You do not need to be an athlete or experienced trekker to complete the Inca Trail. A reasonable level of fitness is required and it's a good idea to get into shape before you head off to Peru to make the trek as enjoyable as possible for yourself. People of all ages regularly trek the Inca Trail and complete failure is rare. Stay positive and determined and like the hundreds of people that complete the trek each day, you will too. The only people that really struggle with the trek are those without a basic level of fitness.
Altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of their level of fitness or age. It's caused by a lack of oxygen and symptoms include nausea, headaches, exhaustion and dizziness. It may occur at any altitude over 3,000 metres above sea level. As the Inca Trail is a mixture of ascents and descents, the effects of altitude sickness are usually brief and should not necessarily stop you from completing the trek. If you are worried about altitude sickness, preventative medication is available.
Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information. If you are planning to take your children to Peru, please be advised that the minimum age for hiking the Inca Trail is 13 years old.