Inca Trail FAQs
What is the Inca Trail?
Most popular route
One of the most popular trekking routes. The Inca Trail is a path made of stone that takes us to the top of the Andes, its extension passes through different scenic views and archaeological sites that as a final destination leads us to the Wonder: Machupicchu, a unique experience to make contact with the nature and the living culture of Peru.
This road made by the Incas is considered one of the best trekking routes in South America. Starts at a point called Km82. And from here begins our journey that usually takes place camping at night in strategic places.
How many days does the Inca Trail takes?
There are 2 options to carry out the Inca Trail:
• Inca Trail (Short) of 2 days and 1 Night
• Inca Trail (Classic) 4 Days and 3 Nights
When can I perform the Inca Trail?
This route is open all year, however only the month of February is closed so that the state can do the corresponding maintenance.
However, the best time of year to carry out the Inca Trail is between April and November.
Is it easy to access the route?
Due to the high demand of visitors and before a possible erosion, the state has decided to limit the number of income. Only 500 people can access for this route, of which only 200 spaces are for Tourists and the rest are for Guides and Porters.
So making a pre-reservation is very important to make secure your spaces. Plan your trip ahead of time and make the reservation at least 6 months in advance.
Where and How I can book the Inca Trail?
To make a reservation it is very important to hire the services of an Operative Agency such as PERUVIAN HIGHLAND TREK EXPEDITION EIRL. Authorized to operate the Inca road network with Authorization Code, granted by the Ministry of Culture.
To make the reservation of the INKA TRAIL we need the following:
1. Name of the Tour you want to make
2. Date you wish to make the Tour
3. Full name
4. Passport Number
5. Date of Birth
8. Make the corresponding payment of the tour
What are “Alternative Treks to Inca Trail”?
Alternative Treks are Options that are given instead of the Inca Trail. The Alternative Routes, unlike the Inca Trail, do not have a space limit, however your reservation can be made up to one month in advance. As in the Inca Trail, during the days of trekking in an Alternate Route we will have the possibility to see incredible landscapes, from the Andean to the tropic scenaries, we will be able to live with the Andean culture, and of course there will be camps during the night.
The difference between the Inca trail and an alternative Trek is that in the Inca Trail, we enter to Machu Picchu from the “Sun Gate”, instead in an Alternate Route, we will enter through a different route; in this case we will spend one night in a hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes and the next day we will take a bus that will take us directly to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Which are the Alternative Treks?
These are the alternative routes that we recommend most:
1. Salkantay Trek.- Salkantay Trek the most Classic one, we can offer. Its main attraction is the imposing snowcapped Salkanatay, and it is very famous for its diversity of microclimates. This trek can be done in “5 days and 4 nights” or “4 days and 3 nights”.
2. Lares Trek.- Lares Trek is a route that goes toward the Andean side, living the traditional culture with local people in the highest andean geography, normally takes 4 days and 3 nights to make this experience
3. Choquequirao.- Choquequirao Trek goes for trekking lovers since to get to Machu Picchu by this route will take us 8 days and 7 nights.
Choquequirao is an archaeological center, it is known by the stones in llama form and it is currently larger than the citadel of Machupicchu. However, we can visit exclusively Choquequirao in 4 Days and 3 Nights.
What should I bring?
We suggest you always have the most important thing, here are some recommendations:
- Passport.- It is very important to carry your own documentation with you.
- Day Backpack.- It must be something small and not more than 25L. and must contain the following:
- Water storage
- Purification Tablets
- Snacks.- Something small for the day.
- Rain clothes.- Especially for the rainy season, include waterproof jackets and long pants.
- Sunblock, sunglasses.
- Insect repellent
- Trekking shoes or boots
- Sleeping back- You can also rent from us.
- T-shirts, shorts and sandals
- Warm clothes for the nights.
- Personal Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hand gel, hand wipes,
- Personal medications
Climate of Cusco
Due to the geographical location, Cusco has a dry and temperate climate; those determine two seasons in the year:
Dry season: From April to October, with sunny days, and cold nights(July is the coolest month) with approx. 13 ° C average of temperature. The months of June, July and August are the driest months
Wet Season: From November to March; cold days with approx. 12 ° C average of temperature, with raining and cold, frost and hail are common, sometimes sunny with up to 20 ° C.
However Machu Picchu has a hot and humid climate, Due to its location is at the edge of the jungle ; almost during the day is sunny and cool at night. Its average temperature is 12 ° C to 24 ° C