The Inca Trail is located in Peru, South America and consists of three overlapping trails that lead to Machu Picchu. Loads of tourists come here to complete the trail while enjoying the beautiful scenery. There is a maximum allowance of five hundred people allowed on the trail per day because of the previous overuse that is leading to erosion. While it can be a once in a lifetime adventure to complete the trail here are a few tips along with some advice on doing the trail.
Book in Advance!
With the limit on how many people can do the trail each day it is very important to book in advance. When you book in advance online it also means that you will be getting the best price and you also won’t be in Peru disappointed with not being able to take part in the trail.
Hire a Porter
There is no shame in hiring a porter in fact you should take advantage of the service. The porters are there to help you with your bags if you are finding the trail difficult. Many people try and do the whole journey themselves with a backpack full of essentials and other stuff like a sleeping bag attached, those people end up not being able to finish the trail. If you do hire a porter you will also be supporting a local family.
Choose the right Clothes
You should bring clothes that you can layer up but also take off as you get warmer. When you wake up in the morning you will be cold but as you are walking you will be hot so you will need to take some layers off. If the sun is out make sure you have a hat and some sun glasses to keep the sun off your face while walking. Another good tip would be to bring a hat, scarf and a pair of gloves for the night while you are trying to sleep. You should be prepared for the rain too so don’t forget to bring a rain jacket or poncho.
Bring proper Footwear!
Try not to scrimp on the cost by buying a standard pair of running shoes, your feet won’t appreciate it. Buy good hiking shoes as you will be walking on all different types of terrain plus you want to make the experience as good as it can be.
Food and Snacks
The porters are responsible for cooking the dinner at the end of each day, but don’t make the mistake of falling asleep as you will miss out. While you are doing excessive walking your body will be burning more calories than usual so meals are important to keep energy levels up. Bring snacks such as nuts, power pars or cookies as you will need an energy rush throughout the day. Water is also very important to prevent your body from getting dehydrated.
There will be many aspects you should be considering before setting out on the Inca Trail although the above advice will make the experience a bit easier.