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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world's premier treks that combines spectacular high Andean scenery & Inca ruins culminating at the glorious ruins of Machu Picchu. Most treks last four days and are offered as either standard class or luxury class outings. For experienced hikers, the breathtaking Salcantay trek takes you even higher into the Andes hiking for 6 days in some of the Inca's most sacred peaks. Or, take an Inca Trail alternative like Choquequirao or Cachiccata. All treks require several days acclimatization to high altitude & a good level of fitness. Hiking the Inca Trail can be very challenging, but Adventure Life's Peru experts are here to assure trip planning is seamless and that you're prepared for the hike. Contact us for help planning a trip to Peru & the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

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Inca Trail Availability for 2018

Inca Trail permits are strictly limited and sell out months in advance, especially during the high season of May to September.

If you are planning a trip to the Inca Trail during the high season summer of 2018, we highly recommend you confirm your reservation asap before remaining spots are gone. 

Contact us to reserve your spot!
When to Go - Best Times of Year to Trek The Inca Trail 

The high travel season is May through August, and you must reserve your trek several months in advance, or to be safe, a year in advance in order to secure one of the limited spaces during these dry months of sun and warmth where it only rains a few days per month on average. Nights temperatures are cool, averaging around 32 degrees F (0 degrees C).

Rain starts increasing in September, peaking in January. The average number of rainy days for this season are:
September: 8 days of rain
October: 9 days of rain
November: 13 days of rain
December: 16 days of rain
January: 18 days of rain
February: 13 days (Inca Trail is Closed all month) 
March: 11 days of rain
April: 9 days of rain
During the entire month of February the Inca Trail is closed for repairs. The rains can be cold, and you need adequate rain gear (ponchos are great!) but average high temperatures are a pleasant 68 degrees F (20 C). The evenings tend to be warmer with the low temp averaging around 40 degrees F (5 degrees C) during the rainy season.  
Preparring to Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Preparation is the key to enjoying the Inca Trail to its fullest. The 4-day trek is about 25 miles (40 km) long, and most importantly, at high altitude, so basic hiking fitness is required. Here's a day-by-day account to help you understand what to expect, what kinds of conditions, altitude and distances are involved.

Altitude. The classic Inca trail ranges in altitude from about 9,000 ft. to almost 14,000 ft. (3,000-4,800m) and the highest campsite is at 12,600 ft (3,850 m). Everyone is affected by altitude differently, so the best way to know how your body handles altitude is to hike at similar altitudes before your trip. Then, upon arriving to Cusco, spend several days acclimatizing. To acclimatize gradually, spend a few days in the Sacred Valley and then Cusco. Stay well hydrated and consider taking hikes up to ruins like Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo before starting the Inca Trail hike.

What to bring. Be prepared for cold and heat, sun and rain. Dress in layers, and most importantly, wear comfortable, well broken-in walking shoes or hiking boots. You'll need a small-sized backpack to carry snacks, a water bottle, raincoat/shell, and of course, your camera while you are hiking during the day. Arrieros, the Andean sherpas that accompany us will carry all of our camping gear, and cooks will serve you hot meals in the evenings and picnic lunches with spectacular views on the trail. See our Inca Trail FAQ for details of what you should bring on the trek and what you should leave in Cusco.

Adventure Life arranges and pays for your combined Inca Trail permit, Machu Picchu entrance fee, all transportation, a guide, porters, and basic camping equipment. Feel free to contact an Inca Trail expert with any questions or concerns you have about best preparing for the Inca Trail. We'd love to help!
Inca Trail Day-by-day + Campsites

The tradiitonal Inca Trail hike begins as you disembark the Cusco to Machu Picchu train outside of Ollantaytambo at "kilometer 82".

Put on your hiking boots and start the mostly uphill hike to your first campsite at Huayllabamba.

You'll spend three nights camping and arrive to glorious Machu Picchu on the fourth day. 

Here's a summary of each days' hikes and camps.

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