When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?

When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?

05 September 2018

The Inca Trail that leads to the famous Inka citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco, is one of the most popular and well-known excursions in Peru. The walk from Kilometer 43 groups a series of Inkas archaeological remains incredibly preserved. Along the route the natural landscape is impressive, with incredible views of snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest.


Visitors from all over the world come to Peru, not only to see Machu Picchu, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, but also to do the Inca Trail. Permits for the Inca Trail are in high demand, due to the limited number of entries per day. Many times these permits are difficult to obtain as availability decreases as the high season approaches (June-August), which is not surprising since this route is one of the best in its kind. If you want to know when is the best time to hike the Inca Trail, continue reading this blog.


When is the best time to hike the inca trail?

All the high-season/low-season trade-offs are here. Winter (June through August) means drier weather and easier traveling, but it´s prime vacation time for those in the northern hemisphere. Don´t forget that three major observances - Inti Raymi (June 24), Peru´s Independence Day (July 28), and Santa Rosa de Lima (August 30) - fall during this time, and translate into exceptionally heavy crowds of Peruvian travelers. The result is higher winter lodging prices and larger crowds. Prices and visitor numbers drop dramatically during the summer rainy season (October through April). For near-ideal weather and manageable crowds, consider a spring or fall trip.


In January and February the weather could most likely wreak havoc with your travel plans, it´s also the time when you can enjoy Machu Picchu without the crowds. Mudslides are an occasional problem when visiting during the October-April rainy season. It´s rare, but visitors have been stranded at Machu Picchu or between Aguas Calientes and Cusco if the slides block the way, but usually only very briefly. machu picchu climate.

May through September is the best time to make the four-day trek; rain is more likely in April and October and a certainly the rest of the year. The trail fills up during the dry high season, when is the best time to hike the inca trail. Make reservations months in advance if you want to hike then - weeks in advance the rest of the year. The trek is doable during the rainy season, but can becoma slippery and muddy by December. The trail closes for maintance each February.


What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tent
  • Canteen
  • Sunscreeen
  • Slepping bag
  • Plenty of layers of clothes
  • Hat, gloves
  • Water purification tablets or drops
  • Basic first aid
  • High-energy, snacks such as candy bars or power bars.
  • A little cash for things that can be bought on the trail such as snacks, drinks, and for tips.

A few tips when signing up for a tour

  • Always get in writing what your tour includes such as equipment and even the type of food that will be served
  • Check with several agencies to get an idea of prices, and value. Some may vary greatly and agencies sometimes pool their clients together, even if they have paid different amounts.
  • See what the company does to help preserve the trail and what precautions they may take.


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