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Tips about the Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu

For nature and adventure lovers, especially those who want to get to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail, which by the way, will transport you to a new world where you will change the noise of the city for the beautiful singing of birds and the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine.

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However, doing this trek is not easy, especially for those who are not usually used to exercise or physical effort. In some areas, the Inca Trail route exceeds 4000 meters above sea level, so you must take some precautions that CuscoPeru.com will describe below.

Remember that the shorter your hike, the fewer objects you should carry so that the weight of your backpack does not interfere with your transfer.


It does not matter how many days you are going to hike; the truth is that you will go from one altitude to another, and this implies that the weather (climate) will change; For this, the most convenient thing will be to wear comfortable clothes and in little quantity. For example:

  • Divers, maybe a couple.
  • Trekking shoes are necessary to avoid falling or slipping during the walk
  • Waterproof garments, there may be drizzles on the road, and since this is very common, walking wet will be uncomfortable and cause some respiratory diseases.
  • Wide-brimmed hats, in these times, it is not news that the sun, even if it is not intense, burns. Accompany this hat with a good sunscreen. Taking care of your skin and your health is a priority.
  • Towel and bathing suits and there are camping places where they put showers along the way. You will also find some rivers, which you can cool off if the guide allows it.
  • It would help if you had the necessary underwear for every day.
  • A small blanket for the nights, because these are cold.

Early morning in incredible Machu Picchu


  • As you already know that during the Inca Trail, you go over 4000 meters above sea level and if you come from a country that is almost at sea level, then you must take the following precautions
  • In the first days, you must acclimatize to adapt to the altitude. Here are Tips for Altitude Sickness
  • You should eat light and avoid heavy meals
  • The first days in Cusco must be calm and without physical effort. Follow your rhythm.
  • Always drink bottled water; this will help you stay hydrated. If you don’t want bottled water, you can buy pills to purify the water.
  • If you feel that you lack oxygen, take a break.
  • Also, if you feel any strange ailment, you MUST notify the guide (they have to help you whenever you need it)
  • When you can, drink an infusion of coca leaves.


  • The most advisable thing is to carry a Back-Pack from which you do not detach during the walk. There must be few things within it, in themselves, the most necessary. Here are the recommendations:
  • Blocker and insect repellent.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Fresh fruits, candies, and chocolates (they are suitable for accumulating energy).
  • Money (local currency soles)
  • Walking stick.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Sunglasses, lip balm
  • A photo camera.

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