Ten km (6 mi) north of Chala is the old Inca port at the base of an ancient 240-km (149-mi) Inca footpath to Cusco. This path was once used for transporting goods and messages between the Sacred Valley and the coast. Nearly every 7 km (4 mi) along the path you'll see a post where Inca runners relayed notes and changed messengers so that news could be passed from the coast to the mountains within 24 hours. Still in excellent condition, the road exemplifies how important
the ocean resources were to the Inca Empire and how resourceful the Incas were. You can hike in for a few miles on the trail or walk around the ruins in Puerto Inca where you'll find a cemetery temple and many tools used by the coastal Incas. Watch your step: large holes in the ground mark where drying and storage buildings once stood. To get to Puerto Inca, you can walk from Chala in two hours, or get dropped off at Km 603 and hike 3 km (2 mi). If you take a colectivo (shared taxi), you will be packed in like a sardine, but it only costs about S/3. A taxi from Chala runs about S/17.