The single most important questions we receive is “can you reserve spots for the Inca Trail?” More often than not, we can. However, there are a few things to take into consideration when reserving the Inca Trail with the most important being when to reserve, what time of the year and what kind of Inca Trail you are aiming for.
- When to reserve your spots
This is something that most people don’t usually take into considerations. Spots for some months can be easy to acquire while others must be reserved almost a year in advance. For example, to ensure a spot for march you could reserve it as late as a month or two before as most people chose not to travel during the end of the rainy season while booking for June and July must be down at least 6 months in advance as these spots are highly sought after due to the festivities that take place in Cusco throughout these months. This brings us to our next point.
- Time of the year
Another important thing to consider is the time of the year. As Cusco, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are all in the highlands, weather can differ drastically from area to area. There are two season to look out for, the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season goes from November to April, with the months of January and February being the worst, it’s usually fine by March with storms only arising sporadically. The dry season goes from May to October with the months of June and July being the best. However, I must stress that highland weather is highly unpredictable. This means that it can be sunny all day, then a random thunderstorm can appear and disappear in the span of 15 minutes. Yep, it’s kind crazy up there. Once all that is settled you can move on to our final point.
- What kind of Inca Trail to do you want?
There are several types of Inca Trail available of different lengths and service. You can take the classic 4-day trek through the main Inca Trail passes, taking you along all of the known Inca structures and ancient Inca Paths. If that’s too long you could always take the 2 day Inca Trail which is just one whole day of trekking that ends in a comfy hotel in Aguas Calientes. Perhaps you’re the trekking expert and want a bit of a challenge? Then you could take the Choquequirao trek, this 9 or 10-day trek goes around all the others to check out the ancient citadel of Choquequirao, the lesser known area. It later loops back into the Inca paths and back towards Machu Picchu. Group tours range from 8-15 people or you can take private treks with just you and your friends, albeit a bit more expensive.
As you can see, there are many things to consider before reserving your spots on the Inca Trail. If you want to know anything more about Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu Travel, check out the rest of our blog posts at Peru Travel Blog and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our special packages.