The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of an extensive Inca Trail system, of more than 23,000 kilometers, that integrated the empire of the Tawantinsuyo (four regions), that covered southern Columbia, the west of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, and ending at the center of Chile and north of Argentina. These trails were mainly around the coast and mountains, but in some cases they reached the nieghbouring tropical mountains of the jungle, which is the case of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, that begins in the capital of the Inca Empire.
The trip through this Andean highway is really a fascinating and unforgettable experience. The Inca Trail, with several sections of stairs,made from big cobblestones, has tunnels dug into the stone and wooden bridges to cross the small rivers that run through the valleys, cloudforests and mountains, in accordance with the advance of the trail revealing all the archaeological places that leads the trekker to be able to observe the intellectuality and the religiousness of the places and the impressive contrast between nature and the knowledge of the Inca. http://www.andeanlifeperu.com