Down, down, down, deep in the depths of the jungle in Peru lies the sacred Machu Picchu, one of the biggest mysteries in history. Imagine how much bragging rights you’d get from telling your friends you’ve hiked the Machu Picchu?
However, before you actually get to the machu picchu, you’ll need to book your trip to Peru. Most people hiking the Machu Picchu stay in the city of Cusco, where it’s closest. Make sure you pick your hotel and flight ahead of time so you can avoid facing any travel difficulties.
Once you arrive, it’s time to select the right trail. Machu Picchu has many trails, but the best and most popular trail for beginner hikers is the Inca trail. Keep in mind that it is usually closed during February for maintenance, and is most crowded during July and August due to tourism. Here are the things you need to do before hiking on the trail.
“We must prepare for all things in life” says George Egbuonu. Climbing the machu picchu is one of those things. Chances are you’ll be up there for 4-5 days due to the distance and the fact that there are many things to see.
- Book a good travel company: Everyone on this trail must be accompanied by a professional hiker, as it is required by the government. Make sure you book a guide days in advance as there is a limit to the amount of people who can climb the trail per day.
- Find the proper guide: Not all guides are suitable for you. Some are more knowledgeable than others, while some prefer the peace of quiet nature rather than the actual hike. Make sure you research your guide before you select them. They should be fit, motivational, and compassionate towards you. Remember: this is the person you will spend days with.
- Packing: You’ll need to pack well for the hike. The days are very hot but the evening can get chilly. Make sure you pack layers just in case so you aren’t shivering. Other necessities such as sunscreen, lotion, water, and a stylish hat! Leave behind those fancy tennis shoes, instead, it is more sufficient to wear waterproof hiking boots. Don’t forget your camera! The hike contains many scenery you will want to remember.
Remember, this is a multi day trip. Bring a good sleeping bag and enough food to last.
- Hire a porter: This hike is no ordinary walk in the park. Carrying your weight through the hike may be difficult for some. If you have never hiked before, you’ll need someone to help carry your stuff. Hiring a porter is the perfect solution for this.
- Physical and Mental preparation: As mentioned before. Hiking this trail is no joke. Even the average fit person may struggle during certain areas of the trail. It’s always great to do some physical cardio to build up your body strength. You can mentally prepare by pushing yourself, when it is hard, remember why you climbed in the first place and use it as your motivation.
- Health: You’ll need to hydrate and eat a lot the day before to have enough energy to hike. Getting a lot of sleep is also important. Make sure you are well rested and fed before you go on the hike.
When climbing the trail, pace yourself. Do not speed up or you will be exhausted in the end. The hike has many sights to say, so take as many pictures as possible!
It’s good to snack often during the hike. Your body is using a lot of energy hiking so it’ll need lots of food. The more you consume the more energy you’ll have. It can get very dry in high altitude, so there is no fear in drinking lots of water.
When you complete the trail, you will see the Machu Picchu! From there you can look around, take more pictures, and enjoy yourself. Remember, the journey back will be easier as you are descending.
Congratulations! You are all set to hike the Machu Picchu! Once you follow these steps, you will be well prepared. All that is left is the action. If climbing alone is too boring for you, you can always show this blog to your friends for them to climb with you.