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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.

Ernie Hurwitz Apr 25, 2015 at 09:40 PM

the one thing i wish we had had was a length of heavy string or some kind of line to hang our damp or wet cloz inside our tent overnite to dry.
Daniel Tam Apr 25, 2015 at 09:42 PM

Thats in my bag already!! Thank you.

Daniel Tam Apr 25, 2015 at 09:12 PM

I have a very basic question. Do I need to bring toilet paper for the 4 days on the Inca Trail? You can tell that I am not a camper!!
Ernie Hurwitz Apr 25, 2015 at 09:38 PM

the porters bring tp. however, you probably will want some in your pocket for during the daytime on the trail. you can always replenish in the eves. actually, you may find it helpful to have some in your pack for your non-trail days. that's when we found the johns weren't always equipped with tp. you'll have a great time, i bet.
Daniel Tam Apr 25, 2015 at 09:39 PM

Thank you so much for the good advice!!
Laura & Keith Noyes Apr 26, 2015 at 09:03 AM

y wife and I just got back yesterday. It's an awesome trip. What really came in handy for us was those small packs of Kleenex. You can use them as TP and they are easily carried. Don't expect to find TP everywhere always have a packet of Kleenex with you when you visit the restroom. They pack easily in your daypack. One peculiar thing about Peru everywhere even in Lima they use waste baskets for used TP you never flush it even if there is a flush toilet. Apparently the sewer lines are very small and plug easily. On the trail at capsites the porters set up toilets you can sit on and they usually have TP but with weather and such it sometimes gets wet or runs out. Be careful with these they are just plastic and very lightweight and can tip over if your not careful. Some facilities on the trail and elsewhere are just porcelain holes in the floor. So squatting is a requirement to relieve yourself. Never thought I'd have this much to say about your question. It's an unbelievable trip and though very challenging it is worth every step you take. It really gives you a sense of the vastness of the Incan Empire. I know you'll enjoy it
Daniel Tam Apr 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Thank you so much for your advice.

Bobbi Blake Apr 08, 2015 at 09:08 AM

I'm on the June trip, going down May 30 to Lima from Asheville NC. Flying Delta through Atlanta both ways. Anyone else on that return? Or going early and want to meet in Lima before everyone else arrives? Or live near here and want to train together? Hiking the blue Ridge regularly supplemented with Stairmaster at the gym. Hope it's enough!
Carla Goldstein Apr 18, 2015 at 09:52 AM

Bobbi I am arriving late on the 30th in Lima and would love to meet up. Where are you staying.
Lisby Ritchie Apr 21, 2015 at 07:47 PM

My sister Susan and I will be coming back to Atlanta with you, Bobbi.
Bobbi Blake Apr 21, 2015 at 08:34 PM

Great Lisby! Looking forward to meeting you and Susan down there.

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