The knock at the door comes early. ¡Buenos días! Good morning! It´s 5 am and your guide is rousing you for the dawn excursion to the nearby ccollpa de guacamayos. He doesn´t want you to miss the riotous, colorful spectacle of hundreds of macaws and parrots descending to the vertical clay lick to ingest a beakful of mineral rich earth. Roll over and go back to sleep? Blasphemy! You're in the Amazon. A stay at any of remote Iquitos or Madre de Dios lodges is not for the faint of heart. You will need to gear up for a different type of vacation experience. Relaxing and luxuriating it will not be, although some facilities are quite comfortable. Your days will be packed with activities: bird and wild life watching, boat trips, rain forest hikes, visits to indigenous communities, mountain biking, white water rafting and on. You 'll be with guidesfrom the minute you're picked up in Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado or Cusco. Most lodgeshire top notch guides who know their areas well, and you'll be forever amazed at their ability to spot that camouflaged howler monkey fr
How far in advance do I need to Book the Inca Trail? Usually all adventure travellers ask this question. How long in advance you need to book? - 6, 5 or 3 month or 1 year in advance?. The Inca Trail is the most popular hike to Machu Picchu and the most famous of the world. On 2019, the Ministry of Culture and Sernanp created the new regulations and policies for this route and the all Inca Trail tour operator companies have to obey. Between to August to September, the Inca Trail tour operator can book the Inca Trail for the next year.
Adventurers from all over the world have been put on alert, because the spaces available to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, will be put on sale in October, 3 months before 2019. The permits are sold out months before. Normally we recommend booking Inca Trail in advance, 8 months before. However, that the availability be released months before, makes the people who want to reserve a space on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for any time in 2019, must reserve the permits as soon as possible.
The Inca trail reservations each day is limited to 500. However, keep in mind that this figure includes people who are part of the trekking support teams, which usually amounts to 300. This means that only 200 people end up entering Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, every day.
The 4-day trek reaches its highest point at 4125 masl (13,500 ft.), In the place known as the pass of the dead woman in the central mountain range of the Andes, then it will descend to 2,500 masl, in the Inca city of Machu Picchu. If there is something more spectacular than getting to Machu Picchu by train after touring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is to approach it by watching it from above. With a little luck, you will see how the fog dissipates to show you the Inca city of Machu Picchu, from the door of the sun. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best trek in the world; while descending from the Andes to the Amazon jungle where Machu Picchu is located, you will see amazing Inca and pre - Inca constructions.
To secure a permit to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must book many months before. 8 months is the early booking time we recommend. The complete release is scheduled for October 5, 2019, and the main concern is that 80% of the Inca trail reservations are sold before Christmas.
Obtain the permits for the 2019 Inca Trail now, contact us now. The key weeks (from May to August) can be sold in just a few hours.
August 10th: Book the Inca Trail for January, March, April
August 12th: Book the Inca Trail for May, June, July, August
August 13th: Book the Inca Trail for September, October, November
August 14th: Book the Inca Trail for December
It should be noted that in the month of February, it is impossible to reserve the Inca Trail, given that the Ministry of Culture closes the road during this month, to maintain and improve the route.
The climate varies according to the months some with presence of rains, sunny days, cloudy days, cold nights; then we detail the Inca Trail Climate per month:
Now it is only your decision, to decide in which month to carry out the Inca Trail, and to enjoy your adventure, among the ancestral mountains, which were witnesses of the greatness of the Inca Empire.
There are many walks that can be excellent alternatives, if you did not manage to reserve the permits to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Salkantay, Lares and Ausangate are some of them, and although they do not end directly in Machu Picchu, they will give you the opportunity to see it. However, if your main objective is Machu Picchu, we reccomend you booking Inca Trail in advance.
Iquitos, located on the banks of the Amazon River, is the most important city in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It is recommended to visit and spend some days in this wonderful cozy city, and some lodges to know and be in contact with the Amazon rainforest, you will have the opportunity to visit native populations, walk in the jungle guided by specialists that will show you a great variety of flora and fauna, one of the best attractions is canopy tour (a kind of rope to climb to glide and see birds and plants). Also you will have boat ride programs where you will see lots of wildlife, lodges are protected with meshes will prevent mosquitoes and insects. The suspended walks are carefully adapted to gigantic trees and are among the tallest trees in the world. care and maintenance is in charge of the Peruvian foundation, the canopy walk is built where small say where it is said there is still a lot to see.
The airport is relatively small and when leaving (and of course after going to the SSHH) you will find a number of mototaxistas or moto drivers that will offer you transfer and accommodation, do not fall as a traveler!, because for each tourist that they take to a hotel they earn a commission that you could ask for as discount, that's why we recommend you always ask them to take you to the parade ground of Iquitos, (20 minutes by motorcycle taxi) from there on foot You can search between different hostels, hotels if you have not yet booked one. Here you can think about what you really want to do?
Well if you choose the option 2, we have the best list of activities that you can do at your arrival: