Machu Picchu Tips: Hike the Inca Trail

I’m saving up for my dream trip to Machu Picchu. What tips would you give to a first-time visitor?

Sep 5, 2012
Outside Magazine
Inca Trai Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail.    Photo: Vladimir Korostyshevskiy/Shutterstock


The rugged four-day walk along an Inca footpath to Machu Picchu will unveil as many memorable sights and experiences as the ancient city itself. Because you need a permit for the hike, the crowds aren't bad, and you'll see additional ruins as you walk through the cloud forest along the way. Adventure Life guides trips starting at $1,645. Make sure to pack bug spray, sunscreen, and a headlamp.

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