When the traveller on his first visit to Cusco raises his eyes and looks up at the clean and fluffy sky his doubts disappear: Todays great adventure is to follow in the footsteps of the ancient dwellers of the Inca empire.
Why invest up to four days trekking on steep paths to reach the
old citadel of Machu Picchu, if there is a railroad
that can take you there in comfort in only six hours? Only the experience
itself can give us the answer.
The physical exertion climbing up the trail, to slowly slide down mud covered knee-wrenching slopes, to go into the nights surrounded by the stars and to speak to the whistling cold wind in the highland, becomes, at the end of the road, the fair price paid for one of the most extraordinary experiences to be found anywhere in the world today.
The best way to start your Inca Trail experience
to the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu is to
acclimatise in the beautiful city of Cusco.
A walk to Sacsayhuaman and also along the
multiple "Pachas" or fountains and churches of the city is a good
The day before starting out on the tour, the traveller receives all the necessary information and recommendations needed for the trail: Schedules, campsites, regulations in force within the Machu Picchu Ecological Park (It is a Natural Reserve protected by the Peruvian State.), equipment, basic things such as clothes to bring, food, security, first aid kits, porter services, transport and tourist information.
Along the trail and as a preview of your marvellous final encounter with the awesome citadel, the visitor will get to know a series of archaeological sites that bear testimony to the greatness of the Inca empire.
Built by a civilisation that did not know the use of the wheel or hard metals, these incredible buildings are found in the most inhospitable altitudes and, apparently, as far away as possible from the quarries where the huge granite stones of which they were built, some the size of a truck, are to be found.