2. Get ready for a workout! Don't forget your hiking poles for those steep Inca steps
One thing that surprised me when hiking the Inca Trail was that Machu Picchu isn't the only Inca ruins you see, it's just the big one that everyone knows. Actually, you'll visit ancient Inca ruins at several points along the way, each one fascinating in its own right. Many are perched on mountain sides and whilst the incline gives a great view down the valley, it does mean you need to watch your footing. Even though the Inca people were generally much shorter than we are today, they chose to build massive steps! So you'll get a leg workout going up and down them, but having hiking poles will help so you don't stumble and to help take some of the strain off your knees. You'll need to make sure your poles have rubber tips for them to be allowed on the Inca Trail.