The Inca Trail combines a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. We hiked for 4 days along this ancient, scenic path to the ancient site of Machu Picchu. The hike is challenging, but the trail is as incredible as Machu Picchu itself.
It is located 3,300–3,400 meters above sea level, near the town of Písac in the Urubamba Valley. The Intihuatana was so-called because the Incas are believed to have “tied” the sun to a hitching post during sunrise on the solstice to stop it from going any further away. It is said to be important in telling Inca when to harvest their crops. Archaeologists believe that it was used for making astronomical observations and calculating the passing of time.