Walking the Inca Trail with Michael Lazo Gamarra

Walking the Inca Trail with Michael Lazo Gamarra


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In the thirteenth century, the Incas expanded already existing pre-Incan civilization roads to an extensive 25,000 miles (40,000 km) network stretching from Colombia to Chile. This was certainly the biggest and most advanced roadwork of that time and an essential system for communicating between regions and the administrative and spiritual Inca capital of Cuzco. This seminar will explore this crucial path as we look at its origins, its impact, and how to hike the Inca Trail today. 
Nowadays, when we talk about the Inca Trail, we refer to the most famous 26 miles (43km) part of this ancient road network that winds through magnificent mountain scenery, subtropical jungle, enigmatic archaeological sites to end up at Machu Picchu. The difficulty of this journey aside, the Inca Trail boasts a unique cross-section of biodiverse microclimates and beautiful flora and fauna typical of the Andes and the cloud forest. 
Led by a professional guide with over 20 years of experience and a degree in both tourism and archaeology, Michael Lazo Gamarra, this interactive seminar will explore the foundations and history of the Inca Trail. We’ll explore what it is like on each hiking day on the trail today, as well as what fauna and flora can be discovered in the cloud jungle. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will emerge with a better understanding of the Inca culture and what it’s like to hike the famous Inca Trail.

Born and raised in Cuzco, Peru, Michael Lazo Gamarra has been working in tourism since 2003 and has been a professional hiker since 2007. As an officially licensed Tour Guide for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, he has hiked the Inca Trail more than 500 times and leads private and group tours in Peru and across South America. He received his degrees in Tourism and Archaeology from the Universidad Andina del Cusco in 2001. Extremely passionate about his culture and his country’s history, he is fascinated by the Inca philosophy and enjoys traveling, hiking, and meeting people from different backgrounds. He loves questions, especially difficult ones, so come prepared.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Judith Edmund (Mainz, DE)
Very informative

Michael gave a presentation with a lot of information that was very interesting. I was very impressed with his tour company. It was great to see everything as I will probably never be able to walk the trail myself.

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Beth Ann from Michigan (Plymouth, US)
Considering Hiking the Inca Trail? Watch this first. Then you'll definately go!

Michael Lazo does a wonderful job giving a practical overview oof what a person can expect while hiking the trail. This type of detailed understanding can really help a person decide if this is a trip they are going to put on their bucket list or not. He also shares so many stunning and beautiful images from along the trail that he's going to make your want to stretch to make it happen! Very well done, very enjoyable conversation.

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Evelien Haels (London, GB)
the mountains are calling, I must go

Excellent presentation of the Inca Trail! I've hiked it myself a couple of years ago and the imagery / videos brought back amazing memories, like being back there. Really great experience (without the hard work of the hike itself) from a very knowledgeable guide with a lot of passion and incredible stories. Also enjoyed learning more about the history of all the inca trails and its purpose. I'm ready to go hiking again, let's go!

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John Sikora (Barrington, US)
Great session

A very good session with a great combination of information about the trail, history, and the biology of the trail.

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Marilyn Epsky (Dunedin, US)
Walking the Inca Trail for Seniors

You will want to hike the Inca Trail after watching Michael. His presentation is very informative and really gives you a feel for what it is like to hike the trail. For those of us not up to the rigors of the actual hike, it is a great way to experience it from home.

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Based on 9 reviews
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Judith Edmund (Mainz, DE)
Very informative

Michael gave a presentation with a lot of information that was very interesting. I was very impressed with his tour company. It was great to see everything as I will probably never be able to walk the trail myself.

Reviewer avatar
Beth Ann from Michigan (Plymouth, US)
Considering Hiking the Inca Trail? Watch this first. Then you'll definately go!

Michael Lazo does a wonderful job giving a practical overview oof what a person can expect while hiking the trail. This type of detailed understanding can really help a person decide if this is a trip they are going to put on their bucket list or not. He also shares so many stunning and beautiful images from along the trail that he's going to make your want to stretch to make it happen! Very well done, very enjoyable conversation.

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Evelien Haels (London, GB)
the mountains are calling, I must go

Excellent presentation of the Inca Trail! I've hiked it myself a couple of years ago and the imagery / videos brought back amazing memories, like being back there. Really great experience (without the hard work of the hike itself) from a very knowledgeable guide with a lot of passion and incredible stories. Also enjoyed learning more about the history of all the inca trails and its purpose. I'm ready to go hiking again, let's go!

J
John Sikora (Barrington, US)
Great session

A very good session with a great combination of information about the trail, history, and the biology of the trail.

M
Marilyn Epsky (Dunedin, US)
Walking the Inca Trail for Seniors

You will want to hike the Inca Trail after watching Michael. His presentation is very informative and really gives you a feel for what it is like to hike the trail. For those of us not up to the rigors of the actual hike, it is a great way to experience it from home.