Are you thinking of a luxury Inca Trail trek? Well there are many things that you will need to know before booking your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. There are many questions that you may have and here we will give you some tips for one of the most challenging trek you will do in your life.
The trail ends in the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu where you will arrive on the fourth day of your trek. The feeling of accomplishment will be worth the effort of the trail so let us give you the tips to survive the famous Inca Trail.
How tough is the Inca Trail? You may ask, the trail is mostly rated as moderate, but due to the height and the altitude, it can be difficult. Your personal experience will depend on many different factors, how fit are you? How do you cope with the altitude? The trail is also very hard on your legs with lots of up and down hill walking and the stairs, which is hard on your knees with some 8000 steps on the trail. Some form of exercise before you leave home is a great idea to help you prepare for the trail.
On your Inca trail to Machu Picchu expect to be well feed, the trail offers 3 luxury hearty meals daily, the breakfast consists of eggs, oatmeal, pancakes served with tea or coffee. There will be a lunch stop, which will consist of a soup or starter, a main course that is generally served with rice or pasta, tea and fruit or dessert. In the evening when you arrive into camp afternoon tea will be waiting for you and later you will receive another filling meal. Boiled water will be supplied to fill your bottles every morning, at lunch and in the evening so take advantage as you will need water when walking. If you think you will need snacks to refuel along the way you can take those with you or there are places to purchase along the way.
All trekkers will carry a daypack in this you will carry your daily essentials, like water, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat, snacks and anything else you may need. Always remember that you will have to carry your pack so make it as light as possible as the altitude and walking will make everything heavier.
You will be supplied a duffel bag to put in your essentials. You will be given a weight limit, which is usually around 5 kilos so think about what you will need for the 4-day trail, for example changes of socks and underwear, a change of t-shirt, toiletries, thermal underwear for sleeping and a warm jacket. Do worry too much about changing your clothes, as everybody on the trail will be dirty.
On a luxury Inca Trail trek you will be pampered at the end of the day with luxury meals that include wine, luxury tents with comfortable beds, shower and toilet tents and even a massage tent to relax and unwind after a day of trekking.
Not only will you receive luxury at every turn you will also see some of the most impressive sights in the Andes Mount range. Pass ancient Inca sites where your guide will explain what the site was used. Stop along the way for many great photo opportunities; see some of the best mountain peaks in the Andes. Along the way walk through some beautiful cloud forests and see colorful flowers that grow in the Andes.
Here is some general advice about the trail that might be invaluable…
- When walking the trail also keep close to the mountainside and not to the Cliffside, you do not want to be knocked down by some passing porter.
- Age is not a factor if you are fit then you can do the trail; many older couples do the trail every year.
- Always treat your guides and porters with respect and at the end of the trail give a generous tip as these people work hard and it is great to show your generosity.
- Layers of clothing is the way to go, in the mornings it will be cold and you will need a jacket, but by the middle of the day you will be warm so dress in layers, you can’t go wrong.
- The second day is the worst so be prepared, take extra chocolate to reward yourself and you will get through it, drink plenty of water and stay positive. If you have music it is a great idea to listen as it will help get through. However, do not be put off the rewards are many and you will be glad that you experienced the Inca Trail luxury tour.
How to get to Machu Picchu if you do not do the Inca Trail? Well there are way to get to the Inca citadel that do not involved walking, like taking the train from Cusco on a day trip or on an overnight stay. The train from Cusco is a wonderful experience traveling through the Sacred Valley. Taking the train could be a once in a lifetime experience.