For trekking or hiking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu it is essential to be prepared and have all the necessary equipment.

Next, your friends from Trip-Peru, travel agency Peru, will give you tips before doing hikes on the Inca Trail and thus you will enjoy this wonderful experience to the fullest.

But first, …

What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu about?

Machu Picchu is currently considered the World’s leading tourist attraction and there are two ways to get to this wonder.

The first one is through a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes and from there by bus to the entrance gate to Machu Picchu.

The second option is through the Inca Trail, which has more than five centuries of history. The route is about 42 kilometers long and lasts between 18 to 24 hours, depending on the pace at which you go.

Throughout the trip you can enjoy beautiful mountains, monuments, snow-capped mountains, Andean landscapes, and even local animals.

Recommendations for trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Cusco

1. Prepare your backpack and carry only what you need.

Basically, we advise you to go as light as possible and take only what is necessary for the hike. Remember, it also depends on the time of the route you have chosen.  The backpack should also be preferable ergonomic so that you can walk more comfortably.

Important accessories for your backpack:

  • A basic first aid kit.
  • Backpack rain cover.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Water Purification Tablets.
  • Map, compass or GPS.
  • Thermo and utensils.
  • Bottled water.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses, and others.

2. Appropriate clothing and footwear

Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for trekking, as well as a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Clothing will depend a lot on the weather, but we recommend you to wear 2 raincoats of synthetic material. Try not to wear cotton clothes, as they take a long time to dry.

It is also recommended to wear comfortable and good grip shoes to avoid foot blisters. It also includes several t-shirts and tracksuits to switch whenever you sweat.

3. Food should be compact and packaged

Concerning food, it should be canned or packaged. Include some energy bars, snacks, dried fruits or chocolates. However, always remember to keep an extra provision, depending on the days of the trekking.

4. Get yourself acclimated to high altitude slowly

The altitude on the Inca Trail is approximately 4200 m.a.s.l., therefore, it is essential to acclimatize gradually to avoid some discomfort. Preferably, we recommend a previous acclimatization in the city of Cusco before trekking.

Remember that on the Inca Trail you will pass through various obstacles (crossing streams, snow accumulation, sections with curves, etc.). So, take it easy and follow all the directions of your guide or travel expert in Peru.

One last tip! Be responsible with nature and take care of it.

If you want to trek the Camino Inca (Inca Trail) to Machu Picchu or explore the tourist attractions in Cusco, in Trip Peru we have the best personalized tours according to your needs and preferences. Contact us and we will be glad to help you.

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