The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary: an area protected by the National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) being the maximum number of 500 visitors per day permitted. Consequently, all reservations should be placed with a minimum of 45 days in advance prior to the date of travel.
Every visitor must obey the park regulations which forbid us to litter, cut or damage trees, take or damage stones of the ruins or the trail, collect plants, kill animals, light fire or camp in the Inca ruins. You will only be able to camp in authorised sites.
WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Entrance Fees
- The only valid document granting the right to use the Inca Trails Network - the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Network RED or SHM - is the ticket issued by the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Management Unit (UGM). This ticket is personal and non transferable, and includes the right to enter Machu Picchu
- Under no circumstances will payment for use of the RED be accepted at registry and entry control points of the RED
- The reimbursement of payment for the right to use the RED is not possible under any circumstance.
- Reservations will be made in the Offices of the Departmental Headquarters of the National Institute of Culture in the City of Cusco, on receiving confirmation with corresponding reservation code
- Reservations will be subject to the daily capacity emitted by the UGM (500 people, including guides, porters, helpers and around 150 tourists), therefore we recommend you reserve your place with as much notice as possible
- To maintain the reservation the Tour Operator must cancel the 100% of amount for the tour and provide full names, passport numbers, ages, nationalities and passport photocopies of all those going on the trip to the relevant authorities. The traveller must send this information and documentation to us from his or her home country
- Failure to confirm reservations will result in their cancellation, and no reimbursement of fees will be made in this case
- Only people under 25 years of age with valid International Student Identification will be considered a student, entitling them to a discount.
- Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drink lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the Inca Trail
- Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear.
- Insect Repellent and sun block.
- Personal toilet items.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit (plasters, bands, cotton, alcohol, Aspirins).
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.
- Flashlight and knife.
- A container for water and some purifying pills.
- A backpack (50 - 70 litres).
- A change of underwear.
- Gloves, scarf, wool socks and a hat or cap.
- A towel and toilet paper.
- Dried fruits, candies and chocolates.
Cusco has a temperate climate with year round temperatures fluctuating between 14º - 16ºC, with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season in Cusco is from December to March.
Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate, with warm and humid days and cold nights. The rainy season in Machu Picchu is from November to April.
Although you can trek during the months of April to October, the best months for visiting Machu Picchu are May and June.
Cusco City: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: 2850 m.a.s.l.
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