The classic multi-day trek follows in the footsteps of South America’s ancient Incan Empire, taking hikers through the Andes from its stronghold in Cusco, Peru, to the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The longer route passes through the ‘Sacred Valley’ and the ruins of Ollantaytambo, with heights peaking over 4,200m (this means that altitude sickness can be an issue). Here are some travel tips and the kit you’ll need to tackle the wet and humid cloud forest, daytime heat and cooler mountain camps of the Inca Trail.
Technical socks move sweat away from the skin and minimises rubbing and abrasion to reduce the risk of blisters (find out more benefits of technical walking socks on our blog). Take a pair for every day of your trek.
Your tour operator may provide you with a sleeping bag or give you the option of hiring one, but nothing beats the comfort of having your own! If you feel the cold easily, choose a bag with a slightly warmer limit or comfort rating. Synthetic bags are great value but heavier than down bags.