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Get the most out of your Inca Trail Hiking Risa

With a whole companys of  offering trekking challenges to far flung corners of the globe, it’s no surprise that trekking is seeing a big upsurge in popularity. If you’re thinking of experiencing a different type of holiday or perhaps planning a challenging trekking trip, getting in good shape is extremely important.
Treks can vary enormously in terms of daily distances, ascent/descent and altitude, but all require specific preparation to ensure you get the maximum from your trip.  The INFOINCATRAIL GUIDE - offers advice and tips on trekking equipment,nutrition, hydration and specific trekking training - will help you prepare correctly so that you’re not left nursing blisters and sore legs after the first day.

It is stimated that the 77% out of the 100% of visitors who come to Peru, get at Cusco, in order to visit Machu picchu, many of them by the Inca Trail.

This is a list of tips developed to help travelers decide your trip by trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for 02 or 04 days.


It is estimated that 77% of tourists coming to Peru visit Cusco and Machu Picchu Most come by and a large number makes walking the famous Inca Trail.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tips
The most important thing is to enjoy your walk, for that you have to walk with minimal equipment.
Leave your luggage at the hotel (also some operators offer their stores to protect their equipment in Cusco), take a small backpack, this works better. Pack as light as possible, but be sure to have a full set of clothing, but nothing more.

Here are some tips:
Be careful when choosing clothes. The pure cotton clothing should be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that help when the sweat and moisture from your skin as required.

  • Plastic bags are essential. Keep your clothes dry from moisture and odors from smelly socks at the end of the day. Your camera should be in an airtight bag, a recommendation must is a good pair of hiking boots and comfortable, water resistant.
  • The sleeping bag is the most important. Always keep your sleeping bag inside a plastic bag, this will prevent it from getting wet as rains are unpredictable.
  • Take what you will use, and nothing more. If cleaning takes you more than it is almost certain that more than four days of walking to decompose. For example, buying cleaning supplies we suggest below the size that lasts only 4 days. Everything in the list can be found in Cusco at reasonable prices. Consider buying these items in the country.
  • Toilet paper and towel
  • Water purification tablets iodine
  • Faro (keep your hands free at all times)
  • Hat, gloves, warm jacket, warm pants, thick socks (wearing two pairs of socks when hiking to help prevent blisters)
  • Rain gear - typically a plastic poncho.
  • A dry set of clothes for the night - a plan to sweat a lot on the trip. Once you reach the camp, can be frozen, if you do not have a set of dry clothes to change into.
  • Bottle of water
  • Some candy to give to any child who would come to the mountain across the road
  • Over the counter drugs (plasters, bandages, cotton, aspirin, pain relievers, stomach, etc.)
  • Camera and film
  • Stick with rounded corners, and at the end of rubber.
  • Knife
  • Nuts, candies and chocolates are good teas energized
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Local currency for some hot shower (Wiñayhuayna) in the last camp
* Ask your doctor about altitude sickness drugs there are many very good lately.

It may be important, carry a whistle to summon help if necessary.
Profitable Gear

Some items may be rented (inflatable mattress sleeping bags trekking poles) other teams are normally covered by your service

Food preparation
Peruvian cuisine is usually very good and varied but you will be amazed at the excellent dishes served high energy during the Inca Trail, this does not mean you should eat voraciously. Trekking at high altitudes is very complicated and can affect your body in many ways, including your digestive system.

Most tours have the services of porters and a cook, as appropriate camping with a kitchen tent, dining tent, morning tea, delivered to the door of his tent, hot water to wash every morning and delicious meals three times a day and it definitely exceeded many expectations.
Sample Menu
Breakfast: fresh fruit, hot drinks (coffee, tea, milk). Pan, jukebox, yogurt, jam, butter, eggs, pancakes.
Lunch and Dinner: Vegetable soup, drinks, main course (fish, chicken, meat, spaghetti, chicken, tortillas, vegetables).
Desserts (chocolate cake, jelly, custard) Bread, Cheese.
You do not get all the items every day, but surely will be satisfied after every meal.Vegetarian options are available upon request to book your trip.

Water: What to do for water along the Inca Trail?
Bottled mineral water can be taken from Cusco, bought at Km82 (the start of the walk) in Wayllabamba (first night) to Wiñay Wayna (third night) and Machu Picchu (final day), but the plastic waste responsible must be delivered to the trash.
You will walk through many mountain springs or fountains or small streams in the road where you can fill your water bottle, although the water seems to always safer to use water purification tablets or iodine hydration system Camellback.

Inca Trail
The new regulations:

Until recently you could do the Inca Trail route alone or with a group, with everyone being allowed to organize a trekking, both agencies and individuals. Fortunately this has changed and since 2004 there are new rules that are helping a lot:
Only licensed companies can make the trip, are companies that have previously passed an examination as operators, including the most important are: SAS travel, Amazonas Explorer, Quente trip, All Trek Cusco, Llama Path, Apumayo Expedition, Camping Tours, Condor Travel , Cultures, Peru, Ecoinka, Wayki Explorandes Trek, Peru Treks, Trek Peru, Loreto Tours, Mayuc, Peru Odisse, Tambo Treks, United Mice, Life Tours. In practice, only a few of these companies can guarantee daily departures: SAS Travel, LlamaPath, All Trek Cusco, Andean Life & Mice Q'ente States. otherwise you must reject any offer of unlicensed guides or organizations not licensed as well as people in train stations or airports.

The cost of revenue is currently $ 96 USD approx. and discount of USD $ 25 for students
A maximum of 500 people a day are allowed on the road (ie, about 150 tourists + 250 between guides and porters and cooks). This means that you can not always be sure to reach a reservation the day you want, especially in high season (May, July-August). It also means you need to book a time 08 to 04 months in advance, and that a license must be ordered by the authorities. In addition, a particular company only allowed a certain number of tourists every day, if you want more, must come to an agreement with another company.Groups can have up to 16 tourists.

What kind of walk you looking for?

Short Inca Trail

If your time is limited or physical force, but you still want to feel what it is to walk to Machu Picchu, this is a good option. You can take the train at 6.30 am in the Cusco and continue until km 104. From there, the tour at Wiñaywayna, about 3 hours. This walk presioso, although the climb is quite steep at times. Do not forget to drink plenty of water, especially in sunny climates. 2 hours the second you walk up to Machu Picchu and then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax.

In previous years (Some groups of tourists spent the night here, either in tents or in a dorm style hostel based in any case the rules have changed). Then wake up early in the morning to catch a bus that took him to Machu Picchu, some prefer to walk 45 minutes to climb on foot. This tour has the advantage of seeing Machu Picchu twice, and at least sleep in the bed of a hotel, and not have to get up at 4 am to make it to Machu Picchu.
Price for this trip is at least USD340 As an important part of this payment is train tickets are still very expensive.

Inca Trail 4 days

This tour lasts 4 days, including a step of 4200 meters, so you need to be a little used to the altitude. the first three days is walk around 6 0 7 hours depending on the number of people who have in their group, it is suggested that the group is smaller because it helps to better coordinate the bustle of the walk. The last day, walking just 02 hours and is fully prepared to visit the mystical Machu Picchu.

7 days Inca Trail

This tour combines a trip in the mountains with snow (Salkantay) with the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Of the 4 days you walk into a beautiful landscape, almost no other tourists. On day 5, joins the classic Inca Trail. Highly recommended.

We personally recommend the visit to Machu Picchu walk right through the Inca Trail. The most important thing when visiting Machu Picchu is that you avoid the crowds from the direct train. Flood the ruins of the 10 until 3 pm. So if you are there at 6 am, the place is really beautiful and you also have the best light for taking photos.

Travel agencies to take?

First you need to decide which trip you want.

SAS Travel, Llamapath, Peru Treks, are good companies and typically handle large groups and received good reviews, however if you prefer to go into smaller groups: All Trek Cusco, Andean Life,  or Pachamama, generally receiving good reviews, and we have heard positive reports.

If you want to spend the night in Aguas Calientes, then you should ask your operator the option to arrange for their return train tickets.

Prices range from USD $ 350 to $ 450 for the short way around USD $ 390 up to $ 580 for the 4-day trail. There are discounts for students with valid student card.

When the hotel?

if you arrive to Cusco To make a reservation for a room, was painful as it is almost impossible to get a space, the best option is to book through the Internet or through your operator before coming to Cusco.


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