We have just learned from partner Amazonas Explorer that the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INC), the agency controlling the Inca Trail, has informed them that no one will be able to operate treks on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in March of this year (2010) due to the recent flooding.
INC will refund all permits purchased for trekking the Inca Trail in March. As Amazonas points out it will be possible to get to Machu Picchu via the road to Santa Teresa in March, and there are many other excellent trek options available such as the Salcantay or Lares Valley treks.
If you have your heart set on trekking the world famous Inca Trail, you better plan your trek for later in the year. Everything should be back to normal by April, and, as always, May is a wonderful month to trek the Inca Trail. It isn’t crowded, everything is green, and the temperatures are warmer than in August or September.