9 THINGS I WISH I KNEW TO PREPARE FOR HIKING THE INCA TRAIL

Machu Picchu is a place of mystic wonder, unearthed history. One of the most famous archeological sites in the world and that’s why travellers are flocking to see this awe-inspiring ancient city.

I’m dropping truth-bombs all over the place from our own experience hiking to see Machu Picchu. Here are all the things we learned and what I wish I knew before we went.

YOUR TREKKING COMPANY MATTERS

Not all treks are equal. There are so many variations of hikes that’ll eventually lead to Machu Picchu. The common is the 4D3N that’s the “Classic” but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do it.

Beware of altitude

Oxygen is at a premium this high up and remember to pace yourself. This means slowing it down by taking nice deep breaths as you’re climbing. You don’t have to feel like you need to lead the pack.

Other hike trails may have really amazing features but they will all require you to do the final leg up to Machu Picchu with the rest of the non-trekking tourists.  That’s a fact!

THERE’S A REASON THE INCA TRAIL IS SO POPULAR

WHY HAVING A PRIVATE TOUR WAS AWESOME

While on the trail, it felt like we were one of the slowest groups but we never had to feel guilty for holding anyone else up because we wanted to take photos or were just too tired to go any faster.

THE PORTERS ARE THE REAL SUPER HEROES

The real heroes of the Inca Trail are the porters. These were the guys that either stayed behind to pack up all the tents and gear or were way ahead preparing for our arrival after a long day’s trek.

BE READY FOR ALL SEASONS

As you’re rising and falling through the altitude and trekking deeper into the mountains, the weather can and will change with the snap of the fingers.

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