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2 day Inca Trek and a fear of exposure/heights

Old Mar 30th, 2017, 09:27 AM
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2 day Inca Trek and a fear of exposure/heights

I hope someone can give me some peace of mind. I am booked on the two day inca trek. I had done lots of research, watched videos, read blogs, etc before booking and no where did I see anything that would have led me to believe there are some serious exposed drop offs, until I just saw a video on youtube that had not come up before in previous searches. How wide is this trail and how bad are the angles of the drop off? Sheer down? nearly sheer down?
I can do ok with heights when I am enclosed (looking out an airplane window, London Eye, Eiffel Tower, Palm Springs Aerial Tram) all no problem. I have gone up some Mayan temples in Belize, and hiked to Los Torres and Lago del los Tres in Chile and Argentina again with no problems.
Please someone let me know if this will be nothing but pure torture for me.
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 01:53 PM
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I also dislike heights and hiked the 4 day Inca trail route. While not exactly the same route, based on other things you have done the trek is something you can do.
It was mentally exhausting but worth the fight against my fear. When my fear kicked in, there was almost always a wall to walk next to, touch, and look at instead of the open space on the other side. Go at your own pace and don't be afraid of looking weird because the trek is absolutely worth the experience. At the step terrace, I made it to the edge by sitting on the ground and slowly scooching forward. Silly looking, but totally worth it.
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Old May 4th, 2017, 09:33 AM
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I wouldn't worry about the heights or angles. The 2 day inca trail is a full day trek of moderate to easy difficulty. There won't be any huge drop off points or anywhere going straight down. It has very well marked paths and the road is relatively wide, definitely wide enough for people to walk through and not feel like you are in danger at anytime. As long as you have a good guide there shouldn't be any problems.

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Old May 9th, 2017, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for your replies. I have already returned from my trip and did not end up doing the trek because it was closed due to a landslide and the route they were going to reroute us on, had other members of the party not wanting to do it. As it turned out, it was all good because the weather was awful and my daughter fell ill, so it would have been a miserable day most likely. Sometimes things happen for a reason...
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Indeed they do, odie1. I've come to the conclusion that when I encounter too many difficulties in planning something, it's God's way of telling me not to do it.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 06:11 PM
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dwd... You are so right! I have learned not to push things when it comes to travel. When thing seem to become far more complicated than what I started off with-better take that as a sign-from whomever or whatever!
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