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1. Posted by skittles (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

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Hello

I am in Cusco at the moment adn am booked in to do the Inca Trail on 11th April. I have recently donea 3 day trek in the colca canyon and although I would consider myself reasonably fit...the ascent up the canyon has made me reconsider!!! It was really tough. I am now having doubts about whether to do the inca trail ...can anyone who has done both advise! I have already paid $150 deposit and don´t think I´ll get it back but equally I want to enjoy it and notbe in too much pain! Cheers, Jessica

2. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Hi Jessica,
I know a woman in her 50's who has just completed it and she said she wasn't too fit but did it all the same. You can take a train part way if you are worried.

Do it though cos you'll regret it if you don't

Have a good trip

Dee

3. Posted by mirapat (Full Member 19 posts) 11y

Dear Jessica: I image how you feel after that experience. I only can tell you that the trip by train is very nice. You go to Machu picchu and if you want you can stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. So, you will have enough phisics to go around the ruins. You will feel very special there.
It is the real experience. I do not think is to trek.
There is an offer in http://www.traficoperu.com/english/

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting skittles

Hello

I am in Cusco at the moment adn am booked in to do the Inca Trail on 11th April. I have recently donea 3 day trek in the colca canyon and although I would consider myself reasonably fit...the ascent up the canyon has made me reconsider!!! It was really tough. I am now having doubts about whether to do the inca trail ...can anyone who has done both advise! I have already paid $150 deposit and don´t think I´ll get it back but equally I want to enjoy it and notbe in too much pain! Cheers, Jessica

Hi skittles. I havent done the Colca Canyon but I have done the Inka Trail. I dont know how much more steep Colca is compared to the Inka Trail. The Inka Trail will be at a higher altitude so it will probably make it more difficult because of the breathing. Some areas are pretty steep in the Inka Trail but not the whole way...1 1/2 days you will be descending so it wont be a problem there. I dont know about you but I am all for the adventure...just to be able to say you have done the INKA TRAIL is awesome! If you are traveling this far to see all that you want to see, dont back out now...you WILL NOT regret it, I promise!

PS. Did you fix your bankcard problem easily?

5. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

Hi Jessica ,

I did the Inca Trail a few years ago and I was not very fit at the time! There is no rush so just go at your own pace and enjoy it!

6. Posted by skittles (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Thanks everyone. I really really want to do it....but I{m a bit scared of getting left on my own at the back!! And it{s gonna be so cold at ngiht cos I am freezing in my hotel at the moment! We{ll see!! As for my bankcard...no has been a disaster...no courier would carry my new one so surviving on a stash of cash and then getting a transfer from my very kind mumvia western union. It{s not been ideal but it{ll work hopefully! Home in 3 weeks now and can{t wait. It{s ben a fab 5 months but travelling alone can get tiring and very excited about seeing freinds and family now! The inka trail will be my final activity...hopefully i can shed a few pounds for my welcome home party! lol

Cheers to everyone who replied! Jessica xx

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting skittles

Thanks everyone. I really really want to do it....but I{m a bit scared of getting left on my own at the back!! And it{s gonna be so cold at ngiht cos I am freezing in my hotel at the moment! We{ll see!! As for my bankcard...no has been a disaster...no courier would carry my new one so surviving on a stash of cash and then getting a transfer from my very kind mumvia western union. It{s not been ideal but it{ll work hopefully! Home in 3 weeks now and can{t wait. It{s ben a fab 5 months but travelling alone can get tiring and very excited about seeing freinds and family now! The inka trail will be my final activity...hopefully i can shed a few pounds for my welcome home party! lol

Cheers to everyone who replied! Jessica xx

Hi Skittles! Bummer about the bankcard! But at least you are getting money sent to you thank God! As far as the Inka Trail is concerned, you wont get left behind because they are check points where the whole group has to go through together. It is highly organized so the group will have to wait for every single member to be together at various points thru the trek. Let us know if you did it!!

8. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

Jessica, don't worry about the Inkas trail, if you did the Colca trek (going down until The Oasis and then going up until Cabanaconde) I think you are in good condition to do the Inkas trail, besides your trek will be next April 11, you have enought time to become acclimatized. i did both trek treks, Colca is great! but Inkas Trail is unforgettable!!!

Hope everything come great for you...

9. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 11y

Hello:
The Colca canyon hike is steeper than the second day's climb on the Inca trail. But the second's day on the Inca trail is higher. Some tourists in my groups have told me that they found the Colca canyon harder.

If you have done the Colca canyon, and I'm sure you are better acclimatize to the altitude by now, I'll bet you will finish the Inca trail and you will be proud of yourself. If you don't do it, you will never know what you have miss.

Good travelings,
Ivan

10. Posted by Peruvian (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Hi Jessica Good luck for you travel.

Your friends od Lima Perú.
Omar.