About Inca Trail Peru

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In this section you will find important information about the Inca Trail and rules.

Geographic location

The Inca Trail begins at Km 82 from the city of Cusco on the way to Machu Picchu, it has a distance of 42 kilometers.


During the route of the highway it will pass through several altitude points from 2850 m.a.s.l. up to 4215 m.a.s.l., descending to Machu Picchu at approximately 2430 m.a.s.l.


The weather on the Inca Trail is very varied. In the day, it is usually sunny, dry on the first two days and wet on the third and fourth. During the night, the first two camps are generally cold, but the third camp is warm. The rainy season begins in late November and lasts until March.


During the route of the highway it will pass through several altitude points from 2850 m.a.s.l. up to 4215 m.a.s.l., descending to Machu Picchu at approximately 2430 m.a.s.l.

Visitor Rules

It is important to comply with the following rules for the visit to the Inca Trail:

  • Bring the visitor’s ticket.
  • Let yourself be guided only by the established path.
  • Do not camp inside the enclosures.
  • Do not pollute the environment.
  • Do not depose the flora and fauna.
  • Don’t scare the animals.
  • Do not make bonfires during the trip, they are prohibited.
  • Do not throw garbage on the road, take it with you to the waste sites.
  • don’t dig
  • Take care of cultural heritage.
  • Do not bring alcoholic beverages.

Document or Passport

It is important to present the same original documents (Identity or passport) with which you registered the reservation at the time of entering the Inca Trail; otherwise, you will not be able to enter. The document numbers must match the ones I make in the reservation.

If for any reason I change the passport number after making the reservation, please contact us before your arrival in Cusco or bring the 2 documents (the old and the new one).

Extra night in Aguas Calientes

If you want to stay an extra night, we transfer the return train ticket for the 5th day. After the reservation, there is no option to change the date of this ticket (the change would have to be done personally when you arrive in Cusco), due to the policies of the train companies.

You will need to make a reservation for the hotel night in Aguas Calientes for the 4th day.

Optional: You can buy the Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu tickets for the fifth day (not included in the package).

Mountain to Huayna Picchu

If you want to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, the best thing is the 5th day, for the physical effort you need, also if you do it for the 4th day you would be paying twice for the entrance to Machu Picchu, since this income is included in the price of the Inca trail.


  •  Original passport or identity document, with which you made the reservation of the Inca Trail, another does not work.
  • Entrance ticket.


  • Bring at least 2 changes of clothes.
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Short and short sleeved shirts to wear during the day.
  • Wear a hat or scarf, scarf, socks, gloves, and a heavy, medium-weight down or similar coat, as well as a raincoat if it rains.
  • Used boots, sneakers or tennis shoes.
  • Jacket or warm clothes for the cold.
  • Raincoat or rain coat in the wet or rainy season.
  • Walking shoes.
  • Bath clothes (in case of going to the thermal baths).
  • Small towel.
  • Sleeping bag.


  • Nonperishable food.
  • Snacks such as cookies, candies, dried fruits, chocolates, energy bars, fruits.
  • Bottle of water and/or purifying tablets.


  • A backpack.
  • Water canteen.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Repellent, sunscreen and hat.
  • Hand torch or headlamp.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Rubber covered walking sticks.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
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