The Classic Inca Trail tour is considered one of the 10 most famous treks in the world and is located in the Peruvian Andes region. This network of Inca Trails has a historical legacy since they were built by the most important civilization in South America “The Incas”, these Inca Trails are more than 500 years old and today it is one of the main accesses to get there. to the lost city of the Incas Machupicchu.
10 things to do on the Inca Trail
Throughout the 42 km that are covered in 04 days we will cross inter-Andean valleys, rivers, snow-capped peaks, ravines, waterfalls and we will appreciate beautiful landscapes in the Peruvian Andes.
This sacred road houses different archaeological centers that are proof of the cultural legacy that the Incas left us, during the journey we will visit religious centers, Inca temples, resting places, Inca towns, agricultural terraces, etc.
The Inca Trail tour takes place within a natural area protected by the Peruvian State because it houses a variety of flora species (Orchids, native trees, Bromeliads, ferns, etc.) and fauna (Andean bear, Cock of the Rock, vizcacha, Andean deer, Puma, hummingbird, snake, etc.)
Due to the physical demand that is required to carry out this trek, it is important to highlight the work carried out by our porters or Andean Sherpas, who are responsible for handling all the logistics and setting up the camps for our visitors, so it is important to emphasize the work of our high mountain chefs, who prepare the food and drinks during the journey, preparing the appreciated Peruvian food with Andean flavors.
Before visiting the Inca Trail we give you the following advice:
1. WHEN SHOULD I BOOK THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU?
The Inca Trail is one of the Top 10 best treks in the entire world, which is why there are many visitors who want to do this adventure. however, it is important to know that there is a limited number of daily spaces and you have to reserve well in advance.
The Ministry of Culture enables 500 daily spaces for people who will make this route. Here it should be noted that among the 500 spaces it includes Tourists, Professional Tourism Guides, support staff (Cooks and Porters).
The income to the Inca Trail is reserved with a minimum of 06 months in advance due to the great demand that this sacred route has.
The reservation and purchase of income to the Inca Trail are made only with authorized Travel and Tourism Agencies.
2. WHAT IS THE TOTAL DISTANCE OF THE INCA TRAIL?
The Inca Trail begins in the community of Piscacucho, at km 82 of the Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu route.
From this point Piscacucho to the lost city of the Incas Machupicchu extends 42 km (26 miles).
3. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE INCA TRAIL?
The highest point of the Inca Trail route is the “Abra Warmiwañuska”, 4215 meters above sea level (13828 feet).
Sacred mountain called “Abra Warmiwañusca” or “Paso de la Mujer Dormida” which can be ascended on the second day of the Inca Trail route.
4. IS THE INCA TRAIL OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND?
No, The Inca Trail temporarily closes the months of February of each year for the purposes of natural recovery of ecosystems, maintenance of cultural heritage and service infrastructure. Indeed, this month the entry of people to the Inca Trail is not allowed.
5. WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT THE INCA TRAIL?
The Cusco Region has two very marked climatic seasons, the rainy season (from November to March) and the dry season (from April to October). It is recommended that during the months of the dry season visits to the Inca Trail be made because there is little rainfall, the climate is adequate and warm.
6. CAN I DO THE INCA TRAIL ON MY OWN?
According to the Regulations for tourist use of the Inca Trail Network, visits to the Inca Trail are made through authorized Travel and Tourism Agencies, who are in charge of providing all the equipment, support staff and guide service. tourism professionals for a better development of travel experiences on the Inca Trail.
Today it is not allowed to do the Inca Trail on your own.
7. CAN I DO THE INCA TRAIL WITH CHILDREN?
According to the Regulations for tourist use of the Inca Trail Network, children over 8 years of age can take the walk accompanied by their parents. It is recommended to follow the following advice in case you want to do the Inca Trail with children.
Children older than 08 years old must be in good physical condition and have previously made some previous walks.
It is recommended to do the Short Way of 02 days / 01 night in case you want to do it with children older than 08 years of age. (Short Inca Trail – 12km)
In case they decide to do the classic Inca trail of 04 days / 03 nights, parents must prepare
plow them psychologically for the journey.
8. HOW MANY DAYS DOES THE WALK LAST?
The classic Inca Trail (42km) takes place in 04 days/03 nights, this trek is recommended for people who have a high level of experience in hiking.
Also the Classic Inca Trail (42km) can be done more calmly in 05 days / 04 nights, this trek is recommended for groups of families or older adults who have a moderate level of experience in hiking.
There is an alternative that is the Short Inca Trail (Short Inca Trail – 12km), this trek is recommended for tourists who did not get the income to the Classic Inca Trail, as well as for people who have a moderate level of experience in treks .
9. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO DO THE INCA TRAIL?
The prices to do the Inca Trail vary according to each travel and tourism agency. It can be said that the average cost to do the Inca Trail is $600.00 (six hundred US dollars per person).
10. WHAT SHOULD I TAKE TO THE INCA TRAIL?
THINGS TO TAKE TO THE INCA TRAIL TOUR:
- original passport
- Trekking backpack (size 25 liters).
- Canteens or Camel bag (1-2 liters).
- trekking shoes
FOR THE CANVAS BAG:
- Porters will carry up to 7kg of your personal items. This should include your regular sleeping bag and matra (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.0 kg.
- personal medication
- Quick dry polo shirts.
- Trekking pants.
- warm jacket
- Rain jacket and pants
- Sun hat
- Waterproof gloves
- Comfortable shoes for camping
- rain poncho
- Quick Dry Towel
- Portable charger (you will not have access to electricity during the trek)
- Large plastic bags to organize dirty and clean clothes.
- Sleeping bag (we recommend -10C degrees centigrade)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
INSIDE YOUR BACKPACKS:
NOTE: Backpacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend that smaller is better. According to the current regulations of the Ministry of Culture, backpacks of more than 25 liters are not allowed in Machupicchu. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside the gates of the attraction.
- Sun hat
- Rain clothes
- Gel alcohol
- Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste.
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks