The best 5 tips before hiking in the Inca Trail

Written by Wayki Trek, 14/08/2022 7:55 pm

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So you have already decided to fulfill one of your dreams: make this mythical journey along the Inca Trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu. So here are the best 5 tips before hiking in the Inca Trail

We want to be part of your plans by giving you 5 tips before embarking on the Inca Trail, bearing in mind that it must be a vital experience where 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) Book 4 to 3 Months in Advance

So as soon as the decision is made, do not forget to book your flights, accommodation and the trail. This route attracts thousands of people from all over the globe so that there is usually a lot of demand for the majority of the year.

2) Acclimatization

For several days, you will be thousands of meters above sea level. It means that your body needs to slowly acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.

It is advisable to stay in the city of Cusco for at least 2 days before the trek begins 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.


3) 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.

The 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 terrain is often difficult and slippery.


4) Hiking Poles

A couple of poles will help you a lot during the whole trip. If you have no practice with them, you will soon learn how to use them. They will help you move more safely and comfortably by lightning part of the weight and giving you extra stability. You can also buy them in Ollantaytambo.

5) Essential Accessories

It is not entirely advisable to consume the water from the springs along the Inca Trail. Bring your own canteen or water bottle filled with mineral water.

Be sure to bring bug spray, a flashlight, sunscreen, and batteries for your personal devices.


Why choose Wayki Trek to go to Machu Picchu?

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We’ve worked with hundreds of guides, cooks and porters, many of whom have gone on to start their own successful businesses.

We are a local company, formed in 1998 by a group of experienced tour guides from different rural communities and with a vast professional experience.

Throughout our 20 years of operation, we have been pioneers in professionalizing the experience on the Inka Trail.

Make more than 18,000 clients from different parts of the world happy.

We work hard on the personal and professional development of our employees and the rural population.

As a result, many of our porters have been promoted to cooks and guides. Also, many of our guides today have their own travel agencies.

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Don't be told, live it! Wayki Trek is a Tour Company in Cusco, Peru specializing in Inca Trails to Machu Picchu, Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu and tours around Cusco region, with environmental and social responsibility always as a priority

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