Information - Inca Trail, Treks and Cusco
|WEATHER IN CUSCO
Cusco has a temperate climate with year round temperatures fluctuating
between 14º - 16ºC, with warm days and cold nights. The
rainy season in Cusco is from December to March .
Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate, with warm and humid days
and cold nights. The rainy season in Machu Picchu is from November
to March, so be prepared.
The wet months are January to April, when roads are often closed
by landslides or flooding.
The best months for visiting Machu Picchu are from April to October.
WE RECOMMEND YOU TO:
- Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, specially during
the Inca Trail
- Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Several T-shirts
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear (you never know when will rain even if its the dry season).
- Insect Repellent and sun block (sun is always stronger in such
- Personal toilet items.
- Personal first Aid kit.
- Wash kit, water bottle and water purifying tablets.
- A light backpack.
- Change of underwear.
- Gloves, scarf, wool socks and a hat or cap.
- A towel and toilet paper.
The tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content
varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend that
you always drink bottled water.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions
to avoid altitude sickness if you are prone to it. Be sure to try
a hot tea or an infusion of coca leaves on arrival at altitude.
During your first day move slowly and eat lightly, resting the first
couple of hours.
Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
Inca Trail highest point: 4,200 m.a.s.l.
The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected
area of 32,592 hectares, managed by the National Institute of Natural
Resources, INRENA. Every visitor must obey park regulations prohibiting
littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones
of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting
open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized
campsites can be used). More