Inca Trail Facts

Inca Trail facts

1. Best time to do the Inca Trail

A very important detail before making this type of excursion is to know what is the best time to travel. We tell you that Peru is one of those mega diverse countries, has different geographies and therefore different climates, then determine an ideal time of travel is very difficult. But if we focus on this particular excursion we consider that the best time to travel the Inca Trail is from April to October, dry season in this region, without rain, we believe that for this type of trekking it is more pleasant to do it in sunny and cold days than in days where the rain is persistent.

It should also be noted that in February this route is closed for maintenance work, but if we talk about Machu Picchu it is open every month of the year.

2. Make your reservation in advance

If you decide to do this excursion, it is advisable to make your reservation many months in advance, from 6 to 10 months in high season (May to September) and from 2 to 4 months in low season (later months), because there is a limit of spaces per day, the Peruvian government only allows access to 500 people of which 300 will be used by the campaign teams, cooks, porters and guides.

3. Hire a good travel agency

Many consider that this excursion is of free access, we tell you that it can only be done with an authorized travel agency, in order to know which companies are able to operate this route you can access the official website

We also tell you that Peru Grand Travel, has the license to operate the Inca Trail, we provide a quality service and service, which will allow you to complete your trip to the fullest and without any setback, so make the decision and hire the services of Peru Grand Travel we assure you that you will not regret it.

4. Conditions of the route

Knowing what awaits you on this route is fundamental, that is why Peru Grand Travel tells you in a few brief words what is involved in traveling the Inca Trail.

We must know that the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered the best hike in South America and perhaps the world, currently thousands of tourists strive to make it because it is the route that the ancient Incas made to reach Machu Picchu.

The tour involves 4 days of walking, an approximate of 40 kilometers to reach the enigmatic lost city of the Incas “Machu Picchu”, along the way you will experience fatigue and low temperatures, as well as you can appreciate Inca constructions, fabulous landscapes and lots of vegetation.

5. Acclimatization

The issue of acclimatization is not a game, if we want to successfully complete this route we have to give much value to this point, therefore it is recommended to acclimatize 1 to 2 days before the tour, rest as much as possible, eat lightly and drink plenty of water, preferably drinking coca tea. Remember that this trek will take you to altitudes over 4000 meters above sea level, so to avoid altitude sickness follow our advice.

6. What to bring for the Inca Trail

It is recommended to take only what is necessary to avoid weight and fatigue during the trek, remember that you will have to walk several kilometers to reach Machu Picchu and a gram more will affect your performance, so here is a list of items to consider in your journey along the Inca Trail.

  • Passport
  • Cash, preferably in small denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 soles.
  • Camera and video camera
  • Backpack cover
  • Windproof waterproof jacket.
  • Small towel and bathing suit
  • 4 shirts / t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • Hiking boots / strong and comfortable shoes
  • Sport sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Bottle of water
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit.

7. Enjoy the ride

And as a final tip enjoy the tour to the fullest, do not take it as a race of who gets to Machu Picchu first, but take your time and live it, because this trekking along its route guarantees besides a lot of adrenaline and fun, a lot of nature, amazing landscapes, archaeological sites and new experiences, a combination that other tours could not give you.