Many people from all over the world wish to have adventure and adrenaline in their lives. This is why here, in Peru you can find the marvelous experience you are looking for. Peru has lots of tourist places that welcome you with “open arms”. This is the case of the Inca Trail. Taking advice from friends in Peru is always the best policy when talking about the Inca Trail and how to have this wonderful experience. If this is your case this is the article you have been waiting for. Here you can find 10 amazing tips before your awesome experience.
Altitude sickness is no joke. We all like to think we are strong, fit and healthy and that it won’t affect us – but the reality is we have no idea if and how it will until we are in altitude. When was the last time you hung out 4,000 meters above sea level? Our biggest advice is to take it very seriously and our recommendation is to arrive to Cusco 3 or 4 days prior your Inca Trail adventure to acclimatize.
Here are some tips to avoid “Soroche” (High altitude sickness).
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When you arrive to Cusco Peru you must rent or buy hiking poles or walking sticks, there are lots of stairs and you will need these to keep you balanced and safe. Training beforehand is recommendable because it would help you get ready for this amazing adventure. You must strech after trekking at least 5 minutes to prevent soreness.
There is no need to race or rush through the Inca Trail, at the end you will miss the view and end up at camp with hours to kill on your own. You must be patient and relaxed while trekking. Trekking at altitude leaves you out of breath, very quickly. Sometimes you would only take 10 steps before needing to stop and catch your breath. The oxygen is thinner, your body is using 40% of it’s energy just to breathe. Give it regular breaks!
Along the trail there are plenty of breathtaking Pre-Inca ruins to enjoy and explore. You will hear stories of the journeys the Incas took to reach the cities, sometimes it was about the rituals that took place there. You will learn about the different terraces, and the format and ingenuity in which the small cities were built. So, it is important to focus on the journey and of course you will learn more about Incan History, if you do that you will get more than expected on this journey.
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Most of the porters on the trail are local farmers and other local residents. They can be a great source of info your guide won't be sharing with you. Talk with them and you will learn lots of stories even tour guides tend to forget. They are good Peruvians carrying the bulk of your gear and all of your shelter and food. If you want to learn more about our history they are the ones who will tell you urban legends and other stories.
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You can wake up early when on the road, well before sunrise if you can so you can find a spot just outside of camp, all alone, to watch the sun rise peacefully. You will be tired from the trekking for sure, but try to wake up early just one day and greet the morning. You will have memories to last a lifetime.
You must have a positive attitude to do the Inca Trail. Just keep on going! The list of people older than you, more out of shape than you, heavier than you that have completed the Inca Trail and arrived at Machu Picchu is long and storied. They all have one thing in common: mental toughness. The trek is a game and you need a positive "I Can Do It!" attitude more than you need the latest hiking gear. Enjoy the journey. At Inca Trail Machu every member of our tour operator will be proud of your accomplishment and will help you to make this journey a wonderful one. The only thing you need to do is putting one foot in front of the other.