Getting ready for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

If trekking to Machu Picchu has been on your to-do-list, you need to prepare. If you are a huge fan of hiking, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is quite interesting so you will definitely love it. You will not only enjoy the view but the experience is unforgettable. Below are some tips to make your hiking a success.

 

Prevention of altitude sickness

If you are one of the lucky few, you will not feel a thing. There are those whose hearts will beat harder while others may experience breathing difficulties. You may also get nausea or headache. Don’t take chances, you should prepare for that if it’s your first time in this place.

The best thing to do is to give yourself at least two days to acclimatize before you hike the Inca Trail. Bring some medicine, drink coca tea, and sleep a lot. It is advisable that you buy Diamox for use before you start hiking.

Inca Trail porters

 

Self-preparation before the Trek

Although it’s a lot of fun, it is not that easy. You have to prepare yourself physically and psychologically. You need stamina and endurance so if you could do exercises to improve strength and breathing, it will be quite easy for you. Consider running or other cardio exercises. Other important tips are; take deep breaths, take small steps, stay positive, and rent hiking poles.

Packing for the Inca Trail

This is an important aspect of all trips. Take your time to decide what you will need for hiking. The experience could be the worst if you forget essential items. Suppose you forgot to bring extra batteries for your camera. It means you won’t capture memorable moments. Always have portable chargers for electronics. Other important things to carry are documents (insurance, passport, and a diary), toiletries, medicine, and enough footwear. The weather also keeps changing so it’s important to have various outfits for different weather conditions.

View from the Sungate

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