Inca Trail Adventure Tours
Situated between 1,600 to 2,600 ft above sea level, this monumental road, which could reach 66 ft in width, connected populated areas, administrative centers, agricultural and mining zones, as well as ceremonial centers and sacred spaces.
These roads provided easy, reliable, and quick routes for the Empire’s civilian and military communications, personnel movement, and logistical support. The prime users were imperial soldiers, porters, and llama caravans, along with the nobility and individuals on official duty. Permission was required before others could walk along the roads, and tolls were charged at some bridges. Although the Inca roads varied greatly in scale, construction, and appearance, for the most part they varied between about 3.3 to 13 ft in width.
Much of the system was the result of the Incas claiming exclusive right over numerous traditional routes, some of which had been built centuries earlier. Many new sections were built or upgraded substantially: through Chile’s Atacama desert, and along the western margin of Lake Titicaca, serve as two examples.