How hard is it to hike the Inca Trail?

Is it worth hiking the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail Route to Machu Picchu is definitely worth it, it is considered one of the greatest adventure experiences on the planet. There are very few trails where you pass 500 year old archeological treasures while also hiking among some of the most beautiful mountains on earth.

Can you hike the Inca Trail alone?

It’s Official: You Can’t Hike the Classic Inca Trail Without a Guide. The official Inca Trail regulations, as laid down by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR), state that anyone walking the trail must be accompanied by an officially registered tour guide in an organized group. This has been the case since 2001.

How do I train for the Inca Trail?

Training for the Inca trail should start at least four to six months before the hike. The first month you begin training for the Inca trail, you should work out three times a week. You can slowly progress up to five days a week, but it is up to you.

How much does it cost to hike the Inca Trail?

General cost for Inca Trail trek: $500

On average, the classic Inca Trail hike costs around $500/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper.

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What is the best month to hike the Inca Trail?

Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit Machu Picchu or hike the Inca Trail is before and after the rainy season, that is late March, April, May, and September, October, and early November, the dry season months, that is June July and August, are great too but beware of the crowds.

Can you shower on the Inca Trail?

There are showers next door to the bar. Doubt if a blow dryer could be used anywhere there — plus imagine all the extra weight! On the Inca Trail, you will be roughing it, with the exception of having your tents set up for you and three hot meals cooked for you.

Are there toilets on the Inca Trail?

Inca Trail toilet locations

There are toilet blocks located intermittently along the Inca Trail. The blocks are usually hidden from the trail. These toilet blocks are not frequent though and, if you can’t hold it, the only other option will be to go behind a bush. Most camp sites have some form of toilet facility.