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Preparing For A Machu Picchu Adventure

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu, is all about preparation. From the very moment you decide to take on the challenge, there are so many things to consider. Only a certain amount of people are permitted to travel the Inca trail route each day, so booking six months in advance is your best bet! But now it’s booked, what’s next? Have no fear, we are here to give you some essential tips, to assure a safe and amazing journey to the Lost City of Inca.

When To Go

The best time to start your Machu Picchu adventure is between May and September, this is the dry season. Although, the weather can be unpredictable all year round- so be prepared for every season. If you have your heart set on trekking the world famous Inca trail, don’t forget this trek is closed the month of February for maintenance.


What To Expect

This is a fairly subjective question, and totally depends on the individual. Your own experience will depend on your health, level of fitness and reaction to the change in altitude. But don’t let any of this put you off! Doing some exercise to prepare for your trek, is the best thing for you. Especially activities like, walking up hills, or steep stairways to let your muscles get use to what you will be doing on the trek. But one thing is guaranteed, expect to be blown away by  the entire experience.


What To Pack

The question on everybody’s lips- what should I be packing? The list seems endless, but you can’t go wrong with these essentials:


  • Waterproof Clothing
  • Warm Clothes (Plenty of layers)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or Cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Cash
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Garbage bags


Mind Over Matter!

The trek to the Machu Picchu can be tough and exhausting, but a positive attitude will make all the difference. Nothing good comes easy, so remember through the struggles comes the satisfaction of reaching Machu Picchu, and the aches and pains will all be worthwhile! Be the cheerleader of your group, keeping everyone motivated and never forget, you will probably only make this journey once, so make it count!

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