Machu Picchu - Hiking shoes needed or not?

Dec 7th, 2008, 12:10 PM
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I'm changing the thread a bit.... since you just returned from MP during rainy season, how bad was it? Were your views too obscured?? I'm about to solidify a trip in early Jan, hopefully hiking the Inca Trail, but just read some reviews commenting on the poor visibility during this time.

I'm hoping you (or someone else who's been there during the rainy season), can put my mind at ease!

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Dec 7th, 2008, 12:30 PM
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Aside from altitude sickness, that was my concern, as well. We had two nights when it rained all night but had stopped by the time we went out sightseeing in the morning. It would start to sprinkle from time to time but never seemed to amount to any more than a passing threat. We did take waterproof jackets with us as well as rain ponchos but never needed the ponchos--you can buy them there if you need them.

We spent one ENTIRE day at Machu Picchu and decided to go up the next day but it was still raining in the morning so we cancelled the plan and didn't go basically because the area we wanted to go seemed like it would be pretty messy and possibly slippery. It did clear up around noon.

Our first day at MP we were there when it opened and it was cloudy but not so bad you couldn't see anything. If you're planning to see a sunrise, that may not happen right now. I thought the clouds made it feel kind of mystical, myself, so I wasn't disappointed we didn't see the sunrise.

We hired a guide at MP and he said the rain will pick up the second or third week in January--you didn't say exactly when you are going, so you might be aware that it may be worse than when we were there.

Good luck on the trail. You have my respect!!!!
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Dec 7th, 2008, 03:36 PM
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For what it's worth - I had read about the ponchos you can buy at different sites before we went - and we did buy them one day when it looked like it might rain. When we opened the plastic bags they were in the chemical smell was so overpowering we didn't use them. They also had a greasy feeling which I think would've rubbed off on our clothes. I guess if it was pouring we wouldn't have been so picky but we ended up throwing them away. Maybe ours were a bad batch and others haven't had that experience but I'd never again rely on getting a poncho on a trip.

If you have lightweight rain gear at home or are considering buying a rain poncho before you leave home it might be worth it to you. Especially if you're going during the rainy season and will probably have a rainy moment or two.

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Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:33 PM
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This thread is super helpful. I'm going to Peru on fri the 27th,and it occurred to me that I might need shoes other than my all stars...hehe.
I'm going to Machu Picchu, but I'm taking the train etc as far as possible, due to me not being of the fit and sporty variety, so I won't be doing THAT much climbing,but I will be walking a lot,looking at the Inca ruins etc.
Do you guys still recommend Hiking or running shoes?
The thing is, if it's super hiking or running-like, I won't ever wear the shoes again...
I guess all star sneaker or skater shoes won't do?

Any help would be appreciated, I'm useless when it comes to stuff like this. Fanx
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Mar 23rd, 2009, 04:22 AM
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I think if you're not hiking per se you'll be okay in any kind of sneaker. We saw tons of high school age girls down there in Chuck Taylors climbing around. BUT, I would want something with more of a gripping tread like at least a running shoe. Some of the trails we were on just to look at ruins & climbing around MP were narrow and with a bit of a scary drop off the side. Kinda slippery, rocky surfaces. However, we also saw people at MP in flip-flops, so anything goes. Just for my comfort and to feel safe I would want something a bit sturdier than Chucks, not necessarily hiking shoes.

Have a great trip!
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Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:21 AM
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Thanks a lotI went out and bought a sort of hiking mary-jane vibe shoe,with good grip from cape union mart,so I won't be slipping and they're super comfy!
I'm so excited! After reading all the posts I sort of know what to expect!
I'll tell you about my trip when I come back.
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