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“Inca Trail”
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Inca Trail
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco
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Private Overnight Tour: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail
Ranked #3 of 174 things to do in Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

the Inca Trail has become a must for many international travelers which is well deserved. it is by no means a wilderness trek tho on the 2 middle days of hiking, one is truly "out there." it is a spiritual journey even for one not of the Inca mind. it was difficult at times to find this spiritual place due to the # of trekkers, porters and others on the trail. mostly on the great, arduous climbs over 13,000' where "free trekking" occurred was it the best for being on one's own. interesting to see how much or little gear many of my fellow trekkers took along on the journey as anything can happen at high altitudes on such an adventure. machu picchu is All That and more as well as the other sites to be seen. G Adventures was my trek company of choice after reviewing many competitive options. it was a well handled event in which gliches are always realized but its part of the adventure. Key- take ample time to do all the sites possible as there is much to see, read, experience. did a raft trip on the urabamba river after the trek was over that was well worth the expense. do not pay over $50.00.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

i did it with perutreks and they are really organized: great food, good tents where sleeping in and really good guides (mine were Claudio and Naomi): only pity, quite expensive, above all against others in southamerica as camino hasta la ciudad perdida: but it is true that if it is expensive, it is more organized and only (!!) 500people can walk there

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

during the inca trail we have learned that Machu Picchu is not only the lost city, but a network of sites in the sacred valley. Therefore I would recommend everybody to de the inca trail to get to Machu Picchu! We have had the privilege to be guided by Jimmicito papapuma, which took us along the history of the inca empire.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Be prepared to hike in conditions that are rugged yet inspiring. We only did the last day- exiting Cusco train with a 9 mile hike UP to the Sun Gate. Walks are rocky, stairs are numerous and up steep inclines. VERY primitive toilet conditions- icky really! Stay hydrated- lots of water- and keep hand sanitizer hooked to backpack and use it constantly! Do NOT pet animals....intestinal upheaval carriers! Make sure you are prepared physically AND emotionally...but if you can hike it you feel you can do anything! PS... Due to pounding of the trail conditions husband lost toe nail and had nerve damage on toes even when using his well- made and broken-in favorite hiking boots.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is an amazing once in a lifetime hiking experience covering 4 days/3 nights. The scenery is spectacular with the finale being Macchu Piccu. Our group of 9 hikers booked through Active Adventure South America was just the right size, assisted by 15 porters! Unfortunately 7 out of 9 were affected with intestinal distress, I myself was affected on the second and most difficult day of the journey. What I found deplorable was that in Peru you do not flush toilet paper due to narrow pipes. What was unfathomable was that the parks department did not leave proper waste baskets for toilet paper disposal and used toilet paper was piled on window sills and on the last morning I encountered a toilet with a pile of paper knee high!!!! The smell was overwhelming. As this is a Unesco World Heritage site the Peruvian government should better handle waste management and cleaning the toilets. I not only encountered toilets covered with fecal matter but also saw fecal matter on the trails indicative of intestinal distress among other hikers as well. I have hiked many of the National Parks in the U.S. and have used outhouses, and primitive toilets, but never in my life have I encountered what I saw along the Inca trail.

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