The Inca Trail is the most legendary hike in South America, often ranked in the top 5 treks in the world and a life changing experience. Trekking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu can be difficult, but magnificent. At 26 miles (43 km) that integrates a charming mountain setting, plentiful and delicious cloud forests, semitropical jungle, and of course, a beautiful combination of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels and, of course, the final destination, the enigmatic Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”.
The Incas built a very advanced system of about 40,000 miles of trails, connecting all parts of his vast empire that stretched from Quito in Ecuador to Santiago de Chile and east of Mendoza, Argentina. Cusco was the center of this important rule. Virtually all the major trails in the mountains around Cusco were built or worked by the Incas, although a portion 43 specifically exquisite kilometers of mountain trail that links the valuable Inca archeological sites Runcuracay, Sayacmara, Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Machu Picchu has become a favorite of hikers in the last 30 years. He is known as the ‘Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. “Entrance to this part of the trail is regulated strictly, and only the official companies hiking can sell tickets. All guides must be licensed and are issued only limited number of hiking permits and must be purchased months in advance.
Regulations for the Inca Trail:
Rules of the Road Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (HSM), recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage and Natural Inca. It covers the whole Inca Trail Network and its authorized ways.
The use of the network of Inca Trail is organized through travel agencies or tour guides. These groups are formed by visitors, tour guides and staff (cooks, porters, etc) From 1996 to 2001, during the high season of July and August, there were up to 1,500 people in the Inca Trail every day (about 1,000 tourists and 500 porters), there were no rules, trekkers camped wherever they wanted, with relics such as toilets and garbage apart along the trail. The Inca Trail was getting a bad press and was threatening to take UNESCO classification as World Heritage, which the Peruvian government implemented the new Inca Trail Regulations 2002 These regulations limit the number of hikers and trekkers avoid making the out on his own. This also improves the quality of tour operators and offered a booking system where people have to make reservations well in advance.
The maximum number of Inca Trail permits is 500. The staff are included in this number, leaving space for about 200 tourists and 300 for cooks, porters and guides daily. Permits are directly provided by the Peruvian government on a first come, first served basis. The usual group size is 8-12 persons. Maximum of 16 people. Minimum group size: 4 people. For groups of more than 8 persons should be 2 trekking guides.
Make your management months in advance of the trail (or a year), especially if you want to go in high season as spots fill up quickly.
When you contact us we will reply to confirm that space is available on your desired travel Inca Trail via email. Then we asked for your personal information and to make a deposit, then your place is guaranteed.
The maximum weight it can carry a porter was limited to 20 kg. The weight is supervised by government officials to the trailhead and tour operators are fined if their carriers are overloaded. This rule has improved the working conditions of the porters, however, there are still some companies that do not give their porters decent meals or sleeping and still pay very low wages.
The Inca Trail is closed in February each year, when carried out conservation work, this will also give life to the plants a chance to recover. During this month, you can do one of our alternative tours to Machu Picchu.
In the classic Inca Trail nights are spent camping under the stars along the trail in our stores high quality camping equipment, established by our credible support staff. In the short Inca trail we spent the night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.
The Inca Trail and Huayna Picchu
This is a new standard from the government; Huayna Picchu Inca Trail passes are only available for purchase with general admission entry to Machu Picchu, and there is a special entrance ticket to the Inca Trail that does not allow this plugin. Upon Inca Trail are among the only people entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (rather than the general public input) and receive a special tour of Machu Picchu from there. If you want to buy a Huayna Picchu you will have to go buy a new entrance ticket for Machu Picchu as well (total $ 60 per person) – please note that depending on the speed of your group might actually have to sacrifice some of their Visit Machu Picchu to climb Huayna Picchu in the second group. Please ask if you really want to climb Huayna Picchu – otherwise we do not recommend for the Inca Trail.
Reservations for the Inca Trail
Availability Inca Trail permit
Since only 500 trek permits are issued per day for tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (trekking permits are also required for the porters and cooks) it is important to try to make a travel reservation as early as possible. There is no clear rule as to how far ahead is enough to guarantee a space since this depends on demand.
December, January, March: 3-5 weeks in advance
April, October, November: 6-8 weeks in advance
May, September: 2-3 months in advance
June, July and August: 3-4 months in advance
Inca Trail Reservations:
Trave Tierras Vivas tour group is on Inca Trail Tour Operator will ensure the reserved spaces provided:
The reservation has been confirmed for the first time by our reservation department by email, that means that spaces are available on the Inca Trail to the information requested at the time of booking. The complete passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid.
How to book the Inca Trail
hike-to-machu-picchu-peruincatrailLa following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking: full names, nationality, passport number, date of birth and sex. The exact information provided by you will be brought to the government institution responsible for regulating access to the Inca Trail and included in the official permission to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. If there are any changes in the above data (ie, passport number), please report to the reservation department at Living Land Tour Operator by email as soon as possible.
Return by train to Cuzco
The Vistadome Experiencing cultured and sensory journey. This is ideal for those who want to feel immersed in the environment and fully appreciate the great excursion to Machu Picchu. Completely surrounded by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows, offering stunning exceptional views and lots of photos to take advantage of opportunities, travelers vistadome sit near the spectacular scenery of Peru.
The vistadome provides air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body, for your comfort and pleasure. This service allows the passenger to fully enjoy the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance, food and prepared with local ingredients.
Train The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower price. This service is designed to ease travelers, with four passenger seats located in front of the other, so you can share your experience. There are racks above the seats for your personal computer. The train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a buoyant feeling.
The time for the Inca Trail
Inca Trail Weather: Weather Station and Ecological Levels of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Seasons adequate to do the Inca Trail. See Climate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail
The best time to visit Cusco is between May and September when the weather is dry and mostly sunny properly, but June, July and August (high season) are very cold. No matter what time of year the nights get very cold, so bring a good sleeping bag good quality (we provide a Tierras Vivas) and the layer of clothing. The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is 4 days and 3 nights, although there are other options as well.
More than 250 species of orchids have been recorded in the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, as well as many rare species of birds, animals, reptiles, along with several species on the brink of extinction.
To successfully complete the Inca Trail, a moderate level of fitness, regardless of age is required. It is vital that you have adjusted to the altitude before attempting the Inca Trail. The maximum height over sea level in the path is 4200 m; we advise you to spend 2 days in Cusco in advance, but it would be great for checking the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley of the Incas time.
Packing list for Inca Trail
Comfortable / warm / light / sturdy shoes. Remember that you will be walking for four days, so trail shoes or cross training shoes is ideal, or walking shoes in the rainy season. It can also be very cold on the way so it’s best not to wear flip-flops if you do not want cold feet! Good idea to break before the start of the track!
First aid kit. This could be useful, and also make you popular with the rest of your group!
A torch. Extremely useful. Do not forget new batteries.
Windbreaker jacket / rain
Sunscreen / Hat / Sunglasses
Waterproof clothing, like a plastic poncho. To keep warm and cozy, you will find them at a great price locally.
Passport. A must on the Inca Trail.
Silk liner sleeping bag. It will provide additional heat.
Small lightweight umbrella.
Plastic bags. Wrap your belongings in plastic bags to keep them dry.
Toilet paper. Also small trash bags, which you can then pull the main garbage.
Outerwear night. Fleece, long pants, wool hat, gloves.
High calorie snacks. Just in case.
Swimwear. To Aguas Calientes
Flip Flops / thongs / sandals. It will be very useful when showering.
Water purification tablets
A little money (in local currency) to buy water and snacks
The altitude can be a problem on the Inca Trail. Locals swear by chewing coca leaves, or you can use Western medicine as Diamox.
Take your time. It’s not a race and you will feel better and enjoy the track more if you take things slowly. Prepare your body for the walk in advance, cardiovascular work is great preparation.
Alternative Inca Trail Treks
There are three major trekking routes that have been developed by tour operators based in Cusco reaction to the demand along the Inca Trail. The first is Choquequirao, and as this trek the Inca Trail ends at the amazing prehistoric site. Walking around the sacred Salkantay glacial summit are also well developed and connected with the same Inca Trail. Less tour, but equally beautiful is Ausangate, another sacred glacial capped mountain. On a clear day you can see this peak from Cusco and dominating the southern horizon. Another favorite excursion is the Lares Trek to Macu Picchu.
Detailed Maps of the trail: Check the Map of the Inca Trail, Inca Trail altiudinal map and detailed map of the route with their archaeological sites located along the route. See detailed map of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Regulations and Rates Inca Trail: The number of trekkers is increasing the Peruvian government established conservation standards that are necessary to fulfill the preservation of the Inca Trail. See Regulations and Rates Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Responsible Tourism Inca Trail.’s Customs, language and environment are different, responsible tourism is vital in this way you can interact more easily during your trip. View Responsible Tourism Machu Picchu Inca way.
Inca Trail Permits: Spaces or permits for the Inca Trail are limited. To preserve the UNESCO and the government limited the access to the Inca Trail. View permissions to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Inca Trail Available Online: Planifque your trip Available spaces verifcando the Inca Trail on your travel date. Reserve in advance because spaces are limited to only 50 people per day. Check Availability Online the Inca Trail to Machupicchu.
Route options to the Inca Trail: The Inca Trail has several more famous than others, such as some alternative routes: Traditional and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares trek, Salkantay trek, Choquequirao Trek, Inca Jungle trail. See options route the Inca Trail tours.
Guides and Tours Inca Trail: Due to the overcrowding of tourists who make the different routes of the trail, today is a must do with a licensed guide. View Tours and Guides for the Inca Trail.
Inca Trail Tours: aptiud, exercise and heart rate: The route of the trail requires good physical condition because of its difficulty, because it is located in a very rugged and high geographic area. View tours Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Inca Trail Height Effects on the route: During the hike the Inca Trail it will amount to 500 meters, so the body needs more oxygen causing some discomfort. See Inca Trail and the effects of altitude.
Inca Trail Travel Gear & Equipment: It is essential to have the right luggage for the Inca Trail, otherwise you can not continue the path of the walk going Machu Picchu. See Inca Trail and Machu Picchu travel teams.
Planning your trip to the Inca Trail: The Inca Trail experience that needs to be very well planifcada, known as the era detales that weigh luggage, choose the appropriate path. See Planning your trip to the Inca Trail