Short Inca Trail best information

The Shor Inca Trail travels 12 kilometers in 2 days until Machu Picchu arrives. The tour already includes what is necessary to support the weight of the days of walking. However, the tourist must bring extra luggage that facilitates the importance of the route, such as personal items, batteries, rehydrating water, a sleeping bag, a camera, and more.

What does the Short Inca Trail include?

The Inca Trail is a hiking route protected by the Peruvian State, so we can only do it  with a tour that includes the following:

  • Tourist transport to the starting point of the trek.
  • Tourist guide all the way.
  • Cooks (03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, and 03 dinners).
  • Porters (people who carry camping utensils).
  • Camping equipment (tent and utensils).
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Return by bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return by train to Cusco.
  • Emergency kit.

What does it not include?

  • The Inca Trail, like any other hiking tour in Cusco, does not include the following:
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Snacks.
  • Rehydrating.
  • Personal articles.

How many kilos of luggage to take for the Short Inca Trail?

Considering the route’s difficulty, the mountainous roads it travels, and the same duration, we recommend luggage that does not exceed 5 kilos in weight.

Carrying more than 5 kilos can perform the most challenging walk sections. Likewise, it can cause back pain.

What must contain this luggage in a backpack suitable for walking (waterproof, spacious, and fits nicely on the back)?

How to organize the travel backpack for the Short Inca Trail?

The backpack should hold at least 15-20 liters to hold enough water and spare clothes. It recommends having a raincoat cover the pack or using a bag inside. Check that the mountain equipment meets the following characteristics:

Just comfortable to wear.

  • A chest and waist strap; will allow you to distribute the weight.
  • Have side pockets for small items.
  • Have ties and straps to store clothes or other items.
  • You can hire an extra porter if you have additional luggage, such as sleeping bags or tents. This item implies an additional cost over the tour price and varies depending on your hire tourism agency.

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