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INCA TRAIL 2024

PERMITS FOR THE INCA TRAIL 2024 SEASON
​ ARE AVAILABLE NOW

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Inca Trail 2024 Trip Overview

  • Tour Type:  Outdoor adventure, camping in tents, hiking, history, culture, and biodiversity presentations.
  • Total Distance Covered:   43KM/26 Miles
  • Recommended for:  People with a moderate level of fitness who enjoy outdoor activities such as walking or hiking. This trek is accessible to most healthy people.
  • Difficulty:  Demanding and challenging. Hiking at high altitude might seem strenuous for some. Proper acclimatization is required.
  • Hiking Seasons:  From March 1st to January 31st. (Inca trail is closed in February for maintenance)
  • Price:  GROUP TOURS From $890USD  per person and PRIVATE TOURS from 1050USD.  Based on the number of people participating in the tour.
  • Important Information:  Inca trail permits are required. Some important US holiday dates such as Easter, Christmas, Independence Day, and spring break sell out quickly. Book at least six months in advance

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INCA TRAIL 2024
  • Once-in-a-lifetime chance to hike along the ancient Inca Trail and explore the Seven Wonder of the World; Machu Picchu.
  • Be awed and inspired by the breathtaking views of the Urubamba and Vilcabamba mountain ranges & the abundant native flora and fauna of the Andes.
  • Explore mysterious Incan sites & get immersed in the history of the elusive Incan civilization.
  • State of the art camping gear and personalized attention.
  • Expert tour guides. Professionally educated and articulate in English and other languages.
  • Ethical travel. Non exploitative practices of our porters. No discrimination or exclusion of the porters who make possible that your adventure is a success
  • Professional, bilingual Female Tour Guide.
  • Collection from your hotel.
  • ​Round trip transportation to kilometer 82. Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (Expedition train) and bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Water (boiled filtered water for drinking for the whole tour).
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Meals. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3-afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day. (Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 in Aguas Calientes are not included).
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Cook and assistant cook. (We have male cooks as we don’t want women to remain in the kitchen as they do at home)
    Porters to carry camping and cooking equipment
  • 2 person tent.
  • ​​Foam sleeping pads.​
  • One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First Aid kit.​
  • Camping gear such as sleeping bags , inflatable sleeping pads, camping pillows, and trekking poles.
  • Meals and beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets
  • Gratuities​
  • Extra porters to carry your personal belongings. You must hire one for this purpose.
  • You must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.
  • We recommend that you have a travel insurance.
  • You must be able to carry your own daypack or backpack if you do not plan to hire an extra porter. (We strongly recommend hiring an extra porter if you do not have any experience hiking at high altitude or hiking for more than one day at a time.
  • You must present a valid passport on the day of the activity.​

Our porters carry cooking and camping equipment only.

YOU NEED to hire an EXTRA PORTER if you don’t wish to carry your own belongings on the trail. We recommend this as the best thing to do when booking a tour with us. Evolution Treks Peru is a leader in SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL, we do not subject our porters to inhumane exploitative conditions.

Group Tours From: 890USD
Private Tours From: 1050USD

 

Grab your 2024 inca trail permits here.
​Limited Permits Available

  • 9One Trekker 1900 USD per person
  • Two or more trekkers 690 USD per person

​All prices are for the 2024 season.

INCA TRAIL 2024

Day 1     Cusco to Inca Trail

Start time 
Between 4:30 am and 5:00 am

Travel 
Two hours by bus from Cusco to Piskacucho or the famous 82 Km.

Trekking Distance
6.8 miles/11 km (5- 6 hours)

Highlights of the day
We depart from Cusco by car to KM 82 (Piskacucho) where we will begin our Inca Trail. We will get across the Urubamba river, one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon river, view the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay and the Inca city of Llactapata (patallacta).  Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snow capped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica) which stands at 5860m/1922ft.

The Hike
The first day is a good preparation for the upcoming days. The trek is moderate/ easy and help you acclimatize. The trail starts at 2720m/8923ft  climbing to 3000m/8984 ft.

Meals
Breakfast on way to Piskacucho.
Lunch during hike and dinner at campsite.
Various dietary options are available.

Accommodation 
Camping in tents at a campsite in the small village of Wayllabamba. 

Other information 
Entrance tickets, passports and student ID’s will need to be shown at the  start of the  trail.

Day 2    Inca Trail: Hiking

Start time 
6:00 am 

Trekking distance
7.4 miles/12 km (6-7 hours)

Highlights of the day
The flora and fauna on this part of the trek is incredibly varied and you will see many birds such as hummingbirds and plants and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!  You will feel a real sense of achievement reaching the top of the pass today.

The Hike
Very difficult. A steep  and difficult ascent from our campsite at 3000m/10700ft to the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft. After a rest we have a 2 hour descent to our campsite at Pacaymayu.

Meals
Breakfast at campsite, lunch on trek and dinner at campsite in evening.

Accommodation
Camping in tents at a campsite at Pacamayu 3550m/11646ft. 

Day 3    Inca Trail: Hiking

Start time
6:00 am

Trekking Distance
9.9 miles/16km (9 hours)

Highlights of the day
Visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay’.  Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from Runkurakay pass.  Explore the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarca’ and gazet at the magnificient scenery as you pass through the lovely cloud forest. Visit the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’  (meaning town in the clouds) and then walk through the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’.  This is the most amazing day of the trek.

Difficulty level
Difficult. Climb from 3550m/11646ft to 4000m/13123ft to the second highest point on the trail and then a steep descent to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca  and then a further ascent to 3680m/12073ft.

Meals
Breakfast at campsite, lunch on trek and dinner at campsite in evening.

Accommodation
Camping in tents at a campsite at Wiñay Wayna 2680m/8792ft.

Extra
A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

Day 4   Inca Trail – Machu Picchu park – Cusco

Start time
On this last day the wake up time is at 3:30AM.  We start the day early in order to allow our porters  proper time to pack all our campsite and head down to their train stop to catch their train to   Cusco.   After a quick early breakfast, we will  head to the  last checkpoint of the Inca trail where we will wait for about an hour until the gate  of the  check point opens at 5:30AM.

Highlights of the day
A visit to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) 2730m/8792ft before sunrise and  your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu 2400m/7873ft with the sun rising over it! Please read more about the sunrise at Machu Picchu below. 
From the trail a chance to take the famous picture postcard photograph of Machu Picchu.  A walking tour (2 hours) of Machu Picchu by your guide.  Optional climb of Huayna Picchu 2720m/8923ft (a 45 minute climb to reach the top).
After the tour you are free to wander around the stunning site for yourself and then return by bus or foot to Aguas Calientes.  From there you will take the scenic train back to Cusco.  

The Hike
Moderate. A gentle one hour ascent to Inti Punku and then a 40 minute descent toward Machu Picchu 2400m/7873ft

Meals
Breakfast at campsite.  Lunch in Aguas Calientes.

Accommodation
You will be back in Cusco in your own accommodation for this evening.

Other information
What is the sunrise at Machu Picchu? For over 5 decades people visiting Machu Picchu have   wanted to arrive  there   to watch the sunrise.    The best time of the year to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu is during the winter solstice  on June 21st of every year.   Watching the sunrise is a beautiful thing reserved mainly to the people hiking the Inca Trail during that particular time of the year.  However, this  event is conditioned to season (summer annand weather changes  that  might   prevent people from doing it. Evolution Treks Peru does not guarantee  that you will watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu.

You will be given your train tickets by your guide. The train usually leaves about 2:55 pm and arrives back in Cusco at 7:45 pm although this may be subject to change.  You can opt to have an extra night in Aguas Calientes to explore Machu Picchu further and visit the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes.

3This 4 day guided tour will take you to the most beautiful scenaries in the valley of Machu Picchu. Rivers, ancient ruins, mountain and different animal species are some of the thing you will see when hiking with us. The path is rugged and moment steep but nothing neither of those will be an issue as this hike is meant for real adventurous people, the final reward is once you get to Machu Picchu through the Sungate (Inti Punku) 

  • Duration: 4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Start/ Finish location: Cusco city
  • Service Level: Standard / Group
  • Difficulty: Moderate/ Demanding
  • Travel Style: Active
  • Group Size: 8 max; 6 average

What’s Included

  • Professional Bilingual guide (4 days)
  • Cooks and porters 
  • Entrance fees/ Inca Trail permits
  • Collection from the hotel.
  • Round trip transportation to kilometer 82. Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (Expedition train) and bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Water (Not included for the first 4 hours of trek, we will provide you with boiled water for drinking for the remainder of the tour).
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3-afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day. (Breakfast on day 1 and  lunch on day 4 in Aguas Calientes are not included).            
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • 2 person tent.
  • Basic foam sleeping pads.
  • One way bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First Aid kit. 

​IMPORTANT
Our porters carry cooking and camping equipment only. You need to hire an EXTRA PORTER if you don’t wish to carry your own belongings on the trail. We recommend this as the best thing to do when bookinf a tour with us.
There is no such a thing as a “FREE PORTER”. Companies that offer this complimentary service are usually engaging in exploitative practices that force them to carry extra unpain weight. Do not fall for this fishy marketing scheme.

Meals
Our cooks are professionally trained to provide the best high quality meals. The menu varies with different products like pasta, rice, fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, and different  meats. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies please make sure to add it in your details at the moment of booking.

Transportation
Private vehicle, trains, hiking.

Accommodation
Camping 3 nights. The camping tents we provide are high quality internationally branded products. We use 3 people tents to accommodate 2 people. Single Travelers joining group trips will be paired with same sex person for the duration of the trip. Single tent supplements are allowed at extra cost. 

Pre Trek Presentations. (Briefings) 
Pre trek presentations are conducted for every trek one day before your departure (unless otherwise instructed) typically between 6pm-7pm at a established location that we will let you know via email prior to your trip to Peru. The duration of this presentation may vary depending on the length of the trek but typically last between
time, we will provide duffel bags for your belongings to bring on the trek, and collect any remaining payments. Please note that this meeting is mandatory. This is the deadline for all remaining balances.

Minimun Age
At Evolution Treks Peru we are always happy to have families travel with us. Our minimum age requirement is 1 year old, at the time of hiking the children will be the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian 100%. The children will need full coverage travel insurance. 18 years old is the minimus age to travel without a guardian.

Porters
The porters we have only carry cooking and camping gear, so you must hire an additional porter if you do not wish to carry your personal belongings. $220 for a full porter that can be shared between two people can carry up to 14kg, and a half porter can carry 7kg for one person only and costs $120. There are several regulations that restrict how much weight a porter is allowed to carry, but several companies disregard this to the harm of the porters. We are an advocate for the fair treatment of porters, and as such are very careful to ensure that our porters do not have to carry more than what is fair and ask for you to do the same. 

Pickups and drop offs
Evolution Treks Peru will provide transportation during the trek, beginning and ending at your hotel. Please be aware that there are many hotels, hostels, and AirBNBs that are only accessible via several steep stairs, so we advise checking how close your living arrangement is to a road to ensure you can have an easy pick up and drop off. If you choose to hike in a group tour, then your pick up times are scheduled based on the group itinerary. Any changes to that itinerary will incur on extra pick up services that will have a 30USD fee. 

Booking
Booking forms must be filled out to give us necessary information
The Peruvian Government requires that all people present a copy of your
passports. You will need to provide it after your booking.

Deposit
A partial deposit must be made so we can fulfill purchase. This deposit is non
refundable, non changeable and non transferable. 

Inca Trail Permits
Limited Quantity available for the Inca Trail in all its routes, so be sure to lock in dates ASAP. Once you confirm a date, you must commit to it. 

Living Arrangements and extra bags

  • There are a variety of hotels, hostels, and other establishments that can
    accommodate you for your stay in the area. We recommend that you stay in any central area. check with us for recommended hotels. If you choose an Airbnb for your stay, then please send us an screenshot of the exact location of your Airbnb on google maps.
  • If you have some bags that you will not be taking to the Inca Trail, then you can do that at your hotel. All hotels in Cusco offer a storage place for such bags for free. However, if you are staying at an Airbnb, then you must check with your host to do so. Also, you can leave your stuff with us at our storage room. In this case you will have to collect your things from our location upon your return from the trek. Also, we can arrange a delivery of your stuff to your hotel for a 10USD extra fee.

Optional services not included

  • Hire of sleeping bag  (4 seasons) – $60 
  • Walking stick x 2 (single)  – $ 30 
  • Inflatable trekking sleeping pad  (Therm a Rest)  – $40 
  • Camping   Pillow (therm a  rest)   $25 

Rent  our TREKKING COMFORT PACKAGE (all of the    items   above) for   only   $120 USD

  • Full porter – up to 14kg or 30 pounds  (Can be shared between 2 people) $220
  • Half porter – up to 7 kg or 15 pounds (Can’t be shared)   $120
  • If you require an extra porter  or a half porter, please advise us when filling in booking form.
  • Single tent  supplement – $100
  • Huayna Picchu mountain $90 
  • Machu Picchu mountain $90 

Packing List

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (only until lunch time on day 1)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera 
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful) 

PERU ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND PERMITS 
USA citizens do not need a visa to enter Peru for tourism purposes. When you arrive in Peru, you will receive an Andean migration card instead of a visitor’s visa. 
Travelers to Peru will receive a card from Peruvian Immigration upon arrival stating the length of approved stay (usually 90 days). You cannot lose this piece of paper as you will need it to stay in hotels and even leave the country. We recommend keepin it clipped to the front page of your passport. 
Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. 

PASSPORT
A passport valid for six months is required to enter and depart Peru. You should take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay, carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. 
When you go to Machu Picchu, you may need to bring your passport. This may vary based on your specific itinerary. But, consider doing so anyway as you can get a novelty passport stamp there. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE 
Travel insurance is the responsibility of each individual member and must cover 
trekking up to a minimum of 5200M which is valid for the date of the trip. Details of your insurance will be sought before travelling so we can keep a record as well God forbid it needed to be used and you will need to print and bring a copy of your full insurance policy with you also. 

VACCINES AND MEDICINES
There are no mandatory vaccines for entry into Peru. Check the vaccines and 
medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Recommended for the short-term tourist cover against food and water borne diseases is Hepatitis A and Typhoid and Tetanus. 
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by sandflys present in Peru. The skin ulcers associated with this condition can take months to heal. Take care to avoid all insect bites – especially while along the Inca Trail. One of the biggest problems facing travellers to this region is the risk of insect bites. Along the Inca Trail you will often find that many travellers have been bitten significantly by both mosquitoes and sandflys. It is essential to protect yourself. Wearing long sleeved pale coloured clothing and applying good insect repellent (with DEET 30-50% at least) will help. This will be particularly important for the visit to Machu Picchu. 

ALTITUDE CONSIDERATIONS
The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of this expedition. However, the process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. Keeping well hydrated is also a huge factor in avoiding AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). AMS is brought on by lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Symptoms include breathlessness, headache, poor sleep, nausea & dizziness. AMS is treated simply by not ascending to higher elevations or in more severe cases descending to lower elevations, where in most cases the symptoms are quickly relieved. This itinerary has been designed to minimise the chances of you getting altitude sickness. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. Please note it is common for most people to experience mild headaches on the summit day of this expedition. Always keep your guide informed on how you are feeling. 

DIAMOX 
Diamox (Acetazolamide) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. In simple terms Diamox causes the kidneys to excrete more bicarbonate which causes the blood to become more acidic. Acidifying the blood stimulates ventilation, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood which reduces the chances of getting AMS. It is your own decision, especially those who have had AMS in the past, to take Diamox prophylactically (as a preventative), starting on the first day of trekking. Current guidelines suggest 125 mg twice per day (tablet form not capsules). You should try taking Diamox for two days at some stage prior to departing Ireland to ensure you don’t suffer any of the more serious side effects. Numbness and tingly fingers and toes are common but in some cases users can suffer from nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. If you experience any of the latter three side effects, we would advise against using Diamox. Always consult and follow the advice of your own doctor about Diamox or any other medication. Others advise you to take an aspirin daily on the trip to thin the blood to try prevent AMS. Again, you need to ask your own GP for advice. 

SPENDING MONEY AND TIPS
The “Nuevo Sol” (S/.) is the official currency of Peru. There are notes of the following denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 soles. Coins are 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles. Countless shops, restaurants, hotels and gas stations accept US Dollars. It is possible to exchange currency in banks and currency exchange agencies. There are also “cambistas” street currency exchangers, but the safety of the transaction is not guaranteed. Currency exchange agencies are regularly open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, from Monday to Friday, and half day on Saturdays. Most cities in the country have ATMs connected in most cases to Plus (Visa), Cirrus (MasterCard/Maestro), American Express and other networks. You may withdraw Nuevos Soles or US Dollars, although the exchange rates tend to be less favorable. 

Tipping guidelines
With regards of tips for porters, the average tip a porter gets 30USD for the 5 days. We usually multiply the number of porters for 30USD and divide that by the number of hikers. Chefs get an average of 20USD per day per hiker. Tour guides however are tipped individually by each participant based on performance. The average tip a guide gets is 15% of the cost of the tour per hiker. 

Don’t know which treks is for you?

                                              Read this Trek Comparison 

Classic Four-day Inca Trail versus Five-day private Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail

Many people believe that there is only one way to hike the Inca trail, but that is not entirely accurate. Some trails differ from one another regarding campsites, attractions, access points, and itineraries depending on the type of tour a person takes and the travel operator they choose.

Classic Four-day Inca Trail

Almost all tour operators (including Evolution Treks Peru) take their clients along the four-day classic Inca trail that starts at the 82km or Piskacucho.
The trail they walk along starts at the 82km or Piskacucho. The Park rangers station is located in this area; People must present passports to check in with the park rangers before they enter the park by crossing the bridge that leads to the left bank of the Urubamba river. 
Almost every single person hiking this part of the Inca trail share the same path, visit the same Incan sites and use the same campsites. Usually, these campsites are overcrowded and lack one of the best ingredients of trekking, which is solitude and silence. Especially the Huayllabamba, Pacaymayu and Winaywayna campsites, where most people camp. 
Evolution Treks Peru’s groups walk further along the trail on days one and two to get campsites at Ayapata and Chakicocha to avoid the crowds. 

Private Five-day Inca trail

Our five-day Inca Trail trek differs substantially from the Classic four-day trek in almost all of these things. The access point for this trek is located at Qoriwairachina or Km 88. We check in with the park rangers at this location. The first part of the path that we take runs through a different area than that one of the four-day Inca Trail.  In our case, the road we take runs on the right bank of the Urubamba river. 
During this first section, we are the only travel operator using this path. Also, the path that we follow is the same path that the other groups take; especially during days two, three and four. Although, due to our itinerary, our group will remain away from most people as we camp in different, less crowded campsites. In our campsites, we get to have a lot of quietness and spectacular views.
Furthermore, The itinerary we have for this five-day hike enables us to visit many different attractions and archaeological sites that other people cannot visit due to the tours they take. Some of these places are off the beaten track; other tourists barely visit them.
Finally, one of the benefits of taking this hike is that it allows people to see Machu Picchu twice. First when they get there in the afternoon of the fourth day, and again the next day when they come back to take the tour of Machu Picchu. 

Short Inca trail

The short Inca trail differs from the other two itineraries in almost everything. For instance, its access point to the sanctuary is located at the 104 km or Chachabamba. People who hike this trail use a different path than that one of the Classic 4 day trek. They are not allowed to camp at all and only walk on the last part of the original Inca trail from Winaywayna to Machu Picchu. 

Moreover, there are only two archaeological sites to be visited on this hike. Perhaps the most beautiful one of them is Winaywayna.  

Finally, Just like the five-day Inca trail trip, one of the benefits of taking this hike is that it allows people to see Machu Picchu twice. First when they get there in the afternoon of the first day, and again the next day when they come back to take the tour of Machu Picchu. 

What to do after you book your trek

We understand that your departure date might be far off in the next few months or even a year after you make your reservation official. However, We want to keep you excited about this experience until the day you finally get to board the bus that will take you to the starting point of the trek. 

Check our collection of books and videos

To keep things interesting, we want you to check these books and videos about the inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru and other topics that we speak during the four days that last the hike. We came up with these recommendations based on the feedback of our previous hikers and the reading interests of our class A tour guides. We hope you enjoy them and help us foster great conversations when in the trail.

Here is why you should book with us

INCA TRAIL 2024

LEADER IN FAIR TRADE TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL.

Leader in Ethical Travel; featured in Lonely Planet and Fodor’s Travel as the only company dedicated to the humane treatment of its workers, and porters.

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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Featured in National Geographic as the first company to hire women porters and providing them equal pay.
Leader in equal employment opportunity; 50% of our tour guides are women.

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EMPLOYEE OWNED CO-OP

Unique progressive sustainable business model, with porters, cooks and guides as both employees and share holders.
Featured at the Yale Business School as a revolutionary business model.

Don’t know which treks is for you?

                                              Read this Trek Comparison 

Classic Four-day Inca Trail versus Five-day private Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail

Many people believe that there is only one way to hike the Inca trail, but that is not entirely accurate. Some trails differ from one another regarding campsites, attractions, access points, and itineraries depending on the type of tour a person takes and the travel operator they choose.

Classic Four-day Inca Trail

Almost all tour operators (including Evolution Treks Peru) take their clients along the four-day classic Inca trail that starts at the 82km or Piskacucho.
The trail they walk along starts at the 82km or Piskacucho. The Park rangers station is located in this area; People must present passports to check in with the park rangers before they enter the park by crossing the bridge that leads to the left bank of the Urubamba river. 
Almost every single person hiking this part of the Inca trail share the same path, visit the same Incan sites and use the same campsites. Usually, these campsites are overcrowded and lack one of the best ingredients of trekking, which is solitude and silence. Especially the Huayllabamba, Pacaymayu and Winaywayna campsites, where most people camp. 
Evolution Treks Peru’s groups walk further along the trail on days one and two to get campsites at Ayapata and Chakicocha to avoid the crowds. 

Private Five-day Inca trail

Our five-day Inca Trail trek differs substantially from the Classic four-day trek in almost all of these things. The access point for this trek is located at Qoriwairachina or Km 88. We check in with the park rangers at this location. The first part of the path that we take runs through a different area than that one of the four-day Inca Trail.  In our case, the road we take runs on the right bank of the Urubamba river. 
During this first section, we are the only travel operator using this path. Also, the path that we follow is the same path that the other groups take; especially during days two, three and four. Although, due to our itinerary, our group will remain away from most people as we camp in different, less crowded campsites. In our campsites, we get to have a lot of quietness and spectacular views.
Furthermore, The itinerary we have for this five-day hike enables us to visit many different attractions and archaeological sites that other people cannot visit due to the tours they take. Some of these places are off the beaten track; other tourists barely visit them.
Finally, one of the benefits of taking this hike is that it allows people to see Machu Picchu twice. First when they get there in the afternoon of the fourth day, and again the next day when they come back to take the tour of Machu Picchu. 

Short Inca trail

The short Inca trail differs from the other two itineraries in almost everything. For instance, its access point to the sanctuary is located at the 104 km or Chachabamba. People who hike this trail use a different path than that one of the Classic 4 day trek. They are not allowed to camp at all and only walk on the last part of the original Inca trail from Winaywayna to Machu Picchu. 

Moreover, there are only two archaeological sites to be visited on this hike. Perhaps the most beautiful one of them is Winaywayna.  

Finally, Just like the five-day Inca trail trip, one of the benefits of taking this hike is that it allows people to see Machu Picchu twice. First when they get there in the afternoon of the first day, and again the next day when they come back to take the tour of Machu Picchu. 

What to do after you book your trek

We understand that your departure date might be far off in the next few months or even a year after you make your reservation official. However, We want to keep you excited about this experience until the day you finally get to board the bus that will take you to the starting point of the trek. 

Check our collection of books and videos

To keep things interesting, we want you to check these books and videos about the inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru and other topics that we speak during the four days that last the hike. We came up with these recommendations based on the feedback of our previous hikers and the reading interests of our class A tour guides. We hope you enjoy them and help us foster great conversations when in the trail.

Follow our recommendations for how to train for the Inca trail

In this article, we recommend our clients with the best ideas for how to train for the Inca trail and how to hike at high altitude. We think that if You follow these recommendations, you will be well prepared to overcome the physical challenges that this wonderful trek demands. 
You might be wondering about how you are gonna get in your best shape for your Inca Trail hike. Maybe you think you will not be able to do it. Trust us; we do this every day. If you follow the information below. You will have an amazing Inca trail adventure.

First, Prepare your mind

The success of your trip depends on it. Preparing for a trip could be time-consuming, stressful and exhausting. Most likely you might feel like you are not ready enough, fit enough, etc. The fact is that when it comes to traveling, there is not such a thing as being 100% ready. In the words of my dear friend Marinel from Brown Gal Trekker, “You learn best by just doing it. Be mindful of your fears and anxieties. Learn the means to pacify them. But also remember that despite of preparation, imperfect scenarios will still creep in on you.”

In Peru, we have a common saying which is “The nature of a wanderer (traveler) is to make her path along the way.” One cannot be in control of everything as we do in our daily lives at home. The fact is that traveling offers us the opportunity to let go of the need to want to control everything, and lets us enjoy the beauty of traveling whatever challenges it might pose us.

Your resilience and open-mindedness will be put to the test no matter how experienced a traveler you are. The world is full of differences that you need to be prepared to embrace. Finally, looking back on your trip, you will be proud of the impact it had on you mentally and physically.

Now, Prepare your body

In our tours, we often have different categories of people. There are those experienced hikers who hit the trails at least once a month, those who hike every once in a while, perhaps a few day hikes a year and maybe some overnight camping trips too. Finally, there are those who have never done anything like this but are willing to try it anyway. And what better opportunity than on your way to Machupicchu! No matter what category you fall into, consider the following tips:

Get into the countryside or a park often. This will allow your mind and your body to familiarize with the outdoors.
 
Take a hike. If you are new to hiking, the best way to do this is by walking one to two hours outdoors every weekend.
 
Build up from there. Gradually, start adding more time to your hikes. If you can walk for a maximum of 3 hours or longer, then you are in a good place to perform well on one of our hikes. 
 
Learn to drink enough water while you hike. Consider drinking 2 liters of water a day, whether you are hiking or at work in the office. 
 
Choose harder hikes every weekend, search for information about hikes that involve climbing.  A hike with a 30-minute climb is a really good start. 
Carry up to 12 pounds in your daypack to speed up your training. Fill up your backpack with weights, snacks, water, and books when you go hiking outdoors. 
 
Hit the gym if you can’t make it outdoors. Start with a 20-minute warm-up routine on the elliptical machine, then a 20-minute jog or fast paced walk on the treadmill, and finish your workout with a 10-minute climb on the step master machine. These three elements will get you to a good place. It is better if you do this routine carrying a backpack and gradually adding weights to it. If you can train for a full hour on the step master, then you are ready to climb Machu Picchu.