For nature and adventure lovers, especially those who really want to get to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, which by the way, will transport you to a new world where you will change the noise of the city for the beautiful song of the birds and the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine.
However, doing this trekking is not a simple thing, especially for those who are not used to exercise or physical effort normally. That said, the Inca Trail route exceeds 4000 meters in some areas, so you must take some precautions.
Remember that the shorter your walk, the less objects you must carry, so that the weight of your back-pack does not hinder your transfer.
No matter how many days you are going to walk, the truth is that you will pass from one altitude to another and this implies that the weather (climate) will change; For this the most convenient thing will be to wear comfortable clothes and in a small quantity. For example:
- Divers, maybe a couple.
- Trekking shoes, necessary not to fall or slip during the walk.
- Waterproof garments, during the road there may be drizzles and since this is very common, wet walking will be uncomfortable and can cause some respiratory diseases.
- Wide-brimmed hats, in these times it is not new that the sun, even if not strong, burns. Accompany this hat with a good sunscreen. Caring for your skin and your health is a priority.
- Towel and swimsuit, during the way there are camping places where they put showers. You will also find some rivers, where you can cool down a bit, if the guide allows.
- Needless to say, you need underwear necessary for each day.
- A small blanket for the nights, because these are really cold.
As you already know that during the Inca Trail you pass the 4000 meters above sea level and if you come from a country which is almost at sea level, then you must take the following precautions
- The first days you must acclimatize, to adapt to the height. Here Tips for altitude sickness
- You should eat lightly and avoid heavy meals
- The first days in Cusco, must be calm and without physical effort. Follow your rhythm.
- Always drink bottled water, this will help you stay hydrated. If you don’t want to buy bottled water, you can buy pills to purify the water.
- If you feel that you lack oxygen, rest for a while
- Also, if you feel any strange ailment, you MUST notify the guide (it is his duty to help you whenever you need it)
- When you can, drink an infusion of coca leaves.
The most advisable thing is to carry a Back-Pack which you do not take off during the walk. Within it there must be few things, in itself, the most necessary. Here the recommendations:
- Blocker and insect repellent.
- Personal toiletries.
- Fresh fruits, candies, chocolates (they are good for accumulating energy).
- Money (local currency-soles)
- Walking stick.
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Sunglasses, lip balm
- A photografic camera.