The Inca fort of Runkuraqay on day two of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Photo by Jim.
The Camino des Incas is definitely the most spectacular hike we’ve ever made, from sub-tropical forests up to the snow line and back on an Inca garden trail through the Andes, finally arriving at Machu Picchu. Astonishing.
Inca Trail weather: The dry season is a much better bet for this great walk as regular rain will not only spoil views, wet tents and make paths slippery but streams may become impassable.
The best season for hiking the Inca Trail is May-October, the dry season with warm, sunny days, highs around 20-25C/68F but chilly, near zero nights (it is winter after all! ).
November-March is the wet season, with especially heavy rain December-February, daily highs also around 20C but warmer nights around 6C/42F.
Note also that the Trail is closed in February for cleaning and maintenance.
Choquequirao: Machu Picchu has become so overrun with tourists recently that authorities, with financial assistance from France, are working hard to excavate and improve access to an alternative and even more isolated site.
Choquequirao -‘Cradle of Gold’ in the Quechua language, is 80kms (50miles) away from Machu Picchu, hanging on to a mountain ridge 1, 800m (6, 000ft) above the Apurimac river and 3, 000m above sea level, near the small village of Cachora. It’s a two day trek.