INFORMACION OF INCA TRAIL
The Lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu with no doubt is a symbol city of the Inca civilization. The royal path that carried pilgrims and authorized officers of the empire to the sacred city was "The Inca Trail" as we know it now.
The way along this Andean path is a fascinating and unforgettable experience. The Inca Trail is paved with blocks of stone and has stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges and paths across rivers, streams, beautiful valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands. All this vision makes the visitor meditate about the intellectual and grandeur of the Andean man whose highest achievement was the Inca civilization.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a part of one system of more than 30,000 kilometres of ways that integrated vast net of the Tawantinsuyo, from the south of Colombia up to the center of Chile passing for Quito, Ecuador; Cajamarca, Huanuco, Jauja, Huamanga and Cusco in Peru; La Paz and Cochabamba in Bolivia even Jumps and Tucumán in Argentina. These routes were running mainly along the coast and the highland and in some cases they reached the Amazonian jungle like it is the case of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
USEFUL INFORMATION - INCA TRAIL, TREKS AND CUSCO
Weather in Cusco
Cusco has a temperate climate with year round temperatures fluctuating between 14º - 16ºC, with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season in Cusco is from December to March.
Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate, with warm and humid days and cold nights. The rainy season in Machu Picchu is from November to March, so be prepared.
The wet months are January to April, when roads are often closed by landslides or flooding.
The best months for visiting Machu Picchu are from April to October.
We recommend you to:
- Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, specially during the Inca Trail
- Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
What to Bring
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Several T-shirts
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear (you never know when will rain even if its the dry season).
- Insect Repellent and sun block (sun is always stronger in such altitude).
- Personal toilet items.
- Personal first Aid kit.
- Wash kit, water bottle and water purifying tablets.
- A light backpack.
- Change of underwear.
- Gloves, scarf, wool socks and a hat or cap.
- A towel and toilet paper.
- Fruits, caramels and chocolates.
The tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend that you always drink bottled water.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness if you are prone to it. Be sure to try a hot tea or an infusion of coca leaves on arrival at altitude. During your first day move slowly and eat lightly, resting the first couple of hours.
Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
Inca Trail highest point: 4,200 m.a.s.l.
The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares, managed by the National Institute of Natural Resources, INRENA. Every visitor must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites can be used).
We recommended you to make the reservation 90 days in advance.