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Inca Trail in June

  • Inca Trail Specialist
  • Updated: August 9, 2023
Inca trail hike June

The Inca Trail is a famous hiking route in Peru that leads to the citadel of Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city located high in the Andes. If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail in June, here are some important things to know:

High season

June is considered part of the high season for the Inca Trail due to favorable weather conditions as many tourists take advantage of the summer vacations to visit. This means that it is advisable to make your reservations in advance, both for hiking permits and lodging.

Permits and regulations

To hike the Inca Trail, it is necessary to obtain a permit, as there is a daily limit on the number of people who can access the route. These permits run out quickly, especially in the high season, so it is advisable to reserve them several months in advance.

Weather

June is the beginning of winter in the Peruvian Andes. Nighttime temperatures can be quite cold, especially at higher altitudes. During the day, temperatures are generally pleasant, but you may encounter some intermittent rainfall. It is important to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and to wear appropriate clothing.

Pack

Since the weather can be varied, it is advisable to pack layers of clothing, including waterproof clothing and a good pair of hiking boots. It is also important to bring a comfortable backpack to carry your belongings and water, as hydration is essential due to the altitude and physical activity.

Altitude

The Inca Trail reaches significant altitudes, reaching up to 4,215 meters above sea level at the highest pass known as Warmiwa├▒usca or “Dead Woman’s Pass”. The altitude can affect some people, causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue and headache. Taking time to acclimatize before trekking and drinking enough water can help reduce these effects.