Frecuently Asked Questions About The Inca Trail
1. Can I buy the Inca Trail directly in Cusco?
It is not possible to buy the Inca Trail in Cusco, since it is necessary to reserve it several months in advance, so unless you are living in Cusco you have to book before you travel there.
2. Is the Inca Trail very demanding?
The Inca trail is somewhat demanding since it is 42 km away to perform between 2400 and 4200 meters, with ups and downs, however no professional training is required. The Guide makes many stops to be able to offer the explanations of the Inca culture
3. Do you need to be very trained to make the Inca trail?
It is not necessary to be highly trained to make the Inca trail, but a good test before trekking is to walk for 10 km and evaluate how the trek ends. Experts say that the Camino del Inca e performs 80% with the head and 20% with the body.
4. What physical conditions must be had to make the Inca Trail?
We recommend walking regularly for distances of 5 or 10 km, to evaluate how the walks ends. In December 2008 an 82 year old passenger finished the Inca Trail with Inka Trail Expeditions.
5. Is it true that if the Inca Trail is rained it is suspended?
The Inca Trail is not suspended by rain, it is done the same, it rains or it does not rain. If it rains they will get a little wet. However they should carry rain cover to cover it. In Cusco are very cheap.
6.Take the tent to the Inca Trail?
Do not carry tent to the road, as it is provided by the Agency, the only thing they should carry is the sleeping bag or rent it there.
7. What equipment is needed to make the Inca Trail?
You have to wear some clothes, very comfortable shoes, can be trekking shoes or ordinary shoes, which is more comfortable. Cutlery, plates, glasses, etc. are provided by the Agency. The sleeping bag can be rented or brought to you. It is very recommendable to take to the inca trail, trekking poles, you can buy them for 1 usd, raincoats and green off for mosquitoes ..
8. Can I do the Inca Trail on my own or for free?
It is not possible, since 2004 established the need to make the Inca trail through an authorized Agency and limited the quota to 500 visitors per day among which are included cooks, porters and guides.
9. Do you get water on the Inca Trail?
The water of the mountain is not good to drink, that is why they can take water purification tablets although they also sell Mineral Water along the Way, we recommend that you take mineral water to avoid any inconvenience.
10. What shoes to take to the Inca Trail?
If you have trekking shoes and you are accustomed to using it you can take it, however if you do not have and have never used it, we recommend that you wear shoes that you are accustomed to avoid blisters. Running shoes are a good choice.
11. Can I make the Inca Trail with slippers?
Yes, you can do the Inca trail with sneakers, you can pass the waterproof spray to avoid getting your feet wet.
12. Where to buy the walking sticks to make the Inca Trail?
The canes can be bought in Cusco or in Ollantaytambo, these have a cost of 1.5 usd and are very useful. The telescoping staves must have a rubber on the tip to avoid damaging the Inca Trail.
13. How do I acclimate to the height to make the Inca Trail?
We recommend arriving in Cusco 2 or 3 days before making the Inca Trail, once in Cusco eat light and drink lots of liquids (bottled drinks).
14. How many days do I need to make the Inca Trail?
To make the Inca Trail we recommend to destine a minimum of 7 days to travel, 2 nights before and one night at the end, this would be the suggested itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Cusco. City Tour in the afternoon
Day 2: Sacred Valley
Day 3: Inca Trail
Day 4: Inca Trail
Day 5: Inca Trail
Day 6: Inca Trail. Macchu Picchu. Return to Cusco
Day 7 of Cusco
15. How long before I have to get to Cusco to do the Inca Trail?
We recommend arriving at least 2 or 3 nights before leaving to the Inca Trail. In these two days you will tour the city of Cusco and excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to acclimatise and be able to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
16. Once you visit Machu Picchu as you return to Cusco?
After arriving to Machu Picchu walking back to Cusco by train from Aguas Calientes. There are different times of return. Some people prefer to stay to climb the next day to Machu Picchu again and return to Cusco on the fifth day.
17. Is it possible to climb the Huayna Picchu when the Inca Trail is made?
To get to Huayna Picchu there are only 400 spaces per day that are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Then it is difficult to get the quota as the step to move from the last camp to Machu Picchu just opens at 5:30 am and it takes an hour and a half to arrive. Those who are in Aguas Calientes enter at 6:00 am to Machu Picchu and request almost all the quotas. Anyway this depends on the day and the time of the year.
18. How long do you visit Machu Picchu?
It is a guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 or 3 hours and then have free time to tour the ruins and take photos. The ruins close at 17:00 and considering that they arrive at about 7:00, they have almost 10 hours, however most people return before eating.