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"Before you go" Inca Trail Tip by brewjohnson

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu: 14 reviews and 17 photos

Favorite thing: The hike is definitely strenuous and, because of the high altitude, is definitely tiring. That being said, people of all ages and fitness levels do the trek. I would recommend doing a warm up hike (or two) to some of the ruins around Cusco. I think the best option is to hike to the ruins above Pisac. This is easily accessible from Cusco, the hike will take about an hour (give or take) and is the perfect way to start acclimating to hiking in the high altitudes. In addition, the ruins are interesting and the views are incredible. The town of Pisac also has a tourist market.

It will be cold at times on the trail. I personally didn't bring too much warm-weather gear with me to Peru (really just a fleece sweatshirt/jacket), but purchased a warmer jacket, gloves and a hat in Cusco (there's a lot of inexpensive gear to be found in Cusco).

One last thing to remember, Cusco is packed with people who will have just gotten back from the trail. Don't be afraid to ask people you see in Cusco for their advice/input. And most importantly, have fun. Its an amazing experience.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 7, 2008
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