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Review of Inca Trail

Inca Trail
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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail
Ranked #10 of 174 things to do in Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 5 July 2014

My visit to the inca trail was in 1999 ( no trip advisor back then). Two couples, decided to head there and do the trail on our own. We crossed the bridge and started walking. For days. Met some villagers that we traded some of our clothes for food. We ended spending the night in their hut, grilling guinea pigs for dinner. Then they suggested some ruins that were off the beaten path, literally. Camping by the river on our own one night was like a meeting with the ancient gods. The last day we reached the building before starting to head towards the Intihuatana, There we met many tourists, so our expedition was coming to an end. The last day of trekking was amazing admiring the vegetation and orchids growing out of the stones. You have to be in good physical condition to do this trail. The tours they offer are 2,3 and 4 days. It took us 6 days to complete the trail on our own, but it was wonderful having the opportunity todo it at our own pace,and being able to enjoy the trail without being rushed and being able to get off the track to find these other magical places that only locals get to see.
Reaching. The Inihuatana was such a relief. We had ran out of food and water by then so we were happy to have made it.
These are experiences I can only share as great memories now!

1  Thank johannaa704
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

This is a breathtaking and incredible journey that will effect you the rest of your life. How could it not? But if you are the kind who can not leave your make-up at home DONT GO. And listen to your guides and respect your porters! Go with G Adventures!!

Thank Eptihode
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

If you can hack it - which you can, because a 65 yr old lady did this trip with us - then you need to do it. The scenery, the accomplishment, the ruins, the people. All of those things are worth every bit of your time. When you leave, you will be wanting for more. It's a good thing something as amazing as Machu Picchu is the end of this epic journey.

Thank Toastinsanity
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This trek was an experience of a lifetime. It's a strong metaphor for the path toward divinity; meaning it isn't always easy, it has it's ups and downs and you find beauty anywhere you choose to look for it. We traveled with a group organized by Valencia Travel Cusco, and we were so impressed with their logistics management and professionalism. The porters are the key to a make or break experience. Use them. Tip them well. Watch them and be continuously amazed.
Also bring plenty of soles. Our guide recommended 500 per person, just in case. There are items for purchase, like drinks and even cigarettes up to 12,000 feet. It'll cost you a sole to use the bathroom, and you'll be glad to pay because these are a tiny bit cleaner than elsewhere. Personally, bathroom facilities were more challenging than stairs or altitude.
As for clothing in June, I wore everything from shorts and sleeveless tank to layers and a down jacket. Expect 70 degrees to freezing in June.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The stunning views, Inca sites, beautiful terrains made the hike so memorable. Altitude sickness can pose a problem, don't push yourself, take it slow and steady. Have a good trekking shoes and walking stick helps a lot. Remember to pack light !

Thank jzsy
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