Regulations of the Inca Trail Network to Machu Picchu and the booking system for tourists (02-2003-UGM-CD, with a modification on the Resolution 002-2004-UGM-DC)
- Requests for permission to enter the Inca Trail Network Machu Picchu History Sanctuary must be documented and paid for (full amount) upfront 48 hours before the arrival date.
- After having entered (control post and corresponding security check), the user will not be able to extend his/her permanence over the amount of time indicated on the entry ticket within the established route, except for in special proven cases.
- MI uses of the Inca Trail will need to identify themselves with original documents and register their entry in the corresponding control posts and security checks of Inrena or the Ministry of Culture.
- Travel and tourism agencies, tourist guides and support personnel are obligated to select organic and inorganic solid residue that is generated during their permanence on the Caminos Inca Red and withdraw them from the sanctuary. Due to reasons of conservation and restoration, there may be restriction and closing periods of the use of the Inca Trail Network. Users will be informed with a 30 calendar day anticipation notice.
- Exceptionally, facing situations of risk due to unforeseeable circumstances or force majeure, closure or restrictions may be applied without notice.
- It is prohibited to use the Inca Trail Network from 7 pm – 5:30 am, except in exceptional proven cases.
Elements that are not allowed
- In the Inca Trail Network
- Fire weapons or compressed air weapons, bows and arches, hunting and fishing implements, axes, machetes, knives, picks, shovels or other tools.
- Any type of traps to capture fauna specimens.
- Fossil fuels such as kerosene, diesel petroleum, gasoline.
- Stimulants, psychotropic substances, narcotics or illegal drugs that are not allowed by national legislation.
- Sound systems or other noise generators.
- Domestic animals and exotic species.
- Metal tipped canes that do not have rubber protectors or native species wooden stakes.
- Bottles, plastic containers, and disposable cups.
In Inca Trail it is not allowed to:
- Cut or damage the trees.
- Break off, or ruin the rocks from the ruins or the route.
- Pick plants, kill animals.
- Start open fires, or camp within areas of Inca remains (camping is only allowed in authorized areas.)
Minimum amount of equipment required
- Sleeping bags*.
- Water canteen*.
- First aid-kit*.
- Oxygen bottle*.
- Propane gas stove.
- Inelastic rescue rope (9 mm in diameter.)
- Portable radio on VHF adjusted to the frequency of the radios from the Inrena and Ministry of Culture, just in case of emergency.
- Location Maps of the Camino Inca.
- Water filters.
- Plastic mesh to filter dirty water sediment.
- Appropriate deposit for the transport of solid waste (green and red bags.)
- Biodegradable toilet paper.
*Organized guides will need to have the following equipment.
Tents for group use.
- Ponchos for the rain and thick plastic to protect the loads.
- Plastic mesh for washing utensils to avoid spilling organic waste into the sources of water.
- First aid kit (obligatory for travel and tourist agencies and tourist guides.)
- Disinfectant (alcohol, peroxide, iodine, soap, germicides.)
- Colton, gauze, bandages and medical tape.
- Muscle and stomach analgesics.
- Ophthalmic liquids.
- Cream for the relief of exposure to the sun and other burn medicines.
- Small oxygen tank.
- Blood pressure monitor and thermometer.
Keep in mind
- This trip is not adequate for adults with health conditions or for children.
- Use reliable companies that provide everything you need so that the only thing you take is your soul, an open awake soul; because that is what this route requires. One of these companies belongs to the Peña family: Domingo and Seferina, a husband and wife who are pioneers in guided services, muleteering, mule rentals, and in addition they’re very nice trustworthy people. Other companies we suggest are: Mystic Lands Peru (www.mysticlandsperu.com), which is located in the Huanipaca Valley, and the lodge of Theo Paredes, an anthropologist with a great deal of knowledge on Andean culture.
- Another option, instead of using the community companies or the specialized tourism companies, is to make arrangements yourself and go all out on an adventure, without reservations or anything. You can hire muleteers and mules and of course, guides that know the route. You might save some money this way. Just remember though that a serious company with knowledge will always be able to resolve situations and make any necessary arrangements. And in terms of meals, you can ask for special clients.
- Take only what you need. Excess weight can ruin a trip, as well as mosquitoes, so make sure you also have plenty repellent.
- Take chocolate or energy bars and of course, make sure you drink water regularly. If you’re travelling solo, calculate 2 liters of water per person daily. If you’re going with a hired service, they will make sure to supply water as you require.
- Ideally you will want to have special walking shoes. If you don’t, just make sure you don’t wear new shoes. The mules will help you on the ascents and on the descents (a 90 percent of the route), however, you can think about the meaning of a phrase stated by the French traveler Paúl Marcoy, who traveled through Peru in 1869′. “In a journey, just like with literature and with many other things, in order to achieve the objective, you have to know when to hurry slowly.” Either way, if my experience is useful for something, I did this trekking 10 years ago with the help of mules and was able to prove that they can only help in about a 40 percent of the route. The rest was simply too dangerous and had to be done on foot. If you plan on using a mule, we suggest you find out what the actual percentage is.
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