The Inka trail (Inca trail) - Capaq Nan - is one of the world's classic treks.
Yale Professor Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, also found what is now called the Inka trail, and all the sites along it.
It was opened for walkers by Peruvian archaeologist Victor Angeles in 1970.
Every year, thousands of visitors from all corners of the world come to hike this famous trail.
For this reason, in recent years, Peruvian Government has imposed several restrictions in order to preserve the integrity of this trail, as well as to regulate and minimize the impact of tourism...
Please note that to trek in high season (April to October) you will need to book well in advance, 8 month if possible. May might be the best month, at the end of the wet season.
Everything is bright and green, and you avoid the highest traffic of peak season.
Inka trail permits are issued for each individual trekker - with name and passport number - at a price of around US$ 70 for a four day trek.
To check for permits availability and related info, we suggest you to visit the official site of MachuPicchu.Gov.Pe (Site in several languages).
It's advisable to spend two or three days in Cuzco before the trek, for acclimatization purposes.
As you will reach altitudes beyond 4,200 m above sea level, there is a risk of altitude sickness for the unaware.
To better understand altitude sickness and how to prevent it, visit the South America Travel Library.
This trail is part of a vast network, a complex system of road generally known as El Camino del Inca (Inca Road System).
Some five centuries ago, in pre-Columbian times - a magnificent civilization flourished in the Andean range: The Inca civilization.
Over 14,000 miles of roads and trails were built to communicate diverse points of the empire, as a means of relying messages and transporting goods.
The two main arteries were...
Hiking the Inka trail is a truly unique experience, where you combine superb views of the tropical Andean cloud forest with several archaeological sites along the way.
It traverses a variety of micro climates, from the arid cactus zone of the Urubamba valley to the high altitude grasslands, before ending in the cloud forest.
Get acquainted with the Porters, they are experienced and can tell you many interesting stories about the places you are about to discover.
To learn more about Porters and refresh some environmental guidelines please download the following information sheets...
Please show respect and gratitude by learning some basic Quechua words.
Let's write a quick list to brush up on your Quechua skills...
Enjoy your trek and don't forget to tip Porters at the end!...