What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Inca Trail is the name given to road networks or roads that made the road system of the Inca Empire, in this sense the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an Inca path by which you get to one of the 7 wonders of the World. Along the way he knows and enjoys different archaeological sites, beautiful landscapes, beautiful panoramic views and also enjoy living with a new group of people during the walk; the hours spent on food and spend the night in tents made in the midst of nature along the route.

What kind of backpack do you need on this tour?

For this trip it is recommended to carry a backpack of 25-60 liter clothing required only for 4 days tour. Other luggage must be left at your hotel / hostel in Cusco otherwise may be left in our office. It is important to take only what is necessary for the 4-day trip as during the trek (2nd and 3rd day) have to carry our backpacks.

We use accommodation or camp?

Our package includes 3 nights accommodation.The 1st night we will have bedrooms, maximum 4 people per room. It includes a private bathroom and cold shower.The 2nd night we will have bedrooms for 4 persons per room includes a private bathroom and hot shower.The 3rd night we will have double and triple rooms includes a private bathroom, hot shower and Wi-Fi.

Note: private rooms required for the first or second night you can apply at our office before starting the tour.

I need to prepare physically for the Inca Trail?

It is very convenient and indispensable to perform physical activity before the Inca Trail Tour, that you can enjoy it; for if it comes to performing the walk in bad physical condition will not have much endurance and adventure even will not be pleasant. It is recommended that an exercise routine even weeks before the trip, the main thing is to strengthen your legs as the walk is 6 hours a day or so, should take long walks in the city and is also recommended to have at least one day of acclimation in Cusco before the start of their tour of the Inca Trail.

How is the food, should I bring it?

Travelers do not have to worry about food, because the tour operator takes care of it, we are specialized cooks who prepared based on typical dishes of the cuisine of Peru food, taking care not too heavy and containing the proteins and vitamins necessary for the resistance of the walk. Usually pasta, rice, chicken, fresh vegetables, oats, eggs, creams, salads, tuna, vegetables and a variety of fruits such as apple, orange, peach, tangerine, avocado, banana, etc. consumed In total we offer 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners (excluding breakfast day 1, no lunch or dinner 4 day tour); we also offer vegetarian food, but must request prior to booking.

I can do the Inca Trail by myself or by my own?

This is not possible, travelers who want to do this tour must necessarily engage the services of a travel agency and be accompanied by guides who are authorized by the Regional Directorate of Culture of Cusco, our agency has authorizations due and can make Inca Trail tours smoothly.

The walks are done in a group, there can meet people of other nationalities and different ages. Are allowed a maximum of 40 people in a group, of which 16 must be travelers, tourists and / or hikers, at least 2 guides and the rest are support staff such as porters, cooks, etc. who make this adventure possible.

Anyone can make the trip along the Inca Trail?

The Ministry of Culture has a regulation stipulated well to do this tour and can only make hiring the services of a travel agency or tour operator. There are no restrictions on the age of the visitor but is recommended to have at least 8 years old and must hire the services of a carrier or carrier to help when needed. So the traveler must have a valid passport.

In order to make the tour must obtain a permit for this route, so you have to provide personal information necessary to your travel agent (full name, date of birth, passport number, passport expiration date, nationality) that Inca Trail will be secured and all you have to prepare yourself to enjoy this great adventure.

I be affected by altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness does not affect all people, it is not possible to know if a traveler will be bad, usually travel no problems, but rarely general symptoms appear as headache, shortness of breathing air ; but they are minimal problems; if more serious symptoms occur in a person must descend or return to the area closer attention; however, to avoid major problems is highly recommended acclimatize in Cusco at least two days before the walk, not drinking alcohol the days before the walk and take plenty of fluids; matecitos additionally take pills coca and altitude sickness to be recommended by your doctor or guide.

The Inca Trail is a very difficult and dangerous tour?

The walk is not very common and is slightly difficult as it is between mountains and not in flat places where are you accustomed to walking on the Inca Trail that is required to not be as difficult or heavy is a physical preparation before From the trip; for example one of the difficulties is having to walk up and down stone steps that are along the route. It is not a dangerous tour, but you must walk through the places allocated by the authorities and by the guide and should not be flippant or want to go or not go through due places as it may cause an accident; remember that this tour is part of our vacation, so it is better to be forewarned and careful.

When should I make my reservation for the Inca Trail?

We recommend making reservations well before the start of his tour, about 3 months in advance in low season (November to March) and about 6 months in advance in high season (April to October), besides the regulation it allows the entry of only 500 people per day including hikers (only 200 tourists maximum), tour guides, assistants, porters and support staff. Reservations must be made with authorized agencies to carry out the various adventure tours and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our agency INKAS DESTINATION has the necessary permits.

How should I make my reservation for the Inca Trail?

Contact our travel experts, we are operators of the Inca Trail. For a reservation for the Inca Trail you need to send your full details (name, nationality, valid passport, the date you want to start the Inca Trail). In the case of students, they must send their scanned passports and ID cards of international student (these documents must be valid). For any inquiries contact our travel experts.

How is the weather during the tour?

The first day will be cold as we will be at a high altitude, after this section and for the rest of our tour the weather will be hot and humid (even overnight) the temperature in the morning it goes 18 to 25 degrees (up to 30 ° in the months of June, July and August) at night the temperature is 10° min and Max 18º, so it is recommended to wear light clothing.

We must hire a porter for this tour?

In our services they are included porters who are responsible for carrying kitchen equipment, food, tents or camping tents, dining tents and other equipment needed to make this adventure tour. Tourists are responsible for carrying their rucksacks (between 6 and 8 kg. weight), their sleeping bags, mats, water bottle, camera and others. The hiring of a carrier could be helpful because he’ll carry all their belongings (12 kg maximum) during the trek (days 1, 2 and 3) and you only devote himself to enjoy this great adventure; the carrier is engaged at the time of booking the Inca Trail.

How is the wildlife on the Inca Trail?

Regarding the flora, during the trip, the guide will meet varieties of orchids, begonias and goads; after 2 days there is a lot of vegetation to be entering the jungle area. The fauna is varied, there are varieties of birds, highlighting the cock of the rock, a variety of hummingbirds, hawks, guan, various parrots and ducks. You will also see some llamas and other animals; additionally, although not very likely to see (it’s a factor of luck), there are the deer, the spectacled bear, Andean deer, wildcats, foxes, otters ; there are also a variety of reptiles such as frogs, lizards and snakes, in addition to the high presence of insects.

What is prohibited during the Inca Trail?

Rangers, as well as our agency and other authorities responsible for the administration of the various parks are responsible to take care and protect all the places we go through, in this case we must preserve the Inca Trail, we can not pollute the environment throwing garbage and waste or making bonfires everywhere. For your safety you can not create alternate routes and should always go along the paths indicated by your guide. It should also take into account that for overnight, camping is forbidden inside the archaeological sites and is also very important to know that you can not walk longer past 6:30 p.m.

How are the toilets on the way the Inca Trail?

They are basic, the toilets or bathrooms have been improved considerably in the last three years, so during the adventure will find toilets with running water in each of the camps along the Inca Trail. Also in the camp Wiñaywayna (day 3) will be able to take a bath or shower with water while this service has an additional cost which is paid on the spot.

There is possibility to charge the battery for cell phone or other devices somewhere?

During the first two days and a half there is no possibility of charging the battery of cameras or cell, and at camp Wiñaywayna (afternoon 3rd day) no possibility to connect your appliances, but not in previous camps because there is no electricity . Therefore you should charge them well before starting the tour to take many even videos of all the amazing places that you can meet and photographs.

I can find purified water to drink on the Way?

It is possible to find bottled water in some places of the road and can buy them without problems until the 2nd tour. However, as serious company that cares about the care of the environment, archaeological sites and in order to avoid the amount of trash in this destination, we recommend you better bring a refillable water bottle; the staff will provide boiled water of the second day, so the third day at breakfast, at lunch and in the evening after dinner. You can also catch some water from streams and use purification tablets or boil water, but is not recommended.

What are the most important attractions found on the Inca Trail?

To begin, mountains, imposing mountains, streams and forests of the Andean landscapes are spectacular, these are seen more frequently during the course of the first 2 days, then the landscape changes and is somewhat more tropical, full of vegetation and the whistling of birds. On the way also we pass through archaeological sites and indigenous villages as Patallacta, Huayllabamba, the Abra de Warmiwañusca, Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarka, Wiñaywayna Aguas Calientes to finally meet one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

What day is reached Machu Picchu and how long we stay?

In the case of Classic Inca Trail tour “lasting 4 days and 3 nights, about the fourth day arrive at 6 in the morning to” Intipunku “from where it already has an amazing view of the Inca citadel; instead on the short tour of 2 days and 1 night a day before you arrive at night to the town of Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel and the next day very early climbs to the citadel and both guided by the Sanctuary History is all morning until lunchtime that returns to Aguas Calientes.

How I can access the mountain Huayna Picchu or montaña Machu Picchu?

To climb some of these mountains reserve a ticket in advance is required. Huaynapicchu has an extra cost of USD $ 15 per person and reservations are recommended 3 or 4 months in advance. Machu Picchu mountain has an extra cost of USD $ 10 per person and reservations are recommended with 1 or 2 months in advance. Want to book one of the 2 mountains contact our reservations area.

How we returned to Cusco after Machu Picchu?

After walking so much and come to the Inca citadel, we will make the respective guided by the various attractions within the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, then travelers will have free time to continue enjoying the place, walk around and take your best shots, then continue with a walk down to Aguas Calientes (1 hour approx), there will have lunch in the Resaurante of your choice, you can also walk around and know the streets of the town, the square, the craft market or to relax you can also visit the thermal baths . Around 6:30 the train back will be taken to the station of Ollantaytambo where the tour bus will be waiting to take them back to Cusco; will arrive in Cusco at approximately 10:30 at night and there ends our adventure.

Why I need to trust your travel agent to do the Inca Trail?

INCAS DESTINATION is a travel agency with several years of experience providing tours in the various tourist destinations of Peru, have proper authorization assigned by the DIRCETUR (Regional Tourism) and the Ministry of Tourism to operate adventure tours as the Inca Trail and various tours to Machu Picchu via train. We have a large team of professional guides specializing in the area, plus our support staff such as porters and cooks who accompany our groups play a great job.

Which means of payment can I use?

You can make a deposit on website to confirm reservation (it is important to confirm space available before making the deposit). The balance will be paid in our office in the city of Cusco, this payment can be made in soles or dollars (no credit cards accepted).

Beware: on certain occasions will not be necessary to make the deposit, the agency will communicate if the deposit is necessary or not at the time of booking.