o travel the old road, surrounded of forests and thrilling abysses that drives to Machu
, the Sacred City of the Inca, is an experience that seems to be extracted of a fantastic story, in which the main character, with the force of his legs and the
pushof his heart, goes into the path of history and revives the incidents of the legendary Chasquis, the Andean messengers.
Getting to Machu
walking the Roads of the Inca takes 4 days, through a serpenting route, with sidewalks and hundred of stone steps, with tunnels and bridges (built hundred of years ago) that cross the mountain and the forest of Cusco
. The Incas, to integrate and to control the four regions of their Empire that extended up to the current territories of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Chile, built thousands of kilometers of stone roads that kept harmony with the nature and had their origin in the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) in the city of the Cusco.
The Inca Trail that leads to Machu
is, without any doubt,
the most celebrated of those that exist in Peru and South America, because the walker finds valuable archaeological remains, besides a great fauna and flora variety.
The natural scenario in which the Incas traced the road, is so rich that occasionally one can meet with a bear of glasses (Tremarctos omaturs), a cockerel of the rocks (Rupícola peruviana), a dwarf deer (Pudu mephistopheles); besides pumas, Andean foxes, river otters, mount cats, picaflores, ducks of the torrents and parrots, among others. The flora is exuberant and exotic. There are 90 varieties of orchids, begonias and goads existing in the area and they give an additional charm to the Roads of the Incas thanks to their beauty and coloring.