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The site of Machu Picchu is gaining popularity and therefore the local government has decided that they need to up the level of protection for Machu Picchu making sure that the site is duly protected for the years and visitors to come. Therefore, the INC, the governing body that manages Machu Picchu has implemented some new regulations that take place from July 1 onward. Below we will inform you of the most important changes and how they affect the visits to this majestic Inca heritage.

Summary:

Machu Picchu is by far the best known destination in Peru but for some people it may come as a surprise that Machu Picchu was not the most important city for the Incas. The most important city for the Incas was by far Cusco (also written as Cuzco or Qosqo in Quechuea). It was here that all governmental power, religious leaders and astrologers where based and it was from here that the huge empire was being organized. The most important buildings in Cusco were the 14 Inca Palaces on what is now the Plaza de Armas and the site of Coricancha at what is nowadays called Sol Avenue.

This Huchuy Qosqo hike & 1 day Machu Picchu visit takes you from Cusco to the Sacred Valley passing by some impressive views and visiting the small site of Huchuy Qosqo. From here you will continue to Ollantaytambo for the train to Machu Picchu. This is a relatively new route that is not that often done so a great chance to enjoy the peace and quietness of the Andean highlands with few or no people around.

 

This 4 day Lares hike takes you from Cusco to the village Calca in the Sacred Valley from here you will drive into the mountains to start your first day of hiking. You will start this hike surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes and even touch the 4000 meters for the first time. This hike, besides being a great alternative when the Inca Trail sells out is a hike with a secondary focus on the beautiful and authentic Andean villages you will be visiting.

This 4 day adventure does not take you to Machu Picchu but to another large Inca Site; Choquequirao. Choquequirao means “the Cradle of Gold” and is an Inca site with a size that is almost comparable with that of Machu Picchu but does not have the number of visitors Machu Picchu receives. The site can only be reached on foot and parts of it are cleared and other parts still overgrown by nature giving it a very authentic flavor. The hike takes two days there and two days return. Ideally one can add one more day in order to discover the true extend of this site.

For people who do not have the time to do the entire 4 day Inca Trail or like hiking but don’t feel like camping, there is also the shorter 2 day Inca Trail available. This shorter trail will give you the chance to enjoy a part of the Inca Trail, get to know its ambience and maybe even more important enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Even though it is called 2 day Inca the trek only involves one day of hiking. The night is usually spent in a hotel or hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Here is an overview of what the two day Inca Trail looks like;

Basically there are two types of hikes that take you to Machu Picchu; the Inca Trails or the Alternative hikes. Following you can information about both;

 

Inca Trails to Machu Picchu;

It was around 1450 when the site of Machu Picchu was constructed and only a hundred years later it was abandoned. This site was surprisingly never discovered by the Spanish and so has become a great source of information about the Inca civilization

Here is a report from one of our new staff who went to visit Machu Picchu for the first time.

Monday May 19, 2014. Finally the day had arrived to visit Machu Picchu. After two months in Cusco, I really was becoming more and more curious about this mythical destination.