Do you need to book ahead ?
Is it possible to do without an agency?
If the Inca Trail is booked, are their alternative treks to take?
Salkantay 7 day trek – moderate to difficult.
Ausangate 6 to 7 day trek – moderate to difficult
Lares Valley 4 day trek – moderate
Choquequirao 4 to 5 day trek – moderate
Vilcabamba 7 day trek – moderate
Are numbers of day visitors to Machu Picchu also limited, like those doing the Inca Trail hike? Or can I just buy the bus / train and entrance ticket on the day I want to go?
How Is the 2 days Inca trail ?
The shorter Inca Trail is for those trekkers with limited time on their hands or who just want to take things a little bit easier. This trail starts at km104 and ascends to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu. Since you don’t have much time at Machu Picchu on the first day most people spend the night at the town of Aguas Calientes and return to MP again the following day. This trail is subject to the Inca Trail regulations and trek permits must be reserved well in advance
Should I pay for the extra porter?
Do I need to tip the porters/chef/guide?
What is the weather on the Trail?
Just how tough is it? How fit do you have to be?
What about Altitude sickness?
In general if you take regular exercise and spend a few days in Cusco, or better, in the Sacred Valley, acclimatizing to the altitude you shouldn’t have to suffer too much. Just remember to walk slowly and let your body adjust.