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    Packing Guides

    Inca Trail Packing List: 4 Day Hike to Machu Picchu

    One important thing to note before you start packing is whether you are going to get porters to carry your extra baggage. I highly recommend this, as the trail is hard enough without the extra weight on your back. I ended up getting a porter to carry my big bag with all my sleeping clothes and extra layers. This freed me up to only carry a small daypack with my water, some snacks, and an extra sweatshirt. Most people in our group ended up getting a porter for day 2 after struggling through the first day with their heavy bags. Also, if you are traveling around to other places in…

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    Hiking Machu Picchu: 4 Days on the Inca Trail

    A couple months back, Chris and I were asked to hike Machu Picchu in Peru. We immediately jumped at the chance to go. The next couple of months we spent trying to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the four day hike. After loads of research, buying out L.L.Bean and actually using that monthly gym membership, I felt relatively confident. But nothing could fully prepare me for the truly amazing experience of hiking Machu Picchu. Day 1 Our alarm goes off unreasonably early at 4am. We stumble out of our bed and gather the last remaining items we hadn’t packed up the night before. I dressed in warm leggings, hiking…