I am heading to Peru in May-June and we were hoping to be able to hike the Inca Trail for 4 days/ 3 nights. I've been doing my research and have found that it is impossible to do the trail without a tour.
We are on a very tight budget for this trip and we're not very fond of the idea of having to pay 500-600$.
My question is :
Can I simply hire a guide for much cheaper and carry my bag and cook my food ?
If I can, how much does it cost and must I reserve or can we simply show up and try finding a tour to book within the next 42 hours of us being in Cusco ?
I know alot of people say it's practicaly impossible to do the trekk carrying our own bags, but we don't have much of a choice and we're experienced in the matter of carrying heave loads on our backs here in Quebec... but I am fully aware that the Fjord of Saguenay is nothing compared to what awaits in Cusco!
Also, we will be making our way to Cusco from Bogota stopping through Quito and I don't know where, any one have any idea how many days that might take me ?
Thanks a bunch !