Follow the Ancient Path, Unconver the Mysteries: Experience the Inca Trail
4 Days From $ USD 750.00
Follow the Ancient Path, Unconver the Mysteries: Experience the Inca Trailc
4 Days From $ USD 750.00
The Classic Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It is one of the most popular and iconic treks in the world, attracting thousands of adventurers and history enthusiasts every year. Here’s an overview of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
1. Route: The Classic Inca Trail covers a distance of approximately 43 kilometers (26 miles) and usually takes four days to complete. The trail starts at Kilometer 82, near the town of Ollantaytambo, and follows the original path used by the Incas centuries ago.
2. Scenery: The trail winds through diverse and breathtaking landscapes, including high mountain passes, cloud forests, and lush valleys. Along the way, trekkers can enjoy stunning views of snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, and Inca ruins.
3. Inca Ruins: The Inca Trail is dotted with several archaeological sites that showcase the rich history and ingenuity of the Inca civilization. Among the notable ruins are Wiñay Wayna, Phuyupatamarca, and Intipata, where trekkers can explore ancient temples, terraces, and residential areas.
4. Altitude: The trail reaches its highest point at Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass, which stands at an elevation of 4,215 meters (13,829 feet). Altitude sickness can be a concern for some trekkers, so it’s important to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions.
5. Camping: The Inca Trail involves camping in designated campsites along the route. Trekkers are provided with tents, sleeping mats, and toilet facilities. The campsites offer basic amenities and stunning natural surroundings.
6. Permits and Regulations: Due to its popularity, the Classic Inca Trail has a limited number of permits available each day, including permits for trekkers, guides, and porters. It is essential to obtain these permits in advance from authorized tour operators. Additionally, the trail is subject to strict regulations to preserve its cultural and natural heritage.
7. Arrival at Machu Picchu: The Inca Trail culminates at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), where trekkers are rewarded with their first panoramic view of the majestic Machu Picchu. From there, it’s a short descent to the ancient citadel, where you can explore the terraces, temples, and other remarkable structures of the Inca ruins.
It’s important to note that the Classic Inca Trail requires a reasonable level of fitness and preparation. It is advisable to embark on the trek with a licensed tour operator who can provide experienced guides, porters, and necessary equipment. Remember to pack appropriate gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, and a good backpack.
Duration: 4 Days – 3 Nights
Group Size: (02 – 10ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum)
Departure: Based on Availability, ask for spaces
Meals included: 3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Vegetarian/vegan: Food available upon request at no extra charge
Starting Point: We will come and Pick you up from your Hotel in Cusco
Ending Point: Drop-off at your hotel in Cusco
Departure: Upon Request (Based on Availability). If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as large group service). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here.
Transportation: Bus, Hike, (Train Included from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo)
Acomodations: 03 Nights, Camping
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Permits: Inca Taril Permits & fee Included and Visit of Machu Picchu on day 4.
Free storage: Available, you can leave the rest of your stuff in our free storage in Puerto Maldonado
High Season: From april to october
Places to visit on Inca Trail: Km 82, Llactapata, Wayllabamba, Dead woman pass, Pacaymayo, runkurakay, phuyupatamarca, wiñayhuayna, Inti punku, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Please note: that due to the dynamic nature of travel, it’s always a good idea to check the latest information, regulations, and availability before planning your trip on the Inca Trail.
The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most renowned and popular trekking routes in the world. Here are some highlights of this iconic trail:
1. Scenic Beauty: The Inca Trail takes you through breathtaking landscapes, from snow-capped peaks to lush cloud forests. You’ll witness stunning vistas of mountains, valleys, and diverse flora and fauna along the way.
2. Ancient Inca Ruins: The trail is dotted with fascinating archaeological sites that provide a glimpse into the Inca civilization. Highlights include Wiñay Wayna, Intipata, and the impressive Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which offers the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu.
3. Inti Punku (Sun Gate): As you reach the Sun Gate, you’ll witness a spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu. It’s a magical moment when the ancient citadel is revealed in all its glory, surrounded by mist and mountains.
4. Wiñay Wayna: This impressive Inca site is often considered a highlight of the trek. It features well-preserved terraces, intricate stonework, and beautiful views. Exploring Wiñay Wayna gives you a sense of the architectural brilliance of the Incas.
5. Machu Picchu: The ultimate highlight of the Inca Trail is, of course, the arrival at Machu Picchu itself. As you enter the ancient citadel, you’ll be awestruck by its grandeur and mystery. Exploring the terraces, temples, and intricate stone structures is an unforgettable experience.
6. Cultural Immersion: The Inca Trail offers a unique opportunity to connect with local culture. You’ll pass through traditional Andean villages, interact with indigenous communities, and learn about their way of life and ancient traditions.
7. Physical Challenge: The Inca Trail is a challenging trek that requires a reasonable level of fitness. The sense of accomplishment and personal growth that comes with completing the trail is immensely rewarding.
8. Limited Access: To protect the trail and preserve its integrity, the Peruvian government imposes daily limits on the number of trekkers. This helps maintain the trail’s pristine condition and ensures a more exclusive experience.
9. Expert Guides: To hike the Inca Trail, you must join a licensed tour operator and be accompanied by a professional guide. These guides are knowledgeable about the history, culture, and natural surroundings, enriching your experience with their expertise.
Your exciting four-day hike on the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will drive you to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is the last major town before the trailhead at Km 82. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase any last-minute items you may need for the hike.
From Ollantaytambo, we will continue driving to Piskacucho, also known as Km 82, named after its distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu. At the trailhead, the local authorities will check your passport and Inca Trail permit. We’ll start the hike with a gradual uphill climb towards Miskay, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the trail and visit some lesser-known Inca sites.
At Miskay, you’ll enjoy the first lunch of the Inca Trail, prepared by our local chef with traditional Andean cuisine. After lunch, we’ll continue hiking for about two hours to reach Huayllabamba, situated at an altitude of 3000 meters (9842 feet) above sea level. This will be our camping spot for the night. Upon arrival, our crew will welcome you with appetizers and a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or tea. After witnessing the sunset, dinner will be served before you settle into your tents.
The second day of the Classic Inca Trail starts early in the morning. You’ll wake up to a cup of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee or tea, followed by a protein-rich breakfast to keep you energized throughout the day. Our hike will begin with a challenging five-hour uphill climb to the highest point of the Inca Trail, known as Dead Woman’s Pass, standing at 4600 meters above sea level (15091 feet). The pass gets its name from its resemblance to a resting woman in the Andes. Here, you’ll have ample time to admire the views and soak in the energy of the Andean mountains. Our tour guide will share insights into Andean mythology and traditions.
After enjoying the views, we’ll continue with a gradual downhill hike for two hours to reach Pacaymayu, situated at an altitude of 3600 meters (11811 feet) above sea level. Lunch will be served here, and you’ll have time for a siesta as this will also be our campsite for the night. In the evening, we’ll provide tea or coffee followed by dinner.
On the third day of the Classic Inca Trail, we’ll start at 6:00 AM after enjoying an Andean breakfast. Departing from the campsite at 7:00 AM, we’ll visit three significant archaeological sites along the way. Our first stop will be Runkuraqay, an Inca complex located at 3800 meters (12467 ft). This complex played a crucial role during the Inca civilization, and our local expert will provide an immersive tour.
From Runkuraqay, we’ll hike uphill for approximately an hour to reach Runkurakay Pass at 3760 meters (12335 ft) above sea level. We’ll take a brief stop here to admire the valley below and catch our breath. Next, we’ll descend gradually for 45 minutes to the Sayacmarca archaeological site, situated at an altitude of 3850 meters (12631 ft). After exploring the complex, we’ll continue our hike through the cloud forest to Chakicocha (3600m/11811ft), where we’ll have lunch.
After lunch, our journey will take us to Phuyupatamarca, the last section of the original Inca Trail. Along the way, we’ll visit more Inca ruins. Finally, we’ll reach Wiñay Wayna (2600m/8530ft), our campsite for the night. Wiñay Wayna, meaning “forever young” in Quechua, is renowned for its beautiful archaeological site. After witnessing the sunset, we’ll return to the campsite for dinner.
We’ll wake up at 3:00 AM on the fourth day. After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to our support staff, and if desired, you can express your gratitude and tip them. Our hike will begin with a one-hour trek to the iconic Sun Gate or Inti Punku. This will be the most rewarding moment of your Inca Trail experience as you witness the sun’s rays illuminating the walls of Machu Picchu, revealing this magnificent Inca citadel from beneath the blanket of clouds.As you enter Machu Picchu, your guide will provide a comprehensive tour of the site, sharing historical and cultural insights about the ancient Inca civilization. After the guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore the ruins on your own, take photos, and soak in the awe-inspiring atmosphere.
In the afternoon, we’ll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Here, you’ll have time to have lunch and explore the town before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we’ll transfer you by private vehicle back to your hotel in Cusco.
Please note that the Inca Trail is a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization to the altitude. It is important to be adequately prepared with appropriate hiking gear, clothing, and supplies. Additionally, it’s necessary to obtain the necessary permits well in advance, as the number of visitors on the Inca Trail is limited to preserve the site and minimize environmental impact.
It’s advisable to consult with a reputable tour operator or travel agency that specializes in organizing Inca Trail treks to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. They can assist you with permits, transportation, guides, and all the necessary logistics for your trek.
Enjoy your adventure on the Inca Trail, and may you have a memorable experience exploring the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu!
Please check availability for the Inca Trail Before doing Your Reservation if there is not availability on the date you want do do The Inca Trail Please Check our alternatives Treks towards Machupicchu
4, OR 5 DAY INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY 2023 – 2024
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PRICE 2023 – 2024 per person US$750
We can leave any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date.
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NOTE: Train included in all tours is the Expeditions Train (to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 6:45pm and being the 9:20pm the last train. Bioandean Expeditions will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
Please Note: train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail .If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpaker cerrojo train to ollantaytambo ) for an increased price.let us know please.
INCA TRAIL REGULATIONS
The national historical sanctuary is protected by law to conserve its biodiversity as well as the Inka ruins Machupicchu comes under intense pressure, with over 300,000 visitors each year. From May to September, an average of 2000 people explore the ruins daily, of whom 150 / 200 have hiked the trail, and the rest by train.
Compared with many other tourist attractions, the Inka trail is well maintained. The Peruvians have worked hard at limiting the erosion, litter and other damage caused by its popularity. This is a long term campaign which needs and deserves your support. By choosing an environmentally conscious tour operator and be careful about handling litter, where you go the toilet, and the use the poles you can help them preserve this wonderful place. Fortunately, controversial plans to build a cable car and large hotel at machupicchu have been widely opposed, and the rules announced in 2000 were being enforced from 2001.
When visiting the cities:
Are there services for tourists with special needs in Peru?
In Peru we believe in the idea of “Tourism for Everybody”. This is why many public and private organizations have been working for years to ensure that their services are equally accessible for the differently-abled.
We advise you to contact your service provider in advance to ensure that your accessibility needs will be met.
What’s the weather like throughout the year?
Peru is a very large country that is crossed by the Andes and has a vast Amazonian region, so you are likely to notice differences from one place to the other, which may be more or less intense depending on the month of your visit. It hardly ever rains on the coast, where there are usually two seasons:a warm season and a cold season.
Unlike the coastal area, the mountains and the jungle have a warmer rainy season running from mid November to late March, and the least warm season occurs between April and mid November.
Below is a weather table by city:
|Abancay||2,378(7,802 fasl)||25°C (77°F)||12°C (54°F)|
|Arequipa||2,335 (7,661 fasl)||24°C (75°F)||5°C (41°F)|
|Ayacucho||2,761 (9,058 fasl)||24°C (75°F)||11°C (52°F)|
|Cajamarca||2,720 (8,924 fasl)||21°C (70°F)||5°C (41°F)|
|Cerro de Pasco||4,338 (14,232 fasl)||22°C (72°F)||4°C (39°F)|
|Chachapoyas||2,334 (7,657 fasl)||22°C (72°F)||13°C (55°F)|
|Chiclayo||29 (95 fasl)||33°C (91°F)||17°C (63°F)|
|Cusco||3,395 (11,138 fasl)||17°C (63°F)||2°C (28°F)|
|Huancavelica||368 (1,207 fasl)||20°C (68°F)||3.4°C (38°F)|
|Huancayo||4,107 (13,474 fasl)||17°C (63°F)||0°C (32°F)|
|Huánuco||1,912 (6,273 fasl)||24°C (75°F)||18°C (64°F)|
|Huaraz||3,091 (10,141 fasl)||18°C (64°F)||9°C (48°F)|
|Ica||406 (1,332 fasl)||30°C (86°F)||8°C (46°F)|
|Iquitos||104 (341 fasl)||36°C (97°F)||17°C (63°F)|
|Lima||133 (436 fasl)||25°C (77°F)||13°C (55°F)|
|Moquegua||141 (463 fasl)||25°C (77°F)||17°C (63°F)|
|Moyobamba||860 (2,822 fasl)||36°C (97°F)||22°C (72°F)|
|Piura||29 (95 fasl)||35°C (95°F)||16°C (61°F)|
|Pucallpa||154 (505 fasl)||38°C (100°F)||24°C (75°F)|
|Puerto Maldonado||183 (600 fasl)||34°C (93°F)||21°C (70°F)|
|Puno||3,827 (12,556 fasl)||19°C (6°F)||2°C (34°F)|
|Tacna||562 (1,844 fasl)||28°C (82°F)||6°C (43°F)|
|Trujillo||34 (112 fasl)||30°C (86°F)||16°C (61°F)|
|Tumbes||6 (20 fasl)||38°C (100°F)||19°C (66°F)|
How much money should I expect to spend on my trip?
This answer depends on your personal preferences and the level of comfort you desire.
Bartering is generally accepted in Peru, with the exception of larger stores and restaurants. In larger cities prices in general may be higher, particularly in Lima, and may increase during festivities such as the National Holidays (July), Easter (April) or Christmas due to higher demand for services such as bus and air transportation.
Below is a price list of products and services that you may use as reference in order to prepare a travel budget.
|Reference product or service||US Dollars|
|Mineral water bottle 1.5 Lt (51 fl. oz.)||1.40|
|Medium soda pop 0.50||0.50|
|Blank video tape||8.50|
|Pair of sneakers||30.00|
|Public internet booth or cybercafes (1 hour)||1.5|
|Train Cusco – Machu Picchu (return)||30.00 (backpackers)
|Bus (one way)||5.00|
|Flight to Cusco (return)||140.00|
|Lodging per night (very basic)||5 – 10|
|Lodging per night (2 star)||20 – 40|
|Lodging per night (3 star)||50 – 90|
|Lodging per night (4 and 5 star)||over 90|
Other frequently Asked Questons about Treks and tours
What to Bring
Each web page has a specific list of what to bring for your trek and the list supplied here might not apply to you. However, remember that the weather in the Andes can be very unpredictable and you should be prepared for bad weather. Peru is located in the southern hemisphere meaning the winter extends from June to August. In the summer months daytime temperatures can be hot & sunny, but the nights can be very cold. During winter it can be cold and rainy during the day and particularly cold at night. It is usual to encounter some rain all year round so we recommend buying a cheap poncho in Cusco for about US $1. We also recommend bringing thermal underwear in order to combat the cold. It’s recommended to wear the thermal underwear in the evening and early morning. When packing try to bring a range of layers so that you can take off or add clothes as required in the ever changing Andean weather.
Please see each page for specific notes in regard to the equipment that is carried on each tour. Generally, the following items are ‘normal’ unless specified on the tour page.
Hiring Extra Equipment
We hire sleeping bags (rated for -5, -10 and -15 celsius temperatures) , thermarest (inflatable mattresses), walking poles, and extra horses for luggage.
Which sleeping bag to choose? Do you feel the cold – then opt for the -15 bag. Our foam mattresses (included in the price) are more than adequate but a thermarest inflatable mattress provides a lot more luxury! Walking poles – guides advise that two poles are better than just one as they provide much more balance, especially on steep descents (ie Llactapata on the Salkantay route and the Choquequirao and Choquequirao to Machu Picchu sections.) Please check our booking form for current prices.
Luggage Storage & Load Limits
Do you need an extra luggage mule/or riding mule?
We include in the price of your tour 8kg (15lbs) of luggage each person. We LOAN you a duffel bag which you can put this 8kg in. The reason for this is that duffel bags strap onto mules much better than backpacks/your luggage and its better that our custom designed duffels get dirty than your luggage (also if your backpack has a fancy harness then it can get damaged on the mules). If you think that you are going to need more than 7kg (plus the things that you carry in your day pack) then you might like to consider hiring an extra mule. Each mule can carry about 20kg of equipment so its usually shared between 2 or 3 people. Most people find that 7kg is more than adequate if they pack normally or a little conservatively. We strongly recommend that you leave the bulk at of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco – all hotels or hostals should provide you with luggage storage as a courtesy service.
Included in the price of your tour is 1 emergency riding horse. If you have in your group younger children, or older people, people who are not very fit, or people who have never hiked in the mountains before, you might consider paying for an extra mule. This is especially if you think that someone in your group will utilize the horse a lot!
We need to charge extra for the following:
For backpacker trains the timetable is 2.30pm and 6pm, and you return to Cusco approximately 4-5 hours later. A representative of the agency will meet the train in Ollantaytambo and transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. We apologise in advance if we cannot get either of these times, if we cannot we have endeavored to do so. Some people want early trains, some people like later trains, and its impossible to anticipate people’s preference. Please also note that in high season (normally July-August) the trains to Machu Picchu and back again are completely over-subscribed and its difficult to get tickets, even with several weeks notice. (this is why we are inistent that you send your passport details asap!) In the case that Bioandean Expeditions is not able to obtain train tickets for you we will provide a car that returns via the Abra de Malaga to Cusco. (approx 6 hours of travelling).
We generally recommend that you start out from Cusco with 1-2 litres of water. You should also bring a refillable water bottle with you. (Any bottle you buy from the shop will do but we recommend a hardy plastic bottle) During the day, when you are hiking you can fill up from streams, on the advice of your guide. You should use purification tablets for this water. (Micropur tablets can be bought in Cusco or you might like to ask in your camping shop at home. Some people recommend iodine tablets). In the evening, your cook will boil water for your use and you can fill up your bottles every morning before setting out. As people have different requirements for water (ie some people drink a lot and others less) it is important that you take responsibility for ensuring you have enough water each day. You need to communicate your needs (via the guide) to the cook.
Cooking & Meals
Our cooks serve hygenically prepared food that features Peruvian and Western dishes. If you are a vegetarian or have specially dietary requirements and/or allergies, please specify on your booking form and remind us at your briefing. Water is boiled for three minutes before being used for cooking and raw vegetables, if served, are washed in boiled/ purified water.
For photos of some example meals, please see our Bioandean Expeditions meals page
There are few opportunities for bathing on our treks. However, in the evening and morning, please ask your cook to warm some water for you to wash your hands and face. There are cold water shower facilities on the Salkantay and Choquequirao trek.
Depending on the tour you take, we provide toilet tents at each of the campsites or you can use the existing facilities. During the day, your guide carries a pick or lightweight shovel. Should you need to use this, please ask them. Ideally, you should relieve yourself at least 70 metres from any water source and also a good distance from the trail. Remember also to bring plenty of toilet paper but follow international leave no trace rules and carry it out… (Please no white flags along the route!)
Medical Kit Each trip departs with a basic medical kit and an oxygen bottle. We advise that if you have your own medications and needs that you bring these. We do not include altitude tablets in our kit. Please note that the blister care that we have is Peruvian style (band-aids and cotton wool) – we do not have second skin or Western style blister treatments.
Each trip departs with a basic medical kit and an oxygen bottle. We advise that if you have your own medications and needs that you bring these. We do not include altitude tablets in our kit. Please note that the blister care that we have is Peruvian style (band-aids and cotton wool) – we do not have second skin or Western style blister treatments.
How much money should I take?
Please review what is included in your trek in order to estimate what you should take. Along the way you can buy snacks and souvenirs, mostly of a non expensive nature. (Though if you decide you want to drink a lot of PowerAde, it does add up!) Most people also like to enjoy a nice meal and some drinks in Aguas Calientes on the night you arrive from your trek. Aguas Calientes is generally more expensive than other parts of Peru, so expect things to cost more there. Finally, bring money to tip your staff and your guides. (Please see below) There is an ATM in Aguas Calientes, but don’t rely on it working so we suggest you take ample to cover your expenses while there.
Tips vary and depend on the traveller’s satisfaction with the quality of the service rendered. Although our staff are paid just above local industry rates, and we include all meals and transportation, they do appreciate tips. Tips also provide incentive for staff to work harder.
Deciding how much to tip the porters, the cook and guide is a difficult moment at the end of the trek and can be made more difficult when members of the group have different cultural understandings about tipping. (Some countries tip, other countries don´t tend to tip).
Generally speaking, if the group have been pleased with the service then try to ensure that (minimum) each porter/muleteer takes home an extra 20-30 soles per day of trek, cook 40-45 soles per day of trek, and the guide as you feel is appropriate. (these amounts are shared between all members of the group, and are not individual tips. if your trip is 9 days then the group as a whole would tip 10 soles x 9 days. Even if the muleteers were only with you for 2 days on the shorter treks, please calculate their tip based on your entire trip length. Ie the Expreso Salkantay is 4 days, and the muleteers will take at least 1 day to return home, even though they are not directly in your service). A recent, higher estimation follows: between $10 and $20 a day for guides, between $5 – $10 a day for cooks and drivers, and $3-5 a day for the muleteers. Again, that should be divided between everyone on your tour, is PER person, and multiplied by the full length of your tour. We believe that ultimately, tipping the guide and cook should be dependent on the quality of the service that you received. At no stage should you feel obliged to tip!
Trekking in the Andes is generally pretty safe. There is minimal theft – it does sometimes occur on the more touristed routes (ie Salkantay). Be cautious, not paranoid! We do recommend always sleeping with your valuables (ie money belt, passports) near your heads or in your sleeping bag. Your camera and day packs should be kept between you or near your heads – never near the flap of your tent. Shoes should be stored inside!
What is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It is a 26-mile (42-kilometer) trail that follows the footsteps of the ancient Incas and offers stunning natural landscapes, archaeological sites, and a glimpse into the rich history of the Inca civilization.
How long does it take to complete the Classic Inca Trail?
The Classic Inca Trail is typically completed in 4 days and 3 nights. The trek covers a distance of approximately 26 miles (42 kilometers) and involves hiking through various terrains, including mountain passes and cloud forests.
Do I need a permit to hike the Classic Inca Trail?
Yes, a permit is required to hike the Classic Inca Trail. The Peruvian government strictly regulates the number of visitors allowed on the trail each day to preserve the site and minimize environmental impact. It is advisable to book your permit well in advance, as they can sell out quickly, especially during the peak season (May to September).
When is the best time to hike the Classic Inca Trail?
The best time to hike the Classic Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this period, you can expect relatively dry weather with warm days and cold nights. The months of June, July, and August are particularly popular but can also be crowded. If you prefer fewer crowds, you may consider hiking in the shoulder months of May or September.
What is the difficulty level of the Classic Inca Trail?
The Classic Inca Trail is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves hiking at high altitudes, with the highest point being the Dead Woman’s Pass at an elevation of 13,828 feet (4,215 meters). The trail involves steep ascents and descents, as well as uneven terrain. It is recommended to be in good physical condition and acclimatize to the altitude before attempting the trek.
Do I need to hire a guide for the Classic Inca Trail?
Yes, hiring a licensed guide is mandatory for hiking the Classic Inca Trail. This regulation is in place to ensure the safety of visitors and the preservation of the trail. Guides are knowledgeable about the history, culture, and significance of the trail and provide valuable insights throughout the journey.
What should I pack for the Classic Inca Trail?
Some essential items to pack for the Classic Inca Trail include sturdy hiking boots, comfortable and breathable clothing, a good quality backpack, a sleeping bag, a rain jacket or poncho, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a refillable water bottle, toiletries, a flashlight or headlamp, and any necessary medications. It is also recommended to pack some snacks and a camera to capture the stunning scenery.
Are there restroom facilities along the Classic Inca Trail?
Yes, there are designated restroom facilities along the Classic Inca Trail. However, they are basic and often consist of simple pit toilets. It is advisable to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer as these may not always be provided.
Is altitude sickness a concern on the Classic Inca Trail?
Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Classic Inca Trail as it reaches elevations of over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). It is recommended to spend a few days in Cusco or other high-altitude locations in Peru to acclimatize before starting the trek. Staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and taking it slow to allow your body to adjust to the altitude are important precautions to take.
Can I book the Classic Inca Trail independently?
No, it is not possible to book the Classic Inca Trail independently. As mentioned earlier, hiring a licensed guide is mandatory, and permits are required to access the trail. To hike the Classic Inca Trail, you must book through a licensed tour operator who will arrange the necessary permits, guide, and logistics for your trek.
Frequently Asked Questions about Peru
Welcome to our FAQ section. This page might be helpful if you haven’t been able to find the information you needed on our website. We hope these FAQ about Peru have been helpful.
How far is Peru from my home?
In order to provide you with useful references we have created a table including the approximate arrival flight times.
|Country||City||Approx. flight time|
|United States||Dallas||7 hours 12 minutes|
|United States||Houston||6 hours 45 minutes|
|United States||Los Angeles||8 hours 35 minutes|
|United States||Miami||5 hours 45 minutes|
|United States||Atlanta||7 hours|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires||4 hours 15 minutes|
|Chile||Santiago||3 hours 25 minutes|
|Spain||Madrid||11 hours 30 minutes|
Flights with stopovers
|Country||City||Approximate flight time|
|United States||New York||8 hours 35 minutes / via San José|
|United States||San Francisco||10 hours / via Los Angeles|
|United States||Washington||9 hours / via Newark|
|Germany||Dusseldorf||18 hours 40 minutes / via Madrid|
|Germany||Frankfurt||15 hours 30 minutes / via Madrid|
|France||Paris||14 hours 50 minutes/ via Miami|
|Italy||Milan||14 hours 50 minutes / via Madrid|
|Italy||Rome||15 hours 10 minutes / via Madrid|
|UK||London||15 hours 10 minutes / via Madrid|
|Japan||Tokyo||20 hours 35 minutes / via Los Angeles|
Do I need a visa to visit Peru?
Citizens of most American and Western European countries are not required visa to enter Peru. Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not require passports or visa to visit certain regions of Peru. Contact the Peruvian diplomatic representative in your country for further information. Addresses and phone numbers are included in the website of Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Relations: www.rree.gob.pe
If the purpose of your visit is tourism, the maximum length of your stay will be 90 days (you can apply for extensions with the immigration authority)
All travelers must carry a valid passport, or a safe-conduct issued by the Peruvian immigration authority.
Is it safe to travel in Peru?
Reality shows that it is very safe. You may have read or heard on TV, websites or newspapers about terrorism, crime and economic and political instability. But the truth is that terrorism has been defeated a long time ago; Peruvians live in peace and work very hard every day to build and democratic and safe society. We can assure visitors that all they need to do is follow the normal precautions taken in order to visit other destinations.
How to book any tour/trek through with PERU AMAZON GARDDEN LODGE.
To confirm the tour/trek we need you to send us your personal information: Full Names, Passport Numbers, Nationalities, Ages, Gender as well as a deposit to secure the trip/tour.
For Tambopata National Reserve (Puerto Maldonado) – Manu National Park We do require a Non-Refundable US$100 deposit per person.
For Inca Trails Treks We do require a Non-Refundable US$200 deposit per person.
For Alternative Treks(Salkantay Trek, Inca Jungle, Lares Trek, Choquequirao) We do require a Non-Refundable US$100 deposit per person.
For Tambopata National Reserve (Puerto Maldonado) – Manu National Park We do require a Non-Refundable US$100 deposit per person.
For Peru Package Tours/Treks We do require a Non-Refundable US$400 deposit per person.
As soon as you had sent us all your personal information as well as the deposit we will send you a Trip Confirmation by email.
PAYPAL: is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account. You can easily pay us by using your credit card or bank account. For those that wish to pay via Paypal. Please note that a 6% fee applies. That is, you need to increase your payment by 6% to cover the costs that we incur via this kind of payments.
the remaining, you will pay in cash(briefing day) without taxes.
Please, After your deposit, send Us, Transfer Number to: firstname.lastname@example.org, After we are going to confirm your deposit and reservation.
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