Inca Trail Winners - Your Plan for Health

Inca Trail Weekly Engagement Drawings

How To Play

People travel from all over the world to Peru to walk the Inca Trail – the most popular hike in South America and often named among the world’s best hikes. The Inca trail is unparalleled for its ecological diversity and wealth of archaeological treasures. During the multi-day trek to Machu Picchu, hikers explore the Andean mountains, the cloud forest and Peruvian jungle, while following the original route the Incas used to take 500 years ago. The Inca Trail is a spectacular and once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Due to the grueling nature of the hike and the fact that it is located over 3,700 miles from Columbus, Ohio, some folks may not get a chance to test their will on the journey that ends at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Therefore, each week the challenge email will describe what a hiker would experience while trekking the Inca Trail with a related activity that you can complete on this side of the globe!

The weekly activities will be also be posted on this site as they become available. Follow the instructions below on how to submit a photo of your completed activity for a chance to win $25 PulseCash*.

How To Submit

Utilizing the All Chat feature within the team challenge page, post a photo of you completing the activities below for your chance to win. To find the chat board, select the Chat button on the left and then click on All Chat.

Photos must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Sundays to be included in the weekly contest. Only photos submitted within the challenge chat board are eligible for the drawing. Each participant is only allowed one entry per activity each week. Four winners will be drawn and notified each week of the challenge.

Week 1 Activity & Winners

In order to preserve the beauty and purity of the Inca Trail, you are required by the government of Peru to hire a licensed guide service or tour company with the required permits to take you on the journey to Machu Picchu. Therefore, nearly all trail expeditions start in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. This city serves as a gathering place where hikers will spend a few days to get their bearings and acclimate to the higher altitude. It is also where hikers may have the opportunity to meet their support staff and others who will be joining them on their journey.

Inca Trail permits are strictly limited to 500 per day and roughly 300 of these are used by cooks, porters, and guides. You heard that right – cooks and porters! Many of the available tours provide multi-course nutritious and energy filled meals each day along the trail. Some hikers even report these to be the best food they had during their entire visit to Peru! Porters carry the necessary tents, sleeping bags, kitchen items (and more!) on their backs during the entire trek and most work 12+ hours per day preparing campsites ahead of the hikers’ arrival and cleaning them up after the group has left.

Suffice to say, the hike absolutely could not happen without the help of these hardworking individuals. Not only do they do the utilitarian tasks necessary for the trip to run as planned, but they also provide smiles, cheers, and encouragement as they pass hikers on the trail and as the group arrives to each checkpoint or campsite. Beautiful scenery and amazing ruins aside, many people report that some of the best memories of the trek are from sharing the experience with others in the group, getting their support and conquering it together.

Your task this week…

…is to invite someone from your “support staff” to take a walk/hike of any length. Be sure to take a photo of your experience and submit it to the weekly drawing by following the instructions above.

 

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Comment “My walking partner.” “Some of our team, including one of our support staff, taking an office walking break on our local bike trail.” “Llama, Llama Walking (but not in) Pajamas! – Go, Royal Llamas!” “Enjoying a walk at work!”
Winner Christina Coe Tanner Cooper-Risser Amy Hudson Rebecca Supinger
Team Go bucks! The Hard Knox Steppers Royal Llamas Greene Gorillas

 

Week 2 Activity & Winners

The ecology of the Inca Trail is extremely diverse as it includes ten wildlife zones and a really wide range of flora and fauna due to the massive geographical variations throughout. The landscapes may feel like different worlds – from lush rainforest to open meadows to mist-shrouded cloud forest to snowy mountains. Peru is a year-round destination for travelers, but the dry/winter season – between May and September – is generally the most popular time for trekking. This is when the nights are cooler and there are often wildflowers in bloom along the trail.

The Inca Trail boasts over 400 species of orchids, 50 tree species per hectare (~2.5 acres), and 300 species of other exotic plants. One special herb that is found in the cold highlands portion of the trail is the muña leaf. Traditionally muña leaves were used to repel insects, preserve food, and to make a soothing, delicious tea. However, this herb has a number of health benefits and medicinal properties with its main benefit being digestive. It can help to ease stomach spasms, indigestion, diarrhea, colic, and many other gastric issues. For that reason, muña is excellent for treating some symptoms of altitude sickness that many hikers may experience while on the trail.

Your task this week…

…is to take a walk/hike some place where you can see a variety of vegetation. Be sure to take a photo of your experience and submit it to the weekly drawing by following the instructions above.

 

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Week 3 Activity & Winners

Activity will be released 5/17

 

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Week 4 Activity & Winners

Activity will be released 5/24

 

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Week 5 Activity & Winners

Activity will be released 5/31

 

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Week 6 Activity & Winners

Activity will be released 6/7

 

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*Team members who join the challenge but do not log activity are not eligible for prizes. PulseCash is subject to taxation at the time it is earned, so weekly winners can accept or decline the prize.