5 Inca Trail Facts

Date: April 20,2016 By: Steph Kitchin Categories: News

These Inca Trail facts might surprise you if you. Read on if you are considering this, or one of the other spectacular ways to hike to Machu Picchu.

  1. The only way to enter Machu Picchu by foot is through the Sungate which is at the end of the Inca Trail. You can if you wish walk all the way up from Aguas Calientes, forgoing the bus. However you’re probably best saving your legs for the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.
  2. The Inca trail is always full. MYTH This year there is a change to the way tickets are sold meaning we have availability for the One Day Inca Trail year round. It joins the classic Inca trail at Puyupatamarca and does the last stetch to the sungate. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the Inca Trail. For a longer program KM104 can be combined with other day hikes in the Lares or Sacred Valley.
  3. Campsites are overrun and busy: MYTH Not if you do the 5 day Inca Trail rather than the 4 day trail. You’ll stay at different campsites including wonderful Puyupatamarca which in good weather has breathtaking views of Salkantay mountain.
  4. You need to be super fit. MYTH Yes you need to be used to hiking and be generally fit and well. The key is to walk like the locals; slow and steady. Take in the views, watch out for the small things like hummingbirds and orchids. If you want to race and really want to physically challenge yourself think about doing the Inca Trail Marathon which usually takes place in July.
  5. There is only one Inca Trail. MYTH The Incas built an enormous network of trails from Ecuador in the north as far south as Chile. It was their skill in building that enabled them to spread their empire so far and wide. There are still many trails and ruins dotted all over South America that are still hidden.
Sunrise on Salkantay Mountain, Photographed by Steph from Puyupatamarca campsite


This month we are focusing on Peru treks so look out for more news and tips coming soon.

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