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BOOTS

Alpaca Says... Something lightweight, with really good soles. Ankle support is recommended (especially for the Inca Trail).
Real Alpaca Trekkers Say... ❤️ my Vasque Talus hiking boots!!!! But I think each persons foot is different and you have to get what "feels" right..... Find what fits and for the Inca Trail is not bushwhacking - it is a trail all the way. Salomon Speed Cross or Ultra Primes serve well. One pound on you foot is like five on your back. Heavy hiking boots are not at all a necessity!.....I have very wide feet..bunions...and my Merrills were perfect because the come in very wide toe box sized. We're comfy for 22 miles of Lares Trek..2015 and I'm still hiking in them..about 8 miles at least 2x a month over Rocky terrain...Salomons are always my go to! And did quite nicely not only on the Inca Trail but also backpacking throughout South America in general..... I love my Vasques boots, but more important are the aftermarket insoles that help with my over-pronation and other foot issues. I found the Sole performance thin insoles work amazing to cut down on foot pain and blisters..... I did salomon boots, which worked great. I don't have a wide foot but my toe box is a little bit wider than my heel and after trying several brands, these worked great. My husband used Asolo and he has a narrow foot. Both were waterproof and that was worth it because we had some rain while we hiked. And I just want to add, because of how I pronate, I get blisters. Researched and bought something called leukotape off amazon and survived the entire hike without a blister..... Lowa waterproof. I only had the slightly broken in......and my feet never hurt. Also had good hiking socks..... Vasque Talus!..... Absolutely loved my Scarpa boots! Not one uncomfortable moment, no blisters. I have a narrow foot and this boot was excellent!..... Keens for me. Great roomy toebox for going down all those steps without jamming toes...... Asolo "Drifters" have been on my feet on the Camino de Santiago, in Yosemite, and elsewhere. They're waterproof (Gore-Tex), but not too hot or too heavy for me due to the materials. Plus, I echo a couple other comments in terms of the value of good aftermarket insoles..... Forsake. Great boots for the city or the mountain...... I have a pair of Keens with a super roomy toe box for the downhill 
NOTES: Most recommended high tops for ankle support (we agree) and the group agreed that insoles are most important. And if you prefer to hike in gaiters to protect your pants and boots, we do have them in the office. Just ask. Lastly, make sure you remember comfortable shoes for the camping site. Taking off those boots at the end of the days hike will feel amazing.
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WALKING STICKS

Alpaca Says... We can't stress this stronger - even for the most experienced hikers. These trails were created by the Incas and are uneven. Walking sticks help especially on the downhills (especially on the Inca Trail) and fold up if you prefer to tie on your bag for the times you don't need them. Make sure you have rubber tips if you bring your own.
 
Real Alpaca Trekkers Say... All agree. Many said that they didn't use them all the time, but were super helpful for the endless steps (Inca Trail). Jocelyn said that they are a must..." Knee savers and something to lean on going up Dead Women's Pass!" And Courtenay added, "100% agree! If I didn't have 4 limbs for the Lares I would have been ruined. Never used them before but I've been converted."
NOTE: If you bring your own, you must have rubber tips - park rangers do not let you use them without these tips. And if you rent them from us, they will be Black Diamond folding sticks.
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WATER

Water Situation: We filter all water before handing out. We boil the water, filter it and cool it before we share the water. We will replenish you at each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You will need to bring water for your very first morning as we will not have had the chance to do this process just yet. After that, we have your covered.
 
Alpaca Says... We know that water is so important, but we need to stress again. Even if you are not hiking, staying hydrated is the key to fighting off altitude sickness. Drink more than you normally would no matter what. Camelbak type of bags are nice because it gives you access to your water at all times and its easy to remember to keep drinking. But the extra expense is not needed if you prefer just a thermos or water bottle. Some people enjoy taking some powder mix and adding some flavor or a boost as well. This is great. But keep drinking. 
 
 
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