Learn more about what to expect on this walking holiday to Peru including group size, when to go and how comfortable you can expect to be.
When should I go?
You can walk the Inca Trail any time from March through to January.
April to November is considered the best time for the with predominantly dry, sunny conditions during the day. Nights can be very cold at altitude.
The trail covers 28 miles over 4 days. However, it is at high altitude. The going can be slow and fairly tough. You must be used to hill walking to enjoy the trail.
Day one is a short walk on easy terrain at lower altitude than Cusco so you should find this quite easy.
Day two is a longer walk, mostly uphill on good paths with some paved sections. This is the day where you will really start to feel the altitude.
Day three is the hardest day as you go over the highest pass on the trail, down then up over a second pass and finally down and over a small third pass.
Day four is relatively long but you are losing altitude and walking down for most of the day. The path becomes much more structured with long sections of narrow steps and paved stretches. It can therefore be the toughest day for your knees.
Having said all this, by taking slightly longer to complete the trail you are walking with few other people and you can walk at a pace suitable for you.
On the Inca Trail the pace is relaxed and a team of porters carry your things as well as setting up the tents and cooking.
Stay in comfortable 3* hotels near the centre of Cusco and in Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu.
Fully portaged camping on the Inca Trail. Tents are pitched for you. Dining and toilet tents are provided.
Fully guided throughout.
All of our Inca Trails are dedicated Pura Aventura departures.
We have certain set group dates, listed below. Maximum group size is 16 with 2 guides. More usually our groups are of around 6 – 8 people with 1 guide.
We can also offer private Inca Trails, please enquire as to prices for this.
Who is it for?
Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience available to anyone who is reasonably fit for the walking. There are sections with steep sets of steps on the trail
Broadly speaking this holiday attracts a wide range of people from their 30s through 60s. Really it is suitable for anyone prepared for the challenge of walking the trail.
Pura Aventura is passionate about the places it visits.
To help preserve the integrity of these destinations we:
• Keep groups small to minimise environmental impact.
• Work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies. We use small, locally owned hotels and restaurants. We know the owners except in the large cities.
• Work with local guides so that our holidays are more interesting for clients and more beneficial locally.
We strictly adhere to the Porter Protection Policies which govern porters’ work in Peru.
Pura Handmade Holiday
This walking holiday to Machu Picchu is part of the Pura Aventura Handmade range and is unique to us.
We have designed and deliver this walking holiday using our own people and carefully selected local suppliers to create a Pura Handmade holiday.
What makes our Inca Trail different?
You are looked after by a Pura team on the ground in Cusco/Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail which means that we can far better control the quality of this crucial part of your experience.
You have the same Pura guide/leader throughout your time in Cusco, Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail.
Most holidays offer day trips with different guides. This means that you get different people telling you broadly the same information day after day.
With Pura you get consistency and time to build up more information. Rather than repeating information, your guides have time to share deeper insights into the culture and politics and life of modern Peru.
You have longer to walk the Inca Trail giving you the best possible chance of enjoying the walk fully.
As you already know, Pura Aventura is dedicated to safe and responsible travel. The links below provide useful content and more information about Peru. Please call us of any special requirements on 01273 676 712.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides useful travel advice on Peru.
BBC News provides useful information about Peru. Read more about it.
Official Government website
Find out more about Peru, by visiting its official government website.
Prepare your holiday
Before you go on your holiday to Peru, please ensure you have the correct vaccinations. Check out the NHS website for advice, visit your GP or a travel clinic.
For the latest information on the Peruvian Nuevo Sol currency, visit the ICE website.
For the forecast in Peru, visit wunderground.
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