From epic shots of rugged mountain ranges to enticing stories of a lost city, the hike to Machu Picchu promises absolute magic. But apart from all the excitement that comes with booking in a big hike, one of our first thoughts is usually, “just what am I getting myself in for?” From the sheer distance and three nights of camping, to the endless stairs and altitude of Dead Woman’s Pass, the Inca Trail difficulty and it’s many elements offers a unique challenge for every daring traveler.
I always say to those who ask, that unless you have a serious medical condition, you’ll almost certainly make it. But the fitter and more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy it. Because if all you can think about is how much like jelly your quads feel or that a poncho might actually have been a good idea, the scenery won’t seem as stunning and the history of the trail nowhere near as fascinating.
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