What Vaccinations are Needed for Your Inca Trail Trek

Have you signed up to a Trek on the Inca Trail? Whenever you travel to a foreign country, you should consider what vaccines you need to get.  Firstly, you should consult your doctor to make sure you should be joining a team to trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  Before you join this adventure, you need to be fit, strong and in good physical shape. Even though the Inca Trail is a trek accessible to most people, you will need to put in specific training and preparations to make the trip a safe and successful journey.  If you are concerned about your health and fitness you need to speak with your doctor and then Contact Us and we can help you develop a training plan that it critical for success.

People are always asking us what vaccinations are needed for an Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. While there are no legally required vaccinations for entry or exit from Peru, there are however, some recommended ones.  We suggest that you keep up to date with the current vaccine list through the CDC or your local Travel Medical Center.  The recommended vaccines will also depend on when you where else you will be traveling when you visit Peru as there are different recommendations for different regions.

Recommended Vaccines for Peru

These are the current recommended vaccines for a Machu Picchu trek in Peru:

1). Tetanus

2). Yellow Fever

3). Hepatitus A

4). Hepatitus B

5). Typhoid

6). Poliomyelitis

7). Rabies

8). Tuberculosis

9). Malaria

Insect Bites

Bugs like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas can spread numerous diseases in Peru.  Many of these can not be prevented from medication or vaccines, however you can protect yourself from bug bites in other ways.  Here are a few ways to protect yourself from bug bites:

1). Wear long pants, shirts and a hat, in order to limit your amount of exposed skin.

2). Use appropriate insect repellent.  We recommend one with DEET in it.

3). Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). However, do not use permethrin directly on skin.

You will not need to take malaria prevention medication if you are ONLY visiting Cusco and doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as Malaria is not active in those regions.  However, if you are visiting the Amazon or other regions of Peru, you will need to consult your doctor to get these medications as they do have malaria active.

All You Need to Know about the Inca Trail

For more information on everything you need to know about visiting Machu Picchu, then CLICK HERE.  We are your trekking experts and have full time staff on the ground in Peru. Therefore, we are your number one resource for the trek and if you sign up to one of our trips, we will be available to assist with all your questions to make sure you come fully prepared for the journey.  Our team on the ground have expert knowledge on the trail and the Inca People to make sure that you have a insightful and wonderful experience. Feel free to read some reviews from our trips and get in touch for further information.  If you want a great experience on the Inca Trail, then contact us today!

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