Tips for exploring the Inka Trail up to Machu Picchu

IMG_0214Exploring the Inka Trail safely is the most impressive and unforgettable way of reaching Machu Picchu. This is the very same trail that was used by the Inkas over 500 years ago! The incredible trekking along the Inka Trail goes through gravel roads and galleries that lead to the Urubamba River and all the way to the peak of the Andes.

We must be prepared before facing this 43km trekking experience! We will now look at the necessary equipment to explore the Inka Trail, which clothes to take, how much food to carry on your backpack and which is the best time to do it.

Equipment for trekking the Inka Trail

Since this is a 4-day trekking experience, it is key to plan which equipment and clothes and how much food to take.

  • Abackpack or big bag for personal equipment.
  • A small backpack, a sleeping bag and a thermal mat.
  • A tent if the trail is to be done independently.
  • Bottled water, water purifying tablets, flashlights, matchsticks and bags to carry any trash.
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, first aid kit, swimwear and toiletries.

Which clothes to take for the Inka Trail

It is advisable to take at least two changes of winter clothes, as well as a short and a few short-sleeved shirts to wear during the day. For the nighttime you will need a warm hat, scarf, socks, gloves and a thick mid-weight goose coat (or similar) as well as a raincoat in case it rains. Trekking shoes or boots and wool socks.

How much food to take to explore the Inka Trail

You will need to take food for the 4 days of the journey.

Which is the best time to explore the Inka Trail

The best time to explore the Inka Trail is from May to October. The rest of the year there are less tourists due to the humid, cold and constantly rainy climate. Some parts of the trail become too slippery and dangerous.

It is advisable to acclimatize in Cusco, one or two days prior to starting the trail. For a good acclimatization it is essential to have a good rest on the first day, eat little and drink lots of liquids, especially coca mate, which is known for its healing and digestive properties.

Is it safe to explore the Inka Trail on your own?

Most tourists that decide to explore the Inka Trail do so through a travel agency or an adventure tourism company. These companies offer all the necessary conveniences for the expedition, such as cooks, porters and professional guides

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