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Are sleeping bags readily available to rent for the Inca Trail hike, and are they in fairly good condition, or is it best to bring our own? We are trying to cut down on the amount of luggage to bring with us, so we would rather rent if it is easy to do so. If we bring our own, what weight would we need to be warm enough?

Sleeping bags are easy to rent. Your sleeping bag should be a three season bag that goes down to about -5C.

Are foam mats/Thermarests for sleeping provided, or do we have to bring our own?

You are provided with a foam pad for the Inca Trail but you are welcome to bring your own for added comfort if you so desire.

The equipment list in your dossier indicated that we should bring a fleece and a rain jacket. We don't have any sense of how cool the weather is going to be on this hike. Would a light weight fleece be warm enough? Can we expect a lot of rain? Should we be bringing Gore-Tex jackets?

You must be prepared for all types of weather. Dressing in layers is the best way to go. When you are hiking in the mountains and at high altitude you can encounter high winds and very cold temperatures, as well as rain. you should bring a solid fleece and rainproof jacket, as well as a hat and mitts (or buy them in Cusco inexpensively). At night the temperature can drop to 0 Celsius and you can get cold because you are tired from hiking all day. Don’t forget that it can be very hot and sunny as well during the day so T-shirts and quick-dry trousers/shorts are also recommended!

I see that we are asked to bring no more than 7kg on the trail. If we have more than 7kg, such as souvenirs or other things that we don't need to bring on the hike, would there be a place at the hotel in Cusco that it could be safely stored until we return to Cusco?

You will only be bringing the most necessary items needed for your hike. Anything that you don't need on the trail will be safely stored in the hotel's luggage storage room in Cusco.

Is there purified water available to drink on the trail?

Water can be purchased day 1, morning day 2, and evening day 3 of the trail portion of your trip. However, you are not required to buy water as boiled water with which to fill your water bottles will be provided every evening after dinner. If you wish to add water purification tablets to the water you should bring those with you. Please note that we do not encourage buying water as it increases the amount of garbage to be taken off of the Trail.

Are there outhouses at the camp sites? What about showers?

There are some toilet facilities, depending on the campsite. Where there are no facilities there will be a toilet tent set up for temporary use. Showers can be rented on the third night but are often cold and crowded. Bowls of warm water are often provided to help you do a quick wash up in the morning and evening.

Is there something we should be doing to try to prepare for the altitude?

Everybody reacts differently to altitude. It is generally recommended to take it easy for the first few days at high altitude by the time you start the trail you should have more or less adapted. Your tour leader will have all kinds of helpful tips to help you out, but there isn't much you can do ahead of time. Perhaps if you are concerned, you might speak with your travel doctor about the possibility of bringing Diamox with you. However, most people do not require the use of prescription drugs on the Inca Trail. The highest altitude you will reach on the trail will be the pass at 4200 meters and you will sleep at approximately 3600 meters for one or two nights.

What do we mean about an adventure travel?

An adventure means: a chance of danger or loss; risk. We run adventure trips often in areas without western infrastructure. As many of these areas do not adhere to western safety standards and may have political or economic instability, there maybe some risk. "Do not book a Vamos Expeditions trip unless you are prepared to accept these risks."