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.