Prepping For the Inca Trail

Inca Trail, one of the most visited inca paths around the world. Now I will tell you how to prepping for the Inca Trail. Ready for your next adventure?

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You must go with a guide:

First of all, I have to tell you tahta the days of setting off on the Inca Trail on your own, along with free for all rowdiness and litter, ended years ago. You must use a licensed tour operator, one accredited by the “Unidad de Gestion Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu”, as a result the organization that oversees the trail and limits the  number of hikers to 400 per day, including guides and porters. There are some 30 such licensed operators in Cusco.

When to go:

May through September is the best time to make the four day trek; rain is more likely in April and October and a certainty the rest of the year. The trail fills p during the dry season. Make reservations months in advance the rest of the year. The trek is doable during the rainy season, but can become slippery and muddy by December. The trail closes for maintenance each February.

Getting Ready:

Tour operators in Cusco will tell you the Inca Trail is of “moderate” difficulty, but it can be rough going, especially the first couple of days. You must be in decent shape, even if your agency supplies porters to carry your pack current reglations limit your load to 20 kg. (44 lb). The trail is often narrow and hair raising.

As the mountains sometimes rise to over 13, 775 feet, be wary of altitude sickness. (Give yourself two or three days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to acclimatize)

Your gear should include sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag (some outfitters rent them); clothing for cold, rainy weather, a hat, and a towel. Also bring plenty of sunblock and mosquito repellent. Toilet paper is essential.

There are seven well spaced designated campsites along the trail.

While you’re Hiking:

  • Coca Leaves: Although after Day 2it is a gradual descent into Machu Picchu, you’re still high enough to feel the thinair. You’ll notice porters chewing coca throughout  the trek. It’s like drinking a cup of coffe. Coca leaves are a mild stimulant as well as an appetite, pain, and hunger suppressant. You’ll only need about about one bag of your own (about S/1.00) for the trail. To properly enjoy the leaves , take about 15 of them and pick the stems off. Stack them on top of each other and roll into a tight little bundle. Place the bundle between your gum and cheek on one side, allowing the leaves to soften up for about two minutes. Eventually start chewing to let the juice out. It’s quite a bitter taste, but you’ll feel better.
  • Bathrooms: Toilets could be a lot worse. You won’t be able to sit down, but most porcelain lined holes in the ground do flush. Bathrooms usually have working sinks, too. You must bring your own toilet paper wherever you go. Camp sites all have toilets, but the trail itself does not.
  • Luggage: Chech with your tour operator before you go, and pack as lightly as posible. If you hire porters , they’re probably going to be carrying  a lot more than just your things on their backs. So an American style backwoods backpack may not be the right piece of luggage it weighs a lot on its own and is an awkward shape for the portersto incorporate into their massive bundles. Instead, check with your operator. They may suggest a simple duffle bag.

Prepping For the Inca Trail is esential to enjoy all the trip. I really suggest to dare with the adventure and discover the original path of the Incas. Explore the most amazing views and finally entre to the los city of the Incas Machu Picchu through the  ” Inti Punku”  the famous Sun Gate