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Let’s talk about some item that aren’t mandatory on the Inca Trail but in my humble opinion should make it onto your packing list. 1) A responsible tour operator. You’re required to go with an official operator on the trail so why not choose wisely? I obviously recommend @trekwithalpaca as I’ve already waxed poetic about their fabulousness. 2) Wipes. There are no showers on the trail (there is access to a COLD shower 🥶 on the last night if you go with Alpaca). 3) Cash. For snacks along the trail (from km 82 til Dead Woman’s Pass, there are plenty of local stands) and tips for your porters, chef, and guide. 4) Travel Insurance. You don’t need it til you need it. I feel like I could have easily needed it 😅. And it only cost me like $60. 5) Hydration packets. I used @liquidiv but there’s several options out there. 6)Toilet Paper. Never expect there to be TP anywhere – bring 1 roll per person should be plenty. 7) Trekking Poles. Don’t be “too cool” for trekking poles. They’re invaluable on the Inca Trail even if you don’t have bad knees or are in fantastic shape. To see my full packing list, go to the blog. #trekwithalpaca #sponsored #thisissustainable #incatrail #incatrek #incatrailtrek #incatrailtomachupicchu #perutravel #peru #backpackingadventures #backpackingsouthamerica #incatrailprep
🇵🇪 Sacred Valley, Peru 🇵🇪 Before setting off on the Inca Trail, I decided to take a Sacred Valley day tour with @trekwithalpaca. Not only was it a great intro into Peruvian and Inca culture and history, but it was also a great warm-up for what was to come. (Spoiler — there’s always more stairs) On this day tour, you get to explore Inca ruins like Pisac and Ollantaytambo with their stunning agricultural terraces and unreal rock formations. And maybe pet a dog or too 🤷🏻♀️ #TrekWithAlpaca #ThisIsSustainable #SacredValley #Peru #PeruTravel #Sponsored
So you want to hike the Inca Trail? There are a LOT of things to consider and do to get ready. In my opinion, the tour operator you choose is the most important thing though. You can not access and hike the Inca Trail without a tour provider, and the number of people allowed on the trail each day is limited. They are heavily involved in the trip – you have your porters who are real-life superheroes who carry everything except your day pack, your guide who is not only extremely knowledgeable and professional but probably going to be your emotional support person, and your chef who is going to provide you with not only the sustenance you need to make it, but it's going to be delicious and extravagant. Prep is important, but all the prep in the world won't make the experience enjoyable if you aren't satisfied with the company. This decision can absolutely make or break your experience. I went with Alpaca Expeditions Travel Peru (yes, I was hosted, but this is my honest opinion), and I would highly recommend them. Here are a few of my favorite reasons why: ✨Alpaca Expeditions is an Indigenous-owned and operated company. The founder and owner is a former porter who started Alpaca to create a more ethical work environment for the porters, chefs, and guides. Alpaca empowers Peruvians, provides them a living wage, and many other great benefits. ✨Alpaca Expeditions caters to dietary restrictions like a PRO! Every single business needs to know that if a local Peruvian company providing three hot meals a day with zero electricity with only the food and tools they literally carry on their back can provide exceptional vegan food, then (almost) any business can. ✨The cost is affordable. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a bucket list experience, but it has an affordable price tag. You can see everything it includes in my blog post. #sponsored #IncaTrail #TrekWithAlpaca #MachuPicchu