The secret route of the Incas

Do you know that Peru has more than one hundred thousand sites of archaeological interest? What madness, right?

In any route through this country, it is very common to find posters on both sides of the road announcing archaeological remains, mostly from the Inca empire. Some of these archaeological remains can be visited freely at the foot of the road or a few meters away.

For this reason, and for many other attractions, Peru is undoubtedly the most tourist country in South America. It receives more than 2 million tourists every year. The capital, Lima, where all international flights arrive, takes the deserved fame of a gastronomic city (you have to try the ceviche and the huancahina potato, too rich!). And Cusco, is the archaeological city par excellence. We dedicate this post with curiosities and practical information to visit the city in the form of cougar.

The Inca Empire began to form in Peru, specifically in Cusco, which makes this city a place full of culture, myths, legends and buildings that tell us through their stones a past with a lot of history. The Incas spread throughout the Andean region, from what we know today as southern Colombia and Ecuador, and reached the north of Chile, Bolivia and Brazil, in an area they called the Tahuantinsuyo.

The secret route of the Incas

There are many ways to get to places that were important for this Inca civilization. Many secret routes that the Incas used in their walking tours, are currently recovering; other roads, we will never know exactly how they went. To do any trekking of the Incas route it is advisable, (and for some routes, it is mandatory) to always make the journey with an agency, for safety, comfort and to avoid any inconvenience. The two most requested and known routes are those that leave from Cusco and arrive at Machu Picchu and Choquequirao. We did the tour in our van, and we explain how to do it in this post. Although if one day we return to this area so full of world history, we will certainly do one of these two trekkings, which offer a different and more natural vision of the place.

Machu Picchu

The archaeological attractions of this citadel and the place where it is located, make Machu Picchu the best known and internationally famous place. And it really is a magic corner. In this post we explain how our experience was to this Inca citadel, which does not leave anyone indifferent.

Choquequirao

Choquequirao was an Inca city located near the Salcantay volcano. This archaeological monument is made up of terraces and buildings on several levels, structurally very similar to Machu Picchu, for what many call it “the sacred sister”. To visit this city, the usual thing is to make a 4-5 day route starting from the city of Cusco. The route crosses through beautiful landscapes, and is an ideal trekking for nature lovers. For the moment, the cable car that will connect the town of Kiuñalla with Choquequirao is still in project, which will increase tourism to this area. For now, it is still a little busy trekking, so if you dare to visit the area, it will be an interesting route for the Incas.

image by www.portalmachupicchu.com

BEYOND THE SACRED VALLEY

The area of Cusco and the Sacred Valley are the most representative of the Inca culture in Peru, but we want to highlight two more destinations, which we loved and they seem indispensable if you want to visit these Andean lands: The condor canyon in Arequipa and the lake Titicaca. 

CONDOR CANYON – AREQUIPA

On the road that connects Cusco with Lake Titicaca, one of the most beautiful points to make a small detour, is the Colca Canyon, in Arequipa, the cradle of one of the most beautiful birds of this country: The Condor. In this post we explain the experience and how to enjoy the place.

LAKE TITICACA

On Lake Titicaca, visiting the indigenous peoples who still keep their traditions, culture and clothing alive, is a unique experience. In the town of Llachón we were lucky enough to meet the family of Felix, who showed us the culture behind the typical hats and the textiles that are still made by hand.

On the other hand, from Puno daily boats leave to visit the floating islands of the Uros, a tradition and a very particular way of life. A point that we had on the map from long before going on the road and that leaves no one indifferent. We made this video to document our passage through the Los Uros community.

How to travel to Perú

If you want to travel and enjoy these secret routes of the Incas, you can do it on your own, by bus and some sections in the tourist train of Cusco. On the other hand, if you do not have a lot of time, we recommend that you put yourself in the hands of a good agency that is concerned about organizing everything so you only have to worry about enjoying and taking lots of photos. After touring and recognizing this area for several months, the travel agency that we can recommend is Kareba Viatges, because the route offered by the place seems to us one of the most complete and well organized.

So there is no excuse to immerse yourself in this Inca culture and enjoy one of the most culturally alive countries in South America. We hope you enjoy it!

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2 responses to “The secret route of the Incas”

  1. Pepe Yanes

    Hola jóvenes:
    Nos alegramos de que vuestro viaje siga viento en popa. Nosotros volveremos a la carga en Enero de 2019. Ahora tenemos la furgo en Zorritos (norte de Perú). Pretendemos hacer centro américa en Abril aproximadamente. Si no tiráis muy deprisa hacia el norte, puede que nos encontremos, cosa que nos encantaría. Hablamos
    Un abrazo
    Pepe y Alegría

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