Inca Heartland

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We recently posted a question asking how people prepared for the Inca Trek. So here it is, straight from those who have already been there:

Karen Thomson: 3 months of riding the exercise bike 20ks a night, walking to work every day and doing 10 mins of stepping up and down on a milk crate to prepare for THOSE steps, plus a week of acclimatising in glorious, historic Cusco!

Serena Barker: About 3 months of 6km runs 3 times a week, plus 12km weekly walks/runs in national park - so uneven ground and with hills. I didn't prepare enough for those steps though. I think Karen has the right idea with the milk crate and definitely acclimatise.

Peter Wirth: You can't! Even the very fit can be susceptible to altitude sickness! Just take your time and have plenty of support those who are suffering as they will need it.

Toby Royce: Have to admit I did not do much more than walk to work for a few months before. I was very out of shape. Day 1 hit me very hard but I found my rhythm on Day 2 and just took my time with it. Everyone on my group, even the very fit, struggled with the altitude. Being inspired by the scenery and remembering that I was there to have a good time, and not running myself into the ground meant I was rewarded by arriving at Machu Picchu, which is an experience I'll never forget. Amazing place.

Kate Goldston: Walking up and down hills would be my advice! Struggled Day 3 with altitude of 14000 ft!

Lee Frake: Not well enough! I was 56 and found the going tough even though I did plenty of walking training. Didn't do enough steps and I had trouble getting enough oxygen in. My advice is to do plenty of steps training, up steep hills or stairs. When you think you've had it take another twenty steps. You won't know whether the altitude will affect you until you're there. Even though it was tough for me I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and would recommend it to everyone.

Danika Johnson: We went in August and I got altitude sickness and had to turn back after Day 1 as was unable to breathe. You can do all the training in the world but if you get the altitude sickness there isn't much you can do! Ended up catching the train and it was still an amazing experience.

Julie Hallatsch: Altitude sickness is not about being out of breath, even the fittest of our group puffed and panted on the walk. I trained by doing a mixture of long walks, steep hills and lots of steps. I got altitude sickness before setting off on the walk (Colca Canyon) it felt like really bad travel sickness crossed with how you feel after drinking a bottle of spirits. I felt terrible but started taking the altitude sickness pills and felt heaps better. Managed to complete the walk and thoroughly enjoyed it

Craig Levy: Just came back from the trail in June .I just did a few steep climbs and swimming before the track.The key is to stay in Cusco for 2-3 days before to get used to the altitude. Day 2 is the killer at 4215 metres or around 13000 feet . But just take your time and take lots of pictures and lots of water. I found walking down harder on your knees than going up. Great experience and I would do it again.

Vicki L. Aylward: I was fit enough (lots of training on hills and bush tracks and steps), but the altitude was the killer. We were in Cusco for 2 weeks and even the smallest task was a breathless, exhausting effort. Just returned from Bhutan and had the exact same experience hiking at altitude. Allergic to Diamox, so doomed to suffer apparently! Reaching the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu itself was absolutely awesome.

Carolyn Jones: Ditto to everyone comments. Train up and down steps to get fit, acclimatise to the altitude and remember to enjoy the walk. The guides are really encouraging and full of local information, you get so much more from walking than taking the train!

Andrea Fountain: I did the trek in 2010. To be honest I don't think you can train enough for it, but it is so worth the challenge. I don't know how the porters keep up the pace they do, they are so amazing and have such strength and fitness. The altitude is the biggest thing, but take your time and enjoy it. It is an awesome sight once you make the final climb to the Sun Gate. I was overwhelmed by the size of the place and inspired by the Inca’s architecture.

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