Inca Trail Hiking Tips

Inca Trail Hiking Tips
History and scenery combine along the Inca Trail, one of the most unusual hikes in the world. Trek through Peru's Andes, explore ancient Inca ruins and enjoy the lush vegetation of the cloud forest.

Basics

The Inca Trail is a 25-mile, four-day hike. Because of overuse and damage to trails, Peru limits hikers on the trail and requires everyone be led by a professional, licensed guide service.

Considerations

When looking for guide services, determine whether you will carry your gear, if any dietary needs will need to be met, and if you will have to share a tent.

Supplies

Guide services will provide you with food and tents. You'll need warm clothes, raingear, good shoes and a sleeping bag. You might want your own familiar snacks, water filter (or purification tablets) and first aid kit.

Ethics

Many tour companies donate a portion of their proceeds to help the local community or environment. Make sure your guide service treats its porters fairly.

Warning

Don't begin your tip the day after arriving in Cuzco. Adjust to its 10,910-foot elevation to avoid altitude sickness along the trail.

Article Written By Kelly Aspen

Kelly Aspen's writing focuses on natural places, cultural sites and wildlife. She has more than 10 years of experience as an editor and writer for various magazines, books and websites.

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