1. Can I trek the Inca Trail alone without a travel
As from 1st January 2001 trekking independently has been
prohibited. The regulation, however, was not enforced
until early 2002. You will necessarily to hire an
operator to get all the permissions, the entrance
tickets for the trail MUST be bought in Cusco well in
advance only through a licensed Inca Trail operator.
They cannot be purchased at the start of the trail.
2. Should I make a reservation for the trek in advance
or wait until arriving in Cusco?
Because the numbers of persons permitted on the trek has
been dramatically reduced it is advisable to make a
reservation 5-6 weeks in advance. This is particularly
important if you are planning on arriving in Cusco
during the peak season (June-September).
3. What's the best time during the year to go?
The 'dry' season from April to October seems to be
generally considered preferable, at least as far as
weather. It's mostly dry but it can rain at any time.
Remember the dramatic temperature range. At higher
altitudes, it's sunny during the day and cold and windy
4. How hard is the Inca Trail?
The trek is physically challenging, but no technical
expertise is required. The difficulty comes largely from
the repeated step ascents and descents, and from the
high altitude. The climb to the first pass takes you up
from around 2000m (6500ft) to more than 4000m (13000ft)
in a relatively short space, followed by a descent of
around 1500m (5000ft). After the second pass at 3500m
(11500ft), things generally become easier.
5. What do we do for drinking water?
Sunset Peru limited will provide boiled water to fill
your bottle at meal times, although the water is clear
always use sterilizing tablets and follow the
instructions. The sterilizing tablets 'MicroPur' can be
bought in most pharmacies in Cusco . With these tablets
you have to wait 40 minutes before drinking. Take a
bottle of at least 1½ liter capacity per person.
Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco,
bought at km82, just before Wayllabamba and at Wiñay
Wayna and Machu Picchu. If you are employing the
services of a personal porter you can afford to take the
extra weight of a few bottles of water.
Besides, You'll come across a small stream or mountain
spring every 1½ hours along the trail where you can fill
up your water bottle too.
6. What are the toilets like along the trail?
Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years
and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with
flush toilets and running water. On the whole they are
kept pretty clean.
There are hot shower facilities are Wiñay Wayna on day
3, although they are usually pretty unclean and you have
to pay a little extra.
7. Should I hire an extra porter? When?
Our service includes porters for carrying the food,
tents, dining tent and cooking equipment. However,
during the Inca Trail you will have to carry your
personal stuff (such as backpack, camera, etc) your
sleeping bag and pad (both provided by us if needed).
Hiring an extra porter may make the trek more enjoyable
since you will walking with out all that extra weight.
Each porter can carry up to 15 kilos and you must ask
for him to us or to your operator when booking your Inca
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