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FAQs Asked Questions About the Inca Trail

11 November 2017

 What is the best time to do the tour

Peru is a very big country with many different climates, for that reason, it would be complicated to define a good time to visit different places. However, we consider that the best
season is from June to September, the hottest season is from November to March, but it is also
the rainy season. That is why we think it is more pleasant to take a sunny but cold excursion than a warm but rainy excursion. For this reason, we recommend doing it between May and October. It should be noted that the Inca Trail is open every day of the year except in February, maintenance month.

1. What should I bring to the Inca Trail?

      You have to wear clothes for the cold and the heat because of the temperature changes; the most important thing will be the shoes, it is recommended to wear hiking shoes that have a good grip or hiking boots, it is not convenient to wear new shoes, as these cause blisters on the feet. It is also advisable to bring a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night. You need a sleeping bag, a waterproof poncho, a towel, flashlight, hat, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, toothbrush, rain cover his backpack, toilet paper. The backpack should not be too heavy, and

 

      it is recommended that the trellis is padded to be more comfortable.

 

2. Can children do the Inca Trail?

      Children are accustomed to walking can do the tour, although personally, we believe that to enjoy a route like this they should be at least 12 years old. But we have witnessed smaller children who complete the walk.

 

3. DO I NEED A GREAT PHYSICIST TO TRAVEL THE INCA TRAIL?

It is recommended that you have a good level of fitness. However, you do not have to be a fan of exercise. If you are not in shape, it would be a good idea to start a regular walking workout
(uphill) a few months before your adventure.
Altitude is one of the biggest challenges about trekking in Peru; the highest step of the Inca trail is at 4.125, with the pass of the dead woman. To help you acclimatize and avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, we recommend the following:

  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Drink a lot of liquid. Coca tea is an ancient ancestral remedy.
  • Avoid agitation and strenuous exercise upon arrival in Cusco.
  • Avoid sleeping pills.
  • Dedicate between 2 and three days to acclimatize before beginning your walk.

4. Where do you sleep on the Inca Trail?

      The agency has everything organized about it. Tents will be set up in the areas designated for

 

      camping and overnight at night in the middle of nature; for this the porters assigned by the company are responsible for carrying the tents, camping equipment and everything necessary

 

      for this super adventure; There is no need to worry about it. The traveler should only carry his backpack and sleeping bag (i suggested a three-station compact sleeping bag.)

 

5. How are the toilets along the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu?

      Although they are still basic, the sanitary services have been improved considerably in the last

 

      three years, so during the adventure, you will find toilets with running water in each of the camps along the Inca Trail. Also, only in Wiñaywayna camp (day 3) will you be able to take a bath or shower with water at the same time; this service has an additional cost which is paid locally.

 

6. When should I make my reservation for the Inca Trail?

      We recommend making reservations well in advance of the start of your tour, about 3 months

 

        in advance in the low season (November to March) and about 6 months in advance in high season (April to October), since the spaces for Inca Trail They end very fast. Also, the regulation only allows the entry of 500 people per day including hikers (just 200 tourists maximum), tour guides, assistants, porters and support staff.



7. What is prohibited during the Trek?

      The park rangers, as well as our agency and other authorities in charge of the administration of the various parks, are responsible for taking care of and protecting all the places through which we pass. In this case, we must preserve the Inca Trail; we can NOT pollute the environment throwing garbage and waste or making bonfires everywhere. For your safety, you can NOT create alternate routes, and you should always go along the paths indicated by

 

      your guide. It should also be taken into account that for the night, it is forbidden to camp inside the archaeological sites and it is also very important to know that you can NOT walk past 6:30 p.m.

 

8. Is there a possibility to charge the cell phone battery or other devices somewhere?

      During the first two and a half days there is NO possibility of charging the battery of cameras or cell phones, already in Wiñaywayna camp (the afternoon of the 3rd day) there is possibility

 

      to connect their electrical appliances, but NOT in the previous camps because there is no electricity. For that reason you should recharge them very well before starting the excursion to be able to take many photographs and even videos of all the incredible places that you will

 

      be able to know.

 

9. Can anyone make the Inca Trail excursion?

      The Ministry of Culture has a well-stipulated regulation to make this excursion and can only do so by hiring the services of a Travel Agency or Tour Operator. There are no restrictions regarding the age of the visitor but it is recommended to be at least 8 years old, and you must

 

      hire the services of a carrier or muleteer to help you when necessary. So also the traveler must have a valid passport.

 

10. Will I find purified water to drink on the Camino?

    It is possible to find bottled water in some places of the way, and you can buy them without problems until day 2 of the tour. However, as a serious company that cares about the care of the environment, archaeological sites and in order to avoid the amount of garbage in this destination, we recommend you to bring a rechargeable water bottle; the staff will provide you with boiled water part of the second day, as well as the third day at breakfast, at lunch and in the evening after dinner.

Inca Trail Programs

We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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