Monday, November 26, 2007


The real Machu Pichu trails include many other considerations that the general Inca trail tours will not consider. It is vital on your tour to be aware of the background and history of the Incas, and who they were as native South American People. In addition, their language and customs should be understood before embarking on the Inca trail tours. In order to add to your experience and the magnificent beauty of the reign of the Incas. Below are some facts that will ensure that the tour you take is successful and most interesting.

First let’s start with the height of rule when the Inca Empire was among the largest and richest empires in the Americas. The way in which they lived was primitive but well ahead of the times they were in. In most of their daily interactions that are recorded they created, traded, and developed stone, pottery, gold & silver items and many tapestries for their people. The fascinating way in which they were able to keep control of the people in the area of such a large empire. In the beginning they had many tribes each with hundreds of different languages and traditions. They controlled by using developments in architecture, military, and engineering methods that helped to maintain their power & control.

When you visit the great pinnacle of the Incan empire at Machu Pichu, you must stay at one the Machu Pichu hotels that are included in the Inca trail tours. If the view from the top of the stones roads doesn’t impress you the way in which the Incas built their stone roads and bridges joined their intertwined city. Each tribe and conquered community of the Incas were forced to read and comprehend their language, so eventually they all could be of the same language. This extensive planning and preparation for greatness will only add to the adventurous journey that you will have on the Inca trail tours.

In addition to the means of communication they also were prepared for the needed transportation conveniences. Their armies and countrymen were often journeying for miles through the countryside . They were not able to use horses until the 16th century, so they would have to be provided with a means to rest and recharge along the long journey. Thus there were inns along the trails for their animals to rest and feed. They were crossing rope bridges over the Andes and would carry food & military supplies to many cities or towns along the way. The capital of Inca is Cuzco, and all trails would meet in the center of this great city.

The final destination in the Inca trail tours would be the Amazonian rainforests that make the adventure like a magical entrance into the minds and lives of the Inca. The oldest pass is called the Capac Nan Trail and it leads to the village of Ollantaytambo, the “lost city of the Incas”. The ruins are well preserved there because it was hidden by the jungle for many years, until 1911, a historian and explorer named Hiram.

by Thomas H. Lindblom

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