A stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu, often described as ‘The Lost City of the Incas,’ is one of the most stunning slices of culture, history, and aesthetics to be found anywhere in the world.
As remarkable as it is, it’s also a place where you have to earn the right to enjoy the splendor on display. Machu Picchu is not a destination for the unprepared holiday maker and a lack of foresight will only result in accidents on holiday.
Professionals from Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to assist with claims for travel accident compensation, but if the incident was your fault, there is little anyone can do.
Therefore, it is best to prepare and prepare well. Here’s a quick guide to ensuring your Machu Picchu adventure lives long in the memory for all the right reasons.
Hiking in and around Machu Picchu is a serious business. Trying to skimp and save on equipment will most likely only lead to injuries on holiday. Your walking boots should be sturdy, well-gripped and secure, while your other clothing needs to be both comfortable and practical.
You will also need plenty of protection from the sun. As holiday illnesses go, sunstroke is far from the worst, but it can be immensely frustrating and enough to turn a dream trip into a living nightmare.
There is an abundance of spectator fauna and natural life around Machu Picchu. While these might be spectacular to look at, they can prove problematic in terms of allergic reactions abroad, insect stings and other irritants. Relevant creams and tablets can help keep your trip free from holiday illnesses.
Your bags need to be filled with plenty of water and food. While you might need to check your bottles and snacks in at the luggage storage section at the entrance to the park, the on-site purchases are eye-waveringly expensive.
Hydration is key to avoiding illness on holiday, and is particularly important around Machu Picchu which lies 2,340 meters above sea level.
The Inca trails cannot be trekked alone which, given the threats to safety and potential causes of injuries on holiday, is just as well. Local guides have a wealth of experience worth adhering to.
Date Published: December 1, 2013
Author: David Brown