Frequently asked questions about the Short Inca Trail:
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1. When is the best time to do the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
The dry season (April to October) presents good weather conditions for the Inca Trail. The trek during these months should be scheduled in advance. During the rainy season (November to March), rainfall and river flows are more abundant. Therefore, consider bringing waterproof clothing and boots (or raincoats) for hiking.
2. Is the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu open all year round?
No, the Inca Trail closes during the month of February. This is due to the maintenance and cleaning service carried out during this month.
3. Is the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu open to people of all ages?
The Inca Trail is open to people of all ages. Parents are responsible for the integrity of their children. Elderly people should consult a doctor before trekking.
4. How many people participate in a Short Inca Trail group?
Each group of tourists on the Inca Trail should not exceed 14 people. The guides are responsible for each group.
5. Can I book the Short Inca Trail with a private Service?
Yes, tourists traveling together can book the Inca Trail with a private group. The cost is higher than the group trek. However, the number of tourists in the exclusive group decreases even more.
6. Is it difficult to do the Short Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is considered of medium to moderate difficulty. The 2 days and 1 nights of trekking are intense the first few days, but decrease as you get closer to the end. The first reward is seeing Machu Picchu from a unique and special place at the end of the trek.
7. Can I book the Inca Trail directly in Cusco?
Due to high demand, it is only possible to book the Inca Trail online and in advance through a qualified agency. Once in Cusco, it is only possible to book alternative tours to the Inca Trail.
8. What to bring on the Inca Trail?
The maximum weight allowed for luggage on the Inca Trail is 5 kilos per person. It is recommended to bring water, a change of clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, toilet paper, a sleeping bag, toiletries, a raincoat, a water purifier, extra money, and personal belongings in a hiking backpack.
9. How long does the visit to Machu Picchu last after the Inca Trail?
The visit to Machu Picchu, at the end of the Inca Trail, takes place in the morning (from 6 am to 12 pm). Unlike other visitors, access is through the Porta do Sol (Intipunku), the ancient entrance to the wonder of the world used by the Incas.
10. What are the other alternatives if I cannot find availability for the Inca Trail?
If the Inca Trail is no longer available on the desired day, you can start the trek to Machu Picchu by the Salkantay Trail. Another option is the trail through the town of Lares, the Inca jungle or known as the Short Inca Trail (duration of only 2 days).