THE 6 BEST TIPS BEFORE TO HIKE THE INCA TRAIL
You have decided to fulfill one of your dreams: make the mythical trip along the Inca Trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu. So here are the best 6 tips before doing the Inca Trail.
We want to be part of your plans by giving you 6 tips before embarking on the Inca Trail, taking into account that it must be a vital experience in which you will never forget all the good things you will experience. That is why we will give you these simple and practical tips so that nothing can spoil it.
1.-Hire a good travel agency.
Many consider that doing the Inca Trail is freely accessible, we tell you that it can only be done with an authorized travel agency, in order to find out which companies are apt to operate this route, you can access the official website http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe.
Likewise, we tell you that Cusco Andean hike, has the license to operate the Inca Trail in its various modalities. We provide a quality service in small groups; which will allow you to complete your trip fully and without any setbacks, so make the decision and hire the Cusco Andean Hike we assure you that you will not regret it.
2.-Book 4 to 3 months in advance.
It is very important to book the Inca Trail due to high demand, the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary grants 500 permits per day, between porters and guides.
So as soon as you make the decision, do not forget to make the reservation of flights, accommodation and the route. This route attracts thousands of people from all over the world, so there is usually a lot of demand most of the year.
It is advisable to arrive days before your excursion so that you can acclimatize. For several days, you will be thousands of meters above sea level. It means that your body needs to slowly acclimatize to avoid annoying altitude sickness.
We recommend to stay in the city of Cusco for at least 2 days before starting the trek to acclimatize well. You should know that the date of the Inca Trail cannot be changed and there is no refund in case of absence, so it is essential to take precautions so as not to miss the opportunity to do it.
4.- Appropriate clothing and footwear.
The climate of the Andean zone tends to change suddenly. Although the sun may appear, once it hides behind a cloud, the temperature drops rapidly.
For this reason, it is important to wear a coat/jacket at night, since the cold can be harmful.
Special trekking footwear is essential for the road. Pay attention, cover your ankles to give you better stability. This is important since the footwear must withstand 8 hours of walking per day and the cobbled path is often difficult and slippery.
5.- Trekking Poles.
A pair of walking sticks will help you a lot throughout the trip. If you don’t have practice with them, you will soon learn how to use them. They will help you move more safely and comfortably by lightening some of the weight and giving you extra stability. You can also buy them in Ollantaytambo, as well as rent them.
It is not entirely advisable to consume the water from the springs along the Inca Trail. Bring your own thermos or water bottle filled with mineral water.