Inca Trail Treks to Peru

Many treks take you to Machu Picchu,  but none like the Inca Trail. The most popular among travelers and the most famous footpath in the Americas. From Cusco, 43 kilometers trail through forests, dense fog, ancient stone steps, and majestic views. At the end is the reward: the famous Sun Gate and its breathtaking views of the Inca City of Machu Picchu.

Beautiful mountains and landscapes of Andean surround the Inca Trail. Throughout the days that this adventure lasts, the archaeological center that can only do reached by it; is the Inca Trail. With a controlled capacity of visitors per month and year, no visitor wishes to walk it.

Machu Picchu was communicated with the city of Cusco and with the rest of the Inca empire through roads of excellent structure with ergonomic design, were built in strict harmony with the natural environment, and had excellent aesthetics in their construction. Many trails are ledges on the edge of the abyss and surround beautiful landscapes with lush and varied flora and fauna. In some sections, the Inca Trail is carved directly into the rock. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most spectacular hiking routes on the planet and is the best known of the Inca trails.

Machu Picchu Inca City, by the Inca Trail Treks

Best Inca Trail Treks

The Inca Trail Trek is recognized worldwide by the most demanding hikers. This trek has everything necessary to be a challenging route. With the great reward of enjoying the environment and the fresh air, we are sure that enjoying this hike will be an excellent reward for all our travelers. The Inca Trail is the route that the ancient Incas traveled, and now you can do it with these packages that include everything you need.

Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Duration: 2 Days & 1 Night
Price: from $ 370.00
The two-day Inca Trail is one of the recommended trek options to Machu Picchu to explore the famous Inca Trail of Peru;

Inca Trail 4 Days Trek to Machu Picchu

Duration: 04 Days & 03 Night
Price: from $ 845.00
The hike of the 4-day begins at Km 82. Each group of explorers has our best support team to enjoy each day of your adven

Sacred Valley & Two Day Inca Trail

Duration: 3 Days & 2 Night
Price: from $ 465.00
Sacred Valley & Inca Trail 3 Days - Short vacations through the most outstanding Inca trails of the Cusco region in Peru

Short Inca Trail + Rainbow Mountain Trek – 3 Days

Duration: 3 Days
Price: from $ 432.00
Premium Inca Trail plus Rainbow Mountain 03 days - Expedition for adventure lovers catalogs between moderate and strenuo

Tour Lares, Short Inca Trail, Machupicchu & Rainbow Mountain

Duration: 4 Days & 3 Night
Price: from $ 524.00
Full walk to Lares, Ollantaytambo, Inka Express trail, Machu-Picchu, Rainbow-Mountain, and the Red-Valley. Four unique &

Choquequirao + Short Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – 7 Days Trek

Duration: 07 Days & 06 Night
Price: from $ 589.00
Hike from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu with the express Inca trail of 07 days. We visit and explore two beautiful archit

Ancascocha Trek + Short Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – 6 Days

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Night
Price: from $ 578.00
Between the Andes of the Sacred Valley and the Huayanay mountain range, we have the Socma trek. We access beautiful view

Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 6 Days

Duration: 06 Days & 05 Night
Price: from $ 515.00
If we go to the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, why not complete the adventure with the sacred Inca trail? This program

Salkantay Trek + Classic Inca Trail – 6 Days

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Night
Price: from $ 576.00
Often referred to as the High Inca Trail, follow the same route up to the base of Salkantay before turning east across t

Inca Trail 3 Days to Machu Picchu

Duration: Inca Trail
Price: from $ 551.00
Inca Trail Hike 3 Days is Machu Picchu trail for exploring three days Inca trail [Peru Tours] begins in Cusco when we go

Inca trails over the mountains, on the road with landscapes of Andean beauty that crosses, throughout the days that this adventure lasts, archaeological centers that can only do reached by it; that is the Inca Trail. With a controlled capacity of visitors per month and by year, no visitor wishes to walk it.

Machu Picchu was communicated with the city of Cusco and with the rest of the Inca empire through roads of excellent structure with ergonomic design, were built in strict harmony with the natural environment, and had excellent aesthetics in their construction. Many trails are ledges on the edge of the abyss and surround beautiful landscapes with lush and varied vegetation. In some sections, the road is carved directly into the rock. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most spectacular trekking routes on the planet and is the best known of the Inca trails.

The excellent network of roads that connected the Inca Empire. The Inca Trail was the most sophisticated communication system that made it possible to manage resources and unify the Inca Empire.

Traveling the Inca Trail today in Cusco is a challenging and satisfying experience. You will push yourself to the maximum walking at different altitudes enjoying beautiful landscapes for one or several days. Lares, Ausangate, Salkantay are some of the routes that await you.

If you like hiking, you should hike the Inca Trail at least once in your life.

WHO BUILT THE INCA TRAIL?

According to Peruvian archaeologists, there are stretches of this road network about 2,000 years old and did build by ancient cultures.

Researchers indicate that the Inca Pachacutec, who created the Machu Picchu citadel, used these existing roads and built others, linking them into a network.

WHEN DOES THE INCA TRAIL CLOSE?

The Inca Trail to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is closed in February each year as part of the regulations of this archaeological site and by the provision of the institutions responsible for its administration, such as the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the INC, etc. Therefore, if you wish to go on an excursion, it is simply NOT possible during this period.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO DO

THE INCA TRAIL?

The Cusco region does characterize by only two climatological seasons that help us choose the best season. The rainy season runs from November to March, and the dry season is between April and October. It is advisable to hike the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu during the dry season because we will have better views of the landscapes during the tour. However, coming to Machu Picchu in rainy weather also has its own; also. As we said that the only month you can not walk the Inca Trail is in February.

HOW FAR IS THE INCA TRAIL?

The total distance of the Inca Trail is approximately 39.6 Km. and starts at Km. 82 from a place called Q’oriwayrachina. You will visit archaeological complexes such as:

  • Pulpituyoc
  • Kusichaca
  • Patallaca.

You will reach the highest point, 4,200 meters, crossing the Warmiwañusqa pass. This distance does calculate in the tour of 04 days and 03 nights. On the last day, you will arrive at the area of Inti Punku (Gate of the sun), where you will have an impressive view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE INCA TRAIL TREK?

For nature and adventure lovers who like to change the city’s noise for the beautiful singing of birds and the most beautiful landscapes, you can imagine. This Inca citadel of Machu Picchu hike by the Inca Trail will fulfill all your expectations. However, this type of trekking is not an easy thing to do, especially for those who are not used to exercise or physical exertion normally. That said, the route of the Inca Trail exceeds 4000 m.a.s.l. in some areas, so we must take some precautions, which Intupa Cusco will describe below.

  • Trekking shoes
  • Waterproof garments
  • Wide-brimmed
  • Towel and bathing suit, along the way, there are camping sites where showers are
  • It would help if you had underwear every day.
  • A small blanket for the nights, because these are really
  • Sunscreen and insect
  • Fresh fruits, candies, chocolates (they are good to accumulate energy)
  • Money (local currency soles)
  • Walking Flashlight and
  • Sunglasses, lip balm
  • A photographic

HOW TO PREPARE PHYSICALLY FOR THE INCA TRAIL?

Here are some tips to prepare physically before embarking on this fantastic adventure for those who plan to hike this impressive route.

For people in good physical condition and practice some sport, this route will not be complicated, although it involves walking for many hours and on rough trails of rugged and flat terrain. But for, people who do not accustom to extreme physical exertion may experience minor fatigue and tiredness. Before undertaking this incredible route, the most important thing is to prepare yourself physically to condition your body for physical work.

Recommendations

  • Hike: Walk more than two to three hours a day to avoid discomfort on the Inca Trail route, such as excessive fatigue, since you will be walking for approximately 5 to 6 hours a day.
  • Up and downstairs: Practice going up and downstairs to train yourself with challenging hikes because along the Inca Trail, there are stretches up steep mountains that could cause excessive fatigue and muscle pain in the legs. Especially if you plan to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or descend from the citadel of Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes because both routes are incredibly steep with minimal incline
  • Do breathing exercises: The Inca Trail starts at a point with 2650 masl until reaching 4000 masl. Then it is convenient to do breathing exercises to learn how to cope with altitude sickness. Breathing exercises will help you adapt quickly to the environment and breathe without problems, even with the low oxygen level in some parts of the trek.
  • Prepare your body for the physical effort: If you are not used to exercising, you should start practicing since the action you will make on the trail will generally belong to walks throughout the day, with short breaks. Therefore do walking exercises and prepare your body to experience absolute pleasure during your adventure on this magnificent Inca trail.
  • On the Inca Trail hike, you may experience some physical problems, such as fatigue, back pain, feet, headache, shortness of breath, and others, depending on your physical condition. Still, suppose you prepare yourself properly before embarking on this adventure. In that case, it is more confident that the only thing you will feel will be absolute pleasure and satisfaction. We have beautiful landscapes and archaeological complexes wrapped in a rich history that you will observe en route to the enigmatic Inca citadel, Machu Picchu.

CAN I THE INCA TRAIL WITHOUT A GUIDE?

As the entrance to the Inca Trail is limited, only authorized tour agencies can enter and do the tour, so it is challenging to make the Inca Trail to Machupicchu without a tour guide.

HOW MANY DAYS IS THE INCA TRAIL?

The Inca Trail trek has a great variety of options which we will list below:

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INCA TRAIL TREK AND SALKANTAY TREKKING?

We have a variety of routes to the Modern Wonder of Machu Picchu; we will show you the most important ones:

The Inca Trail is emblematic thanks to its history as part of the system of Royal Roads that connected the Inca Empire. Thanks to this, combined with the natural environment and the impressive finish at Machu Picchu, it is considered the number one hike in South America.

But we have an alternative, the Salkantay Trek, in which you will enjoy beautiful landscapes surrounding the essential snow-capped mountains that the Incas considered as Gods or Apus.

Below we will list some Pros and Con between the two tours:

Salkantay Trek

Pros of the Salkantay Trek:

The Salkantay Trek is famous for its scenery, which most guidebooks recommend, where you have a better chance of seeing larger mammals such as foxes, deer, chinchilla, and, with luck, even spectacled bears. We will also see a wide variety of plant species; it is a hike through the picturesque Andes that takes you up to the splendor of the glaciers and then takes you down through lush valleys with coffee plantations and then back to the high jungle.

On the circuit, it is 72% less crowded than the Inca Trail, with a daily average of 50 people compared to a daily average of 180 people on the Inca Trail. This info means you will have a lot of the hike to yourself, and the campsites en route do not crowd, allowing you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the landscape.

This information helps make reservations easier since we can find trips to Salkantay almost every day. It is just a matter of finding a group that leaves on the same day as you (unless you go independently or opt for a private tour), unlike the Inca Trail, where strict permit rules do not allow date changes or cancellations.

Cons of the Salkantay Trek:

Unlike the Inca Trail, you do not enter Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku Sun Gate. By spending the night in Aguas Calientes the night before, you can take the bus to the ruins or, if you wish to see Machu Picchu at sunrise, walk to see the morning. During your visit to Machu Picchu, it is possible to walk to the sun gate in about half an hour. The Salkantay trek is almost twice as long and higher than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This info means that it is physically more complicated than the Inca Trail. It is generally colder as well.

Campsite facilities along the trail are self-installed. There are no showers, although you can bathe in the streams if you want to brave the cold.

Although the Salkantay Trek also follows historical routes, the only set of ruins you will see is the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail

Inca Trail Pros:

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks globally, where hikers emerge from the jungle to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, where Machu Picchu comes into view. From the gate, hikers descend to the citadel.

The Inca Trail features beautiful scenery ranging from snow-capped peaks to cloud forests and high-altitude jungle and includes a variety of tiny historical ruins along the way. The most important of these is Wiñay Wayna, abundant agricultural terraces.

Campsites along the trail include toilets that do clean every other day. For some, this is an advantage of the trek, although purist campers might prefer the more ‘wild’ feel of the Salkantay Trail.

Inca Trail Cons:

The Inca Trail is a trendy route. Permit limits keep crowds tolerable, but the larger crowds mean that the chances of seeing large mammals do reduce. During the challenging ascent, you will likely encounter walking and other groups and crowded campsites.

To hike the Inca Trail, you must go with an approved operator (Kondor Path Tours), who will purchase an Inca Trail permit on your behalf. Permits are limited to 500 per day, 300 of which are guides, cooks, and porters. During much of the year, tickets are available, but you should purchase them for at least one or two months to ensure that you will find the desired date for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

If you would like more information about these and other tours in the Peruvian Andes, please do not hesitate to contact our travel agency in Cusco for information, assistance, or excursions.

FROM WHAT AGE CAN YOU DO THE INCA TRAIL TREK?

The Inca Trail can be hiked by all adventure lovers who are in the good physical condition and are willing to walk for 04 days, 2 to 8 hours per day, sleeping in tents during this time.

This hike has no age restriction; however, it is advisable to consider the travel of children under 08 years old, seniors, and people with heart problems.

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