Peru Inca Trail

When to reserve tickets? Why can not you visit in February? How long is the tour?. You must know everything about the most famous inca path before booking. Really it will be the best adventure ever. It is why this ancient inca route is popular and very traveled by tourists from around the world .


When to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

As we talk about one of the best treks on the planet, to one of the most amazing places that exist. You have to book  in advance, because they run out 6 months before, since only 500 people can travel the Inca Trail every day. And remember, 200 will end up entering Machu Picchu, since the rest belong to the support team, chefs, porters and guides.

How long is the tour of the Inca Trail?

The traditional or Classic Inca Trail is 40 kilometers long and takes four days to complete, so it is recommended to be in shape before starting the adventure. It crosses mountains to the Amazon rainforest, where Machu Picchu is located. Along the way, you can see the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna, before entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. In most cases, you return to Cusco by train, so tickets must be booked in advance.

What is the maximum height of the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is considered a difficult expedition, not only for the fact that trekking is done for 4 days, but also because it starts at kilometer 88 of the railway to Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just in the town of Ollantaytambo, and as it advances, the height will be higher; That is why, it is best to take a few days of acclimatization before, preferably, in this town, thus avoiding altitude sickness. The highest point of the road is at 4,224 meters. Altitude sickness or Soroche, can cause headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and lack of energy, and complicate if not attended to in time; Luckily the guides have a lot of experience and know how to act in a case like this.

Can I do the Inca Trail on my own?

You can not do the Inca Trail on your own, it is only allowed to do it in the company of a tour guide, an authorized travel agency. The agency that you hire will be responsible for booking the ticket and everything necessary to make the trip.

Is the Inca Trail open all year?

No, the Inca Trail is closed in February; during this month the rains are stronger and can make the journey very difficult. Throughout February, the guards take advantage of the maintenance of the road and the Inca structures, to make it ready for March.

Does the walk have to be 4 days?

The very limited tickets for the Inca Trail means that there are many alternative walks, the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, etc., but the Inca Trail is the only one that goes directly to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. who do not want to walk for 4 days, but want to enter through the Sun Gate, there is a shorter option of the Inca Trail that lasts 2 days and allows to reach the city of Machu Picchu by Sun Gate. This Short Inca Trail version includes a night in a hotel instead of camping. This option is ideal for travelers who do not have enough time to do the Classic Inca Trail , or for those who want to skip the hardest part of the hike.

Now, start planning your next hike to the most famous inca path.