The Inca Trail is available for all those who want to enjoy the adventure of traveling the roads of the ancient Incas, however you need to have knowledge about some useful information on the route.
The Inca Trail is one of the most popular treks in the world, the walk starts in the Sacred Valley and ends in Machu Picchu one of the wonders of the world.
There are 2 options of excursions:
Classic Inca Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights that begins at Piscakucho – 2800 m; the highest point is Warmiwañusca – Dead Woman’s Pass – 4200m. The first and third day walking about 7-8 hours (including lunch hours and stops). The last day you walk about two hours to get to Machu Picchu and finally make the visit..
The other is Short Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night that begins at Chachabamba – 2250 m; the highest point is the Intipunku – 2720 meters, the walk is 8 hours, only the first day including lunch time and breaks. The second day will be exclusively for visiting Machu Picchu.
Who can do the Inca Trail?
All persons wishing to make this hike by the Inca route that has as destination the Citadel of Machu Picchu and are in good physical condition able to take walks lasting between 2-8 hours per day.
At what age is appropriate to do the Inca Trail?
This hike has no age restriction, however it is advisable for Parents take into consideration the journey of children under age 8 and also older adults. In the Classic Inca Trail has the option of requesting the service of porters to help lighten the weight that must not exceed 14 kg. On the way stops are made where you can rehydrate and rest your back then continue the hike, is not recommended stopping for long the body cools and start again the walk will be a bit difficult. The guide is responsible to indicate the approximate time of rest.
Physical condition for the Inca Trail
For this type of walking is recommended be in good physical condition and not necessarily be a person with experience in high mountain walks. During the walk will go slowly with breaks along the way are not required to walk fast. The guide will tell but if the occasion requires it. Taking into account that this hike will rise to 4200 meters high and is not recommended for people with respiratory, cardiac, circulatory problems.
If you have a health problem you should visit a doctor who will tell you if you can make this hike. And people who are medicated not forget your medication.
What should I bring?
For this type of hike is advisable to carry your personal equipment good hiking boots, waterproof jackets, camera, etc. Check our Equipment and Packing Inca Trail section. Special equipment is not required, just a good quality for nature and mountains. The days before the walk the guide will be presented and give you detailed information about the hike. Is not necessary to carry a lot of weight, the things we take must be useful, remember that you will bring your equipment and support staff takes only feeding equipment and travel equipment.
Should I have experience to do the Inca Trail?
No experience is necessary in mountain hiking only be in good physical condition and healthy in a way that allows you walking a maximum of 8 hours per day.
Note: This guide will carry an oxygen bottle and a basic kit which may be used if necessary.