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1. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 10y

Well, I am set for the Inca trail on April 11th. The tour operator taking care of the tents, food, and sleep mats.

To the trail vets:

What should I bring, that you found important?

M.

2. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 10y

Water purification tabs While the trail cooks will boil your drinking water, high-altitude boiling takes longer to kill the bugs - long story short, I wish I had purified all my water. You don't want to loo in the ruins.

A few snacks The tour operator I went with provided wonderful, plentiful meals. But I burned a lot of calories hiking up and down, so a handful of peanuts, chocolate bar or bit of granola helped me out the hour before lunch or dinner each day.

Sleeping bag You wrote the operator is providing tent, food & mat. I rented an extra heavy sleeping bag and am very glad I did. In June, it was cold at 3500 meters!

Rain poncho Being wet is just no fun.

Extra batteries, flash light, bug repellent. Really on that last one, there are some hungry high-altitude mosquitoes. Last but not least, sun cream. High-altitude sun will burn even the most tanned skin.

3. Posted by martinSWE (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

What does the Inca tour cost?
If you want to do like a four day tour...
How far in Advance do you have to book this,,,a friend and I are leaving in May..
Cheers!
Martin

4. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 10y

Thanks Joshua; for the list. Off to the store!

Martin, my cost was at 225USD. If you want more info, I can email you the contact.

M.

5. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 10y

The following TP thread on when to book the Inca Trail, etc. was a pretty good. I'd recommend browsing it.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=19582

6. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

http://gosouthamerica.about.com//od/perregandes/ig/Views-of-the-Inca-Trail-to-Mac/index.htm?nl=1

Photo Gallery, views of the Inca Trail from start to Machhu Picchu