16 breathtaking images of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu


The Inca Trail traverses not only incredible landscapes and mountains, but also connects various archaeological ruins and fortifications which are even more impressive thanks to the incredible environment that surrounds them. The most famous route starts from Cori-huayra-china, and takes around three to four days of hike to arrive to Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy around 38 kilometers of incredible mountain scenery.

The journey has been characterized by many as magical, not only because of the incredible Inca fortifications that you will see, but because of the diversity of ecosystems, climates and landscapes, ranging from cloud forests, lush vegetation, mountains and ending with the arrival of the majestic ancient city of Machu Picchu, a place that you should definitely visit if you have a chance.

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level in the Cusco region of Peru situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley, this ancient city is the most familiar icon of the great Inca civilization. It is believed to have been built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. According to scholars, Machu Picchu was an ancient city built-in classical Inca style, with construction elements that defy our very own engineering skills today. Archaeologists have been baffled by the fact that most of the junctions in the central city are so perfect that not even a blade of grass can fit between the stones. Machu Picchu has three primary structured identified by archaeologists; the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.

The ancient city’s property covers 32,592 hectares of mountain slopes, peaks and valleys.

Here, we present you with images of the incredible Inca trail, the magical landscapes and Machu Picchu, take your time and enjoy these incredible images which have been photographed by those who have had the honor to visit one of the most incredible ancient cities of the world:

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Enjoy!


The images gathered here are a set of photographs obtained from Instagram, culturefocus.com and airpano.com

 


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Ivan

Ivan is editor-in-chief at ancient-code.com, he also writes for Universe Explorers. You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.

2 Comments

  1. God it would have been incredible to grow up there.
    Also picture twelve is simply unbelievable.

  2. Thank you! I never realized its size until I saw the people walking so far away and so small! Wow! It’s even more impressive now!

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