top 10 inca trail questions

Top 10 inca trail questions

This article is a continuation of our FAQs concerning hiking the Inca Trail.   Let’s explore some other answers to popular questions.

Question 5 What is the weather like on the trail and what should I expect?

As we mentioned in Part 1 of our FAQ, the dry season is May through September.  The rest of the year is the rainy season and really isn’t optimal for hiking the Inca trail.  In fact, in February the trail isn’t even open!

You can expect that the trail will get cold at night.  Plus, even if it isn’t the rainy season, it can rain at any time.   Be sure that you have warm clothing.   You likely want to dress in layers.

As far as other essential belongings, make sure that you have good shoes, a backpack, a warm sleeping bag, a flashlight and a first aid kit.  Additionally, you will strongly want to consider bringing your own water purification tablets.  Don’t forget to bring some pocket money to buy refreshments along the way.  Of course, whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!

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top 10 questions about the inca trail

Top questions about the Inca Trail

If you are getting ready to hike the Inca Trail, you likely have a lot of questions.  It is a good idea to be as prepared for your trip as possible.  In this article, we will explore some of the most commonly asked questions.

Question 1.  Do I need to book the Inca Trail in advance? If so, how far in advance do you need to book?

Thousands of people hike the Inca trail each year, and it can get quite busy.  The busiest time of year is May through September.  June, July and August, in particular, can be very crowded.  However, when it comes to weather, these are also the best months.  Needless to say, hiking will be far less pleasant during the rainy season.

You will want to book your reservation at least a few months in advance.  If you are planning to hike during June- August, you may want to consider booking your trip a year in advance.   However, 5-6 months should be adequate.  If you are traveling in April, May, September or October, I recommend booking about 4 months in advance.  If you decide to hike the Inca trail during the rainy months of January, March, November and December, you will still need to book about 3 months in advance.  Ultimately, if you want to hike the Inca Trail, you will have to plan in advance.

One of the reasons that reservations are so necessary is that the local government limits how many people can hike on the trail.  The regulation is that there can only be 200 hikers and 300 porters per day.

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