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“Tough hike but must do. Excellent views” 5 of 5 stars
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Inca Trail
Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #2 of 90 Attractions in Cusco
Type: Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, City walk sightseeing
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“Tough hike but must do. Excellent views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Did this hike through Peru Treks. William and Angel were our guide. Memorable experience. The hills were tough but the whole experience was very rewarding.

Visited April 2013
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“2 day/ 1 night inca trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a MUST if you do not have time to do the 4 day/ 3 night inca trail.

Actually tourists who go into the Machu Picchu sanctuary for a few hours alone really do miss out on this marvelous and mysterious place. A short visit only gives you a stolen glimpse of this impressive empire and does absolutely no justice to this marvelous and mysterious place.

The 2 day/ 1 night option allows you to experience some of the secrets of the incas whithout camping in close proximity to aboultion facilities. There is no way to explain the surpise of that "oooo wooow" when after a four hour steep walk upwards, crossing the path of the second most important Inca ruin "Wina Wayna", (which by the way is beautiful and well worth the climb you scramble up a steep flight of stairs and then your breathe is truly taken away at the Sun gate.

The view of the Machu Picchu sanctuary spreads out before you in full view down below. No words can explain the feeling that you get with that spectacular view. You arrive late in the afternoon when all the hoards of tourist buses have left and the sanctuary is almost free of people. You get to appreciate Machu Picchu in its entirety undisturbed, peaceful and out of this world!

The next morning when you go up, once again you arrive in the sanctuary before the hoards of tourist arrive again.

Tourists who opt for the 4 day inca trail should be prepared that the sleeping conditions are not that great. There are rows and rows of tents on banks of sand paths, on different levels that are literally flanked onto the very smelly abolution facilities that are not very clean. Although we did not do the four day hike, I was thankful that we didn't as the camping situation really is not like being out in the wilderness. With hoards of different trekking groups I believe that there is no stillness of the night that one would want to experience amidst the mountains.

2 day / 1 night is a definite must!! Highly recommended.

We entered Machu Picchu sanctuary on the third day and we were so glad we did. We climbed the steep Huayna Picchu (of which you must pre book in advance because there are a limited 200 tickets for the 7am climb and 200 for the 10 am climb). Do the first session. You get to see the sun rise of Machu Picchu and it gives you more time to explore the area before the heat of the day.

If you're lucky you'll get to see Machu Picchu when the sky is clear blue and the sun is out, as well as early in the morning when the sanctuary is covered in clouds. Watching the cloads lift up over the mountains offer a completely different atmosphere - mystical.

Many tour companies offer this 2 day/1 day inca trail. Make sure you get one that offers a guaranteed hike, even if there are only two people. In this way they will always link you up with another group. We were two people and we linked up with another group of two people. We used View Peru and were very ahppy with the organisation that was all done through Xtreme Adventouras.

We pre booked our own trains and hotel accommodation instead of taking a pre-organised all-inclusive package. It suited what we wanted and we landed up saving. You don's have to spend a fortune with highly priced tour operators. After much research we spend half the amount of what other tours charge and probably got the same tour and 5* accommodation that we wanted.

ENjoy Machu Picchu. It is an experience of a lifetime

Visited March 2013
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“Tough but rewarding...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Went with Peru treks and was first class all the way, food was especially good! William was our guide - excellent!!

Visited April 2013
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“Experience of a Lifetime!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We did this back in October with Llama Path and LOVED IT!!

We went with Llama Path because we had friends who told us they were fantastic and because they actually take care of their employees properly. They give them health benefits, housing between treks, proper footware and clothing etc. etc.
Some other companies just hire porters for one trek at a time so that they don't have to give them any benefits and they can abuse them...so be careful who you book with.

The trail itself is VERY VERY HARD. Please know this before you go. My friends and I are not in bad shape, I know that I work out a few times a week, I enjoy going for walks, hot yoga classes, I figure skated competitively for 15 years and cheerlead competitively for 9 years, and I found this trek VERY VERY HARD. So please don't underestimate it!!

Make sure you acclimatize for DAYS before you try this. We only spent 1 day in Cuzco before the trek, which apparently was not enough! Also make sure you break in your hiking shoes before you go and bring lots of band-aids and antiseptic/antibiotic creams for scrapes/blisters. Bring a very good poncho and make sure your boots are at least water-resistant (if not water proof) or you will be miserable if you get rained on. Bring an umbrella too!!

Bring bio-degradable toilet paper and flashlights that clip to you or that you can wear around your neck or head....otherwise you will find them very difficult to use. Bring lots of hand sanitizer. The bathrooms along the way are few and far between and they are literally holes in the ground.

At the last camp site there are showers but they are freezing cold water with very little privacy and they are not cleaned, so bring shoes you can wear in the shower and a towel that will dry quickly.

Bring lots of sunscreen - LOTS. I put mine on multiple times a day and somehow burned myself so badly that it blistered and scabbed!!!!!!

Bring a camel pack for water if you can. If you can't, make sure you have a convenient way to carry your water bottle (bring a big water bottle...you can only get water in the morning before you hike and at lunch...if you run out in between you're out of luck!)

We loved, loved, loved this experience.
Definitely do it!!

Visited October 2012
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“Total contact with nature.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Four days to conquer nature and enjoy one of the most rewarding spot in the world: Machu Picchu.
Feel what Incas felt hundred of years ago when they traveled to communicate around their empire.

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