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Short Inca Trail Tips

19 March 2019

Short Inca Trail, the best alternative trek if you forget to book the Classical Inca Trail in advance.This shorter version of the famous and surprising Inca Trailallows us to enjoy this unique walk and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the diversity of plants such as the Orchid and the variety of typical Birds. This walk is 11 kilometers on the first day. The capital of this culture was Q'osqo or Cusco and it spread to a large extent throughout South America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia).


The Inca Trail is hidden between the mountains and the constructions on top of the mountains dominating the Andean Valley and the part of the Peruvian Amazon. With the arrival of the conquerors, this culture was disappearing, but they left us Signs and Relics.Now discover with us this wonderful trek to the wonder Machu Picchu and know every useful tip you must know to enjoy an unforgettable experience!


At first ... What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?



Adventure in the Inca Trail is the name that has been given to the road networks or roads that conform the system of the Inca Empire, in this sense the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is an Inca route through which it is located. One of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. On the way you know and enjoy the different archaeological sites, landscapes, beautiful panoramic views and, in addition, you can enjoy the coexistence with a new group of people during the walk. Sounds amazing yeah? so here the list of what you must package and how to prepare for Short Inca Trail:



What you need to bring for the Short Inca Trail?


We carefully prepared the packing list which will save your preparation time and help you to get ready to enjoy the trek.

  • Clothing: a hat or cap for protection from the sun and the wind, a t-shirt (not cotton, polyester is ideal), nylon pant (better reversible), soft socks to avoid blisters, waterproof hiking boots. A warm jacket and a rain poncho (highly recommended during the rainy season); gloves and a scarf; and finally, a small towel and a swimsuit in case you want to enjoy and relax at the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Food and Drink: bottled water, varied snacks of your preference like chocolates, candies, fruits. 
  • Health: sunblock, insect repellent, personal first-aid items and personal medicines (if you need it)
  • Equipment: a walking pole is very helpful. Photographic camera you don't want to miss any of this amazing landscape.
  • Documents: and the most important do not forget your original passport and your ISIC card if you are a student eligible for the discount, without it, you will not be allow to entry to neither Machu Picchu nor Short Inca Trail.

Before the 2 Day Short Inca Trail:

  • First of all the booking!! It sells out weeks and sometimes months in advance. We strongly suggest you start booking procedures the earliest possible. Official permits sales begin every October, but do not wait until there! And remember that this inca road is closed every February for maintenance.
  • This trek begins in Cusco City. There are no international flights arriving here, so you must take a plane first to Lima, many direct national flights get to Cusco city every day from there. (Duration: 1:20 hour) Once you will be in Cusco you might feel a little dizzy, don't worry it is normal and you can feel better taking a ill to avoid altitude sickness or taking a coca tea, but please the best option is to relax and take a calm day visiting the city of Cusco.
  • How about the weather?: Cusco has 2 season, one is the rainy season and the other and the most popular, the dry season. Rainy season also known as the low season goes from November to March. You will find fewer travelers, although temperatures are higher and the pourings are short, not much frequent. On the other hand, the dry season also known as high season goes from April to November. No rain at all, but temperatures are lower. However, keep in mind that the closer one gets to Machu Picchu, the hotter it gets.
  • Moving sickness: just in case, since there is a 3:30 hours bus ride from Cusco City to the starting point of the trail, early in the morning, avoid a greasy, copious breakfast. Also, try to stay balanced as the bus goes on, especially the head and breathe deeply regularly. Finally, you could also take a pill to prevent effects like nausea, vomiting
  • Altitude symptoms: like moving sickness, this will not affect everyone but it may. Our tips are acclimatization, arriving in Cusco City 2 or 3 days before the trek so the body can adjust to oxygen scarcity. You must also drink more bottled water (no gas), coca leaves tea is a millenary Andean remedy, highly recommended. Over-the-counter-pills get everybody ok but most people won’t need them.
  • And finally enjoy everything in your dreamed trip!! We will be 24/07 to help you answering your questions. Don't doubt more and Let's go Inca Trail!!


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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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