When I signed up to do the Inca Trail, I didn’t really know what Machu Picchu was, I didn’t know much about Peru, and it was more than 10 years ago since I last did any real hiking.
Packing for the Inca Trail is a bit weird. You’re really cold at night, sweaty during the day and the conditions can be all kinds of extremes.
How do you deal with all these conditions? By being prepared for everything, but just enough.
In October 2011, I had just started backpacking around South America. I didn’t speak any Spanish, I was incredibly homesick and suddenly realized I didn’t really know why I had signed up for the Inca Trail in the first place.
Still, I managed to soldier on, hike the Colca Canyon the week prior, and accumulate a wealth of advice and tips for other aspiring hikers.