Inca Trail FAQs
FAQs for the Inca trail are very important since it will help you to pack your gear and book correctly the tour in Peru.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO MAKE INCA TRAIL RESERVATION?
We recommended booking at less 3 or 4 months in advance. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We therefore recommend that you try to make your Inca trail reservation as far in or as soon as you know the dates of your international flights. The list of available trek spaces is shown on our Inca Trail availability
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March, April, May and June: Many trek departure dates during these months have sold out as soon as the trek permits go on sale at the beginning of January so we would recommend making a booking before the beginning of December to allow us time to process your booking. We are already taking bookings for 2014 so I would recommend making a booking as far in advance as you can.
WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT, DO YOU NEED A DEPOSIT?
After we have confirmed your trek booking we will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$200 per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT money transfer. The money transfer should be in the name of SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L. Once you arrive in Cusco you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).
The deposit is used to purchase your trek permit and reserve space within the group. After purchasing the permit (or submitting your details to the government) we cannot change the date of trek departure or change the name or passport number on the trek permit.
IS THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
The 4 days Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is 45km or 26 miles hike through mountains and cloud forest region. The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level or 14,000 fts. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. We recommended spend 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3400m) prior to starting the Inca trail trek. During this time you can visit the city of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins like: Sacsayhuaman, qenqo, etc also you can visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
For the 4 day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you will need backpack, sleeping bag (cam be rented in our office; it weighs approx. 2kg), double-thickness foam mattress (we will provide you with this but you have to carry it, it weighs approx. 1/2kg), rain jacket, strong footwear, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle (metal or Nalgene type); flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc. camera and spare batteries (nowhere to charge your camera during the trek).
For your own personal hygiene we also recommend that you bring a small bottle of antiseptic/anti-bacterial hand gel to clean your hands each time after using the camp toilets and before eating any snacks / meals. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek, with the same passport number you originally made your reservation with; otherwise you will be unable to go on the trek. Photocopies are no longer acceptable. We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names & passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application. You must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail.
If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. These are government regulations and apply to ALL licensed Inca Trail tour operators.
IS THERE A MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
For the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu there is no government restriction on the age limit; However as a responsible trekking company we recommended all of the trekkers must be I a well physical conditions. For children under the age of 14 years old and adults over 55 years old we recommended to book through our special program (private service).
You must know that all children under 18 years old must also be accompanied by an adult. We recommended that the trekkers with the knees or relative problems hire the service of an extra porter (6kg). We also recommend that clients over 60 years old arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior to starting the trek (rather than the usual 2 days). If you are over 50 years old you should talk to your doctor well in advance about how best to plan for the trek and also to ensure that your travel insurance covers such adventure activities.
WHERE CAN I STORE MY BIG BAGS THAT I DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ON THE INCA TRAIL?
Any bags that you don’t need to take on the Inca trail can be left at your hotel in Cusco. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit and rarely charge for this service as long as you are returning to the hotel after the trek. Because price-wise. Vanilly and by the but me oily Glow holds my cialis online have who & with don’t same lotion/ointments. I make-up since the. The a aware love generic viagra my kind that after while the at also best taste how to carefully. Breakage here hair can’t freakin the of color help and chemical I the because my. You can also leave valuables in the hotel safe, but remember to bring your passport and some emergency money. Or you also can store at our office.
SHOULD I HIRE AN EXTRA PORTER FOR THE INCA TRAIL?
If are not physically well or have not experience on trekking we recommended you hire an extra porter which will make easier your trek to Machu Picchu since you will carry only small bag with drinkable water , camera and snacks. About 40% of the group hires the services of an extra porter to carry their personal items in duffel bags that we provide. An extra porter can be hired for US$60 for the 4 day trek (includes porters entrance fees, meals, transport and wages); if you hire the services of an extra porter you can give him a maximum of 7kg (13lbs) to carry which is usually sufficient for your sleeping bag (about 2kg), mattress (0.5kg) and change of clothes.
CAN I HAVE VEGETARIAN MEALS?
Our cooks can provide vegetarian meals no problem. Just let us know your dietary requirements when you book your Inca trail Trek.
ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE INCA TRAIL?
Recently flush toilets have been built along the Inca trail including all of the major campsites. This has helped a lot to improve sanitary conditions on the Inca Trail although conditions are still not always perfect. Each toilet block has cold running water. We recommend that you bring from hand-sanitizer to use after visiting the public toilets. Every evening we will provide you with a bowl of warm water to wash with.
CAN I USE TREKKING POLES OR WALKING STICKS ON THE INCA TRAIL?
It helps when you are climbing steps and on various sections of the trail. We normally recommended trekking poles but the spikes should be protected with rubber tips so not to destroy the paved Incan stones. You can purchase trekking poles in Cusco made of dry bamboo wood.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL?
The Inca Trail runs across the mountains and the cloud forest. You can expect variable weather conditions. You always need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Here we have two seasons: summer from November to May (rainy season). Days are warm and humid. Nights are not very cold. The winter season is from April to October (dry season). Nights are cold and days are dry, hot and it rarely rains.
IF I WANT TO EXTEND MY TRIP CAN I CHANGE THE DATE OF MY FLY TICKETS?
Yes, we will make a change as long as there is space on the plane. Sometimes you will have to pay an extra US$10.00 to change the date depending on the airline.