PRE TRIP ESSENTIALS
Get these things sorted now…
So, you’ve spoken with Phil and his team, and you’re now booked to join us and fellow Conquerors on the trip of a lifetime in Peru – the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!
Below are a few things you’ll need to start thinking about and preparing for before embarking on your trip with us.
Travel Insurance - Get it Now
Travel insurance is compulsary on a Conqueror Adventures trip. We recommend World Nomads for our trips, as their cover includes medical cover, repatriations in emergencies and tour cancellation.
Get in touch with them directly!
You may also have a travel insurer who you have worked with in the past but please remember to make sure they will cover you for our destinations.
Book your flights
The sooner you get on to your flights, the better. You may have a travel agent you regularly work with for your travel requirements, so get on to them asap.
You might also like to check out the following flight websites to shop around for the best deals. Remember- the international gateway to Peru is Lima. You’ll then take a domestic flight to Cusco, which is just over an hour. You can fly in to Cusco at any time on day 1 of the Inca Trail trip, but it is best of you arrive by midday or early afternoon. You can depart from Cusco at any time on the last day of the trip (Day 8).
Trip Advisor Flights – https://www.tripadvisor.com/CheapFlightsHome
Getting Physically Prepared
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek requires a good level of fitness. While it’s impossible to assess your individual level of readiness to embark on this trip from afar, there are a few general rules that we can apply in order for you to get into great physical shape for the trip.
Practice Hikes – Find some local trails, hike through your town, or just get out and walk. Get used to long walks. Learn where your body struggles and how far you can push yourself. You’ll be amazed at how far you can go once you get used to pushing through the first wave of discomfort.
Training Program (2X per week):
- Hike or take a long walk
- Build up to 5-6 hours with minimal rests
- Choose hilly, uneven terrain whenever possible
- Wear your daypack and slowly increase the weight of its contents to 25lbs over time
Gym Program – If you don’t have access to good trails, here is a basic training program that will prepare you for the Inca Trail using a treadmill and stair machine. If you don’t have access to these machines, a running track in the park or going around the neighborhood will work just as well.
Training Program (2X per week)
- 45 minutes on the treadmill hill setting at a walk or slow job
- 10 minutes stair-stepping machine for at a speed of 30-45 steps per minute
- 5 minutes slow walk with no incline to catch your breath
- Repeat 2-3X
Increase the time of each interval as you’re able. For additional strength training, adding 3 sets each of 30 lunges and squats to build those leg muscles. Watch your form, and make sure you’re stretching after!
Breaking in your Hiking Boots - Do It Now!
OK, so first things first – you’ll need hiking BOOTS, with ankle support and they’ll need to be able to keep moisture out. They’ll also need to be sturdy enough with good stiching and construction. For unbiased reviews of hiking boots, check out Outdoor Gear Lab’s 2022 hiking boots review: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/shoes-and-boots/best-hiking-boots
Now go and hike in them, and do it regularly until you leave for the trip. The more you can break in your boots – i.e. get them moulded to your feet – the better. There’s NOTHING worse than finding that your hiking boots are giving you blisters or are uncomfortable when you’re halfway through a trek.
Travel Documentation and Inca Trail Permits
There’s always at least a little bit of bureaucracy to deal with, and Peru is no different.
Visas are not currently required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Peru. If you are outside these regions, please check with your embassy. You can also check the Visa HQ website for up todate information.
Inca Trail Permits
In order to secure a permit for the Inca Trail, each hiker MUST provide us with their passport details (in the form of a scan of the photo page) as soon as possible. There are only 500 perrmits issued per day and they get snapped up MONTHS in advance. So it’s important to get this information to us ASAP.
If you current do not have a passport, you can secure your spot with a scan of your drivers lisence. Then once you have obtained your passport, you’ll need to update us with a scan of it, and we can transfer it under your name.
In the event that your passport will expire before your travel date to Peru, yiou can still use your current passport, and we will update to your new passport details when you obtain your new one.
Note – There are NO exceptions made if you change your name or last name.
Bringing Money And Changing Money
The Peruvian Sol is the offical currency of Peru. Cusco has a large number of exchange centers, most of them in and around main city square, the tourist hub of the city. Foreign currency can be changed in many places here and you can also exchange foreign currency for the Peruvian Sol at Lima International Airport itself or in banks. You can also use your debit or credit card at many places of commerce.
There are also ATMs in Cusco where you can withdraw local Peruvian Soles using your debit or credit card.
Above all, bringing a small amount of USD in cash with you is advisable so you can quickly obtain local currency upon your arrival.
COVID Travel Documentation/Requirements
You’ll need to check with your airline as to what their requirements are regarding coid travel safety.
May 19th 2022 Update: All travelers entering Peru must complete this form prior to boarding a flight: https://djsaludviajero.minsa.gob.pe/dj-salud/
- All travelers from 12 years of age and older must present, before boarding the plane, their COVID – 19 vaccination card with the complete vaccination doses, in Peru or abroad. Otherwise, those travelers must show a negative PCR test issued up to 48 hours before boarding.
- Children under 12 years old must not present noticiable symptoms of COVID – 19 to take the flight.
Gear and Gear Rental
Please see our Inca Trail gear list here: https://theconqueroradventures.com/inca-trail-gear-list/
If you are looking to rent gear from us, get in touch with us directly. Note – items unavailable for rent are – Rain jackets, hiking boots, beanies, hats.
Adding Pre and Post Trip Accommodation
If you’re arriving into Cusco before Day 1 of the trip, and/or leaving aftter the last day of the trip (Day 8), and you require extra accommodation to be booked for you, let us know and we can do this, and we’ll add this to your final balance invoice. We’ll be able to provide you with options for this.
Dietary and Medical Information
We know you’ve already provided these details to us in your traveler information forms when you booked, but sometimes this important information can evolve or change, so please let us know if we need any updates on your dietary or important medical information.