The main problem a trekker might encounter is altitude sickness. The Inka Trail
goes over 4000 m of altitude. Below you will find some elementary things to
The best is to arrive at least two days before the trek so your body gets used to fonction properly in high altitude. Rest for at least 1 hour at your hotel upon arrival, walk slowly and don't hesitate to take a cab even for short distances.
We recommend to drink coca- leave infusions (mate de coca) upon arriving
to Cuzco. Every public place and hotel have some and even some hotels give
it to customers for free.
Drink a lot of water during walks.
Eat light, low fat meals or easy to digest food.
During the Trek, walk quietly the first day, avoiding useless efforts.
If you smoke, try to slow down a little bit.
Do not hesitate to stop and get some rest if you feel the lack of oxygen.
Alert your guide if you feel sick. He is trained and will be able to help
you or to take necessary measures.
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical and bacteriological
content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to
always drink bottled water.
What to bring
Personal toilet items.
Personal medications kit (plasters, bands, cotton, alcohol, aspirins, pills
for stomachache, medicine to avoid altitude sickness, contact lenses cleaner,
Camera and extra batteries, chargers and adapters.
Mountain boots or hiking shoes.
Sleeping bag (only for the 4-day Trek).
Walking stick with rounded and rubber end.
A hat or cap.
A bottle of water and some purifying pills.
Dried fruit, candies and chocolates.
Woollen gloves, scarves and socks.
Rain gear for the rainy season.
Headlamp and batteries.
Long pants or slacks.
Sun screen Lotion.
Sweaters and a jacket.
A medium backpack (40 liters) for the walks.
Towel and toilet paper.
Warm clothing (sweaters, anoraks or others).
Some local currency for the hot shower at the last campsite.