Expert Inca Trail Guideline
Traveling the Inca Trail: an Expert Guideline to Enjoy to the Fullest.
If you want to experience a truly unforgettable adventure, then you should consider hiking the Inca Trail. This trek takes 4 days to be hiked; where 45 km of beautiful views are covered, wonderful Inca ruins, spectacular snow-capped mountains and much more. An interesting fact about the Inca trail, is that an expert runner from Cusco; runned the 45 kilometers from the Km 82 to the Machu Picchu citadel, in approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes. Below we will share with you an expert Inca Trail guideline:
Updated guide to hike the Inca Trail.
There is a limit of 500 permits issued per day, by the Ministry of Culture of Cusco and only around 215 of them are granted to hikers; so it is essential that you book your trip at least 6 months in advance.
Altitude sickness can be an inconvenience.
You can feel headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds, and nausea. Take time to breathe deeply, stay hydrated, and take electrolytes to recover mineral salts and sugars lost in sweating. Plan to arrive in Cusco at least 3 days before the trek to acclimatize to high-altitude places. Once you are hiking do not forget to drink water, every 30 minutes and keep a slow but steady pace.
Hiring a porter to help you, carry your belongings is a great idea.
However, at Incas path you do not need to rent an additional porter, because we include a porter for free to carry 7 kilos of your belongings for the 4-day trek to Machu Picchu.
Hiking poles will make the hike much more comfortable and easy.
They will reduce about 30% of their total weight on the knees, ankles, and legs, especially when hiking downhill.
The weather can be very unpredictable.
It is possible that in just a couple of hours, you will experience cold, heat, mild temperature, rain, wind, snow and much more. The nights are quite cold, so bring thermal underwear and a sleeping bag for low temperatures.
Keep essentials in your backpack; It is probably you’ll need easy access to a water bottle, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, and a hat.
Don’t rush on the hike.
Take your time, enjoy the scenery and go at a pace that is comfortable for you and be sure to take plenty of pictures. The tour guide will see if the group can be divided into smaller groups; due some people hike quickly and others want to hike slower.
Hiking is a good habit, that involves moving the landscape forward by moving the planet backwards with your feet:(Jorge Wagensberg).
If you plan to visit Peru and reach Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek, the Choquequirao trek, or any other; do not hesitate to contact us, Incas Path is a guaranteed and highly qualified operator.