I’m positively buzzing with anticipation! On the 10th of November, the time has come: I’m hiking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! I’ve been professionally involved with Peru for more than six years, working with travel agencies, traveling all over the country, and advising clients on their trekking tours. In my mind, I feel like I’ve walked them all: Inca Trail, Salkantay, Inca Jungle, you name’em … In real life, however, my feet have only touched the Ausangate Trek. And it was no joke! I struggled heavily with the thin mountain air, the extreme temperatures, and my „unfitness“ at that time. I was just badly prepared. Which won’t happen with the Inka Trail! In this article, you’ll find out what to expect on a trek through the Andes and how I’m currently preparing for the Inca Trail.