All You Need to Know About Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu is an incredible sight to see and place to experience. 

Most tour operators will have a pre-hike check in with trekkers the evening before the trip begins.

Day zero

Many tour operators begin the first day’s segment at KM 82, or Piscacucho, although some begin at KM 88.

Day one

The morning starts with a steady climb that continues throughout most of the day. Eventually, the switch backs become stone stairs laid by the Inca.

Day two 

Day three starts with uphill – but, while your body may protest, this uphill stint is much easier and shorter than the previous day’s challenge! 

Day three

The stone stairs in the dark are slow-going, but a glimpse of the sky through the trees at the stars above is enough to keep you moving.

Day four

When planning a trip to Machu Picchu, the only time of year that won’t work is the month of February.

When to travel 

Most tour companies cost around $700 USD per person for a group rate.

The cost of hiking the Inca Trail

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