Inca trail trek overview

The Inca were a highly organised civilisation and created many Inca paths throughout the Andes in a network they called Qhapaq Nan. Spanish non alcoholic drink recipes The most famous of all the paths is known simply as Camino Inca or The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the royal route to the remnants of the breathtaking mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.

Spread over four days, the spectacular 44-kilometre Inca Trail Trek crosses three stunning high passes and encounters many ancient archaeological sites, culminating at the citadel of Machu Picchu. Best pound cake recipes from scratch There are few treks in the world that combine natural beauty, history and mystery with such an awe-inspiring final destination.

The Inca Trail Trek can be demanding but can be completed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life – you certainly don’t need to be an athlete. Free recipes for chicken enchiladas Everyone is able to walk at their own pace and there is no rush to finish. German bread recipes for bread machine The trekking group is led by an expert local guide and supported by a team of porters and cooks, leaving you with only a small day pack to carry. Spanish chocolate cake recipes If you are in any doubt or if you have any condition that may affect your ability to trek, we advise that you consult your doctor. Wheat free bread recipes for bread machines Inca Trail permits

A permit is required before you commence the Inca Trail trek and the trail is closed during February for conservation and cleaning. Gluten free recipes chicken and rice Use our live Inca Trail permits tool to find out whether there are permits available. Japanese drink recipes for kids If there are no permits available, you can still hike the Lares Trail. Free cake recipes with pictures Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The trail itself involves approximately three days of walking. French cake recipes with pictures It is led by a guide and assistant guide(s) – one of whom will stay at the front and another at the back with the last person (you may have several assistant guides if your group is large). Italian recipes with pictures Therefore faster people do not have to wait and slower people do not feel they are holding anyone up. Mexican recipes with pictures Groups tend to spread out naturally along the track and there are no prizes for being first and no shame in being the last.

Unlike climbing to the summit of a mountain, The Inca Trail trek is undulating and there are even (a few) flat sections. Ole mexican foods recipes What this does mean is that on some days (particularly on day 2 up to the highest pass – ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4,200m) it can be a hard going (seemingly never ending!) uphill slog. Traditional mexican foods recipes Naturally the uphills are countered by some prolonged downhill sections and this can be even tougher on the legs.

It is important to remember that the trail is not three solid days of challenging trekking, rather it is varied and the difficulty level can change two or three times within the same day. Indian cuisine recipes with pictures The most imperative factor in tackling the trail is to take it slowly (try to take small, shuffling steps), walk at your own pace (this is vital) and remember that it is not a race! Drink plenty of water and take breathers often (buy a cheap walking stick in Ollantaytambo and lean on it rather than sitting down). Chinese cuisine recipes with pictures Those who charge into every uphill section and want to be the first at every pass will find the trail the toughest. Mexican recipes cookies Fitness

The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Mexican recipes cookbook Fitness is naturally important but it is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Mexican dinner recipes for two However the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. Italian dinner party recipes If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip.

Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. Chinese dinner party recipes Adults of all ages (from teenager to pensioner) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Mexican dinner party recipes Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting the doctor who will be able to provide you with more information. Best dinner recipes with chicken If you are planning to take your children to Peru, please be advised that the minimum age for hiking the Inca Trail is 13 years old. Mexican dinner recipes with ground beef Altitude

Altitude can affect anyone at moderate to high altitude (generally anything over 3,000 metres). Best dinner recipes easy Altitude sickness is caused by the lack of oxygen which can be up to a third less than at sea level. Indian dinner recipes easy No one understands why some people are affected and others not and age, level of fitness and strength is no indication of how well you will fare. Best dinner recipes healthy Be aware that altitude sickness can be serious, so if your guide advises you to rest or descend, please do as instructed. Indian recipes potatoes As the Inca Trail trek is a mixture of ascents and descents, altitude sickness is often short term and suffering from it does not necessarily mean you will be unable to complete the trek. Italian recipes potatoes Drugs are available to combat the effects of altitude sickness. Mexican recipes potatoes We advise you to visit your doctor before you travel on all of our tours but when hiking the Inca Trail, it is imperative that you do so. Indian recipes potatoes and peas Staff & Support

The trek will be led by an experienced guide with extensive local historical and archaeological knowledge. Italian recipes desserts You will pass many Inca ruins along the way and your guide will conduct short tours wherever it is possible to do so. Mexican recipes desserts A team of porters will carry all equipment leaving you with just a small daypack to carry. Healthy peruvian recipes The cook will prepare three meals a day (while camping) plus provide hot drinks and snacks. Quick mexican vegetarian recipes Equipment & Campsites

All camping gear (tents are two person) and cooking equipment is supplied (except sleeping bags). Authentic mexican vegetarian recipes Each day the porters will overtake the group to arrive in camp well in advance. Healthy mexican vegetarian recipes This gives them plenty of time to set up camp and start to prepare dinner. Easy mexican vegetarian recipes Tents are two person A-frame style and there is a communal dining tent for eating and staying dry if it rains. Best mexican vegetarian recipes Sleeping mats are provided and these will be laid out in the tents by the porters. Traditional italian foods recipes When you get into camp you will be able to collect your duffle bag and access your clothes/toiletries. Authentic italian vegetarian recipes The porters usually also provide a small bowl of warm water, soap and a small flannel / towel for every person to wash their hands when reaching camp and each morning. Simple italian vegetarian recipes Campfires are not permitted so there is not a lot to do after dinner and most people retire to bed early. Everyday italian vegetarian recipes Please note that campsites are subject to change depending on availability. Easy italian vegetarian recipes You will be advised at the Inca Trail trek briefing of the exact campsites you will be staying at. Best italian vegetarian recipes Toilets & Showers

There are toilet blocks (with ceramic squat toilets) dotted along the Inca trail. German wedding cake recipes These little blocks are usually well hidden from view and are surprisingly clean. Easy mexican vegetable recipes Between these toilet blocks the only choice is to go ‘behind a bush’! Lunch stops are often made in the vicinity of a toilet block. Authentic mexican vegetable recipes Toilet blocks are usually available in camp on the second and third night. German food easy recipes The location of camp on day one can vary and it is likely that you will have to use a toilet tent or the bush. Mexican breakfast recipes chilaquiles Taking your own toilet roll is essential but it is important not to flush loo paper away. Mexican breakfast recipes eggs Showers are available at the campsite on day 3. Mexican breakfast recipes On this night all trekkers camp at the same place so demand for the showers can be high, however as everyone arrives into camp at different times in the afternoon you may be lucky and not have to queue for too long. Mexican breakfast recipes huevos rancheros Meals

The food provided by the porters and cook is nothing short of amazing. Free mexican recipes with pictures Trekkers can expect a breakfast of omelettes or pancakes, a ‘takeaway’ snack pack of fruit or chocolate to eat mid morning, a two course lunch of soup and meat with pasta or rice, afternoon tea on arrival at camp with biscuits and popcorn and a three course dinner. Authentic mexican recipes with pictures Breakfast and dinner is accompanied by hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) and lunch usually by cordial (other drinks e.g. Easy mexican recipes with pictures soft drinks or beer are at your own expense and can be pricey on the trail). Italian recipes cookies All food is prepared, served and cleared away by the cook and porters and the quality of the meals is quite something when you consider that all the ingredients and basic cooking equipment has been carried in. Indian recipes cookies Trekkers will certainly not go hungry and special dietary requirements can be catered for if specified in advance. Japanese cuisine recipes with pictures You will be able to buy bottled water on day 1 and 2 of the trek at various points along the way, after this you will refill your empty bottles from boiled water provided by the porters. Best recipes cooks illustrated Boiled water will be provided during the trek when it is possible to make camp. Easy italian recipes with pictures Tipping

Your porters, guides and cooks have amazing strength, stamina and skill and generally make your trek a thoroughly enjoyable and hassle-free experience. Authentic italian recipes with pictures Most people would almost certainly not be able to complete the trek without them. Mexican recipes for cookies It is therefore commonly accepted that the standard combined tip for guides, porters and cooks on the Inca Trail is US$35 per trekker. The best mexican recipes cookbook Weather

The weather in the Andes can be very unpredictable and you should be equipped for bad weather. Authentic mexican recipes cookbook Peru is located in the southern hemisphere meaning the winter extends from June to August. Mexican themed dinner party recipes In the summer months daytime temperatures can be extremely hot & humid, but the nights can be very cold. Best dinner recipes for two During winter it can be cold during the day and particularly cold at night. Chinese dinner recipes for two It is usual to encounter some rain on the trail all year round so a poncho is ideal along with thermal underwear if you really feel the cold. Italian dinner recipes for two (Cheap throw away ponchos which fit over everything including your day pack can be bought in Cuzco for about US$1.) Sleeping bag

You will need a good warm sleeping bag for the Inca Trail trek. Best italian dinner party recipes Where possible we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag, however adequate ones can be hired locally (for approximately US$10) but we can take no responsibility for the standard. Easy italian dinner party recipes If you are planning to hire a bag it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use inside for added warmth and comfort.

A four season* (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. Best dinner recipes with ground beef At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only. Traditional peruvian christmas recipes Roll mats are provided on the Inca Trail however for greater comfort and warmth, Thermorest style mattresses can also be hired in Cuzco for US$10.

* Please note: If you are travelling in winter and you do not wish to invest in a 4 season bag you may want to consider purchasing a 3 season bag plus a sleeping bag liner and bringing additional clothing. Easy mexican dessert recipes with pictures Footwear

Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Authentic mexican food recipes with pictures Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. French recipes cookies It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. French cuisine recipes with pictures Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well worn in pair! Luggage storage & load limits

During the Inca Trail trek your main luggage will be stored in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your Inca Trail briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Everyday italian recipes cooking channel Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Best recipes for cookies in a jar Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group and you should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. Italian recipes for cookies By Peruvian law the duffle bag carried by the porters must not weigh more than 5kg (10lbs) which is to include your sleeping bag – this limit is set to protect the health of porters. Easy italian cookie recipes with pictures All bags will be weighed before being accepted. Easy italian dessert recipes with pictures If you require more than 5kg, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra amount together with your day pack.

See our Peru adventure tours page for the full list of packages that include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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