Hiking the Inca Trail is part of an unforgettable experience. The main attractive of this particular trek is the magnificent combination of Inca ruins, impressive mountains, plenty vegetation and extraordinary ecological diversity. The trail goes over high passes with unforgettable views, through cloud forest, and finally into subtropical vegetation. Also during the trek you will be able to appreciate around 250 species of orchid, as well as numerous rare birds, animals, reptiles and several species which are considered in danger of extinction. The Trail takes three to four days of tough hiking, being the second day the hardest of all called (Dead Woman’s pass) then the others days are lower, you can see it at our Inca trail tours. Finally the last day is basically descending into the valleys and passing through the jungle and cloud forest until arrive to the stunning citadel of Machu Picchu.

Things to Know

It is open 7 days a week, every day of the month including Sundays and holidays, but is closed in February because the Ministry takes this month, the wettest (thus the least popular), to the maintenance of the trail .

For the Inca Trail, the hottest season is from November to March but it is also the rainy season. So we think that is more pleasant to hike a sunny but cold to a warm but rainy trip. For this reason, we recommend making it preferably between May and October.

In the Inca Trail only allow to access for hikers accompanied by guides licensed by the Ministry

Generally, we recommend be in good conditions if you are thinking to hike the Inca trail, without having to be a great athlete. The walks are done at a slow pace and not be forgotten that the trip is done in small groups, and then it is easy stop a moment to rest. Nor should we forget that this trip goes up to 4.200 m, for that, we discourage people subject to respiratory, circulatory or cardiac diseases.

We recommend:

To bring at the trek to the Inca Trail the following:

Wear appropriate clothing for rain.
Appropriate footwear for hiking.
Implements basic amenities.
Sleeping bag, hiking backpack properly.
Sunglasses, scarf, gloves, wool socks hat or cap.
First aid kit.
Flashlight, water bottle.
Long sleeve shirts.
Pants.
T jersey and jacket.
Camera.
Take plenty of fluids throughout the walk.
Insect repellent and sun block.
Lip moisturizer.
Avoid strenuous activity, heavy meals before acclimatization walks.
Medicine to counteract the evil of “height” as well as stomach problems, after consulting your doctor.

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