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Mary Jane Rheaume Aug 25, 2015 at 12:21 AM

Bev P. I just did the trail a couplw weeks ago. Bring small supply of personal wipes. We had Doterra essential oils, peppermint, Breathe. Several had congestion and cough or diarrhea. Bring An antibiotic, I needed it for coughing infection. Lots of dust, hot and dry. Minimal weight, keep it under 15#s. You'll add a sleeping bag to your duffle bag. Clean socks each day. Battery charger, size of finger. Took 800 pics, Iphone stayed charged while on Trail. Do some steep hikes and yoga too. Build up your lungs. Wear light clothing,layers. This is an awesome trail, Road Scholar people covered all our needs, meals were amazing in our camps and in the many places we stayed. The guides and porters served us with a smile. Days were filled with adventurous experiences of bus trips to many wondeeful sites. I was filled with emotion and tears when we entered the sun gate on our 4th day of hiking the Inka Trail. Machu Pichu is truly a sacred site filled with rich history of a lost civilization. Many questions to PachaMama are unanswered.


Bev P. Aug 23, 2015 at 05:46 PM

Any recommendations for travel luggage for this trip. My husband and I are going in April 2016
Bobbi Blake Aug 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Take what you would normally take on a trip. You will be given a duffell to pack what the porters will carry for the trek. Leave everything else in your suitcase for the four days...it will meet you as you move from hotel to hotel and when you reach Machu Pichchu. You will need a COMFORTABLE day pack for your daily needs on the trail.
Mike Chesnut Aug 24, 2015 at 12:53 AM

WE use a med large duffel type piece with 2 nice back pack straps for our main luggage. We loved it . Ours was a quality north face piece and it also was large enough to carry our collapsable poles. But Bobbi is also correct in regular luggage will work well also. (except for hiking poles possibly.
Bev P. Aug 24, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Thank you both. We already have a rolling duffle and our day packs so looks like we are ok. We were t sure about the sleeping bag packing, but see that they provide the pack for that.
Laura & Keith Noyes Aug 24, 2015 at 02:43 PM

They supply the tent and sleeping bags. All you have to do is stuff your sleeping bag in the mornings and leave it in the tent they do the rest. They set up and break down the tents every day. All you bpack in your day pack are your daily needs, poncho, jacket, food (they set out lunches every morning), personal items etc.


Mary Jane Rheaume Jul 19, 2015 at 01:15 PM

I'll be flying into Lima at 5:14 am the morning of July 28th. Is anyone else? I don't see others on this board for flight 19937


Patricia Foy May 07, 2015 at 09:07 PM

aerobics...lots of them...every day. Stairmasters...up and downs...every day. The 6-8 miles every day is not the problem; it is the stairs, both uphill and down; good breathing techniques; one step at a time
Laura & Keith Noyes May 08, 2015 at 05:30 AM

I'm in agreement with this. It's not the mileage or the pace it's your aerobic capacity that is of the most benefit. I practice Yoga and Qigong and one thing that's stressed is deep breathing or belly breathing. I really noticed that as we hiked how fully I filled my lungs and how often I needed too . Just the elevations you are at require more aerobic capacity then add in the strenuous hiking and it's multiplied.
Laura & Keith Noyes May 08, 2015 at 05:30 AM

I'm in agreement with this. It's not the mileage or the pace it's your aerobic capacity that is of the most benefit. I practice Yoga and Qigong and one thing that's stressed is deep breathing or belly breathing. I really noticed that as we hiked how fully I filled my lungs and how often I needed too . Just the elevations you are at require more aerobic capacity then add in the strenuous hiking and it's multiplied.
Laura & Keith Noyes May 08, 2015 at 05:30 AM

I'm in agreement with this. It's not the mileage or the pace it's your aerobic capacity that is of the most benefit. I practice Yoga and Qigong and one thing that's stressed is deep breathing or belly breathing. I really noticed that as we hiked how fully I filled my lungs and how often I needed too . Just the elevations you are at require more aerobic capacity then add in the strenuous hiking and it's multiplied.


Linda Boise May 06, 2015 at 08:31 PM

Are there resources of info on how to train for this trip?
Laura & Keith Noyes May 07, 2015 at 05:14 PM

I thought the Road Scholar info was worthwhile. My wide and I both did Yoga and a lot of hiking up and down hills. Which was easy where we live. I aerobic training and stair steppers at a health club would be beneficial. You need to be prepared to hike 6-8 miles each day. They deliberately keep the pace slow because your at elevations between 9-13,800 ft above sea level. So aerobic training to help with breathing at altitude is very beneficial. We just had a fantastic time it is very challenging physically though.


Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 26, 2015 at 01:21 PM

The food was great and plenty of it. I do wish I took some comfort food like the Hammer protein bars I like just to have something to munch on that seemed normal. Not that it was bad, but everything just seemed different. No more than 1 or 2 a day though.
Bobbi Blake Apr 28, 2015 at 06:54 AM

How much water did you carry and were you able to refill your water bottles at lunch or did you have to carry enough for the whole day?
Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 28, 2015 at 11:52 AM

We both took two water bottles. They provide water everywhere. In the Sacred Valley on the hikes we took 2 bottles each morning and then 2 more at lunch. A couple more at dinner. They recommend only using bottled water, even for brushing your teeth. You could actually use just the plastic water bottles on the hike. We liked having out own and filled them once we got through security in Atlanta so we would have water in Lima. They charge you if you use the bottled water in here hotel rooms. Wide mouth bottles are easier to fill once you are on the he Inca Trail. On the trail they filter, purify and boil any water used by you or for cooking. They offer you a fill up after each meal. They are very attentive to any and all of your needs no matter what they are. Excellent guides, cooks really happy with the whole package. You are going to have a Great time.


Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 26, 2015 at 01:17 PM

Sunscreen is a must the one day I wore shorts I missed some spots and the "back" of my knees got sunburned. We took bug spray and didn't use it. We did see some people who were bitten up pretty bad, mostly mosquitoes. They must have tasted better than I do, I guess.


Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 26, 2015 at 01:12 PM

Bandana's one or two is a good idea. You can wear them on your neck for extra protection from the intense sun at high altitude and if you are getting too warm just wet it down and wear it on your neck to cool you off works great.
Mike Chesnut Aug 25, 2015 at 03:05 AM

WE always take Bandana's, they have a lot of uses around camps. We feel they are essential gear.


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