If you have been thinking about going on a Peru trekking trip then it is good to know that these treks are regulated under the Inca Trail regulations and you will need to get your permit for trekking in advance before going out. You can get your permits from 5 months in advance and you can look into the trek permits in real time. However, before you get your permit from any company, ensure that they have their special Inca Trail license.
Inca Trail is the most popular Peruvian treks and when you go on the hike, you will be experiencing a combination of mountain scenery, Inca ruins, rich subtropical jungle, and a lush cold forest. There are over 250 species of different orchids that can be found in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary. Along with these flowers there are numerous different birds like the waterfowl, hummingbirds, and the majestic Andean Condor. However, what everyone will be enjoying on their Machu Picchu hike is the spectacled bear, which is an animal that is close to extinction that is very shy and is also herbivorous.
The Inca Trail takes you through a mountainous jungle that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. You will need to set a few days aside for this trek because it is normally done in four days for you to get to Machu Picchu and then you will return to Cusco by train the same afternoon. This trek can be taken by any fit person; however, the trek can be very challenging and you will have to withstand altitudes of 4200m.
If your option is to get to Cusco by sea, you will need to spend at least 2 days before going on your trek. By staying there for this period of time you will get acclimatized and it will also allow you sufficient time to go to the city of Cusco and different ruins such as the Pucapucara, Sacsayhuanman, Tambomachay, and Q’enko and you can also spend a few days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The trail that you will be taking is at times referred to as the the Camino Real de los Incas. The hike will start at 104KM along the railway from Cusco, then you will need to go on a walk that is expected to last for four hours to Winay Wayna and then there will need to be a couple more hours before you get to Machu Picchu.