Inca Empire during its existence has built a system of more than 40 000 kilometers of roads connecting the remote ends of the vast empire, from the north of Quito (Ecuador) to the south of Santiago (Chile) and east to Mendoza (Argentina). Cusco was the center of this great empire. Almost all the major roads in the mountains around Cuzco were built or improved by the Incas. However, the greatest fame a beautiful 43 kilometer stretch of road leading to Machu Picchu called Inca Trail bought, which passes by the archaeological site Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna. In the past 30 years, it became known as the “Road of the Incas to Machu Picchu” (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu).
Access to the Inka Trail is under strict control: only authorized tour operators have the right to sell and take this tour. All guides accompanying are required to have a license. Every day, the route is allowed only for 500 people, of which only 200 – the tourists, and the rest – the guides, porters, cooks. You must book Inca Trail at least 5 months before your trip.
This tour departs year-round, although the period from April to October, probably the most comfortable for the passage of this route as it is the dry season with low probability of rain. June, July and August – the months of “high season”, when there are no empty seats in groups at all, so if you are planning a trip during this period, be sure to book a tour for a few months beforehand. Inca Trail is annually closed for renovation in February. January and March are the rainy season months, so it is likely that you will not be able to fully enjoy the tour during these months.
Your main task when you pack things on a campaign to Inca Trail is to prepare for the different climatic conditions, but at the same time try to minimize the weight of luggage. Your path will be held in the tropical humid heat in dry and cool highlands, where you stay in the camp for the night. The easiest way to solve the problem with the clothes – to put on a few layers and remove unnecessary items as needed. Do not worry if you forget something – surely it can be bought in the cities you visit along the way (including a warm sweater of alpaca).