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1. Posted by taxi (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

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Hi Guys,

We are a small family from the UK travelling around the world for a year. We are now in South America and looking at doing the 4 day Inca trail trek. Has anyone had any experience of taking children on this trek?

Our daughter is 8, she is very fit and has experience hiking with over night stays, jungle treking in Asia and Glacier climbing in NZ. I think she will be fine but some feedback would be great.

Look forward to your replies,



2. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 11y

I think it's ok if she has experience already isn't so hard i saw also old people doing it


3. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

Firstly I would check out the availability of the trek. I suppose you will go in the (UK) school holidays. When would you like to go and are there still spaces. I think your daughter will be fine except maybe for the 'high' altitude. Makes breathing more difficult. Aclimatize first!
You can look at for availability (almost at the bottom of the page).

4. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 11y

If you say she has been trekking before. But i tell you, it is hard, VERY hard, the second day some 26 year olds had to be CARRIED!! The trek ruined me, and i am 22 and class myself extremely fit too. One thing is though, you can take your time and go at a slow pace, the last guide accompanies the last people so its good in that respect.
If you think it may be too tough on your daughter, why not try a 2 day hike to Macchu Picchu?


5. Posted by taxi (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Thanks for the replies everyone. We are in south america already and are getting used to the altitude .... slowly !!! We were looking at doing the trek in the next two months but its already booked up till August !!!!

Trying to work out if we can change our route to fit it in. What a pain !! :-)

Thanks again for the replies. I think we will probs attempt the four day if we can. But the two day is defi an option.



6. Posted by laura_uk (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

How much are treks like this one? Is there a general price, or can you just find yourself a tourguide in nearby towns?
Dom and Laura

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting laura_uk

How much are treks like this one? Is there a general price, or can you just find yourself a tourguide in nearby towns?
Dom and Laura

I don't know about the price because I took the train form Cusco to Machu Picchu, but I have heard you need a special permit, you just can't get a guide and head on out. I've also seen other postings that indicate that it's already sold out through August. So if you're really interested in the "Inka Trail" as a way to get to mMchu Picchu, you'd better look into making reservations way in advance. Hope this helps a little .