Inca Trail Weather
Winding through 26 miles of the Andes up to high summits and deep into the thick cloud forest, there is a huge variation of temperatures and weather on the Inca Trail. You will need to be prepared for all weather conditions, and the best way is to wear many layers. It is best to wear a t-shirt or tank top under a long sleeve shirt, a sweater, and a rain coat. So as you get warmer you can take off layers to adjust for your comfort. The most important thing to bring on the Inca Trail is rain gear! No matter what the season, you will get rained on at some point. Good items to bring are a rain coat with a hood, a large poncho to cover your whole body, and waterproof pants. In addition, try to make sure that your hiking boots are waterproof because nothing is worse than wet feet. The wettest season on the train is between November and March – so be prepared for a lot of rain if trekking in this period (keep in mind the whole trail is closed for February for maintenance).
Wind is another factor to keep in mind when preparing to hike the Inca Trail. On the high mountain passes, especially when you are ascending Dead Woman’s pass on the second day, the wind can be very strong – so be sure to bring a windbreaker that doubles as a rain jacket. Although much of the time on the trail might be cloudy or cold, it is important not to forget that the sun is a huge danger while hiking the four day trek. Because Peru is so close to the equator, the sun will be a lot stronger than you are used to. So, it is important to apply sunscreen every few hours, be sure to remember lip balm with SPF also. Sun hats also help protect your face from the powerful rays and can help keep your head cool on hot sunny days.