Sunshine over Macchu Pichhu |  <i>Michael Croft</i>

5 Hacks for Your First Charity Challenge in Peru

Have you ever thought of exploring Peru and experiencing the mysterious Machu Picchu yourself? Peru is the perfect destination for you to test your limits, embrace the nature and disconnect from your busy life. Here are 5 hacks for your first Charity Challenge in Peru:
Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru |  <i>Sarah Higgins</i>1. Get fit.

Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is no easy feat but it's definitely achievable with some physical training. Run, swim, cycle or walk for at least an hour, three to five times a week for three months prior to your departure. It's always better to be as fit as you can be, to make the trek easier and get the most out of your adventure. We have treks of different grades to suit your needs. What better way to smash your new year resolutions while training with an end in mind?Trees line the lagoon in Tambopata Reserve |  <i>Lindsey Van Loon</i>2. Pack for the regions you are visiting in Peru.

Peru's three main regions are largely desert coastal, the highlands and the jungles so there can be climate variations. The desert coastal region has mild foggy winters and warm summers; the Andean region (highlands) is cold regardless of the season; and the Amazonian rainforest is hot and humid throughout the year. 

Your packing list will depend on the regions you are visiting and the season, however there are always the essentials you should never forget such as comfortable hiking shoes that are worn in, hiking socks, waterproof bags, a waterproof jacket and high SPF sunscreen. Peru is located just south of the Equator so the sun is much stronger than what we are used to, plus you will be at higher elevations during most of your adventure. It's you against the elements.Valleys and hills on the Inca trail, Peru |  <i>Sarah Higgins</i>3. You need to acclimatise.

Due to Peru's varied geography, you will reach high altitudes at some point during your stay, especially if you plan on visiting Machu Picchu (2430 metres high). Thankfully, altitude sickness generally only affects people at heights of 2500 metres or more, and not all regions of Peru are 2500 metres high. 

Always allow your body to acclimatise at a lower altitude before you move on to higher altitudes. While on the trek, drink lots of water, continue to eat even if you lose your appetite and go slow. If you feel unwell at any time, don't hesitate to let our experienced guides know. Acclimatisation can be life threatening if not treated with care. Don't forget to get an altitude sickness prescription from your doctor before your adventure.

4. Bring a universal adaptor.
Hotels in Peru can have European, American or Japanese plugs, so it can be hard to predict at times - it's best to bring a universal adaptor with you.
Phuyupatamarca, our campsite in the clouds on the Inca Trail in Peru. |  <i>Sarah Higgins</i>5. Have a water purification system ready.

Make sure you have plenty of water with you wherever you go, especially when you are trekking to Machu Picchu. Buying water can be costly in Peru and there may be limited or no safe drinking facilities. Your best option is to bring water purification tablets or pens (known as steripens) with you to sterilise the water before drinking it.

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