The Inca Trail in Peru is one of the world’s most famous
hiking trails. Starting from the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River
and ending at the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, the 45km trail
takes three to five days to complete. The trail itself winds through
a combination of high altitude mountain ranges (the Andes) and dense
Hiking the Inca Trail requires that you be in relatively good physical
condition. Though the hike is not in itself extremely difficult, the
altitude, which rises in excess of 12,000 feet will make it difficult
for the unprepared hiker. As a rule of thumb,
it is generally recommended
that spending 2 days in Cusco is sufficient for acclimating yourself
to the decrease in oxygen levels.
The best time to plan a hiking adventure depends on your needs. If
beautiful, lush and green scenery is what you’re after then May is
the time for you. The wet season will have just ended leaving in its
wake spectacular views from Machu Picchu as well as on the trail.
Peru’s dry season begins in May and lasts until September. Be aware
though, that the best season almost always brings with it the largest
crowds. If you want to hike in solitude going during Peru’s wet season
(October through April) is your best bet, and you also won’t have
to worry about finding water!