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Considered one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu every year attracts thousands of travellers searching for that special contact with history and nature.

The mysterious Inca citadel communicated with Cusco and the rest of the Inca Empire through a network of excellent first class roads. These roads, made to the measure of man were built in perfect harmony with their natural surroundings, using advanced technology and showing a very strong sense of aesthetic sensitivity.

This pre-Spanish road network was a cause for admiration to the first Europeans that travelled through the old Inca Empire, and they did not hesitate to compare it to its Roman equivalent, the only such giant enterprise to be found in the Old World.

Criss-crossing the Empire, the Inca road network reached a length of 40000 kms (24850 miles), allowing for speedy communications between Cusco and the rest of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire.

The network of roads not only served the purpose of territorial integration, but were also planned to provide security and cater to the needs of the merchants and the "Chasqui" imperial messenger runners, as well as to the officials and soldiers of the Inca army. Originally the Inca roads originated in Cusco and ran towards Machu Picchu.

Today, we only visit those parts of the road that runs close to Machu Picchu, in the Urubamba Province, in the Department of Cusco, since most other parts have deteriorated or been destroyed.

The traveller entering this fascinating adventure will walk on trails that hang as narrow shelves on the cliff-sides above the abyss, surrounded by a breathtaking landscape with its abundant and variegated vegetation.

He (or she) will also trek along parts that have been cut out of the living rock, staircases built with huge stone slabs, tunnels carved through the stone, wooden bridges that cross the small streams that cross the trail, running towards the valley down below where the river awaits them. He will also pass by unexplored and hidden archaeological sites.

So the traveller will have the opportunity to cross several ecological floors: from the deep and savage Urubamba Valley, to the little fertile lands of the highlands; and from there up towards the mountains and the Andean Cloud Forest.

To walk down the same paths as the ancient dwellers of these antique lands, will be an unforgettable experience for the impenitent traveller. To rediscover, "in his own manner" the "Lost City of the Incas" will be the prize for his adventurousness.






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