Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 5:16 PM Last Post By: true_north
Nov 10, 2012 3:26 AM
Inca TrailWhen I did the Inca Trail 5 years ago, i was able to book my trail on the day I arrived to Cusco, and started the trail the following day. It may have been the Lares Trail..
Now, I have a couple friends travelling south America and will be in Cusco in 2 months.
Is it still possible to do the same? because they dont want to be fixed on a date to arrive in Cusco.....
Can someone tell me if both the Classic and Lares Trail are open in Mid Jan?
Is it possible to arrive on one day, book, and leave not many days later (even on Lares Trail)?
Any reccomended operators?
And what price are they?
Edited by: culley
Edited by: culley
Nov 10, 2012 5:28 AM
Nov 10, 2012 7:23 AM
Nov 10, 2012 7:46 AM
3You did not do the Inca Trail; you did the Lares Trail. There is a difference.
I did the Inca Trail five years ago too and had to get my spot about four months in advance. It has not changed any in terms of the need for early reservations. If anything it has gotten worse.
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Nov 10, 2012 2:59 PM
4For both treks I'd at least look around in advance to find out who has availability, with the Inca Trail I'd book in advance to be safe as some dates will sell out even in January.
The Lares Trek is the least common of the 3 main treks to Machu Picchu so finding a company who has a group on the day you want to go may be difficult if you just give yourself a day to do so.
Just as a suggestion, it's a good idea to allow yourself a couple of days to acclimatise to the altitude before you set off. This will help your friends not get so out of breath whilst walking but more importantly if they do end up being in the minority that suffer a severe reaction to altitude they'll do so in a city where treatment is on hand, if they get acute altitude sickness on the trek then the standard bottle of oxygen the guides carry won't help much.
Nov 10, 2012 5:16 PM
5Inglorious- excellent advice on taking the time to acclimatize. Cusco is at 3400 m (11, 200 ft). For most people this is a major change from what they are used to.
Two- or even three days- to let your body adapt to new realities is always the best thing to do.
Also, you are risk missing out on a fascinating city- the capital of the short-lived Inca Empire and then the capital of Andean Spain for two hundred years- if all you do is land in Cusco and rush off to do a trek that your body is not even properly acclimatized for. Cusco certainly has something to offer for anyone who takes the time to stop and look. What's the hurry?
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