The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of an ancient road network of over 30,000 kilometers that connected all the Inca Empire. This vast network of roads linking the territories of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Peru mainly.
Currently, the network is not preserved in its entirety; However, it is still possible to walk 42 kilometers from the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu, which is known as the Inca Trail.
Browse these 42 kilometers are two tours that last 2 days, 1 night and 4 days, 3 nights. Anyone can do this, however, there are some recommendations to take into account that this tour is completely satisfying and goes smoothly.
Peru in the Andes Top we give six very important tips you should consider:
Reserve trekking time.
The Inca Trail is one of the tours busiest in the world adventure, and quotas are limited to 500 people per day only 200 which are for tourists and the remaining 300 are intended for people who accompany travelers (guides , cooks, porters, etc.), so it is very important to plan this trip a few months in advance that Peru Andes you so you can make your trip smooth.
Arma well your backpack
Depending on the path you choose, can be 2 or 4 days of walking, so every gram counts. Takes only what is strictly necessary and make sure you wear the backpack is suitable for this type of excursions because as you progress all becomes heavier. Our guides will help you in everything you need.
Bring the right footwear
For the Inca Trail, or similar walks are recommended hiking shoes that have good grip or hiking boots, it is not convenient to wear new shoes because they cause blisters on your feet. It is also advisable to wear a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night.
Get used to the height
Cusco is located at an altitude of 3250 meters, and height on the Inca Trail goes up to 4200 meters. It is important to acclimate to the altitude before this excursion to avoid possible discomfort along the way. Preferably stay in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the tour and you’re ready for adventure.
If you go during the rainy season, it is important to take precautions for moisture, since this may even change your clothes. We recommend you wear clothes in plastic bags inside your backpack, also wears waterproof ponchos to help protect you from the rain and so can enjoy the Inca Trail smoothly.
The road is long and not try to be the first. Traveling in a group is easy to come up and try to be the first or first. You have to be very aware of where our limits and do not put all the eggs in one basket in the first 10 km. It is normal for the entire group reaches the end stages hours apart, nothing happens everyone should take your pace and be aware that the next day there are more.
Enjoy and have fun
Finally, have fun with the rest of the group, enjoying the wonderful landscapes that this tour gives you full of ecosystems, microclimates and lots of history giving visitors a truly amazing experience and do not miss an opportunity to take pictures of everything that you see your around since the beginning until the last minute travel