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What to Take When Trekking in Peru

Whether you are trekking the infamous trek up to Machu Picchu, exploring one of our nature trails or trailing the Amazon Rainforest; we at Inkaterra know how essential it is to plan ahead to make sure your backpack has everything you need to make your adventure enjoyable. We have taken a few tips from our Inkaterra Travel Recommendations Pack for items that should be in your bag when trekking in Peru.

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Footwear

We recommend sturdy hiking boots as opposed to trainers. Ideally, these should be breathable to keep your feet dry and have good ankle support. Definitely break these in before starting your trek – you certainly don’t want blisters ruining the amazing experience! If blisters are a problem, then make sure you have a roll of Zinc tape in your bag – an easy and effective way of avoiding rubbing.

Flickr image courtesy of Alan Levine http://bit.ly/1zB7f6w

Flickr image courtesy of Alan Levine http://bit.ly/1zB7f6w

Trousers

First and foremost, go for long trousers; if you wear shorts or cut offs, you run the risk of mosquito bites. Materials that dry quickly are also recommended, just incase you get wet along the way (this can be likely, the weather changes dramatically depending on elevation and season) Comfort is the most important thing – a baggy pair of trousers allows for room to move and also stops mosquitoes being able to bit through the fabric.

Flickr image courtesy of Katja Schulz http://bit.ly/1c5wV07

Flickr image courtesy of Katja Schulz http://bit.ly/1c5wV07

Fleece

Fleece is the ideal material for hiking or trekking as it’s lightweight and comfortable. It’s easy to carry and can be easily rolled up to fit in your backpack.  It also dries quickly when you get wet – which happens quite frequently in the rainforest!

Rain Poncho

This is the preferable option over a rain jacket. It’s easy to carry, take on and off and can even cover your backpack as well!

Cataraya De Mandor Waterfall Flowing into the Urubamba River

Mosquito Repellent

Plenty of strong natural & organic mosquito repellent is a must! At Inkaterra we provide lemongrass, proven to be an effective mosquito repellent. Ensure your body and even your clothes are covered to make sure you don’t get nipped by pesky bugs.

Flickr image courtesy of Mike Mozart http://bit.ly/1zBc93m

Flickr image courtesy of Mike Mozart http://bit.ly/1zBc93m

For more information on treks and excursions from our Inkaterra properties, please click here.

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Off the (well) beaten track – Peru’s Alternative Inca Trails

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Without doubt, Machu Picchu is the most famous attraction in Peru. The winding Inca trail draws people from across the world, but like so many of the World Heritage Sites, Machu Picchu’s awe and attraction comes at a cost.

Over 400,000 people visit every year and, whilst the Peruvian government has restricted the amount of people who can walk the Inca Trail to a maximum of 500 daily; with 2500 people being allowed entry to Machu Picchu itself, and only 400 being allowed to trek Huayna Picchu, there is still a great risk of permanent damage to these protected sites.

So, what’s the alternative? Well, there are trails running throughout Peru that are just as stunning as those leading to Machu Picchu – and with far fewer people! Camino Del Apu Ausangate is a path through this stunning landscape of snow-capped mountains and rust-red hillsides and thermal springs.  And you’re more likely to stumble across a heard of llamas than you are another tourist.

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For those still looking for that Machu Picchu experience, Choquequirao is the best option. Nicknamed “Machu Picchu’s Little Sister” this site is ideal for those who still want to experience an Incan settlement, but with solitude. After two days of uphill and downhill climbing, adventurers are rewarded with lush slopes, traditional buildings and ‘llama-terraces’. And for the real explorers (or mad-men) climbing the Choquequirao terraces 5,000 feet above the Apurimac river is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Camino Salkantay is an alternative path to Machu Picchu, and trekkers really do take the high-road. With the original Inca Trail reaching 13,800 feet above sea-level, Salkantay rises even higher to over 15,000 feet. As such, walkers will be explore some of the area’s most spectacular mountains, and while the high altitude may have a strain on the body, the hot-springs, warm duvets and friendly bartenders at some of the lodges along the trail do help the daily recovery.

Views from Choquequirao

Views from Choquequirao

If you are still committed to trekking the Inka Trail all the way to Huayna Picchu, then do your homework. Booking your tickets online is the only way to ensure you reach the peak – and do this early: unsurprisingly with a centuries old settlement nestled in the heart of the Andean mountains, mobile phone signal isn’t at its strongest.

However, with all of these treks being so ‘off-piste’, so to speak, they’re not for the faint-hearted. Expect strenuous days and aching nights. But the end destination is beyond words. Just invest in a good pair of boots. Our additional tours at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel mean you’ll have an expert, local guide alongside you whilst trekking the Inca Trail. It’s even a trip to take with the whole family with our specially created family journey to Machu Picchu. Make 2014 the year you see one of the most iconic archaeological sites in Peru, if not the world.