Inca Trail Hikes
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Things To Know About Hiking The Inca Trail
If you’re seeking an extraordinary adventure that takes you through time and terrain, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru promises an unforgettable journey. This ancient trail weaves through breathtaking landscapes, revealing the remarkable legacy of the Inca civilization. Our comprehensive guide will help you plan your expedition, offering insights into the various tour options, permit requirements, transportation, and must-see viewpoints along the way.
The Inca Trail Experience
Discover the Trail Variations
The Inca Trail offers a range of expedition durations, from the quick 2-day escapades to the immersive 7-day treks. The 4-day Classic Inca Trail stands as a favorite among adventurers, allowing for a well-paced exploration of the historic route. For those with extra time and an appetite for diverse landscapes, the 7-day Salkantay combo adventure beckons, combining the Inca Trail with the awe-inspiring Salkantay Trek.
Crucial Inca Trail Permit System
To preserve this unique experience and protect the fragile ecosystem, the Inca Trail operates under a permit system. These coveted permits, limiting the number of trekkers, are a hot commodity. They can only be obtained through licensed tour operators, like us. Ensure you secure your permits well in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during the peak trekking season from May to September.
Preparing for Your Journey
Getting to Cusco
Your journey begins with a flight to Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. We recommend flying domestically to Cusco, with preferred airlines such as LATAM or AVIANCA. These airlines offer a convenient and reliable service to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.
Exploring the Heights: Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain
While Machu Picchu itself is a breathtaking sight, don’t miss the chance to ascend to even greater heights. Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are two iconic peaks that offer unrivaled panoramic views of the ancient city and surrounding landscapes. However, it’s important to note that access to these peaks is permit-restricted, and reservations are required in advance.
Huayna Picchu Challenge
For the intrepid adventurers, a climb to Huayna Picchu is a must. This challenging ascent takes you to the summit, rewarding you with stunning vistas of Machu Picchu and the surrounding lush greenery. Be prepared for steep steps and narrow paths, but the view from the top is well worth the effort.