If you are in a particularly adventurous mood for your next holiday then what better way to sate this urge than by going on the Inca Trail in Peru! Not only is it a once in a lifetime opportunity but also how often can you say a journey actually ends with something amazing? Well it does with the Inca Trail as you come out on top of Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world.
I was once fortunate enough to visit Peru with several friends and take part in the Lares Trek, which is a bit more of a grueling method to get to Machu Picchu than the Inca Trail. The great think about the different trails is that they really do accommodate to different ages and needs. If you only think you are capable of the climb to the top then you can get a coach close to the mountain, otherwise you can indulge yourself with a challenging walk that can see you climbing anywhere between 6 to 9 hours a day!
Here are some of the questions you might want answering before you take the plunge into Peru.
How Many People Are In A Tour Party?
There is plenty to see along the way during any of the trails and they usually take around four days to complete. Groups will generally consist of anywhere between 10 to 18 people and I’d definitely recommend going with a friend or two so you have someone you know when sharing a tent.
Is Altitude Sickness A Problem?
The altitude can take a little while to adjust to and obviously can effect some more than others. The best thing to do is know your own pace and what feels comfortable. There is no use in rushing to keep up with others as you won’t be able to handle that pace for 6 hours and you’ll likely have an accident.
What Do I Need To Take With Me?
If you are taking part in the trek then it is better to be more prepared than less prepared. You can never rely 100% on the weather so take a warm walking coat, which becomes especially useful in the colder evenings. Walking boots are also an essential, it really is worth investing in them and you don’t want to be the only person in the party who is relying on sports trainers.
The usual camping equipment will be provided for you so just make sure you have the essentials to ensure you that bit of comfort and taking some snacks to keep your energy levels up is a good idea.
Is It Worth The Hype?
There are so many memorable moments you can take away from a trip like this, especially when shared with friends. If you are a fan of other cultures and incredible views then you are likely to see some of the most impressive ones the world has to offer! And you aren’t likely to forget them for a very long time.