Am in a real dilemma here! really want to do the inca trail but not sure exactly when! Know it should be roughly mid november. Do people think id be able to find a place or should i just book and if i find myself running out of time, skip out some places on the way there?
any help greatly appreciated!
Hi... I would really recommend that you book ahead. Although November falls into the low season, it might be OK for you to just turn up and find a place, but you never know...
I have recently done the Inca Trail and do know that it is still quite busy out there. I did all my bookings over the internet with an agency called Pachamama Explorers - they were very helpful - why don´t you write to them as I am sure they can assist you or at least let you know what dates are available... You can write to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I also did some day tours with them around the Cusco area - so if you have time to fill in that is a good idea too!
The Classic Inca trail is already full for the 1st week of November, there are spaces available starting on Nov. 6th.
I highly recommend to contact a local travel agency and do your bookings in advance. If you wait to last minute, you won't find a free spot, despite is low season.
Here is a site where you can book a tour for Cusco, including the Inca trail: www.indiana-expedition.com
I did the Short inca trail with PACHAMAMA EXPLORERS. I receive a correct treatment when I hired the Short Inca trail vía email. When we arrived to Cuzco we went to the travel agency and they told us all the excursion details, they didn’t tell us about some land sliding that happened two weeks ago and that changed substantially the Inka trail route. In addition to this, they didn’t tell us that we would not arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Intipunku). Instead of walking six hours we walked for one hour and a half near the Urubamba river, we arrived to some ruins and then we crossed the river and walked for another hour and a half by the railway until we arrived at Aguas Calientes. When we made our discharges at the travel agency first we were told that they didn’t know that despite that the guide knew this information and told us that, and after that they said that they have forgotten to tell us.