WHAT IS THE INCA TRAIL?
THE LARGEST ROAD NETWORK IN THE EMPIRE OF THE INCAS
The Inca Trail is the name that has been given to the road networks or roads that make up the road system of the Inca Empire, in this sense the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an Inca route through which one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Along the way, different archeological sites, beautiful landscapes and beautiful panoramic views are known and enjoyed. The Inca trail is very famous worldwide, and is known by many tourists because it is part of the road networks that linked the great Inca empire. The Inca Trail is part of an extensive system of road networks of more than 23,000 kilometers that integrated the Tahuantinsuyo Empire (meaning “Four parts of the World”). This road covered Colombia, western Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, and reaches central Chile and northern Argentina. These roads are found on the coast or in the mountains but in some cases they are located on the edge of the rainforest. It was built by the Empire of the Incas more than 500 years ago that ends in the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Along the route you can find innumerable Inca archaeological remains, such as towers, water sources, platforms, observatories, temples, houses and the Inca Trail itself, these roads or paths are built with stones. The Inca trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best treks or trekking in the world. The Inca trail network was a system of roads that linked great distances, to the most important points of the Coast, Sierra and the Jungle. This network of roads was called “Qhapaq Ñan”, which in Quechua means the Mighty Way or the Great Way. Like all the important cities of the empire, the city of Machu Picchu, connected to Cusco (Capital of the Empire), through the Inca road that we have traveled so far.