The Takesi Trail – Bolivia
Used by the Incas as a communication and transport link, the road is a masterstroke of pre-Colombian engineering, featuring water channels and retaining walls built to protect the road from riverine flooding. Today, Takesi remains one of the finest remaining Hispanic paved roads in the region, a testament to the fine work of the original builders.
Starting in the town of Ventilla at a height of 3200 metres, the road rises to La Cumbre at 4640 metres before descending to Chojlla at 2200 metres. One of the easiest Inca treks in South America, the Takesi Trail, while still demanding, is mostly downhill, making it a great choice for the novice hiker.
Following in the footsteps of the Incas, travelers today can trek across the Cordillera Real, soaking in a variety of views as they imagine what it would have been like to walk the same path thousands of years ago.