Inca Trail Frequently Questions

by / Monday, 28 November 2016 / Published in Travel Blog
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Questions about the Inca Trail

A large number of visitors who want to know Machu Picchu also want to realize the great adventure of the Inca Trail and these are the frequent questions.

Here at ILE Tour Peruvian Travel Corporation we elaborate a list with the most frequent questions about the Inca Trail and the answers to each one of them for people like you.

Inca Trail Huaynapicchu Mountain

 

1.- What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Inca Trail is the name that carries the road networks or roads that make up the road system of the Inca Empire, so the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an Inca route through which you can reach the Inca city. It is by many considered the most famous trek in South America, for its wonderful landscapes and superb mountains that can be enjoyed.

2.- How long does it take to make the Inca Trail?

The duration time is according to the tour; The most famous is the Classic Inca Trail that lasts 4 days and 3 nights and is sore at a maximum height of 4200 msnm; The second is the Short Inca Trail tour of 2 days and 1 night and you reach a maximum height of 2650 mmsm. We also have other adventure tours alternative to the Inca Trail: the so-called “Inca Jungle” which consists of cycling and hiking until reaching the Inca citadel and lasts 4 days and 3 nights; Finally there is the walking tour to Machu Picchu by the snowy Salkantay which lasts 5 days and 4 nights.
Note: Check the number of spaces for the Classic Inca Trail 4 days. In case there are no spaces you can check the availability of the two-day Inca Trail.

3.- Is the Inca Trail a very difficult or dangerous tour?

The walk is not very common and is a bit difficult since it occurs between mountains and not in flat places where we are accustomed to walking, on the Inca Trail what is required so that it is not as difficult or heavy as a physical preparation Before the trip; For example one of the difficulties is having to go up and down the stone steps that are in the whole route.

It is not a dangerous trip but you should walk through the places assigned by the authorities and by the guide and you should not be impertinent or want to go or pass through places not due as you might suffer an accident, Remember this tour It is part of our vacation, so it is best to be cautious and careful.

Inca trail machu picchu warmiwanusca

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Warmiwanusca

4.- Do I need to physically prepare for the Inca Trail?

Yes, it is very convenient and indispensable that you perform physical activity before the Inca Trail Tour so you can enjoy the tour; Because if you come to make the walk in bad physical conditions will not have much resistance and the adventure will NOT be pleasant.

It is advisable to perform an exercise routine even weeks before the trip, the main thing is to strengthen your legs since the walk is about 6 hours a day, you must do long walks in your city and also it is recommended to have at least one day of acclimatization In Cusco before the start of his Inca Trail tour.

5.- Will I be affected by altitude sickness?

The altitude sickness does not affect all people, it is not possible to know if a traveler will get sick, generally in travel there are no problems, although there are rarely general symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath .

6.- What should I bring for him Inca Trail?

You have to wear clothes for the cold and for the heat by the temperature changes, the most important will be the shoes, these have to be for hiking and preferably they already have to be used.You also need a sleeping bag or sleeping bag, A waterproof poncho, a towel, a torch, a cap, mosquito repellent, sunblock, toothbrush, toothpaste, rain cover for your backpack, toilet paper.

7.- Where do you sleep on the Inca Trail?

ILE Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation has everything organized in this regard, tents will be built in the areas assigned for camping and overnight nights in the middle of nature, for this the porters assigned by the company are in charge of carrying the tents , The camping gear and everything needed for our hike; There is no need to worry about it; The traveler should only carry his backpack and sleeping bag (the company suggests a compact sleeping bag); If you want for comfort you should bring an inflatable mat.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

8.- How is food, should I bring food?

You do not have to worry about food, ILE Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation has the necessary logistics for this adventure; As specialized that elaborate the food based on typical plates of the gastronomy of Peru, taking care that it is not very heavy and that contains the proteins and vitamins necessary for the resistance of the walk.

(Does not include the breakfast of the day 1 nor the lunch, nor dinner of day 4 of the tour); We also offer vegetarian food, but you must request it prior to making the reservation.

9.- Where do you sleep on the Inca Trail?

ILE Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation has everything organized in this regard, tents will be built in the areas assigned for camping and overnight nights in the middle of nature, for this the porters assigned by the company are in charge of carrying the tents.

The camping gear and everything needed for our hike; there is no need to worry about it; The traveler should only carry his backpack and sleeping bag (the company suggests a compact sleeping bag); If you want for comfort you should bring an inflatable mat.

10.- How is the food, should I bring food?

You do not have to worry about food, ILE Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation has the necessary logistics for this adventure; As specialized that elaborate the food based on typical plates of the gastronomy of Peru, taking care that it is not very heavy and that contains the proteins and vitamins necessary for the resistance of the walk.
(Does not include the breakfast of the day 1 nor the lunch, nor dinner of day 4 of the tour); We also offer vegetarian food, but you must request it prior to making the reservation.

11.- Anyone can make the Inca Trail?

The Ministry of Culture has a well-established 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 as to the age of the visitor.
In order to be able to take the tour you must obtain a permit for this route, for this you must provide personal information necessary to your travel agency (full name, date of birth, passport number, passport expiration date, nationality).

When you book with ILE Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation, your permit, space or space for the Inca Trail will be insured and you will only have to prepare yourself to enjoy this great adventure.

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

We recommend making reservations well in advance of the beginning of your tour, 3 months in advance in the low season (November to March) and about 6 months in advance in high season (April to October).

The regulations allow the entry of only 500 people per day including hikers (only 200 tourists maximum), tour guides, assistants, porters and support staff. Reservations must be made with agencies authorized to carry out the different adventure tours and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, ILE Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation has the necessary permits and we have enough experience in the field of Tourism.
Note: In case there are no spaces for the Classic Inca Trail, you can take the tour in another month or you can choose the Inca Short Trail of 2 days.

adventure life inca trail to machu picchu

13.- What is prohibited during the Inca Trail?

The park rangers, as well as our agency and other authorities in charge of the administration of the various parks, must preserve the Inca Trail, we can not pollute the environment. For your safety you can not create alternate routes and you should always go by the paths indicated by our guide.

You should also keep in mind 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.

14.- Is it possible to charge the battery of cell phones 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, and in the WiñayWayna camp (the afternoon of the 3rd day) there is the possibility of connecting your electrical appliances. That is why 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 know.

15.- What are the most important attractions that I will meet on the Inca Trail?

You can see the route map of the Inca Trail.
To start the mountains, the imposing snows, streams and forests of the Andean landscapes are spectacular, these are most often seen during the course of the first 2 days, then the landscape changes and is somewhat more tropical, full of vegetation And the whistling of birds.

On the way we will also pass through archaeological sites and indigenous villages such as Patallacta, Huayllabamba, Abra de Warmiwañusca, Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarka, WiñayWayna, the town of Aguas Calientes to finally meet one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu.

inca-trail-4days-map

16.- How to return to Cusco after knowing Machu Picchu?

After having walked so far and reached the Inca citadel, we will guide you through the various attractions within the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, then the travelers will have free time to continue enjoying the place, to walk and take their best photos, then we will continue with a walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes (1 hour approx), there you will have lunch in the restaurant of your choice, you can also walk around and know the streets of the town, the square, the artisan market or to relax you can also visit the thermal baths .

At around 6:30 a train will be taken back to Ollantaytambo station where they will be waiting for the tourist bus that will take them back to the city of Cusco; Arrive at Cusco at approximately 10:30 pm and there ends our adventure.

 

17.- Why should I rely on Ile Tours Peruvian Travel Corporation to carry out the Inca Trail?

These are the most frequently asked questions we receive on a daily basis; So we have decided to answer them and make them public through this medium; We hope that in the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions about the Inca Trail find the answers to your questions and finally help you choose to make one of the best adventures in the world that will also lead you to know one of the best wonders of the modern world.

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