Are you gearing up to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but worried that you won’t be in shape and won’t be able to make it? Read our tips on preparing for the Inca Trail with the help of a “trek trainer.”
The Inca Trail is a rigorous hike, spanning 4 days (3 nights of camping) and high altitudes (the highest pass is 4,215 m (13,829 ft) above sea level). But people of all ages who are in good physical condition can finish the trek, and enjoy it! In fact, we have had many clients who are over 40 years old hike the Inca Trail successfully.
The hike is unique from all other hikes in the Sacred Valley of Peru because it is an actual footpath that the Incas used to access the site of Machu Picchu from Cusco, which was the capital of the Inca Empire during the 14th and 15th centuries. There are other fantastic Inca treks that you can do in the Sacred Valley, but only the classic 4-day Inca Trail allows you to enter Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku Sun Gate, which is a majestic way to see Machu Picchu, and your trek guide will often arrange the hike so that you arrive at the Sun Gate during the dramatic sunrise.With the help of a physical trainer, you can prepare for the treks before you travel, so that when you land in Cusco & the Sacred Valley, you’ll be able to enjoy the journey and the spectacular scenery (rather than suffer through shortness-of-breath, blisters, and other hiking problems!).
Browse our Inca Trail Treks here, including the classic 4-day Inca Trail, the luxury Lodge-to-Lodge Inca Trek (stay in comfy lodges rather than tents!), and other Inca Trails in the Sacred Valley.