Inca Trail Hiking with Zephyr Adventures

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    Browsing Posts published in December, 2015

    Dear Inca Trail,

    A love letter to the Inca TrailI will never forget the moment I first laid my eyes on you. Or how you took my breath away, both figuratively and literally, with your countless yet beautiful ancient steps. It was a true case of love at first sight.

    After hours of walking along the trail taking in your majestic mountain scenery and climbing through your lush cloud forest, your charm and splendor continued to grow. What a privilege it was to walk along your paths – dangerous and inviting at the same time.

    Inca Trail, you make it easy to transplant myself to 500 years ago when the Incans were forging their path, and yet it is hard to fathom how those skilled ancient peoples created you without the technology of today. Though we may never truly understand you, it is clear that you were devised for some greater purpose.

    Journeying along your path has deeply changed me and brought me a whole new perspective on beauty, life, love, and achievement. I am forever indebted to you.
    Love always,

    Your fervent wanderer

    Machu Picchu is the ancient Incan city known for its intriguing architectural and archeological sites and is even one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, but it is also known for its other longtime residents — llamas!

    Llamas of Machu PicchuLlamas were a treasured staple of Incan culture for their ability to survive on small amounts of water and poor-quality plants found at 3,000-5,000 feet, while still providing wool and meat.  They also have the ability to carry heavy loads over the rocky terrain.  Their poop is even said to be one of the secrets to the Incas’ success, as it was a very effective fertilizer for maize, the Inca’s main food source!  Llama herders were held in such high esteem that they were considered members of nobility back in the day.

    The people of the Andes domesticated llamas around 4,000 B.C. The fact that they are still roaming freely around the grounds of Machu Picchu today (along with their cousins, the alpacas) adds to the historical experience while visiting the ruins.  These fuzzy, adorable ungulates are quite gentle and are accustomed to humans stopping by to visit their home. And with Machu Picchu being one of the most photographed tourist attractions, the photogenic llamas who call it home are also quite used to striking a pose for you, or even photobombing your epic shot.

    With January 1 just around the corner, it’s never too early to start thinking about what your New Year’s resolutions might be. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is not only on many a globe trotter’s New Year’s resolution list, but their lifetime bucket list as well – and no wonder! It’s a tremendous achievement that includes travel, physical activity, cultural immersion, and mental strength.
    4 Reasons to Add Hiking the Inca Trail To Your Bucket List

    4 reasons to add Hiking the Inca Trail to your bucket list:


    • Relive Ancient History: While hiking the Inca Trail, you will be walking on the exact stones that were laid down by thousands of workers more than 500 years ago. As you’re trekking along, you’ll get to explore one of the world’s greatest archeological sites and imagine what everyday life would have been like for the ancient Incans.


    • Complete One of the World’s Greatest Hikes: Some of the greatest hikes typically fall into two categories: hikes you do to get to a destination and hikes you do for the journey itself. The Inca Trail is special because it fits into both of these categories. During your trek, you are treated to spectacular views of the mountains and amazing ancient architecture, but you certainly won’t be disappointed when you arrive at the impressive Machu Picchu ruins on the final portion of the hike.


    • Visit One of The New 7 Wonders of the World: Declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is regarded as a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned citadel’s existence was a secret known only to peasants living in the region. Getting to see this magnificent ancient city first hand is well worth the strenuous hike to get there.


    • Feel a Major Sense of Accomplishment: We all need to challenge ourselves every once in awhile to keep life from getting stale. In fact, facing new obstacles can be quite exhilarating! The Inca Trail is a true physical and mental challenge as the hike takes place at high altitude, topping out at around 13,750 feet above sea level. This can make breathing and walking a physical feat of strength in itself. As with most endurance challenges, being mentally prepared for a trek like this is just as important as being physically fit. By training ahead of your trip, you can ensure that you are up for whatever the trail puts in your path.


    So what do you say, are you up for the challenge? Join fellow adventurers this April as we make our journey on the Classic Inca Trail or book your own private trek with a date of your choice.