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Inca Trail Tours 2022

Inca Trail Tours 2022

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is the most legendary and by far the most well-known hike in Peru. If you’re moderately healthy, the 4 Day Inca trail hike is the most wonderful way to get to the secret Inca city. After a night in Cusco, you’ll begin on the 44km path along the old Inca trade route that winds its way up through the Andes to the out-of-the-way, and practically out of reach, Machu Picchu. This is the path the Incas used to walk to get to Machu Picchu. Hiking for four days continuous and traversing across the highest pass at 4200m, the Inca Trail is not for the weak, but it’s definitely an experience that you won't forget and a real climax of your Peru trip. During this four-day trekking, you will sleep in tents and you will come across many Inca sites. The landscapes across the peaks of the Andes are amazingly dazzling and it's hard to explain the blissfulness you'll get when you finish your three-day Inca Trail. This is the only trek that really ends at Machu Picchu and not at the village of Aguas Calientes.

 

In 2001 it was decided that the 4 Day Inca Trail was becoming too seriously degraded because of the number of people using it and the porters were exploited (the porters load 60 kg during 4 days) Figures for 2000 show that 50,000 people walked the trail (Inca Trail without a guide or with guide), compared with 300,000 visiting Machu Picchu. On an average day in the high season, 190 people arrived at Machu Picchu having walked the trail. The Ministerio de Cultura and Sernanrp (Peruvian authorities) proposed therefore to introduce limits on the number of people using the Inca Trails.

 

The Inca Trail New rules 2022 - The Inca Trail reopened with limited permits, there are only 500 spots available for the trail involving the trekkers, professional guide, chef, and porters. We recommend that you book in advance.

Essential Information

Sustainable Tourism: At Salkantay Trek Machu, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism and support local communities.

Difficulty Hike: 3 Demanding.

Age Requirements: 12+

Group Available: Min: 2 - Max: 8

Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide, Cook, and a Horseman with horses.

Accommodation: 3x Campsite (Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna).

Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon hot beverage 

Transportation: Private transportation, train ticket return to Cusco.

Camping Equipment: A double tent, Inflatable sleeping roll mattress, feather sleeping bag (-5 grade), a pair of hiking poles, inflatable pillow camping, and others (More details, You can view our camping equipment included!). 

 

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Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa

Day 02: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna

Day 04: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

Highlights of the 4 Day Inca Trail:

  • 4 day Inca Trail hike with a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters,
  • Following the best Inca Trail route with many varieties of flora and fauna
  • Visit of Incan monuments inaccessible by road,
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour during the Inca Trail
  • Taste the Peruvian food during the hiking to Machu Picchu

4 Day Inca Trail Map

4 day Inca Trail Map

 

 



 

 

Inca Trail Tours

There are several trail to Machu Picchu and tour operators. Salkantay Trek Machu offers the best trek Machu Picchu 2021 2022 with the best price, check below and booking Inca Trail.

 

Inca Trail Backpacking 2022

The 4 day Inca Trail service involves all inclusive equipment, permits and meals and If you want the best price, we recommend the Cheap Inca Trail tours. This service involves the basic equipment, double tent, mattress, food, Inca Trail permits and other services.

 

Short Inca Trail

 

If you would to booking Inca Trail and it is fully booked, we can recommend the 2 day hike to Inca Trail, there are spaces available every day. 

Extra information:

Inca Trail Itinerary Map - Google

If you would like more details about the trail, click here and explore the Inca route

 

Inca Trail Availability

Please check availability for the date you want before booking your Inca Trail 2021 - 2022.

 

Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions

May you have some question about the Inca Trail. 

 

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains

Huayna Picchu mountains not included in our service, it is the extra.

 

Inca Trail Booking Policies

Visit our Inca Trail Booking Policies

 

How to Book the Inca Trail

To complete your booking, we will require your personal details, full name, passport, nationality and day of birthday. Once sent, our booking department will require the 50% pre-payment for your book your entrance fee and train ticket. Inca Trail Book and Payment you will find the next step to book and payment.

 

Why to book with Salkantay Trek Machu Tour Operator

  • A licensed tour guide for 8 trekkers, two licensed tour guides from 9 up to 16 trekkers.
  • Specialist operators for international tour companies.

  • Inca Trail tour operator since 2006
  • Highly experienced english speaking guide.

  • Camping tents for 4 season
  • Inclusion all equipment for your Classic Inca Trail (sleeping bag, thermarest mattress, etc) 

  • Nutritious, well-balanced, hearty and healthy buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness.
  • Drinking water since the second day to fill up your water container for the day hike
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Gentle wake up each morning! with a hot drink (coca tea, chocolate, coffee, etc)
  • We catter for any food restriction
  • Private bus to head trail
  • Comfortable sleeping foam roll matts (Therma a rest mattress
  • Salkantay Trek Machu hires peruvian professional staff like guides, assistant guides, chefs, and porters and pay them with good wages far lots better than other tour companies do.

Responsible Travel

Salkantay Trek Machu porters

Salkantay Trek Machu DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! There is still a long way to go when it comes to a reserve of adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation.

 

Alternatives Treks:

Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Ayapata

To start our 4 Day Inca Trail Hike, we will wake up  very early to them travel to Piscacucho or commonly known as the "Km 82", thus starting our tour "Inca Trail to Machu Picchu", then go to "Patallacta". Once there, we will continue walking to the place where we will have lunch and then walk to "Ayapata", place where we will spend our first night.

Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours
Trekking distance: 17 km
Max. elevation: 3,850m (12,630 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,600 m (8,530 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Day 02: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Early after breakfast, you continue your hike ascending towards the highest point of the trail - Abra Warmiwañusqa ( Dead Woman´s Pass) at 4,200 metres passing through the cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corral Punku offering excellent views of surrounding snowcapped peaks. From Warmiwañusqa, you descend to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,300 m), where you have a lunch break. Then you continue hiking through the valley to the Inca´s ruins of Runkuracay where a guided tour follows. Afterwards, you climb up and get over the second pass - Abra Runkurakay (3,860m) walking on this "Royal Inca´s Highway" down to the next Inka site - Sayacmarca. On the way, you pass the Yanacocha Lake. In the end, we get to our second campsite - Chaquicocha (3,670 m).


Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours
Trekking distance: 12 km
Max. elevation: 4,200 m (12,630 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
Difficulty: Challenging

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Winaywayna

Today, we start hiking passing through lovely subtropical vegetation and many important archaeological sites. Before we reach the first site, we get over Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,670 m) and just behind it, we can see the Phuyupatamarca Inka complex (3,600 m), one of the best preserved and most completed sites of this 4 day Inca Trail hike. The complex is located on the top of a mountain and it corresponds with its Quechuan name that means the "Town above the Clouds". After a guided tour, we have lunch there. Then, we start a steep descent via a cloud forest offering an opportunity to see beautiful orchids and different bird species on the way to our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,700 m). There, we have a guided tour of the same-named impressive archaeological complex consisting of a religious sector, urban sector and an agricultural centre with lots of stepped terraces. Afterwards, we are served dinner and then we go to sleep to get ready for the exciting Machu Picchu hike!!

Estimated trekking time: 5-6 hours
Trekking distance: 10 km
Max. elevation: 3,670 m (12,040 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 04: Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

This is the last day of the 4 day hike to Inca Trail so we get ready early in the morning and after breakfast, we start climbing antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu!! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called "Lost City of the Incas"!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb either the peak of Huayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) or Machu Picchu Mountain (1 hour, 30 minutes up and down) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! This 4 day trek to Machu Picchu finishes by afternoon's descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where we take a train back to Ollantaytambo, there you will take the tourist bus to Cusco. Arrival in the evening. 

Estimated trekking time: 3 hours
Trekking distance: 4 km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,400 m (7,875 ft)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

What is Included on the Inca Trail Tours?

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (3 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment and and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Thermarest mattress (inflatable mattress for more comfort to sleep in the trail)
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Classic Inca Trail Map;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town,
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the "Solo Traveler" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Inca Trail Advisor

Day 1 - 3: We pick you up from your hotel at 05:30 am and transfer to Km 82 (2hrs 40min), where start hiking the Inca Trail with a professional guide, cook and porters. Guided tour on the route of the Inca Trail and Wiñaywayna.

 

HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU

 

Day 4: Wake up early (4 am) and hike to Machu Picchu, guided tour on the lost city of the Incas and in the afternoon  train return to Cusco.

Inca Trail Facts

Three historical facts of the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is only one part of a route that crosses six countries and has more than 60 thousand kilometers that bears the name of Qhapaq Ñan.

 

The Andean road of Qhapac Ñan is neglected or without facilities for tourists in its thousands of kilometers, only the Inca Trail has everything you need to be enjoyed.

 

The Inca Trail, Qhapac Ñan, was declared in 2014 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, recognition of one of the best historical trekking routes in the world.

 

Three facts about the Inca Trail for 2022

Every February of each year the Inca Trail is closed for the maintenance and care of the route.

 

By 2022 it will be necessary to make a reservation for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu at least three months in advance.

 

Today the capacity for Machu Picchu has been considerably reduced, in the case of the Inca Trail the capacity is 500 people, but it is only about 200 spaces for adventurers because the professional staff that accompany it reaches a number of 300.

 

inca-trail-facts

Camping

During the Classic Inca Trail we spend three nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all camp chores for you: you need only carry your day pack. There will also be dining and toilet tents and bowls of warm water are provided both morning and evening for washing with. and last night you spend a small hotel.

 

Single Supplement: If you are traveling on your own, and would prefer to share a tent, we'll pair you with another trekker of the same gender and there will not be an extra cost. If you prefer to have a tent to yourself a surcharge of USD 50 will have to be paid. If you want an upgrade any service to the train or accommodation or do you want to stay extra night in Machu Picchu, contact us directly to info@salkantaytrekmachu.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.

 

Tips & Extra information

OPTIONAL SERVICES TO BE HIRED

  • Walking sticks or trekking poles USD 20 for both
  • Personal shared porter: Salkantay Trek Machu provides a porter duffle bag for your belongings/equipment at the briefing time the night before of your tour. Foam pad roll mattress, Therma- rest mattress, blanket, pillow and rain poncho is provided to each trekker and need to be carried by your porter. it is more comfortable. *Equipment as sleeping bags, backpacks, duffle bag, pillow, blanket, rain ponchos,water bottles must be organised in advance at the time of your booking or send us an e-mail.

EXTRA INFORMATION

The camping equipment to Inca Trail will be returned to Cusco on day 4th, you need to give to chef the sleeping bag, mattress.

Camping (double tent) provided in 1st, 2nd, 3rd nights

 

The hike to Inca Trail is included the extra porter. Our porters will carry your clothes, sleeping (5 kg per person). You will need to carry only your a daypack: Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but as a precaution.

 

TIPPING & EXTRA MONEY

 

It’s very important to take EXTRA MONEY. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money:

  • The local people built the small markets in the route and you can find the water, snack, chocolate, cola etc. Your first breakfast, last lunch no included
  • Tipping to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide(s), and staff did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference: however as a guideline we suggest each hiker contributes USD 50 per person to a collective tipping pool, more is always appreciated.

 

INCA TRAIL WHEATHER

 

Climate in Cusco: The highland region of Cusco has well defined winter and summer seasons. Winter days (June - August) are very sunny and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Rainy season is from January to March. December and January are two of the nicest months for trekking with only the occasional shower and blooming flowers.

Inca Trail Elevation

What is the maximum height of the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is considered a difficult expedition not only because of the distance but also because of the high altitude at some point along the way. The highest point on the road is at ‘Abra Warmihuañusca’, at 4,224 meters (13,860 feet).

 

inca-trail-elevation

 

Recommendations on problems with height on the Inca Trail:

  • Altitude sickness or soroche is a typical discomfort in places of high altitudes. It can cause headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, and lack of energy.
  • The best way to combat soroche is to spend a few days of acclimatization in Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • One of the most effective ways is to drink plenty of mate de coca (coca leaf-based infusion) or chew it, just as the Incas did hundreds of years ago.
  • In any case, the tour guide has a lot of experience in these ailments and will know how to help the visitor during the Inca Trail.

Inca Trail Suggest Items

BACKPACKER FOR YOU TREKKING

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. If you have extra porter, the porter carry your luggage from Km82 (1st day) to Wiñay wayna camping (3th day).  You have extra porter. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (included personal clothes and sleeping bag). You will need to carry daypack.
 

If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.

 

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ALONG THIS HIKE

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring your Inca Trail” list.

 

WHAT TO BRING TO THIS HIKE

  • Passport original
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in soles
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)

About tickets to enter the Inca Trail

Due to the high demand for tickets, you must get the entrance tickets to the Inca Trail well in advance (6 months). The purchase is made only online through the website of an authorized tourism agency.

 

In total 500 people enter the trails of the Inca Trail every day. Of them, only 200 are tourists. The rest are support staff such as cooks, porters, guides. The ticket to enter the Inca Trail includes the support staff.

 

How many people can travel the Inca Trail each day?

There are 500 permits available for the Inca Trail each day. However, that number is a bit far from the truth since only 200 tourists will be able to enter each day. The rest of the people make up the support team on the route (porters, guides and cooks).

 

And how to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

To obtain a permit to enter the Inca Trail you will need to enter the website of an authorized tourism agency and follow the following steps:

 

When is the time to book the Inca Trail?

The famous 4-day trek can only be done in the company of an ‘authorized’ tourism agency. Tours must be purchased approximately 6 months in advance.

 

When availability is released (every October 5), permits begin to run out. This happens especially for the months of May to August (high tourist season).

 

When to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail is one of the best treks on the planet. That is why there is a great demand for tickets. This is why you will need to reserve the proceeds well in advance.

 

Take the following into account before reserving the ticket to the Inca Trail:

  • The income to the Inca Trail runs out 6 months before. Remember that only 500 people can travel this route each day.
  • Only 200 people will end up entering Machu Picchu this way, since the rest belong to the support team, cooks, porters and guides.
  • The entrance to the Inca Trail only includes the Inca City of Machu Picchu. If you want to visit the Machu Picchu Mountain or the Huayna Picchu; request it at the tourist agency.
  • The purchase of the income to the Inca Trail is through the website of an authorized tourism agency.

Didn't find availability to do the Inca Trail?

  • The only way to enter the Wonder of the World is by train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas or by the alternative route from Santa María to Machu Picchu. Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu must also be reserved in advance.
  • Search availability for the Inca Trail on the date of your preference.
  • If you found availability, click on book and start by filling in your personal details on the booking form.
  • To obtain a permit to enter the Inca Trail, you will need the complete information of your passport or your identity document.
  • Make the payment through different payment methods such as Visa, MasterCard or PayPal.
  • After making the payment you will receive a payment receipt in your email.
  • Tourists will receive an informative talk from the tour guide in Cusco 1 night before the start of the Inca Trail.

Can I do the Inca Trail on my own?

The entrance to the legendary Inca highway is strictly controlled. This is how it seeks to protect the Inca Trail that is more than 500 years old and the wonderful natural environment that surrounds it.

 

More information about the Inca Trail permits:

  • The Inca Trail is only allowed with the company of a tour guide. The purchase of the ticket is in an authorized travel agency.
  • The agency will be in charge of reserving the entrance ticket for you and everything you need to do the Inca Trail.
  • Tickets must be reserved 6 months in advance. Permits are limited to 500 people per day.
  • Among the 500 people who do the Inca Trail, cooks, porters and guides are included. So there are only 200 tourists who can enter Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail. 

How much does the Inca Trail cost?

The prices of the Inca Trail vary according to each tourism agency. It is estimated that on average, the 4-day tour has a cost of 600 US dollars per person.

 

How to get the best price for the Inca Trail?

Most tourism agencies offer a discount of $ 20 or $ 30 for university students with an ISIC card.

Children under 18 years of age also have an approximate discount by presenting the passport that certifies their age.

 

When is the income released to reserve the Inca Trail?

Income for the Inca Trail is released approximately on October 5 of every year. However, the date may vary for a few days or weeks depending on the organization drawn up by the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

 

How many people can travel the Inca Trail each day?

There are 500 permits available for the Inca Trail each day. However, that number is a bit far from the truth since only 200 tourists will be able to enter each day. The rest of the people make up the support team on the route (porters, guides and cooks).

 

When is the time to book the Inca Trail?

The famous 4-day trek can only be done in the company of an ‘authorized’ tourism agency. Tours must be purchased approximately 6 months in advance.

When availability is released (every October 5), permits begin to run out. This happens especially for the months of May to August (high tourist season).

 

What are the alternatives to the Inca Trail?

For those people who did not manage to reserve one of the permits for the Inca Trail, know that there are several alternative routes that lead to Machu Picchu.

 

Route through Salkantay:

This hike lasts 5 days, 4 nights and runs through high mountains such as the ‘Abra del Nevado Salkantay’, 4,650 meters from the sea (15,255 ft). This adventure is more difficult than the Inca Trail since it covers almost 70 kilometers. Go through the town of Aguas Calientes to get to Machu Picchu. It is famous for its beautiful landscapes of snow-capped mountains and lagoons.

 

Route through Lares:

This hike lasts 4 days, 3 nights and crosses Andean mountains along with traditional towns such as Lares. The highest point on the route is the Ipsaycocha pass, 4,350 meters from the sea (14,271 ft). There are many variants of this walk. The most popular route through ‘Patacancha’ covers approximately 37 kilometers. It includes a section by train to Aguas Calientes, from where you go up to Machu Picchu. It is famous for its traditional villages.

 

Route through Choquequirao:

The archaeological site of Choquequirao is considered the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’ due to its similarity to the Inca City. The route that leads there lasts 4 days, 3 nights and is considered one of the most difficult because it runs through the hot Apurímac canyon. Additionally, there is an 8-day hike that continues that route to Machu Picchu. This extreme hike covers 115 kilometers.

Inca Jungle Route - The Inca Jungle is the commercial name of an adventure tour to Machu Picchu that includes the practice of sports such as: cycling, walking, canoeing, zipline and more experiences. It lasts 4 days, 3 nights and includes a visit to Machu Picchu by the Hydroelectric route.

Inca Trail and Huayna Picchu Mountain

Climb Huayna Picchu after doing the Inca Trail?

Visitors who wish to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain after the Inca Trail must book the Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu in Group 2 (entrance from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). This is because, after an arduous walk, tourists will arrive at the Inca site at around 08:00 a.m., tired and with insufficient time to enter Waynapicchu in Group 1.

 

To do both the Inca Trail and the ascent to the Huayna Picchu mountain, a lot of planning is needed. The first thing is to make both reservations months in advance, especially if you plan to do the adventure in high tourist season (from April to October). If the visit is planned in the low tourist season (from October to March), it should be taken into account that the Inca Trail remains closed for maintenance throughout the month of February.

 

Visitors who enter the Huayna Picchu mountain through Group 2, can stay until 02:00 pm. in the Inca site. This provides the opportunity to have time to visit the stone constructions of the Inca Citadel, such as the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun or the Intihuatana. If you no longer have enough strength to continue walking through the Wonder of the World, another option is to simply enjoy the incredible view that Machu Picchu offers.

 

Recommendations:

  • Before doing the Inca Trail, it is advisable to acclimatize previously (1 or 2 days) to the city of Cusco. The route through the ancient Inca trails crosses altitudes of up to 4,200 meters above sea level.
  • The Inca Trail is allowed to people of all ages. The Huayna Picchu, only for people over 12 years old.
  • For both the Inca Trail and the Huayna Picchu it is recommended to bring sunscreen, water in a canteen, suitable footwear for hiking, repellent against mosquitoes, light clothing during the day and snacks.
  • You do not need to be an expert mountaineer to do the Inca Trail and the ascent to Waynapicchu. The only requirement is the desire to want to reach the goal.
  • The Inca Trail and Huayna Picchu have signs that protect the life of the tourist. It is necessary to follow the signs and not look for a way on your own.

Alternative Inca Trail Hike

Many people include Peru in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.

If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. but usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend the Inca Trail alternatives:

Frequently Asked Questions about Inca Trail

Is the Inca Trail dangerous?

The Inca Trail is not dangerous. The security measures in place include first aid equipment. The tour guides are trained to act effectively in any type of emergency.

 

What dangers can there be on the Inca Trail?

The trails of the Inca Trail are wide and well signposted. For no reason the tourist should risk his life looking for roads on his own.

The maximum height is in the ‘Abra Warmiwañusca’ (4,200 m.s.n.m.). This altitude can cause physical difficulties.

Older adults can feel physical exhaustion more intensely during the Inca Trail. They should check with their doctor before hiking.

 

Can I do the Inca Trail with children?

The Inca Trail is allowed to people of any age. Children or adolescents can do the walk accompanied by their parents. It is preferable that minors like long walks and camping.

 

Tips for doing the Inca Trail with children: 

It is not advisable to do the Inca Trail with children under 8 years of age, unless they have already successfully completed similar walks.

Of course, it is not recommended to do the Inca Trail with babies.

If you have already decided to do the Inca Trail with children, it is advisable to prepare them psychologically for the journey.

 

What is the best time to do the Inca Trail?

Cusco and the entire southern region of Peru are marked by two different climatic seasons: the rainy season (from November to March) and the dry season (from April to October). The best time to do the Inca Trail is the dry season. The climate in those months is warm and with little frequency of rains.

 

What to wear to combat the weather on the Inca Trail?

If you plan to visit the Inca Trail during the dry season, it is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, light clothing during the day and warm clothes at night.

 

If you plan to visit the Inca Trail during the rainy season, it is recommended to bring a rain poncho, a windbreaker jacket, non-slip shoes and a walking stick.

 

Is the Inca Trail open all year?

The Inca Trail is closed in February. During that month, the rains are heavier and can make the journey through the trails of the Inca Trail very difficult. The guards take advantage of these days to maintain the road and the Inca structures. The rest of the year, this hiking trail is open to the public.

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