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!
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