Find out the best ways to hike and explore the beautiful Inca Trail!
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The Inca Trail is a hiking adventure full of nature, fascinating landscapes, and Incan culture. The Trail connects several historic sites, including the Wayllabamba Valley, Warmiwañuska Pass, Pacaymayu Gorge, Wiñaywaya Citadels, and the famous Machu Picchu.
It’s hard to top any scenery abundant with centuries-old ruins, Andean peaks, cloud-kissed forests, and steep passes. If you’re traveling all the way to Peru, hiking the Inca Trail is an adventure you simply have to experience.
Book one of our 2- or 4-day Inca Trail tours and travel to Machu Picchu the same way the Incas did – on foot. Whichever tour you opt for, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience an incredible part of Incan history while exploring one of the most beautiful areas of South America.
Hiking the Inca Trail
Winding through the Andean mountains, the Inca Trail is a unique 4-day route that leads adventurers through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. The advantages of this hike is that you’ll be able to see the sunrise and enter Machu Picchu complex before everyone else.
The ancient Incas created many trails that linked important settlements and centres within their empire. This multi-day route, however, is the one and only ‘classic Inca Trail’.
While the Inca Trail is fairly short (25 miles), a significant part of the route includes steep and narrow mountain paths. Most travelers choose to do the hike over 4 days, but you can also opt for a 2-day Inca Trail hike if you’re short on time but don’t want to miss out on the experience.
If you’re up for something slightly longer and more challenging, a great Inca Trail alternative is the 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. During this hike, you’ll enjoy incredible scenery that includes Humantay Lake and snow-capped Salkantay Mountain.
Best Time to Hike the Inca Trail
Generally speaking, Peru has two seasons: dry and wet. Hiking the Inca Trail is possible during both seasons.
During the dry season (May through October), you can expect warm, dry days and cold nights. Though this also coincides with the tourism season, you’ll experience fine trekking conditions.
During the wet season (November through April), you should be prepared for rainy days and occasional mists. As this is a less popular time to hike, you’ll meet fewer people along the way. If you decide to hike the Inca Trail during the wet season, note that the route is closed in February due to annual renovations.
No matter when you choose to go, our Inca Trail tours will bring you face to face with some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes of South America.