How to Prepare for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Fitness Tips

It is not very difficult for most people in good fitness to complete the Inca trail, but since the Inca Trail involves walking for several hours at a time, it is always good to be better prepared and in good physical condition before you go on this great adventure. There is also an alternative trail that we offer that is partly by bike.  But either way, you will need to prepare physically before going on the trail. Also remember that there are a limited number of people who can start the trail per day.  See our Availability Chart for more information.

Physical Preparation for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Physical Preparation for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

General Recommendations for a better Inca Trail Fitness Preparation

  • Use the same hiking boots you will use for the Machu Picchu trek. This will make it easier to walk when you are on the trail, since sometimes new shoes or boots can be uncomfortable when you first start using them.
  • Look for trails or paths in your area where you can practice walking for long periods of time.  On the trail, there we be climbing as well, and some of the terrain will be uneven.
  • The most important muscles you will be using on the trail are your leg muscles, and it is good to practice walking or running, and to do other leg exercises.
  • You should try to practice walking up hills or long sets of stars as well, since the Inca Trail involves climbing. It will be good if you can walk for long periods of time without having to stop since you may have to walk for 6 or 7 hours in a day.
  •  Being able to walk is the most important part, and it is good if you already walk regularly, but if you don’t, we recommend starting to walk regularly at least several weeks before starting the trail.
  • Any other exercises that you can do will also help, but again the legs are the most important for hiking.
  • Also, try to avoid unhealthy foods and smoking before going on the trail. This will make it easier not only to do the trail, but also to adjust to the altitude.
  • Last but not least, take some time to get used to the altitude once you arrive in Cuzco.

By using these tips, you should have a more enjoyable Inca Trail experience.  We hope that this article will help you to better prepare yourself physically for the trail.

Can include running, cycling, swimming, cross-country running, speed walking etc.

Can include running, cycling, swimming, cross-country running, speed walking etc.