Hiking the Inca Trail in 2020
Are you hoping to hike the Inca Trail in 2019? Ever since Machu Picchu earned the distinction of being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, its popularity has been increasing steadily and we are seeing people from every possible corner of the world now in Peru sporting trekking poles and camelbacks! The Inca Trail is selling out as much as 8 months in advance.
It’s never too early to start thinking of making your dream come true! but booking early is key to making sure you get your preferred start date – especially for March, April, May and June treks, some dates of which sell out the very day they are released.
(Every Year on February the Inca Trail is closed for a month) Many people don’t realize that there is a limit of 500 trekkers per day to start the Inca Trail, and that number includes all of the support staff – guides, cooks, and porters.
In order to preserve the integrity of this famous part of what the Inca called the Qhapaq Ñan – the 24,500 mile system of paths that run through the Andes and the ancient Inca Empire and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – no hooved pack animals are allowed along the majority of what is now known as the Inca Trail. We therefore have to rely on people to help us carry camping gear, food, sleeping and cooking supplies.
In ancient times these people were called “chasquis” which means Inca runners,they ran like lightning along these paths tag-team style, and were famed for the speed in which they could get messages across the vast expanse of the Inca Empire.Today, for each group of 6 trekkers, Runas Expeditions will have 11 porters, 1 chef and 1 guide. So you can see that we need triple the number of permits to enter the Inca Trail as we have trekkers.
Thus the high demand for the 500-per-day permits.Book your Inca trail now with the best team of people. Runas Expeditions ¨ Your Journey Our Passion ¨
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