Things You Should Know Before Hiking the Inca Trail

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Things You Should Know Before Hiking the Inca Trail

If you are heading to Peru for a short trip, here are some suggestions. Let’s get started hoping that this will be useful to you.

Learning a few insider tips and techniques about the destination you’ll be visiting before you go is quite beneficial. So, if you’re planning a vacation to Machu Picchu and hiking the Short Inca Trail with camping, here are some suggestions. Let’s get started hoping that this will be useful to you.

• Arriving a Few Days Ahead: It would make such a difference if you arrived a few days ahead of time to help your body acclimatize. You can go to your doctor and get some prescription altitude sickness medication or just get the diamond, a very popular over-the-counter medication you take if you're doing higher elevation hikes. Still, if you don't want to bring any over-the-counter medication, a local remedy is chewing on coca leaves. You can either eat the leaves directly or locate gum that contains coca leaves.

• Mail Souvenirs to Yourself: If you are heading to Peru for a short trip and will just be bringing a carry-on, you will not be bringing a checked bag. Souvenirs can be big, and if you're planning on trekking the Inca trail with everything you've brought, you won't be able to keep it anyplace.

• Baby Wipes Shower: Every night on the trail, you will have the option of showering, but be aware that the water is freezing ice cold from the mountains, so in that case, baby wipes might help.

• Bring a Good Poncho: It rains fiercely for several hours straight during the rainy season, so acquire a sturdy poncho and make sure it covers your entire backpack and has a hood; it will undoubtedly help and make you lot happy.

• How to Train: Before going hiking on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must be fully or at least partially trained in order to appreciate the experience. Prior to traveling to Peru, you must go to the gym. Also, stretch your legs, and calves, and break in your hiking shoes. You shouldn’t be concerned about the distance you’re walking since it’s at a leisurely speed, and you don’t have to be concerned about how quickly you’re walking because you can, for the most part, determine your own pace. There will be one guide in front of the group and one in the back, ensuring that no one is left behind.

• Pack Minimally: Bring some local cash with you on the route, whether it's for the bathroom, which is only a short distance away, or for hiding behind a tree, which is free. It's also good to have enough money to tip your porters and guides on your last day on the trail. They work extremely hard to make your journey as easy as possible, so bring some money for them because they've earned and deserve it.

So, if you’re planning a trip here, make all of your reservations ahead of time. Also, before booking a guide firm, do your homework.