 1

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Although we cannot compare modern times to the Inca times, when studying the Inca culture one will be amazed by the high level of sophistication and integration of nature into their lives. In Inca times legs where the only means of transportation. The Inca trial is based on the believe of respecting the different shapes of the terrain and ecological characteristic. The Inca's adapted the contructions to nature in stead of adapting nature to the Inca trial, what we humans are basically always doing. We change the nature to suit our needs. The Inca's had an opposite view. Find and book your hotel in Peru

The Inca trail crosses forests, streams and mountains and marks the limits of natural regions and cliffs. It was part of the complex communication system of the Incas, used for everything; from carrying food and news, to stones and war. Like Machu Picchu where the whole city was designed based on the platforms and plateaus found.

The strength of the Inca trial was the interconnection between every single Inca site across the entire Inca empire. Whatever Inca ruin you will visit, there is always a path to the Inca trial close by.

Tambos - Inca Trial checkpoints or resting places

Along the Inca trial there were so-called Tambos used as military depots, food stores and resting places. During the Inca Huayna Capac;s period the Inca trial extended to nearly 20 thousand kilometers particularly to crack the rebellions outbreaks at the empires borders. If one checks the topography, the Inca trail included stone ladders to climb a hill, rope bridges to cross the streams or stone carpets for heavy weights and troops. They could vary from a five meters width on the lower valleys, to just one meter on the tallest mountains, or even as narrow as a pair of feet. Find and book your hotel in Peru

The basic routes on the Inca trial

There are two basic routes of the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu. One designed for amateurs, and the other for experts. The difference lies on the extension and the difficulty of the terrain of the route. The Inca trail route from km 88 to Machu Picchu is the favorite and easiest of all. Yet there are many more which can take from one to seven days. One of the hardest parts of the Inca Trial is the huge variation; sometimes it reaches a height of 5 kilometres and drop again to 2 thousand metres just a few kilometers further. And than there is also the huge climate differences.

In Europe we say: "All roads lead to Rome". The same can be said about the current Inca trial "Find and book your hotel in Peru"

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Comments

1. by Norichika about 7 years

Hi Lina, it is awesome. The Peruvians know how to enjoy life. They are aaylws celebrating something: they dress up in many different festival outfits, and dance away in a parade. It is such a joy to be in Cuzco and then to Machu Picchu. It is a fun and relaxing trip. The best part is we aaylws have a great group of people joining us from all different parts of the world.

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