Machu Picchu Journals

Why are they selling rain ponchos?

An August 2000 trip to Machu Picchu by Anne Silver

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Quote: Four day hike to Machu Picchu in the dry season. Why was everyone selling rain ponchos?

Why are they selling rain ponchos?

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Overview

Dead woman's pass Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru
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A helicopter may be fast, the train may be easy, but the hike is a must do. There are lots of ruins along the trail that you can’t see any other way. The sharing with other trekkers of the joys and triumph is part of the fun. Quick Tips: Don't be too proud to hire a porter, but don't be too cheap to tip them well. The tour companies will promise that your porter only carries your stuff, but then they have them carry three other peoples stuff and a couple of tents and a teapot. Make sure you have rain gear and a good tent. The weather is changes often on the trail and if you are prepared you will be much happier. Get acclimated to the altitude. Those on our hike who hadn't ac...Read More

Tent

Hotel

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Take care and check out the tent. Ours didn't leak and of this we were very grateful. It rained 3 of the 4 days and wet stuff is no fun. The sleeping bag that was provided was less than adequate. My partner and myself had brought one of our own and it was so much superior to the one provided that we both squished in together one very cold night on the trail.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Tent
Inca Trail
Machu Picchu, Peru

Porter Fare

Restaurant

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I loved it. Tea in the morning. Two course lunches and dinners. Everything was made with care. We did wonder how we were getting chicken on the trail until we saw a transaction going down. These were really fresh chicken dinners. How did they carry all that stuff, pack up after we started on the trail and have lunch and dinners cooked before we arrived? One of the great mysteries of the Inca trail.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Porter Fare
Tent
Machu Picchu, Peru

Qente Tours

Attraction

Qente Tours Photo, Cusco, Peru
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We must have over-trained for this hike. At 45 and the oldest one in our group, I found that it was nowhere near as strenuous as we had been prepared for. Our tour group was excellent. Even in the pouring rain the guide and porters went beyond the call of duty. Every morning they greeted us with a hot cup of tea as they woke us. They prepared three great meals every day and they smiled as they passed us on the trail carrying more stuff on their backs than I own. The last day does become an Inca traffic jam. The 2 day hikers join the trail with those who did the 4 day and, oops, there are a lot of people. Fortunately the goal is worth it. I will have to go back and do it again when it isn’t raining. I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Qente Tours
Plateros
Cusco, Peru

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It seems that no trip to Peru is complete without the almost mandatory four day trek to Machu Picchu, the most famous of Inca Ruins. The day started very early as we set out. As the 16 other people along with our 15 porters piled onto the bus I wondered how we would forge into a team. I had the honor of being the oldest, but luckily not the least fit. At the trail head there was a collection of would be porters, women selling all sorts of stuff including rain ponchos. We didn’t realize how important the rain gear was to become until 7 hours later when it began to rain and continued for three days. It wasn’t long into the hike that everyone’s true colors started to show. Fou...Read More