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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.


Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 26, 2015 at 08:59 AM

Another comment. Most everywhere will take dollars I wouldn't take anything larger than twenties though. If you exchange do it there the airports have real reasonable exchange places. We went to US bank and exchanged $ before we left and found it was a costly mistake. It was running 3 to 3.1 exchange rate in Peru our local bank only gave us around 2.25 so it doesn't pay to get Peruvian money before you leave.
Daniel Tam Apr 26, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Appreciate your advice very much. Thanks.


Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 26, 2015 at 08:47 AM

We just got back yesterday. It's a spectacular adventure. Small plastic packs of Kleenex were very handy. I'd wish we brought a few more plastic bags just for organizing and dirty clothes etc. ziplocks of all sizes and larger bags too. headlamps are very useful keeping your hands free. A poncho is very useful they go on quick and cover your daypack too. We picked up a packet of Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelettes and they came in real handy. The 30 count was enough for both my wife and I. I'd lean towards Under Armour type materials for tees shirts and such over cotton. They dry quickly and you hike a lot in the cloud forest which is like being in a cloud and getting wet. We brought these Prana pants recommended by our local Mountaineering store. They were great water resistant dry very quickly cool even on the warmest days. Zippered pockets were real handy for not worrying about losing things too. Enjoy your trip just stop often to soak it all in there is so much stunning scenery and so many Incan sites. The people you are with and the locals and their culture just really immerse you in a different way of life. I couldn't recommend it more highly it was 5 star all the way for me.


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