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11. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

hi George,
dont be ashamed to take the train,
you made for yourself sure the wright decicion,and you will see there are many people like you on the train.
Would there be a train running every day otherwise?;)

Take it easy,enjoy the view from a comfy seat,
Marlis

12. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 9y

Thanks for the support Marlis - by the way i took your advice and booked kusillus hostel in Lima so i'll say hi to Ricardo and Jaime for you! :)

13. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 9y

Well, me, being one of the most unfit persons in South America right now, did the 4 day trek with 16 kilos on my back. Couldn't afford the porter so I had to carry everything by my self. It is doable, and it is not that hard. And by the end of the trek you will have the biggest lungs in the valley, and the tightest butt too. Just do it. The human body is amazing, I got used to the weight, altitude and speed of walking pretty quick. But one advice, buy a bag of coca leaves worth 5 soles. It may be mch but you will need it all day every day on the trek. And whatever you have left the last day, give it to the porters, they love it and they need it.

14. Posted by andrelct (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hey man, the Inca Trail is not that hard. The second day is the only day that is a little exausting, but if you hire porters to take your stuff, it should not be a problem. Visit http://trilhainca.blogspot.com/index.html to se my blog of the Inka Trail. I wen't there last year it is fantastic, and if you speak spanish is even better because the guides know everything about the trail and the history, so while walking you will be distracted by learning from them.

15. Posted by TDL (Full Member 6 posts) 9y

Hey George,
I did the four day hike a few years ago. I had a sub-average level of fitness but can't remember ever feeling like I might die, although it was really challenging in parts. Apparently fitness is irrelevant because the altitude effects people differently. We had a mega-fit guy in our group (marathon runner type, resting heart rate of about 45) and even he struggled in parts. I also went with United Mice. Theywere brilliant. Our guide called himself Ponchoman.

16. Posted by xxvanille (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

hey all! all of you that have done this trail are so lucky, it has been a dream of mine ever since i was about 9 year old to do this trail, mainly also because my name is Inka, but i wouldn't care how much my body acced after the trip i would do the hike, it just seams like such a fantasic landscape.

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