A 5-Point Concise Guide Before You Travel Up the Inca Trail
Some people only reach one destination on their journey, while others savor the journey itself. The Inca Trail in Peru satisfies both preferences. Built by the Incas 500+ years ago, Inca is a hiking trail in Peru that ends in Machu Picchu.
The Incas were only a small part of a vast Andean highway that spanned over 20,000 km (14,000 miles). Archaeologists and historians believe that the track was once used by messengers known as “Chasquis” as a road system to send messages between places by running and carrying ropes knotted in bright colors.
1. What makes it exciting?
A fascinating mixture of seductive mountain landscapes with lush cloud forests
Subtropical grounds in the jungle with an impressive mix of Inca paving stones, tunnel ruins.
Hundreds of endemic species of flora and fauna
A heavenly experience of bird spotting and orchid spotting
Opportunity to explore mythical natural landscapes
Pristine virgin lands teeming with life.
The opportunity to explore Machu Picchu, the final destination.
2. How many days does it take to complete the Trail?
Hikers, including both amateurs and professionals from all over the world, generally take 4 or 5 days to finish the Trail, but a two-day trek, starting from “Km 104” is also a possibility for many.
The altitude varies widely and hikers often struggle with altitude sickness, particularly when they don’t spend enough time in Cusco, before hitting the trail. On the first day, starting at 2,600 meters, travel up to 3,300 meters. On the second day, you will travel to the Dead Woman pass which is the highest point at 4,200 meters on the Trail. This is considered the most crucial point for those who are prone to altitude sickness.
Inca Trail is one of the most acclaimed treks in the entire South American region with its historical, cultural and architectural value. Therefore, the entrance to the legendary Inca Trail is managed and controlled by the Peruvian Tourism Authority (PTA) to safeguard the traditional unpaved path and surrounding environments. You have to pre-purchase the permit (generally managed by tourist companies) as the permits are strictly limited.
5. Best time to travel
Peru has two main seasons, the rainy months from November to March and the dry months from April to October. The dry season is loved and preferred by a majority of tourists to explore the adventure and trill of the Trail.