Inca trail FAQS If you want to Travel to Machu Picchu, you must know everything about it, starting for the Inca Trail.
¿How many routes exist?
There are three routes that you can choose: The Mollepata, the classic and the one day Trail. The longest and most adventurous trail is Mollepata, in wich you can see many environments, like flora and fauna, a series of ruins, tunnels and other constructions completes the view until you can get to the Puerta del Sol (The sun gate) which is located on the Machu Picchu Mountain.
The classic trail
This route takes around 4 to 5 days to complete. It starts at the Urubamba River at 2800 meters above the sea level.
These segments are united for Ruins of Patallacta, who was a site of religious and economics functions. And then, you can reach the Willkaqaray hill, a place where Inca soldiers custodies the entire population and the products.
Wayllapata is a small but picturesque village where around 400 persons inhabited the place; you can find horses, donkeys and mules to do the transportation.
Cusichaca is another place that you can visit, but animals is not allowed to the transport of stuffs, after that you can see the Dead woman’s place, where you can see many habitats, like trees and many others.
¿How many people can pass through the Inca Trail?
Worried about the overpopulation on the sites, the Peruvian government has a limit for the number of the people that comes to visit these places, resulting of that the quantity of 500 people per day; the only month that does not open is February, because of the cleansing and maintaining of the place.
¿How much does the Inca trail cost?
If you decided to go on your Travel vacation to Perú, and especially at Machu Picchu, you must see the prices of each Tour package that we offered; here is a list of our Travel Package tour:
Inca Trail Special tours
Inca Trail 2 days
Highlights: Cusco and Machu Picchu
Duration: 2 Days – 1 Night From: US$ 32
Inca Trail 2d days with private guide
Highlights: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Wiñayhuayna
Duration: 2 Days – 1 Night
From: US$ 810
Inca Trail 4 days
Highlights: Piscacucho – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna
Duration: 4 Days – 3 Nights
From: US$ 550
Inca Trail 4 days with private guide
Highlights: Cusco – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu -Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Duration: 4 Days – 3 Nights
From: US$ 955
Inca Trail 5 days with private guide
Highlights: Chilca – Llactapata – Llullucha -Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Duration: 5 Days – 4 Nights
From: US$ 1045
If you want to know about our cheap vacation tour, check our page.
¿When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
The city and the citadel of Machu Picchu are located at 2400 meters above sea level, which makes it have a semi-tropical climate.
In the citadel of Machu Picchu vary by course of the day, are hot and humid in the day and cool at night, the temperature stable between 12 and 14 degrees.
The months of March and December are designated as rainy months (1955 mm annually), but the rain is interspersed with a series of intense solar glare.
You can say that to visit Cusco should consider climate preference, if you are more sensitive to cold, or if the rain is a nuisance.
From January to March rainfall is intense, April, November and December have a good atmosphere and the temperature is so low; May and October have a pleasant climate. June, July, August and September are the best months to visit Machu Picchu, because there is very little rain, being slightly cooler nights.
Visitors should be aware that in the months of January and April the roads are closed due to landslides and floods constants impairing transport.
So it is advisable to wear good shoes for walks, drinking plenty of fluids is essential and vital for walks and the same movement through the city and citadel of Machu Picchu, also very useful to carry an umbrella if the rain is a drawback.
What to take account in the visitor’s physical condition, because if they do not have a very healthy life and exercise training is zero, then you will see the need to make constant stops in each place you visit, being it inconvenient to visit, because you cannot enjoy comfortably the citadel and any other attraction.
So preparation is recommended before visiting the citadel, because that would prevent altitude sickness, which is common among people who visit Machu Picchu for the first time.
If you lead a fairly healthy life, and exercise consistently, you will not have problems to get to your destination, and not miss any who can deliver attractive Machu Picchu.
Arriving and Departing Getting Around
When you decide what kind of vehicle you want to use to your adventure tours, you must check every transport, from your arrive to your travel through Machu Picchu and other places.
Cusco has his own airport, the Velasco Astete, giving you regular flights, that arrives from Lima, Juliaca, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, etc.
There are many, and so the companies, you got to see wich companies are the best for your travel vacations. Companies like Cruz del sur, Oltursa and Ormeño offers the best trips and with comfortable seats. Each of these companies gives you daily trips from Lima to Arequipa and from Arequipa to Cusco, lasting around 8 to 10 hours the entire trip.
The train from Machu Picchu:
When visiting a new city, looking for the excitement and even the unknown, trying to make stay a unique experience away from the boring, everyday routes.
The transports vary with fearlessness, the desire for freedom and also an economic issue. Some use the walks to experience how it was the first time the Spanish arrived in these lands and were amazed by the scenery and so steep and rugged that it may be the weather.
Others use vehicles like cars, trucks, perhaps because of the baggage they carry and to not be a nuisance. But there are other people using a transport that was replaced due to maintenance, thus making transport anachronistic and outmoded.
However, the train is here to stay. It is with this transport you can enjoy the scenery as never before, relax and leave the problems behind and travel a bit with your mind as you reach your destination.
Travelling without moving the mind is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have just one let the landscape do the work while you can have a good company or a fine silence.
The types of trains that you find vary according to your budget and also your adventurous spirit: For example is the Expedition train, which is located in Poroy Station, near the station of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley.
On this train you have a panoramic view of all, it can be seen that the adventure begins even before you board the train.
Another service is the Hiram Bingham train, has been considered one of the best rail services worldwide. It features a number of amenities that only one type of transport like this can provide, may have the capacity of 84 passengers, the amount needed for the journey it’s uncomfortable for any of the people.
Railcar: Located in the Tambo del Inca hotel in the town of Urubamba, where the center of the Sacred Valley, is an option too comfortable and enjoyable for visitors. Savour the rich and traditional dishes that can provide transportation, even counting a show on board, available only on the route to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo.
Andean Explorer: With 10 hours of travel, this service promises to fill with satisfaction and pleasure, since the route takes you through a series of landscapes, ranging from the majestic snow to icy but noticeable Puna. The tour ends at the end of Lake Titicaca, which mythical legend; the brothers came Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo under the mantle of his investiture and father the sun (INTI). He has been mentioned as one of the top 25 train trips around the world, completing a unique and unforgettable experience.
He has also been praised by a number of journals.