"Peruvian Flat??? (Part 1)" Inca Trail Tip by nattybabe

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu: 52 reviews and 115 photos


Described as an "easy trek" you really do need to train before you go!! We soon discovered that the altitude mixed with Peruvian flat (very steep hill) can really take it out of you!! Although our group had to complete the trek in 3 days instead of 4 because of permit issues (not our fault!!) and porters quitting and leaving our bags, all of us thouroughly enjoyed the challange and the views, although it would have been easier to complete in 4 days without carrying all our stuff!!

We treked for around 12 hours per day (normal is 8) past some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. The first day we had to catch up on some of the trekking that we had missed and so trekked right through to Llulluchapampa (3740m and 1500m straight up in one afternoon) and camped for the night. The second day was physically the hardest in my life. We completed all 3 passes in one day (4200m, 3975m and 3650m). The third day for us was mostly downhill - watch your knees!! The last day is only a 3 hour trek to the Sun Gate and on to Macchu Picchu. The passport control opens at 6am so make sure your group is the first to get there and try to be the first at Macchu Picchu for sunrise (I didn't quite make it that early!!).

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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