In Cusco, Peru there are new discoveries being made constantly that help reveal the mysteries of the past. Recently archaeologists found another important piece of the puzzle to the history of the Incas. They discovered a new section of the Inca road that leads directly to the most famous site in Peru, Machu Picchu.
As of right now, most of the road is covered by plants and vegetation, but specialists are working to clear it out and restore it. The director of the Machu Picchu site, Fernando Astete, has high hopes and states that it should not take too long to recover the road because of its tremendous importance to the country.
Reports state the road is about one and a half kilometers long and 1.2 to 1.4 meters in width. It begins at Wayraqtambo and goes up to a place with a great view where tourists are able to overlook Machu Picchu. Astete, the director, adds that the road, “offers an impressive view of the llaqta inka (village area) at Machu Picchu, from a different angle than everyone usually sees it, and could help to decongest the tourist flow at Machu Picchu.
It has also been stated that the road has a tunnel made over 500 years ago and is still intact. It is said that the tunnel is built with the Inca architecture style and is almost five meters long.
Astete says that the newly discovered Inca road is “One of the best examples of Inca engineering”. He, along with others, hope that this road can be an alternative to other paths in Machu Picchu. It is sure to attract many tourists and maybe even help decongest the other parts of Machu Picchu. All in all, this new finding will open up many more opportunities to explore the beautiful history of Cusco.