There is hiking.
And then, there is Hiking through the 500-year-old Inca trail of the Intihuatana (Intiwatana) ruins in Pisac, Cusco when you are on vacation to Machu Picchu Peru.
The journey begins in the small town of Pisac, Cusco, which is also famous for one of the largest Andean artisanal markets in Peru.
Tip: I had mentioned in my previous post not to shop for souvenirs in Aguas Calientes. I do recommend shopping for artifacts in Pisac market.
There is something spiritual about walking the path through the deep mountains of Intihuatana that was traversed by the indigenous folks pre-Inca and post-Inca times.
How to hike the trail in pictures
Take a cab from Pisac village up to the base of the Kallaqasa ruins.
Keep your eyes open for some incredible delights.
Tip: This hike can take about 3-5 hours depending on how you hike. There are no services through the trail. Carry plenty of water and snacks. Do not deviate from the Trail.
Continue to the Intihuatana Trail
You will arrive in the artisanal Market of Pisac.
Want to watch the hike on video. Check out the following video I made.
Tip: In order to get the best bargains at the market, arrive close to closing time, which is around 5:00 PM. Pick a stall at the far end of the market (not near the main entrance but near to where the trail ends close to the rangers office). Over here, find a stall manned by a kid. Any kid. Don’t be fooled. The kids are adept negotiators and they have an adult nearby. But all things being equal, you have better chance of getting good bargains with the kids. Of course, be fair. Pay what you think is fair. Prices are inflated for tourists and bargaining is expected and respected.
Disclaimer: A portion of this tour was sponsored by Gate1 Travel. Check out their other incredible tours in Peru.
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