The Inca Trail is a road with more than 5 centuries of history. It is an ancient road used by the Incas to communicate throughout their empire. The Inca Trail is very extensive and it is not preserved in its entirety. But today it is possible to travel 42 km of this legendary road before reaching the citadel of Machu Picchu. So Why do the Inca Trail?
It is a demanding excursion that lasts 4 days, but it can be done as long as you do not commit excesses, such as doing it without acclimatization or hangover. It is a path that leaves its mark. Machu Picchu is a unique place and for that reason it is one of the wonders of the modern world, but to reach it with effort makes the experience absolutely round. Now you will discover the top reasons to go:
Live Machu Picchu as a reward.
Arriving in Machu Picchu after 4 days walking, with 42 km at your feet and more than 1500 mts of accumulated altitude is an experience that stays engraved with fire in anyone who experiences it. Despite not having lived the experience of arriving by train to Machu Picchu, I am absolutely convinced that it is not even close to a tenth of the excitement of seeing the citadel at dawn after 4 days of walking. It is really difficult to explain it with words.
Enjoy the Inca culture.
For 4 days, each step you take on these stones is a step on the history of the Inca empire. Walking through these mountains, feeling and seeing what the Incas lived 500 years ago is very comforting. Maybe it’s something mystical, but it made travelers enjoy like a child.
Share experiences with local people.
The Inca Trail could not be done by free, it is necessary to go in a more or less reduced group and with guides. A part goes with you porters to mount the camps throughout the 4 days. Although it may be an impediment for free souls, it is an advantage in the end. Living so intensely with the guides and porters makes you integrate in their culture and their customs in a very intense way. Spending nights (starry or rainy, it’s the same) with the people of the camp is an experience in itself.
Put yourself to the test.
It is important to know your limits so as not to do crazy things. The trek is demanding but accessible for someone with more or less good physical condition. Suffering, clenching your teeth on each step and knowing how far you can go is what makes it beautiful. It secretes such amount of chemistry in the body that it makes the experience unforgettable. Crowning the Warmiwañuska pass to more than 42,000 meters above sea level is almost epic (considering that the stage starts at 3000 meters).
See sunrise from Inti Punku.
When you walk the Inca Trail before stepping on the famous citadel, you pass by Inti Punku, also known as Sun Gate, because at certain times of the year, from Machu Picchu, you can see the sun coming out just at that point. Generally, the last stretch of the road is open at around 5.00am and approximately at 6:00 am in the morning you step on Inti Punku. From there you feel the chill of seeing Machu Picchu for the first time after several days walking at the same time you see the sun rise through the mountains. Undoubtedly one of the most amazing and unforgettable images .
Finally Live an unrepeatable experience.
Machu Picchu is simply the icing on the cake, the goal, the ultimate goal. But in the meantime you live a kind of summer camps with people from other countries with which to share algeries and sweats, dinners and breakfasts and many, many hours of talk, laughter and good vibes. To make the Inca Trail is much more than Machu Picchu, it is an experience. Ready?