Visiting the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu will leave you in awe and wonder and if it’s not on your bucket list, it definitely should be. Whether you take the train or choose one of the many hiking ventures to get there, the view at the top is indescribable.
Since I went on my trip I’ve been getting tons of questions about what it was like and what to expect and honestly, before I went, I had all of these same questions! So I thought I would use this space for a little Q+A to give you more info on what to expect if you decide to hike to Machu Picchu.
Although I only did the 5 day, 4 night Salkantay Trail, these questions and answers will apply to any trail you take to Machu Picchu.
Q: Do I need to train for this hike?
Q: How much does it rain?
Q: Which trail should I do?
Q: Best time of year to go?
A: Busiest time, June – August, Rainy season, November – March, Overall the best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April – October. We went in August and the weather was great and it wasn’t too crowded.
Q: Do I need a tour guide?
Q: Is there wifi?
Q: Is the water safe to drink?
A: No! Don’t drink water straight from the tap or rinse your toothbrush with the water etc. Only drink from a water bottle or boil the water in the kettles in the hotel to kill the germs before you use/drink it.
Q: Where do you go to the bathroom?
A: On the hike you pass by many villages that usually let you use the restroom either for free or 1 sol. (30 cents USD) But there’s an emergency and nature calls, bushes are great. Bring your own toilet paper!
Q: How important is it to have hiking boots?
A: I would not recommend hiking any of the trails without the proper shoes. Your feet and legs and whole body will be killing you if you don’t and you’ll be miserable. Invest in a good, study pair of boots so your ankle is protected and you don’t get blistered. I linked the boots I got in this carousel if you’re looking for ideas. They were amazing and I never got a single blister!
If you think of any other questions that I didn’t answer, please comment below so I can add it and answer it for you! Traveling to Peru and hiking to Machu Picchu is one of the most majestic trips you’ll ever take and I hope this tips help make your trip more enjoyable. 🙂
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Check out my other Peru articles!
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Hiking to Machu Picchu with Llama Path: 5 day 4 night Salkantay Trek