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Best and Worst Times to Hike the Inca Trail

September 30, 2014|Posted in: Hiking, Inca Trail, Peru, Travel Advice

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The Inca Trail has become so popular that you need to reserve your spot at least six months ahead. In fact, I just had someone contact me to hike the Inca Trail in three months. Unfortunately, the dates he wanted had been sold out for months.

To help you with the advance planning necessary, here are the two best times to hike the Inca Trail.

Summer. June, July, and August are the most popular months to hike the Inca Trail. While it gets quite cold at night, the days tend to be warm and sunny, making it a perfect time to hike.

Spring and fall. April and May as well as September and October are good times to hike, too. There is a slightly increased chance of rain, but it is not quite as cold at night.

Winter. December through February is the worst time to hike the Inca Trail. This is the rainy season in Peru during which torrential rainstorms cause dangerous mudslides. In fact, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance the entire month of February.

I would strongly recommend against hiking the Inca Trail during the rainy season unless you are a glutton for punishment or a frog.


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