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Inca Trail Camping

In our route we include camping and the porters do it for you since they are in charge of transporting the tents and it is one of their main roles (this service should be consulted with your tour operator).

The camping equipment you need

You are responsible for bringing your own sleeping bag, you can also rent them in the same travel agency, of course, this will have a separate cost. On the other hand it is advisable to bring a thin mattress that will give you more comfort to sleep outdoors.

Regardless of the equipment you bring, you may not always get the best night’s sleep, and it may be very cold at night, but it’s all part of the experience! Just remember to keep your boots, bags and hiking poles inside in case it rains during the night or a curious dog starts sniffing around….

If you’re going to invest in a high quality travel sleeping bag, read this post on the essentials to look for before you trek.

Are there showers and toilets on the Inca Trail?

The worst part of hiking the Inca Trail is not the altitude, nor the steep climbs, but the restroom options available along the route.

Each camp has restroom facilities available, but they are often rudimentary stunted toilets and with the campsites so remote and over-subscribed, cleanliness understandably isn’t the highest.

Be sure to bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and just hold your nose (and maybe close your eyes too) when you need to go. On the first two days of the Trail, there are also local people who have set up restrooms for hikers (charging S /.1) … and there is also the bush. Just remember that the 2 soles you will pay to enter the modern clean toilets at the Machu Picchu site will be money very, very well spent.

In terms of showers, we have found on our various multi-day group treks that people can be divided into two camps:

Those who will take a cold shower rather than be a bit smelly.

Those who will feel bad about taking a cold shower.

If you decide to take a shower be prepared to better receive the water coming down from the mountains, as it will be very cold.

Will we have internet during the Inca Trail?

Let’s be honest. No, and this is one of the best things about it.Instead, you and your group will spend the night chatting over plastic cups of hot tea, playing card games, or relaxing together in nature. Your last chance to use the Internet or have a reliable phone signal will be in Ollantaytambo, and your first chance will be outside Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes.

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