Eric and I have our big international trip locked in for 2017…we’re going to Peru to hike Machu Picchu in July!
I’m super excited. We’ve heard nothing but amazing things from every person we know who has done this same trek, and it’s actually a good amount of people!
I’m also a little nervous, because I’ve never really done an intense hiking or camping trip like this before. Going 0 to 100 real quick, y’all.
From those same people though, and all our research, I know we’ll be able to do it!
The first thing we booked were our spots for the Classic Inca Trail Trek through Alpaca Expeditions. We read up on lots of great companies, but landed on Alpaca Expeditions after reading all the awesome reviews and awards they’ve received. They have been stellar on customer service already, too!
We learned booking your trek 6 – 7 months in advance is recommended since there’s only a limited amount of permits for the Inca Trail allowed daily.
The hike is four days and three nights. We’ll actually have individual porters who will carry our bags with the majority of our belongings, as well as our tents and sleeping bags. They’ll also help set up camp each night. Most trek companies have porters included or available for hire.
It’s clear tourism is an amazing source of jobs within the communities of Peru. Our trip is months away and I’m already so appreciative of these incredible men and women who will help us along the way!
Round trip flights to Lima have been booked. From there, we’ll travel to and from Cusco, where we’ll start and end the hike. *Cue Kuzco’s theme song from the Emperor’s New Groove. Anyone else??*
Aside from the four day hike, we’ll also have a day in Lima and a couple in Cusco to explore! It’ll be our first time in South America.
So now, I’d love to hear from YOU. Have you been to Peru, or hiked Machu Picchu before?? Have you done a long, adventurous trek that’s similar?
What are must-bring items? Are there things you wish you had known or brought?
On our list so far – hiking boots, hiking pants, and a trip to the doctor for altitude medicine they say to have handy! We’re spending the recommended days in the city in advance of the trip to adjust, but I’m all about being safe than sorry.
Do you have a favorite hostel, Airbnb, or bed and breakfast you stayed at? Things to do in Cusco or Lima we must see?
I want to know it all! Please shoot me an email (contact info here) or comment below.
We can’t wait for this adventure. Happy Wednesday, friends!
P.S. We just got back from San Francisco…food guide to some yummy local spots coming soon! Want to see some photos in the meantime? Would love for you to follow along on Insta here!