Inca Trail Facts

Question 01: What to bring for the Inca Trail?
Question 02: How do I reserve a space for the Inca Trail?
Question 03: Is the Inca Trail difficult?
Question 04: What is included on the tour?
Question 05: What is the Weather Like?
Question 06: What entry documents do I need?
Question 07: Is the entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu included?
Question 08: Should I request an extra porter?
Question 09: How much money should I take?
Question 10: When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?
Question 11: What type of bus transportation is used?
Question 12: What type of train transportation is used?
Question 13: What is the average participant like?
Question 15: What kind of food do you provide?
Question 16: Do you require a deposit?
Question 17: Will the altitude affect me?

FAQs Answers

Question 01: What to bring for the Inca Trail?

You should bring the following: Original Passport, Backpack, sleeping bag, rain jacket, strong footwear (walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals. One complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, camera.

Question 02: How do I reserve a space for the Inca Trail? Go to the Top

Please first send us an email with you request after check if there are still spaces available for the Inca Trail in the following link: www.incatrail.manuexplorers.com/useful-information/inca-trail-availability/  once we reconfirm the availability of the spaces we will send you a PayPal Link for you to make a deposit of 50% of the total tour price.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a service voucher confirming your tour with us. Please notice that we do not guarantee the tour spaces until we receive the deposit. For your tour booking you will need to provide your FULL NAME & SURNAME / PASSPORT NUMBER / DATE OF BIRTH / NATIONALITY.

Question 03: Is the Inca Trail difficult? Go to the Top

The Inca Trail is not a technical hike, but you need some preparation before doing it, especially if you are not physically fit considering that you will be walking up and down hill. We highly recommend to get at least two days of acclimatization in Cusco before the tour starts and to get some extra help we will also recommend you to buy/rent some wooden walking sticks in order to get some support while walking up and down hill.

Question 04: What is included on the tour? Go to the Top

The Following is what is included in the tour:

  • Transportation to the 82 Km.
  • English/Spanish speaker professional guide during all Inca Trail
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + wake; up tea)
  • Snacks
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Personal pad (double foam)
  • 3-4Person Tents only for 2Person in each tent
  • Local porters (service to carry the food and camping equipment only)
  • Dinning tent, portable chairs and table
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu and the ruins along the trail.
  • Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Vegetarian food available, with no extra charge
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • First day breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal Porter
  • Beers
  • Entrance to the Hot spring in Aguas Calientes

Question 05: What is the Weather Like? Go to the Top

This is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a huge variety of weather conditions. We would say travelers can visit Peru any time of the year!

Dry season runs from May to November and this is typically the time that is most recommended. However, this is also the cooler time of year. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing at the height of the dry season. June, July and August are the most popular months to visit so you will tend to encounter much larger crowds during these months.

In the wet season (December to April), you can expect showers three to four afternoons a week. For travelers that do not mind a little drizzle and muddy trails, this time of year offers smaller crowds and greener hillsides, with wildflowers and orchids often in bloom. The shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November can often provide the best of both worlds. They typically have fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than the height of the dry season, but still tend to have relatively little rain. For more information, check out our Peru Weather page.

Question 06: What entry documents do I need? Go to the Top

Please bring you passport, Bring your national identity card or the passport if you have Argentinian, Bolivian, Chilean, Colombian, Ecuadorian or Venezuelan nationality. We will need you to provide us your current passport details Full names and Surnames, Passport Numbers, date of birth and Nationality. Along the trail there are check points and the park rangers will check the travel agency documentation against your passport if it doesn’t match you will be not allowed to enter or continue with the tour. If by the time you booked the tour you did use your old passport information please make sure to bring it together with your new passport, and if you are not allowed to keep your old passport make sure to keep at least 2/more photocopies of it, this way you can show it to the park ranger authorities.

Question 07: Is the entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu included? Go to the Top

No, it is not included, in order to access to the Huaynapicchu Mountain you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu. If you are interested on climbing up the Huaynapicchu please let us know.

Question 08: Should I request an extra porter? Go to the Top

Yes, but only if you feel you cannot carry your own luggage; hiring an extra porter will also allow you to enjoy more the trekking. If you are interested in getting an extra porter please request it with your booking.

Question 09: How much money should I take? Go to the Top

Please review what is included in your trek in order to estimate what you should take. Along the way you can buy snacks and souvenirs, mostly of a non expensive nature.

Question 10: When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail? Go to the Top

The best months to hike the Inca trail are between May to November because it is the dry season; however, be prepared to have some rain between these months.

Question 11: What type of bus transportation is used? Go to the Top

Our escorted tours utilize a variety of transportation including private vans/ cars, and comfortable tourist buses in order to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transportation.

Question 12: What type of train transportation is used? Go to the Top

We normally use regular tourist train in all our tour to Machu Picchu, they normally depart from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo around 16:00 hours, the estimate arrival time to Cusco is around 20:00 hours; in case you would like to upgrade you train type for one that is exclusive and luxury let us know and we will arrange it. There will be extra charges for this additional service.

Question 13: What is the average participant like? Go to the Top

The average age of participants on our Group Treks is 47 years. Most are between the late 20s and early 60s, although the range is about 10 to 76. The gender gap is fairly evenly split with slightly more women than men. About 40% of participants sign up alone, 40% sign up with a partner, and 20% as a family. Most importantly, however, is this: most people who join us for the first time are nervous about the “group tour” experience but most alumni rate it as one of the best parts of their vacation. You’ll never know until you try.

Question 15: What kind of food do you provide? Go to the Top

The food we provide during these tours will be mostly foods native to the Andes and Peru. It will include fish, chicken, beef, rice, and vegetables. Drinks during the tour will include natural juices like star fruit, and passion fruit; coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are also served. We also make accommodations for vegetarians.

Question 16: Do you require a deposit? Go to the Top

Yes, a nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the total tour cost is needed using PayPal; there a 5% of fee. It is non-refundable simply because the INC does not give back the travel agencies any money when a passenger cancels or changes a date.

Question 17: Will the altitude affect me? Go to the Top

When travelling throughout the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects of altitude sickness. If you plan to hike the Inca Trail we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before the tour start to acclimatize and rest.