Keeping hydrated on the Inca Trail

May 5, 2004
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Keeping hydrated on the Inca Trail
Question: What about the water supply along the Inca Trail?

Bruno Castilho
Sao Paulo, Brazil
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: As long as you bring a water purifier and filter (nothing like stating the obvious) and plenty of empty water bottles, you should be fine. From the most popular starting point, kilometer 88, the Inca Trail follows the Urubamba River for the first couple of days and then leaves the river as it climbs into the high country. No worries, though, since there are still plenty of stream crossings along the way. Be aware, however, that there are some stretches where you'll need to haul quite a bit of water between camps. All drinking and cooking water must be purified to help you avoid dreaded bacteria-based diseases.

For more details, call the folks at Quito-based Etnotur (593-2-564-565), an eco-friendly outfitter that runs guided treks along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Here in the United States, Mountain Travel-Sobek (800-227-2384) is a good source for general info and another primo choice for multiday group treks.

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