Our time on the Inca Trail was absolutely incredible. If you’re thinking about going, here are some helpful tips to better prepare yourself for the adventure!
What to Pack
Layers layers LAYERS! Cannot stress this enough.
Long sleeve shirt
3-4 Hiking socks
Hiking boots (although we were totally fine in our gym shoes…)
Comfy shoes to wear around camp grounds
Zip-off pants (if you have them)
Waterproof pants (unless you want to buy these disposable beauties at the start of the trail)
Shorts – it gets really hot at Machu Picchu
Headphones (if you want to listen to music and pump yourself up)
Water bottle(s) or Camelback
Cost: $665 per person
All meals on the trail
Transfers to and from your hotel
Porters to carry most of your luggage
A fun T-shirt to show off your accomplishment
$15 for hiking poles (loved these – really helpful on the knees during descents)
$20 for a sleeping bag (it was super warm)
$15 for an inflatable sleeping pad (we didn’t use these and were totally fine on the mats they gave us)
Money for lunch in Aguas Calientes the last day after Machu Picchu
Tips: you’ll need cash for the porters, the cook, and your guide(s)
Distance: 26 miles
But it’s actually more than that – we walked around the ruins, did some extra hikes/scrambles…hey, we want credit!
Altitude: 13,779 ft at the highest
Start at 8,923 ft and end at Machu Picchu, 7,873 ft
When to Book: at least 5 months in advance
Spots fill up quickly, so make sure to book way ahead of time.
Any other questions about the Inca Trail? Any advice to add? Let us know in the comments!