The Inca Trail is a walking adventure that has as destination the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. There are two routes: Classic Inca Trail of 4 days and the Short Inca Trail of 2 days. While the Classic is more popular and more promoted, the short route also offers an unforgettable experience with less effort. Here we show you the differences between the Classic Inca Trail and the Inca Short Trail. The Inca Trail is the most popular trekking to Machu Picchu, because it manages to combine several climates to perfection, the impressive landscape and numerous ruins can be seen during the trip. Yeahh!! Because it offers a very attractive route is very requested by many travelersaround the world, to be able to guarantee a quota of everything it offers, you must request at least 5 months in advance as the quotas are very limited, many adventurers commit the mistake of buying their air flights first and then check the quotas to the Inca Trail, so be careful about it. The Inca Trail traverses 42 kilometers, inside it you can see the jungle with countless varieties of plants, countless species of birds and butterflies, as well as incredible mountains, as well as some archaeological complexes within it such as Pata llacta, Wiñay Wayna and, of course, the final route. lost city of Machu Picchu. Ready to know everything about this incredible adventures? Let´s go Inca Trail shows you everything you must know before book to have your dream trip come true. So Let's go Inca Trail!!!
To start you must know that there are 2 ways to reach at Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail:
This is one of the biggest differences between these two walks:
The Classic Inca Trail route includes the following attractions:
The route of the Inca Short Trail includes the following attractions:
In the classic route you will see more and different attractions
For the difference of days in both routes, the amount of clothes is less for the fast road. On the other hand, you should consider that on the classic route night camps are held while on the short route you spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes.
You can find the complete list of items for the Classic Inca Trail as well as what to take to the Inca Short Trail. If you want to go lighter, the Inca Short Trail is your option.
Another major difference is the amount of physical effort required. The classic route lasts four days and goes through landscapes that go from low fertile valleys to the pass of Warmihuañusca to more than 4000 meters of altitude. The first days of the route have steep stretches that are a physical challenge for many. Are you looking for a challenge that has a wonderful reward? Choose the 4 day Inca Trail.
Whether you are an experienced walker or beginner, the guide will go to everyone's pace so you can enjoy the route. The 2 day route is lighter since you only walk during the first day. This route is more suitable for those who have little time or are beginners in the trekking. We have the best physical preparation tips for the Inca Trail for you.
In the Classic Inca Trail night camps are made on the route the first three days. You only have to bring your sleeping bag and the rest of the equipment is provided by the travel agency. Unlike the long route, during the Short Inca Trail, the night is spent at the hotel of your choice in the town of Aguas Calientes. Are you a nature lover? You can not miss a night of starry sky and Andean landscapes in the Classic Inca Trail camp.
The availability of spaces is one of the most important differences between the two routes. The Classic Inca Trail supports up to 500 people daily, including guides and service personnel. The spaces are usually sold quickly so it is best to buy them at least 6 months in advance. To date, there are only spaces for the months of October, November and December 2016. You can check the space availability of the Inca Trail for 4 days.
The route of the Inca Short Trail only supports 250 people. This route is new and popular so it is more available. You can check the availability of 2-day Inca Trail spaces. In case there are no spaces for the 4-day route you can take the short route and not miss the best trekking in South America.
The Inca Trail weather varies according to the months some with presence of rains, sunny days, cloudy days, cold nights; then we detail the Inca Trail weather per month:
On the Royal Inca Trail, there are two distinct periods, the dry season and the rainy season. The best time to travel to the Inca Trail is from April to October (dry season), the months of November to March, is the rainy season, which makes it difficult, the accesses and camps. The maximum temperature is 19ºC and the minimum temperature is 0ºC. The relative humidity of the air ranges between 77% in the dry season and 91% in the rainy season. The annual rainfall ranges from 1,571 to 2,381 millimeters.
The trail even the 4 Day Inca trail trip or the 2 Day is closed every February for cleaning, so if you are planning your vacations on February don't forget to visit our alternative treks!!! For many adventurers the best experiences are in the imposing Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu or many enjoy more the adrenaline at Inca Jungle adventure, really there are many options!!! So do not be discouraged and discover the incredible incas land.
Now is o your hands what type of trip you want to your next vacations!!! But remember all of Inca Trail will captive all of your attention the magnificent of Incas architecture is incredible.
Cusco, Huayllabamba, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna & Machu Picchu
Hiking the Classic Inca Trail in 4 days 3 nights is one of the lifetime experiences to the most famous trek in South America. Enjoy hiking through this unique inca road:
Cusco, Km 104, wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu
Without much time for your trip? Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best alternative for you! Check our interesting info and know more about this incredible alternative trek:
Cusco, Km 82, Huayllabamba, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu & Huayna picchu
The Special Inca Trail is the unique tour that gives you the option to visit for a second time on the 5th day Machu Picchu!!, and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain:
Cusco, Soraypampa, Salkantay Mountain, Warmi Wañusca, Wiñayhuayna & Machu Picchu
This incredible trek takes place under the sacred mountain of Salkantay Trek (6,271m), one of the highest and most incredible of the Peruvian Andes. More info:
Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Km 82, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna & Machu Picchu
Bea at the principal door of contact with the Inca culture, the wonderful city of Cusco "Cultural Patrimony of Humanity," and visit the main historical attractions:
Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Km 82, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu & River Rafting
Explore Machu Picchu, along the ancient Inca Trail. Discover its peculiar architectural features, feel the adventure and life the best experience at river rafting!!!