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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Anonymous
Sat, 01/10/2009 - 19:26

I'm thinking about doing Inca trail to Machu Picchu. What is the best time to do this trip for the overall experience?  Thanks.

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 17:19

Hi Angelbarr. The Andean dry season runs from approximately mid-March to mid-November, so this would be the ideal time to do the trek. The peak trekking season is from June to September, as skies are generally clear and rainfall is low, but this does mean that you will be sharing the trail with more people than if you go at other times of the year. Even during the November to March wet season the walking is still rewarding, although you do need to be prepared for short heavy afternoon downpours. If you want to get the best walking weather but avoid the crowds on the classic Inca Trail, then we also offer the remote and high-altitude Moonstone Trek (http://www.exodus.co.uk/feature/moonstone-trek-option) which can be substitued for the 4-day Inca Trail on all treks except for the High Inca Trail (TPS). Please let us know if you'd like more infromation on either trek, and we hope to see you on one of the Peru trips soon! Tim Fearn (Exodus Trip Manager)

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 17:20

Hi Angelbarr. The Andean dry season runs from approximately mid-March to mid-November, so this would be the ideal time to do the trek. The peak trekking season is from June to September, as skies are generally clear and rainfall is low, but this does mean that you will be sharing the trail with more people than if you go at other times of the year. Even during the November to March wet season the walking is still rewarding, although you do need to be prepared for short heavy afternoon downpours. If you want to get the best walking weather but avoid the crowds on the classic Inca Trail, then we also offer the remote and high-altitude Moonstone Trek (www.exodus.co.uk/feature/moonstone-trek-option) which can be substituted for the 4-day Inca Trail on all treks except for the High Inca Trail (TPS). Please let us know if you'd like more information on either trek, and we hope to see you on one of the Peru trips soon! Tim Fearn (Exodus Trip Manager)

Mon, 01/19/2009 - 08:42

Look at the meassage string in Destinations-Asia-Altitude sickness for tips. If you are doing the classic Inca Trail, I think the maximum altitude is around 4200 metres, so not as high as your Kili trip, and it is the steps on this first pass that hurt more than the altitude. The High Inca Trail, which we did last year goes over 5000 metres, and is absolutely brilliant. The acclimatisation time in Cusco before the trek is also a great help.

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