There are many myths about Machu Picchu and the Inka Trail. In addition to the various legends kept by the inhabitants, there are also myths about them. To avoid any confusion in travelers, we explain the main and most famous myths about the Inka Trail and Machu Picchu.
#4 The road is always saturated by people
This is completely false! Of course, Cusco receives many tourists to travel the Inka Trail, but it does not mean that you will fight for space. The route is limited to 500 people per day. Therefore, you will not cross with a sea of people while you do trekking. Quite the opposite! You will be able to enjoy the landscapes and the spirituality that emanates the place.
#3 Who discovered Machu Picchu?
For years it was believed that the great discoverer of the Ciudadela of Machu Picchu was Hiram Bingham. However, nowadays this is a myth that has already been denied even in documentaries. The inhabitants of Cusco do not forget the name of the true discoverer: Agustín Lizarraga. In 1902, Lizárraga, who was a farmer, climbed Machu Picchu and recorded his name and date on the temple wall of “Las Tres Ventanas”.
#2 The Inka Trail is just for athletes
Many believe that because of height, this activity is only for athletes. However, this is not entirely true. Although altitude is one of the most difficult challenges of the Inka Trail, what you can do is acclimatize yourself for a few days. That is, you can arrive two or three days before to get used to the climate of Cusco. In this way, you can complete the challenge and reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu!
#1 I can do the Inka Trail by myself
Some years ago this was possible. However, nowadays you can not do the Inka Trail alone. If you want to travel the way of the Inka ancestors, you must do it under the guidance of an Agency authorized by the National Cultural Institute of Cusco (INC). Therefore, if you plan to visit Cusco to carry out this activity, please note that you must contact an agency authorized by the INC!
These are some famous myths about the Inka Trail and Machu Picchu, remember that there are plenty of this. So, if you want to know more about it, contact us!
Updated: July 6, 2017