Love Your Feet – Bring the Right Trekking Boots to Peru!

Nothing is more important than making sure your feet are happy for the trek of a lifetime! Here are our recommendations for what boots to take on your trek in Peru:

Hiking the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

There’s nothing quite like arriving at Machu Picchu on foot through the Sun Gate. It’s stunning to see the incredible Machu Picchu ruins, the mountains, and the Urubamba River valley spread out at your feet.

When is the Best Time of Year to Trek the Inca Trail

Peru has 2 distinct seasons. The dry season starts in mid April and ends mid November. Rainy season takes full hold December – March. For obvious reasons, the dry season is the ideal time of year for trekking the Inca Trail.  December to April: The rainy season starts in December, and continues to March. January and […]

Preparing for a high-altitude adventure in Peru

Without a doubt, trekking in the Peruvian Andes will allow you to see some of the most stunning beautiful landscapes in the world, bring you to remote villages with entirely unique cultures…and leave you, literally, breathless. All this beauty surrounding you is roughly somewhere between 9,000 and 16,000ft. above sea level; and chances are you […]

Trip Logistics: Tips for Planning a Trek on the Inca Trail

There comes a point in all trip plans where the daydreams of someday come down from the clouds and start asking, “How Do I Get There?” For many people that starts with flights. In this case, not so fast! The Inca Trail requires a little more leg work. In this post we’ll discuss Inca Trail […]

2018 Inca Trail Permits On Sale Now!

Have you been dreaming about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? If you want to go in 2018 (and you should!), then you need to act fast! Inca Trail permits for 2018 are on sale as of mid October, 2018! This is by far the earliest permits have gone on sale for the upcoming season […]

Get to Know Your Peru Outfitter – Amazonas Explorer

Detour was founded to showcase in-country tour operators that are working to make a difference in the world. Or, at least, a difference in their part of the world. All providers we partner with are locally owned and operated. That means most of your travel dollars and euros go to the country you are traveling […]

What Is The Difference Between the 4 and 5 Day Inca Trail Treks?

Inca Trail Trek

The Inca Trail is one of the world’s classic treks, and it is a fantastic experience for anyone willing to take the effort to make the trek. Entering Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun as Inca Royalty once did is an unforgettable experience. The traditional Inca Trail trek was usually done in 4 […]

Cusco’s Top 10 List: What to Do and What to Avoid

At the two-month anniversary of my arrival in Peru, I feel ready to offer a little unsolicited advice about what I recommend as do’s and don’ts before and during your trip to Cusco, Peru, and the surrounding area. Listed in no particular order, I’ll begin with my list of do’s. TOP TEN THINGS TO DO […]

Act Now to Get Your 2017 Inca Trail Trip – Permits Available Week Of December 19, 2016!

Always wanted to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Of course you have. We all have too (luckily we have already done the trek, but we still want to do it again). Well, you better act fast before permits sell out, likely before January 1, 2017 for premium dates. But did you know that only […]

How To Pack for Traveling in Peru

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco Shorts (quick dry) Pants (quick dry) T-shirt or long sleeve shirts (quick dry) — The sun is very direct and strong in Peru. If you burn easily, bring long sleeves to help with sun protection. A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater Underwear and […]

How To Pack for Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek

This information is specifically for trekking the Inca Trail with the trip operators Amazonas Explorer. Other trip operators may have information that varies slightly. SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco Shorts (quick dry) Pants (quick dry) T-shirts (quick dry) A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco) Thermal […]

Which Peru Trek is Right For You?

Inca Trail

Peru is trekking heaven, and there are so many options out there! The five most popular areas to trek around Cusco and Machu Picchu are the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares Valley, Choquequirao, and Ausangate. Each of these areas provide a different experience. Which trek is right for you?

Awesome Adventure Trips Without Camping

Love the adrenaline of whitewater rafting, high-altitude trekking, and singletrack mountain biking — but don’t enjoy camping?  These exciting tours all over Latin America bring on the adventure without skimping on creature comforts when it’s time to hit the hay. 1. TORRES DEL PAINE “W” TREK WITH ECOCAMP DOMES By day, you’ll hike the famous […]

What sort of food should I expect on my trek?

Unless you are overnighting in towns or villages along the way, your operator will arrange for a cook to trek with you. They will typically provide food grown or produced locally. Many travelers are surprised at the quality, freshness and variety of cuisine they experience when trekking in South America. Trekking Tours  

Are there animals or insects that I should know about that might be in the area?

On the Inca Trail, there are over 250 known species of orchids, as well as numerous rare birds, animals, and reptiles including several species considered to be in danger of extinction.  There will of course be insects, especially at lower elevations.  It’s always a good idea to bring insect repellent with you just to be […]

What is the weather like on the Inca Trail?

Considering the very high altitude, the weather on the Inca Trail is relatively mild all year round.  The rainy, cooler season is between November to March; the warmer, dry season is from April to October. The average annual minimum temperature ranges between 5°C and 11°. In the months of June, July and August the temperature […]

What are the toilets like along the trail?

Toilets along the Inca Trail have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water. On the whole they are kept pretty clean. If you do need to go the toilet between campsites then proper “leave no trace” policies should […]

What is the best time of year to do the Inca Trail trek?

The Inca Trail is open 11 months out of the year, closing for the month of February (see below).  The dry season from April to October is probably the most comfortable period to visit the Inca Trail, however there is always a chance of rain throughout the year.  The rainy season is from December to […]

Is it true that the Inca Trail will be closed at some point during the year?

The Inca Trail will be closed during the month of February each year, which is the height of the wet season. The last group will depart on January 31st and the next group will start on March 1st. The closure is to allow conservation projects to take place, give an opportunity for camping facilities to […]

What Can I Do About Altitude Sickness

Peru is famous for its impressive altitude; many of its most popular destinations sit at 8,000 feet above sea level. Cusco, the hub for many treks including the Classic Inca Trail, is 11,600 ft above sea level. Altitude sickness can begin to affect people at 6,500 feet above sea level. Symptoms will usually manifest after […]

What kind of accommodations should I expect while trekking the Inca Trail?

The accommodations for an Inca Trail trek will be camping while on the Trail. With a high quality company, you will usually get higher quality gear. Typically, you will have to provide the sleeping bag and pad yourself while the trek operator will provide the tents, cooking equipment, food, and water purifiers. If you are […]

Where does the Inca Trail start?

The entrances to the Classic Inca Trail are marked according to the kilometers on the railway between Cusco and Aguas Calientes. For example: “km 104” is 104 kilometers from Cusco on the way to Aguas Calientes.If doing the four or five day trek, you will start at km 88 or km 82, which is a […]

How much will I personally carry on my trek?

You will most likely have porters to carry the majority of your gear on the Inca Trail. Any gear you won’t need on your trek should be left at your hotel in their luggage storage or, in some cases, it can be left at your trek operator’s office. Porters are not allowed to carry more […]

When will I receive my permit?

Your tour operator will hold onto your Inca Trail permit.  It will not be given to you before your trek.  With many companies, your guide will carry your permit  for the entire trek so there is no chance that a passenger will lose their permit along the way. Inca Trail Treks

I found a much cheaper Inca Trail Trek, how can trips vary so much in price?

If the price looks too good to be true, it often is. A cheap trip often means that it is the porters and guides who suffer the most. Many of these workers have to sleep in the dining tents, have very little to eat, and are compensated very poorly. The trips featured on Detour have […]

Why do I need a permit for the Inca Trail trek?

By the late 1990’s, the famous stretch of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was becoming very popular and very crowded. There was very little regulation, and trekkers could travel independently or with any guide.  The trail was becoming loved to death, and garbage and human waste were not being disposed of properly, erosion was […]

Can I buy the Inca Trail permits myself or hike without a guide?

No, the permit system is put in place to protect the safety of tourists, employees, and the environment. It is illegal for you to trek on the Inca Trail without a licensed trek operator. Also, due to the popularity of this trek, it is nearly impossible to find a legitimate tour group with extra space, […]

How challenging is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail reaches approx 13,700 feet (4,200 meters) at its highest point and is approx 27 miles long. Machu Picchu is located at 7,800 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level and is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca staircases to walk up and down, […]