The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at the kilometer 82 of the railway that connects the town of Ollantaytambo with the town of Aguas Calientes. During the tour you will cross Inca ruins and archaeological remains of more than 500 years old. You will cross through the high mountains of the Andes, walk through the cold plains above 3 000 meters above sea level to end up entering the hot sub-tropical jungle and entering the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu through the so-called Sun's gate.
The Inca Trail is one of the best, if not the best, trek in the world and offers us the possibility to explore a route created by the Incas civilization more than five centuries ago. An experience that transforms the lives of those who participate in it.
One of the most outstanding characteristics of the Inca architecture is its incredible connection with the surrounding environment, it is notable how the Inca engineers built their observatories, towers, houses, roads, stairs, bridges, and other structures respecting the slopes, the shapes and natural contours of the hills and rivers, creating masterpieces that remain almost intact until our time.
When to reserve a tour for the Inca trail?
Being one of the best known treks in the world, the reservation of tickets to enter the Inca Trail must be made six or seven months in advance. Keep in mind that in the month of June the festivities of the city of Cusco are celebrated while in July they are the national holidays of Peru, so if you want to find a ticket available during these months you must do it at least twelve months before.
What is the best time of the year to go to the Inca Trail?
The southern part of the Peruvian territory, within which the Inca Trail is located, has two stations clearly marked:
- The dry season: Which runs from the month of May to the month of September or October normally, are months during which there is almost no rainfall, which allows you to enjoy sunny days ideal for hiking and appreciate the magnificent surroundings of the Inca Trail
- The rainy season: It runs from November to March or April, it is characterized by abundant rainfall, cloudy or foggy days that cover most of the landscapes. During the month of February of each year the Inca Trail remains closed for maintenance work. The positive side of the rainy season can be seen in the abundant amount of vegetation, flowers, fruits and in the green color of the mountains and valleys.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is characterized by an acute headache accompanied by a feeling of physical discomfort or fatigue that overwhelms the person suffering from it. This is due to lack of oxygen in the muscles and blood and is usually overcome by resting, breathing deeply or drinking coca tea.
The highest point during the Inca Trail is the dead woman's pass or Warmihuañuska (4 125 m.a.s.l.) and it is here that travelers suffer from altitude sickness. Our travel team plans these types of situations, carrying pills, oxygen and all the necessary equipment for this type of circumstances.
Is there a short version of the Inca Trail?
In fact, there is a short version of the Inca Trail that lasts for two days, in this type of tour you do not travel the most difficult parts and at higher altitude of the walk, starting at kilometer 104 of the railway and not in the 82 as usual.
If you have already decided on this incredible hike, do not hesitate to contact our team of tourism professionals, who will take care of all your needs from the moment you arrive in Peru.
- Shoes are a key element with which special care must be taken. You should carefully choose the type of boot to use, avoiding that they are new or too hard boots, because with the constant friction of the edges of the ankle and heel with the edges of the shoe can cause possible injuries and especially a lot of discomfort when walking.
- Having a good coat and warm clothes to make the Inca Trail becomes almost mandatory, as there are sections in which the cold and wind of the high mountains of the Andes create adverse weather conditions for the traveler.
- The Incas were very careful when choosing the place to build their towns and villages, for example the area surrounding the Inca Trail and that leads to Machu Picchu has more than thirteen different climatic floors, each with a type of flora and different fauna. Take a camera with enough memory to capture this incredible biodiversity.
The Inca Trail is only part of the immense network of roads built by the Incas, which once covered more than 60 000 kilometers and were built, according to many scholars, following the course of the earth's magnetic field. Take the time to feel the incredible energy of the mountains and the environment where the Incas once walked.