Since 2000 the Inca trail has been regulated by the government of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites, but it has also limited the amount of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters and cooks. If your date is not available, don’t worry, there are many wonderful alternative treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded.
The Lost City of Machu Picchu is without doubt the most recognizable symbol of Inca Civilization for us as well as for the international visitor. “The Inca Trail“, as it is known now, was the Royal Highway that led pilgrims and officials of the Empire to the Sacred City of the Incas.
Hiking the Inca Trail is a highly rewarding holiday choice! It is the best of its kind in the world, due to its exquisite natural beauty and unforgettable views offering a wide variety of ecological areas, from deserts to tropical Andean cloud forest; home to exotic plants and animal life. On theInca Trail, there are over 250 known species of orchids , and in the different ecosystems, numerous rare birds, animals, and reptiles including several species considered to be in danger of extinction.
Walking the ancient Inca Trail gives you the opportunity tovisit overgrown Inca buildings undiscovered by the Spanish Empire, giving you the feeling that you are the first to come across them.
Walking this Andean highway is a truly fascinating and unforgettable experience. The Trail is paved with blocks of stone, It has stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges. It crosses rivers, streams, temperate valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands.
Witnessing and experiencing all this wonder make the traveler to marvel at the intellectual and spiritual grandeur of Andean man, whose highest achievement was Inca civilization.
The Inca Trail is part of a 30,000 kilometer highway system, that integrated the vast Inca Empire of Tawantinsuyo (The Four Ways), running from southern Colombia to central Chile passing through the cities of Quito in Ecuador; Cajamarca, Huanuco, Jauja, Huamanga and Cusco in Peru; La Paz and Cochabamba in Bolivia; and finishing in Salta and Tucuman in Argentina. These highways run mainly by the coast, through the Highlands and in some cases reached the tropical mountains near the Amazon forest. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fine example of this last type of highway.
Following the footsteps of the original Incas, on one of themost accessible treks in the region, theInca Trail to the enigmatic Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas, is one of the greatest adventures you are ever likely to have nowadays. Years of experience with adventurers on this trail have helped us to design three unforgettable Inca Trailtreks that we are now proud to offer you.