The Inca Trail

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

New regulations to protect Peru's Inca Trail mean that planning ahead is becoming increasingly more important.

The Peruvian Government is set to announce a new wave of regulations for trekking the Inca Trail in 2005. The number of people allowed on the hike has already been limited to 500 per day, including tourists, porters, cooks, and guides at a ratio of one per 10 tourists. This means the number of people per day who are able to see Machu Picchu for the first time is at an all-time low.

The Inca Trail is the most popular trekking destination in South America - and one that the Peruvian Government is keen to both promote and protect. To get the balance right, restrictions are constantly reviewed.

The speculation over the new rules, aimed at protecting the delicate nature of the destination, has resulted in a flood of calls for the UK's leading adventure travel specialist, Guerba. The first half of February 2005 has already seen a 200% increase in inquiries above the same period last year.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is probably the most famous and spectacular walk anywhere in the world. Walking the 42km trail is a truly remarkable experience.

Guerba are currently offering a value-for money, five-day 'Inca Trail Route', which gives travellers the opportunity to enjoy the trail in a short time period. Highlights include visits to Cuzco and the Machu Picchu sites in addition to the services of porters, guides and cooks for the duration of the walk. Accommodation is four-nights of camping along the route. Package price is £370 per person, plus a US$50 National Sanctuary Fee payable upon arrival. Departing every Saturday from 27 March to 25 December.

To book online or find out more visit: Guerba Adventure Travel

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