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8 Tips Before Hiking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

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8 Tips Before Hiking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of an ancestral network of roads of more than 30,000 kilometers that communicated to the entire Inca Empire. This vast network of roads linked the territories of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and mainly Peru.

 

Currently, the network is not preserved in its entirety. However, it is still possible to travel 42 kilometers from the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu, which is known as the Inca Trail.

 

To travel these 42 kilometers takes approximately 3 days and anyone can do it, however, there are some Inca Trail tips to take into account so that this tour is completely satisfactory and runs smoothly. In the Tierras Vivas blog we give you 8 very important Inca Trail tips that you should keep in mind:

  1. From May to September, the solar radition is high so it is recommended to wear suncreen, hats and sunglasses with UV protection.
  2. From November to April rainy season comes, so it must carry implements and clothing for the season
  3. It is recommended that the walk wearing headlight, first aid kit, binoculars, insect repellent and shoes
  4. Going along only established trails
  5. Always follow the parkranger
  6. All visitors must enter the Inca Trail accompanied by a guide and a tour operator duly autorized by the Head of Historic Santurary of Machu Picchu
  7. It is recommended to inquire about the content of the regulation of tourist use of the Inca Trails of SHM and its buffer zone
  8. Forbidden to walk on the trainway

 

The most important of our Inca Trail tips is to enjoy. Enjoy the group, the landscape, the moment. Do not consider the Inca Trail as a process before you get to enjoy Machu Picchu, the essence is in the path itself. Machu Picchu is one more stone, the last but only one more. Try to catch in your memory the sunrise from Inti Punku, do not miss the best moments for trying to take a thousand photos, do half a dozen, sit back and enjoy.

 

Hiking tours to Machu Picchu

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views. 

If you want to visit Machu Picchu, we recommend you to book your Machu Picchu Ticket in advance, so you will enjoy your Vacation in Machu Picchu without any problem.

 

When is the best time to hike to Machu Picchu?

The best season is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2023 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes. 

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