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Inca Trail – Machu Picchu

7 things you should know before traveling to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail

That first vision of the Inca City is the same as the people who arrived at Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail almost 600 years ago.

Peru is a dream destination; The Inca Trail is one of the 5 best walks in the world and Machu Picchu is the end point of this amazing journey; but there are some things you need to know before traveling to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail; When to reserve tickets? Why can not he visit it in February? or how long does the tour last? The Inca Trail is the most amazing way to have the first view of Machu Picchu, exactly from the Puerta del Sol. That first vision of the Inca City is the same as the people who arrived at Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail almost 600 ago. years.

1.- When to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Well, we are talking about one of the best treks on the planet, to one of the most amazing places that exist, so you must book your income to the Inca Trail well in advance, the income is exhausted 6 months before; remember that only 500 people can travel the Inca Trail every day and of these, only 200 will end up entering Machu Picchu, since the rest belongs to the support team, cooks, porters and guides. Keep in mind that entrance tickets for the Inca Trail only include the Inca City of Machu Picchu; so if you want to travel some of the Machu Picchu mountains after traveling the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must book tickets that include the mountains in advance, especially the one that includes the Huayna Picchu mountain, which also has to be booked with A lot of time in advance. Check the availability of Machu Picchu tickets, especially if I can not book one of the tickets to enter Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail.

2.- How long is the tour of the Inca Trail?

The Classic or Traditional Inca Trail is 40 kilometers long and it will take four days to complete it, so you must get in shape before venturing into it. The Inca Trail will take you through the mountains, to the Amazon rainforest where Machu Picchu is located, on the way you can see the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna, before entering Machu Picchu through the Puerta del Sol In most cases, after traveling the Inca Trail, you will return to Cusco by train, so you must book the tickets in advance; Some people decide to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), so relax in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco the next day.

3.- What is the maximum height of the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is considered a difficult expedition not only due to the fact that it will be trekking for 4 days, but it starts at kilometer 88 of the railway to Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, right in the town of Ollantaytambo, but as the height advances it will be greater; that is why, unless you come from places as high as Cusco, it is best to take a few days of acclimatization preferably in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and avoid altitude sickness. The highest point of the road is at 4,224 meters (13,860 feet). altitude sickness or Soroche, can cause headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and lack of energy and complicate if not attended to in time; Luckily our guides are very experienced and will know how to act in a case like this. There are prescription medications that can help with side effects, as well as internal resources: however, experience teaches us that there is nothing better to prevent altitude sickness than drinking plenty of Coca tea (infusions of coca leaves). ), but you can also chew it while you walk the Inca Trail.

4.- Can I do the Inca Trail on my own?

The entrance to the legendary Inca highway is strictly controlled to protect the 500-year-old Inca Trail and the wonderful natural environment that surrounds it. Despite the enormous popularity of the Inca Trail, it is still a privilege to enter Machu Picchu for him. You can not do the Inca Trail on your own, it is only allowed to do it in the company of a tour guide, from an authorized travel agency. The agency you hire will be responsible for booking the entry ticket for you and everything you need to make a trip like this and what you want to add; tickets must be reserved 6 months in advance and as we said before; Inca Trail permits are limited to 500 people per day. But do not enter 500 to Machu Picchu, this figure includes chefs, porters and guides. So there are only 200 people who can enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail.

5.- Is the Inca Trail open all year?

No, the Inca Trail is closed in February; during this month the rains are stronger and can make it very difficult to walk the trails of the Inca Trail; As the Inca Trail is empty all February, the guards take advantage of the maintenance of the road and the Inca structures, to make it ready for March. So remember you can book the Inca Trail for any time of the year, except February.

 6.- What is the best time to do the Inca Trail?

The entire southern region of Peru is marked by two different climatic seasons. The rainy season runs from November to March and the dry season occurs between the months of April and October. Most people who travel the Inca Trail tend to choose the dry season to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, however coming to Machu Picchu in the rainy season also has its own; In addition, as we already told you, the only month in which you can not travel the Inca Trail is in February; so if you travel the Inca Trail in rainy weather, you will have to come prepared.

7.-  Does the walk have to be 4 days?

The limited income for the Inca Trail, there are many alternative walks, the Salkantay Walk, the Walk by Lares; nevertheless, the Inca Trail is the only path that will take you directly to Machu Picchu through the Puerta del Sol; but if you do not want to walk for 4 days, but want to enter through the Puerta del Sol we inform you that there is a short version of the Inca Trail, it lasts 2 days and allows travelers, as with the classic Inca Trail, to reach Machu Picchu by the Puerta del Sol and finish inside the Inca City of Machu Picchu.

This short version of the Inca Trail often includes a night in a hotel instead of camping. This shorter option is ideal for travelers who do not have enough time to do the 4-day Inca Trail, or for those who want to skip the hardest part of the Walk.

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