It’s Official: You Can’t Hike the Classic Inca Trail Without a Guide. The official Inca Trail regulations, as laid down by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR), state that anyone walking the trail must be accompanied by an officially registered tour guide in an organized group. This has been the case since 2001.
Can I hike to Machu Picchu without a guide?
Visiting Machu Picchu Without A Tour
Can you go to Machu Picchu without a tour? Indeed you can, but you will not be hiking the Inca Trail to get there. You can see Machu Picchu via a rushed day trip from Cusco, or stay in one of the towns near Machu Picchu and walk or bus up to the ruins.
Can you hike the Inca Trail alone?
The Inca Trail is a perfect example of how rewarding it can be to travel alone. Throughout the trek you will find yourself walking with different people for different stretches of the trail, depending on who you find yourself chatting to during a lunch break or who has a similar walking pace to you.
How fit do you have to be to hike the Inca Trail?
Most studies show that general fitness has little to no bearing on acclimatisation speed at all, so it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re fit enough to trek the Inca Trail: you need to spend an absolute minimum of two full days acclimatising at comparable altitude before the start of the Inca Trail.
How much does it cost to hike to Machu Picchu?
On average, the classic Inca Trail hike costs around $500/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper.
Do you need a guide Machu Picchu?
From 2019, it is compulsory to have a guide to enter Machu Picchu*. Unless you are visiting the site as part of an organised tour from, for example, Cusco or Ollantaytambo, then you will need to hire your guide upon arrival at the site.