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The Inca Trail hiking Tours is one of the most popular hikes in South America. This trail takes you on a journey through Incan territory, including sacred sites of indigenous life and death. Hikers will see cloud forests, snow-capped peaks, and the Ruins of Machu Picchu at the end of their Inca Trail trek.

Also, see When is The Best Time To Visit Machu Picchu

Today’s Travel Page will look at some principal trips for hikers who are planning to take the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. If you are thinking about taking this hike, then continue reading for some information that will make your trip better!

Understanding The Inca Trail hike

Good Vibes are key to avoiding being disappointed. The Inca Trail has become incredibly popular over the past several decades, with the result that there are various agencies and Tour guides which will organize an Inca Trail tour for you; however, not all of them may meet your needs and expectations. read our blog How Long it Takes to Hike The Inca Trail?

Choosing a Guide and Travel Agent

Make sure that you choose a Travel guide that is registered with the Ministry of Tourism and insist on seeing their license and identification. You should also ensure that the tour agency you book with has insurance and good reviews (it’s best to check these things beforehand). It’s important for your safety, as well as feeling happy and supported during what may be an intense trip through ancient Incan territory. Also, See Best Hiking Trips To Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail Experience

The hike to Machu Picchu is a four-day hike through ancient Incan territory. The trail starts at 2700 m above sea level in KM 82 (Piscakucho) and quickly rises to 4,200 m above sea level (Dead Woman Pass) as it crosses the Cordillera de Vilcanota. Along the way, hikers pass snow-capped peaks, lush cloud forests, and deep gorges as they walk through sacred Inca sites of indigenous life and death. At the end of the trail is Machu Picchu, a citadel built in 1430 by the Incan emperor Pachacuti and hidden in the Andes Mountains. The citadel remained hidden for centuries and was only discovered in 1911.

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GROUP SERVICE INCA TRAIL HIKE

Price: 840 USD Per Person

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights Group Size: 16 Max Physical Rating: Challenging Anyone ready for an amazing hiking adventure can be a part of our group Service Inca Trail. We have a maximum of 16 Hikers, and we provide the support of two official tour leaders. Let’s embark on this unforgettable journey together! The extraordinary allure of the Inca Trail in South America! Renowned as one of the top 10 hikes worldwide, this incredible trek is a perfect blend of history and beauty. Embark on a mesmerizing 4-day journey, traversing the Sun Gate for that awe-inspiring first glimpse of Machu Picchu!
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INCA TRAIL PRIVATE TOUR

Price $ 780 USD 8+pp

DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
GROUP SIZE: We Arrange groups up to 2 hikers
PHYSICAL RITE: Challenging
The Inca Trail Private Tour offers an exclusive experience tailored to your preferences Professional Tour Leaders in Peru Will Guide You through Hidden Placesaron Cusco and Machu Picchu. Embark on the iconic Classic Inca Trail Private Tour at your own pace, savoring every step of this remarkable journey.

Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

SHORT INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU

DURATION: 2 Days / 1 Nights
GROUP SIZE: We Arrange groups up to 2 hikers
PHYSICAL RITE: Moderate
Planning trips to foreign countries can be overwhelming, especially when you have limited time and want to see everything in one go. But, here’s a great solution: a combination of hiking and sightseeing tours! This 2-day Inca Trail with Hotel highlights the best part of the Classic Inca Trail for 4 days including the most beautiful Inca site Winay Huayna and The Sun Gate.
It’s the perfect way to make the most of your visit and have an exciting adventure. So, get ready to explore and create unforgettable memories!

Imagine witnessing the sunset over Machu Picchu, creating an unforgettable memory.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

INCA TRAIL SALKANTAY TREK 7 Days

DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights
GROUP SIZE: We Arrange groups up to 2 hikers
PHYSICAL RITE: Challenging
This 7-day trek to Machu Picchu offers tourists the chance to enjoy a combination of both the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail. You’ll explore a spectacular array of landscapes, from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the lush subtropical forests around Machu Picchu.

Along the way, you’ll take in incredible views and have plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife in its natural habitat. From crossing ancient Inca ruins to discovering hidden villages filled with friendly locals.

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

5 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU – Recommended for Families & Friend

DURATION: 5 Days / 4 Nights
GROUP SIZE: We Arrange groups up to 2 hikers
PHYSICAL RITE: Challenging
Experience the awe-inspiring Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu! Embark on a 5-day/4-night adventure through the breathtaking Andes. Take your time, Hike on your own steps, and immerse yourself in the wonders of this magnificent journey. Don’t miss out on this incredible experience!

Lares Trek

SHORT INCA TRAIL AND LARES STREK

DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
GROUP SIZE: We Arrange groups up to 2 hikers
PHYSICAL RITE: Challenging
The true essence of the Lares Trek as you hike through fascinating farming villages devoid of modern amenities. Engage with the local Quechua children and immerse yourself in the authentic lifestyle of the Inca descendants. This trek not only allows you to stamp a real connection but also offers you the opportunity to explore the best parts of the classic Inca trail, culminating at the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu.

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Up for an Epic Adventure: Everything You Must Know!

This adventure raises many questions for visitors planning to do this incredible hiking trail. Find out how to do the walk, when is the best time to go, when is the worst time to go, what are its rules, its prohibitions, and much more. Go ahead and take one of the best walks in the world! LEARN ABOUT: The Inca Trail Porters
Inca Trail Dry season

From April to October the days are sunnier and with little chance of rain. For many, it is the best time to hike to Machu Picchu. Sunny days favor getting the best photos on the route. May, June, and July are the driest months but with the coldest temperatures at night.

Rainy Season Inca Trail
From November to March, it usually rains more frequently. Some tourists are uncomfortable. Others enjoy the beautiful landscapes that the rain brings. The rains can cause slipping on the road so you must walk carefully. January, February, and March are the rainiest months so the necessary precautions should be taken.
Closing in February
February is the rainiest month so the authorities decide to close the Inca Trail for safety and to carry out maintenance work on the route. During that month tourists can be encouraged to do other alternative hiking routes such as the Lares trek, the Huchuy Qosqo trek, or the Choquequirao trek.
Camps Sites

The camps for each night are those of Huayllabamba, Pacaymayo, and Wiñayhuayna (or Phuyupatamarca). All are well-equipped for tourists. The authorities have chosen these places for the security of landslides etc. Tour agencies include you all the necessary comfort to spend the night.

Prohibitions
During the Inca Trail, it is forbidden to damage the Inca buildings. Tourists should not carry knives, fuel, drones, firearms, and more. Remember that damaging the heritage of the Incas is considered a serious crime by the Peruvian authorities. Let’s take care of the historic Inca Trail and preserve it for the future!
The Sun Gate
On the last day of hiking, tourists arrive at Machu Picchu through the Intipunku (Puerta del Sol). This first panoramic view is an incredible experience difficult to forget. The Intipunku was a construction of walls, windows, and enclosures where the rays of the sun reached each summer solstice.
Inca Trail Reservation
The Inca Trail is considered one of the best hiking trails on the planet. However, it only has about 500 spaces available per day. Due to this, the reservation of the tour must be made online through a tourism agency 6 or 7 months in advance. Otherwise, you will not find free spaces.
Your Day Backpack

The Inca Trail, carry a backpack weighing max 5 kilos. Pack essentials: sleeping bag (not included), trekking poles (not included), phone batteries, camera, clothes, water, snacks, hat, sunblock, mosquito repellent, personal hygiene items, and medication.

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FAQs

Planning a hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the trek, Such as When Is The Best Time To Visit Machu Pichcu? with answers from our expert Tour Leaders. Whether you’re looking for information on permits, what to pack, or how difficult the trail is, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn more!

Inca Trail Distance Per Day and Details

If you are looking to get off the beaten path and explore some pristine natural areas, this hike will not disappoint. The path leads through the subtropical rainforest before reaching Incan ruins at millennial high passes with unparalleled views of spectacular mountains all around them!

DAY 1: (7.8 miles or 12.5 km) KM 82 – Huayllabamba (Training Day)

    • This first day is relatively easy walking (Training Day) ~ 7-9 hours.
    • We take a bus from Cusco to Kilometer 82 (9000 ft or 2750 m) where we begin the trek at about 9:00 AM.
    • Hike the first 3 miles (5 km) along the left bank of the River Urubamba to our lunch spot, near the ruins of Llactapata (8692 ft or 2650 m).
    • After lunch, continue south along the river Cusichaca, climbing gently. Camp at Huayllabamba (9691 ft or 2954 m) sometimes Uncaypata 3300 above sea level.

    DAY 2: (5.1 miles or 8.3 km) Dead Woman Pass (Challenging Days)

    • This is the most difficult day. After climbing Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s) pass on the morning of the second day, the rest of the hike is relatively easy.
    • Begin hiking about 7:00 AM and hike about 5 1/2 hours to our lunch spot. The trail follows the River Llullucha, climbing steeply nearly 4000 feet (1200 m) through forests and plains to the highest point on the trek, Warmiwañusca pass, Dead Women’s pass at (13,776 ft or 4200m). Lunch is provided shortly after the pass.
    • It’s another 2 hours walking to our camp at Pacaymayo (11,833 ft or 3607m).

    DAY 3: (4.5 miles or 7.3 km) Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca  (Last Campsite)

    • On the third day, the trail climbs gently up two passes.
    • Depart ~ 7:00 AM and hike about 1 hour to the oval ruins of Runkuracay (12,470 ft or 3800 m). Continue up the second pass and back down to the ruins of Sayacmarca (11,742 ft or 3580 m). These ruins offer spectacular views in nearly every direction.
    • From here, climb gently up the third and final pass through lush cloud forests to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (“Cloud-Level Town”).
    • Camp at Phuyupatamarca (11,930 ft or 3640 m) or continue downhill to the ruins of Winay Wayna. This will be up to the discretion of your Tour Leader and the Peruvian National Park Service. Your Tour Leader will notify you locally of your camping itinerary.

    DAY 4: (6.9 miles or 11 km)

    • This day is mostly downhill along with steep, stone steps.
    • Have an early breakfast and hike the remaining 6.9 miles (approx 5-7 hours) to Machu Picchu.
    • Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun, entrance to Machu Picchu at (7875 ft or 2400 m) in the afternoon for a guided tour. Hikers camping at Winay Wayna on Day 3 will reach the ruins in the early morning instead.
    • Short bus trip to Aguas Calientes for a hot shower in our hotel.

    5 Day Inca Trail

    • All travelers will have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu before dawn on the following day to watch the sunrise and spend the full morning exploring the glorious ruins of Machu Picchu!
    NOTE: The exact locations where you will have lunch and camp is subject to change depending on weather conditions, current Inca Trail regulations and the abilities of the group.

    How Much Cos The Inca Trail?

    The price tag for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks on 2021.

    Doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers on the trails each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a Licensed Guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.

    The general cost for Inca Trail trek: $600

    The Inca Trail is a classic hike through the Andes, and at $700-900 per person this service will get you to where all of your friends have been. You’ll start with pickup from hotel then take off for an amazing adventure in Peru!

    But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?

    Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks. Some even have a bad reputation for inadequately providing their porters (i.e. lacking rain ponchos, jackets, or even proper hiking shoes). I was surprised by how many people online included snacks as a necessary item to pack and bring along because some companies don’t provide enough food pro by other companies.

    The Bathroom Situation on The Inca Trail

    This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

    Our Inca Trail toilets – Portable option

    As a tour operato, the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.

    Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things we would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried up with you by porters.

    Our Toilete sit and tent are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, we will solve immediately.

    Is The Inca Trail Worth it?

    The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu starts at KM 82 checkpoint and leads high up into the mountains passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Winay Wayna before arriving at Machu Picchu early in the morning on the 4th day of the trek. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu really is a beautiful trek. And we hope that with a little advice and planning it turns out to be an incredible and unforgettable experience. Good luck and happy trekking!

    How Many Miles is The Inca Trail From km 82?

    We’ve outlined our own route on the Inca Trail below and, in broad terms, this is the sort of itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of traveling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

    Day One: Travel from Ollantaytambo to km.82 in the morning and hike to the campsite

    Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

    Elevation Gain | 350 meters

    Difficulty | Moderate, with a steep tiring section towards the end.

    Day Two: Early rise to hike through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass and the descent to campsite

    Distance | Approx. 7.5 miles/ 12km

    Elevation Gain | 1,115 metres

    Difficulty | High, this is the hardest day of walking but after you reach DWP, it’s mostly downhill.

    Day Three: Early rise to hike the most photogenic section of the Trail

    Distance | Approx. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km

    Elevation Gain | Minus 1,000 metres

    Difficulty | Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.

    Day Four: Very early rise (3 a.m.) to reach the entry check-point and hike 1-2 hours to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

    Distance | Approx. 3.1 miles/ 5 km

    Difficulty | You’re almost at the end and Machu Picchu, you should be hopping, skipping, and jumping all the way there!

    How to Get your Inca Trail Ticket?

    Inca Trail Hike to Machu. It is VERY IMPORTANT TO BOOK MONTHS IN ADVANCE. Trek permits for the Inca Trail are limited to 200 Tourists and 300 Peruvian support staff. This includes Tour Leaders, porters, and cooks (500 total permits per day). Trek permits for next year have already sold out. Please try to book as early as possible.

    Due to Coronavirus Inca Trail Tickets can be Changed?

    Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits. I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.

    This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

    How Hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

    Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

    One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

    After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

    So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

    Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

    When to book the Inca Trail trek 4 days?

    The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.

    It is recommended to book the tour inca trail to Machu Picchu 2 days in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reservation for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train Tickets).

    The Inca Trail Route Flora & Fauna

    Over 250 species of orchids have been counting on the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary. As well as numerous rare birds, animals, reptiles.  Including several species are considered to be in danger of extinction. In order to complete the Inca Trail.  You need to have a reasonable level of fitness. Age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be very well acclimatized in Cusco for altitude sickness. The maximum height above sea level along the way is 4200m. So we advise anyone coming from the coast to spend at least 2 days in Cusco. Before attempting the trek. This period is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    Best time to hike the Inca Trail

    Towards the end of February is the wettest month in the Andes. The Inca Trail, as well as several other national parks in Peru, is closed throughout the month for essential maintenance. Machu Picchu remains open at this time.The trail reopens in March, though the highlands are still rainy through into

    early April.May and October, are the best times to trek the Inca Trail as permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months, plus it’s dry, and warmer than June, July and August.The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) takes place towards the end of June and cities, such as Cuzco, always get busier with local crowds heading towards Machu Picchu.Peru’s national vacation at the end of July is also a peak time for Peruvians to tackle the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. The dry conditions prove popular with vacationmakers all the way through August and

    into September.By November, the rainy season is starting up again in earnest. However, you still might get some solid trekking conditions with nothing like the crowds of the summer – and you won’t need to secure your pass quite as far in advance.December is wet and attracts crowds over the vacations with accommodation and flight prices rising, despite the weather. Things ease off again in January – which is wet but without the vacation crowds.

    Machu Picchu Hike Difficulty

    First, the numbers: if you tackle the classic four-day Inca Trail you’ll have 24-26 miles to trek (depending on which trailhead you set out from), over 2,000 metres to haul yourself up and level yourself down, and over 3,000 steps to deal with in total.

    In terms of fitness and technical challenge, this is considered to be a trek of moderate difficulty. The effort required, though, isn’t evenly distributed across the four days. Rather, the greatest lung-bursting effort is front-loaded into the first day and a half. The high point, Dead Woman’s Pass, is – at 4,198 metres – definitely the toughest of the three passes, both in terms of the potential effects of altitude and the sharpness of the elevation gain. There are, however, a number of campsites on the way to this first pass, and some groups opt to make the second day easier by staying at the highest campsite on the first night. 

    Why You Should Hike in Peru With Tour Leaders Peru?

    Tour Leaders Peru Adventure is an independent local tour company to The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike. Aimed at helping visitors to decide whether the Inca Trail is the trek for them. Although there are literally thousands of kilometers of “Inca Trails” throughout Peru and South America. This tour concentrates on the Classic 4-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu and Short Inca trail 2day 1 night.

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