Welcome to Peru By Locals
If you consider visiting Peru, do not just travel – experience the best of Cusco area with Peru by Locals! All our Tour Packages to Machu Picchu include hotels, transportation, professional local tour guides and professional service from the beginning to the end and are designed to attract those who love adventure, exploring and learning about exciting new places and experiencing different cultures. Our experts will work with you to create the perfect tour itinerary.
Let us introduce you to Peru, the «Land of the Incas» and show you its exciting face! Peru by Locals promises to get your adrenalin pumping and your heart racing; get away from the stresses and strains of modern life and come on an adventure with us!
We provide world-class tours focused on exceptional customer service. We are specialized in treks in the Cusco region and tours in Peru. Whether it is nature, history, culture, food or photography, we offer exciting, interesting and tailor-made tours. We do this in a socially conscious way that promotes sustainable and responsible tourism. Peru by Locals is committed to protect, cherish, help, create jobs and empower local people. We believe in fair labor practices and honoring and treating all our employees with respect they deserve for the remarkable work they do.
How to Prepare for Hike on the Mountains
It is a dangerous thing going for a hike such as hiking trips to Machu Picchu when physically unfit. When you doubt your level of physical fitness, you get this nagging worry that keeps long adventures from seeing the light of day. Although there are many ways you can prepare yourself for the trek, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you must hit the gym. There are a lot of lay-man steps you can follow that pay dividend once you have embarked on the trek trail.
In case you are 50 plus and are looking to get out on a trek, follow the following tips.
Give Yourself Time to Prepare
Generally, it takes your body about three weeks to three months to note any significant improvement in your physical fitness level as well as to respond to routine. Therefore, if you have already booked for the trip, your best bet is to start preparing right away.
Focus on Cardiovascular Fitness
According to the American College of Sports and medicine, you need at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week with at least 30 minute sessions if you are over 50 years. The most effective aerobic activities for most people are swimming, cycling, brisk walking or jogging which are great preparation for an adventure such as a trips to Machu Picchu. For those who can afford time to get outside, there are many exercises you can perform to improve your cardiovascular performance. For instance, you can perform squats, jumping jacks, leg raises, or plank jacks which require little skill and no equipment. In case you are about go hiking on high mountains, you need high intensity interval training as it improves both the aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Moreover, it gets your body ready for the bursts of strength you need to accomplish the steep hikes. Although high-intensity interval training sound complex, it means adding a short interval of intense exertion into your daily walking, biking, swimming or jogging routine. However, you must note that it is important to avoid pushing yourself too hard in high altitudes, especially when hiking on high mountains such as during those involving Machu Picchu tour and treks.
Focus on Leg Strength
Whether you are young or old, strength training is vital when you consider hiking. Your legs must be in good shape since most of the time during the hike, you will be using them. Squats, lunges, and calf-raise are some great exercise that focus on leg strength. These simple exercises are easy to perform and don’t need special training at a gym.