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Practical information for the trekkers

What do I need to Bring?

Tours of more than two days
•    Backpack
•    Sleeping bag (to bring for yourself, you can rent it in our office)
•    Sleeping mat (we will provide you with this one)
•    Small pillow (recommended)
•    Rainwear
•    Complete change of clothing, according to the amount of days of your tour
•    Sweater
•    Jacket (something warm)
•    Water bottle and sterilizing tablets
•    Flash light and batteries
•    Broad - brim or peaked cap
•    Sun block
•    Insect repellent
•    Toiletries and toilet paper
•    Towel
•    Selection of small snacks such as chocolates, dried fruit, biscuits, etc.
•    Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), perhaps some extra batteries
•    Passport
•    ISIC-card
•    Extra money in soles

Essential points
It is important to feel strong and healthy during your trek.  Please, bring all personal health supplies necessary during your trek. We will provide nutritious high energy food for your entire trip. This includes all main meals, drinks, and a variety of snacks throughout the day. Put on good clothes and do not worry about bringing too much. A good hat and sun block is also very important. At higher altitudes you are much more susceptible to sun burn. For more information on health and travel, go to [1].

Altitude
Most trips take place between the altitude of 2,000 and 5,000 meters. These are high altitudes and without proper acclimation some people will experience altitude sickness. We highly recommend spending time in Cusco or other high altitude locations before departing on any of our treks. All of our guides have experience dealing with altitude sickness and carry a variety of remedies. Please, prepare for the altitude before the trip and you will have a much more enjoyable experience.

Mosquitoes
Do not worry about Malaria. Malarial carrying mosquitoes are not present in the areas of most treks. You will be notified if there is a chance of malarial mosquitoes. On our trips you might experience non- malarial mosquitoes and other biting insects. So, we recommend bringing insect repellant for your trip. For more information about ‘general' mosquitoes, go to [3]. For more information about Malaria, go to [4]. For information about repellent, go to [5].

Overnights
Most overnights are in tents. The tents are of high quality (brand: Doite), but sometimes the nights can be cold. Therefore, a good sleeping bag is necessary and can be rented in our office. Also, where mentioned in your itinerary we will be staying in hotels. All hotel rooms will be private and have private bathrooms.

Weather/Climate
For more precise climate information, go to Climate of Peru link below.

Shoes and socks
•    During the trails your shoes can make or break your trip. Good shoes are necessary. The trails can be slippery on parts or can be really rocky. Good hiking shoes are water resistant, have strong soles and good profile. You may be walking for an extended period of time and when the bad shoes are wet, they will not dry quickly, because you simply will not have the time to let them dry. Gore-tex is not necessary; good (leather) water resistant shoes work just as well.
•    Sporting/trekking/hiking seamless socks are the best to be used. Good socks can prevent blisters or other irritation to the feet, as you mostly depend on your feet during the hikes. A pair of wool socks can be nice to bring for sleeping during the cold nights, but not for the hiking.

General information and Recommendations for the Inca Trail

Reservation: Since the number of trekking permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance - especially in the high season between May and September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket about 20 days in advance.

Passport Details: Please make sure that your passport is valid for the time you intend doing the Inca Trail. Furthermore, assure that the passport's details you send us via email, such as the passport's number, your name etc., are correct. If you get a new passport after you have reserved a permit for one of our Inca Trail programs, please inform us before arrival to make the necessary arrangements with the UGM. Please help us to avoid any inconvenient for your Inca Trail experience.

Student Card (ISIC): For students under 25 we offer discounts. to apply to this discount it is necessary to send us your scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information. Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount. You have to show the original ISIC at the beginning of the trail.

Travel Insurance: It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. X-Treme Tourbulencia cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the
customer caused by his/her own actions.

Porters: The Porters will only carry general camping equipment. Backpacks, sleeping bags, mattresses and additional equipment must be carried by the customer. However, if you wish to have a personal porter, this can be arranged with your reservation. Tips for the porters are always welcome: show your porters that you appreciated their hard work. Thank them verbally and leave a tip. The amount you give depends on you but as a guideline we recommend that each porter in your group takes home extra 30-35 soles (a combined tip from everyone in the group). Try to take plenty of small change so that you can give the tips directly to the porters. (Average amount you should bring: S/50 or $20).

Camping sites: The camping sites on the journey to Machu Picchu can vary from those described in our brochure. This is because some camping sites are already booked out, depending how far in advance a client books. In this case, the INC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura), supervising all agencies that offer the Inca Trail, will assign a camping site.

Return Ticket: We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 5:00 pm. or at 7:00 pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon, you will have time to get lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs to relax. You will be back in your hotel either at about 8:00 pm or at about 10:30 pm.

Your Health: It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail it must be easy. It is not. The trail is 45 km. (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend ensuring that you are well acclimatized, in good shape and healthy. Hence, you will enjoy your trip from the beginning. A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring her/his own medicine.

Review the following information.

 


 

[1] http://www.travelhealth.co.uk/index.shtml

[2]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness
[3]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito
[4]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria
[5]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_repellent

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