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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the Inca trail hike, however after 4 days it was sad that people who just caught the train to Machu Picchu got better and earlier access under less duress.

If you want to do an amazing hike with great views go for it, it is challenging and rewarding, especially if you don't use a porter. If you want the best access to Machu Picchu just get the train up to aguas calientes and catch the bus up first thing in the morning and save a lot of time and money

Thank tigerbr0
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic experience, we used Intrepid as our tour and were well looked after. You need a reasonable level of fitness to complete, make sure you have correct shoes, clothing etc.

1  Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously, if you don't enjoy this trip their is something wrong with you, we did the 4 day hike up the mountain and took the back door into the park.

Thank Joe M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to take the one-day hike on the Inka Trail that ends at the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Paccu.

You get off of the train from Ollantaytambo at km104. This is a special ticket event so plan ahead. Guide is required.

Maria met us at our Urubamba hotel early and we made the 7:00 train out of Ollantaytambo. About 75 minutes we got off the train, hoisted our backpacks and crossed the river. After the bathroom, sunscreen and bug spray break we passed through a passport control and ticketing station. Then we started.

The initial part was about 15 minutes of gradual climb passing through a few Inka sites. Then the uphill began in earnest...for about three hours. We stopped for a lunch (provided by the tour company) or sandwiches, fruit and snacks at a waterfall near the base of Winay Wayna. Then another 15 minutes of steps through Winay Wayna and a nice discussion on the functions of the site and we were mostly done with climbing...for now.

For about 1.5-2 hours we hiked an undulating trail...some up and some down until we were very near the Sun Gate...then near vertical steps and I mean vertical. Hands and feet stopping every 5 steps to catch your breath for 15 minutes. A few more rises and Machu Piccu appears on the horizon.

About a hour downhill gets you to Machi Piccu proper.

The is one of the most amazing experiences I've had. Hiking in the path of the Inkas is truly an honor. The air is clear, the vistas are expansive and \beyond description and the feeling of accomplishment is worth every step.

Get Maria as your guide. She really loves the trail and gives you much more that you can possibility ask. Good boots are a must. Pack water, rain gear and snacks. SLow down and enjoy what you are doing.

There are at least two passport control and ticket gates, so, don't try this on your own as you'll be turned back.

Total time is about 6 hours and about 8 miles in distance and 2700 feet up.

1  Thank Brad B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thanks to Marcia an Inca descendant with Intrepid for one of the most memorable treks I have done. This is a fantastic part of the world & a must for any adventurer, Marcia is so passionate about her heritage & is full of knowledge.
Tracks are unlevel so good hiking boots are essential if you want good support & cushioning underneath, other essentials are sunscreen & insect repellent.
A really beautiful experience with an amazing view of Machu Picchu from the Sungate, one I will never forget.

Thank Jeanette S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Inca Trail Classic itself was simply amazing, am still feeling super grateful for this beautiful Experience with Local Trekkers Peru the company we used for this trek.
We were a group of 10 people and Local Trekkers gave us 2 guides the main was Willy and his assistant Ronald, these guys were amazing very professional very knowledgeable about the peruvian history.

The trek was really well organised by local Trekkers, especially with Willy and Ronald as our guides who are extremely experienced, funny and motivating trekking guides with excellent English. We also had Thomas as our cookman and our porters, Samuel, Rafael, Wilson, and many others who i don’t remember their names they were also very friendly and always smiling. Thomas did a good job in the kitchen with thomas you do not have to worry about feeding, you will always be well fed with him and especially with very delicious meals. Then our porters were very helpful for Thomas and for us, he helped Thomas in the kitchen preparing varied and tasty food, then they carried all camping equipments from a campsite to another.

I Highly recommend this Amazing trek to everyone and Local Trekekrs Peru you will have a great Experience.

3  Thank amewica18
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended Andean Hikers Peru by some friends and we were not disappointed. From the first contact with a simple email, we realized that we chose very well. We did the classic Inca trail for 4 days and we had a wonderful experience, We did this trek in a group of 8 people all coworkers, we were planning this trip for 2 years and this 2018 we did it, obviously we booked months in advance due to the strict and limited which is the Inca Trail.

Everything was organized very well from the beginning to the end, we were picked up from the airport and dropped off at the door of our hotel, we stayed in Cusco some days taking advantage of the tours in the surroundings and acclimating to the altitude. The day before starting the trek, we had an introduction with our excellent guide "Pacha" who explained all the aspects the pros and cons of this wonderful trek. Pacha was not only an excellent guide but also a professional in every sense of the Word, hHe is a very knowledgeable guide, very careful with us, friendly and fun. We had a nice time with him, knowing and learning a little more about the Incas, Peru and its culture. Thanks to him we had a woderful experience.
We also want to thank our cook, Sandro, and our porters, who helped us a lot to make this trek possible.

Finally we thank Andean Hikers Peru for making this trek a lifetime Experience.

2  Thank jportocarrer
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get ready for a life-changing experience: Every aspect of this trip and each activity was well organized by Enigma and far surpassed my expectation. The adventure started in Lima. The guides in Lima were passionate and informative about the foods and cultures of Peru. They led us through a market where we sampled literally a dozen different fruits that I had never seen before. Sacred Valley provided acclimation to the altitude and a preview of the spectacular scenery that abounds on the Classic Inca trail. Sacred Valley was where we began learning in earnest about the Inca culture and about the Quechua culture living in the Andes. The most spectacular aspect of the trip was entirely attributable to our guide “Nilo” who had both the passion and enthusiasm combined with a phenomenal understanding, respect, and reverence for the Inca culture and Quechua culture which in some way I know each and every fellow trekker internalized. As Nilo referred to us, we were a “happy family” of 15 who traversed the Inca trail in 4 days/3 nights along with our two guides, Nilo and Elvie, our 27 exceedingly helpful and strong porters who passed us in the first five minutes along the trail, and one talented chef. Thank you Nilo and Enigma for this life-altering adventure. If anyone has the opportunity to travel with Enigma: snatch it… and hopefully you will be fortunate enough to get Nilo and Elvie as guides!

Dana Goldstein/USA
October 2018

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Reviewed October 10, 2018

My son and I completed the 4 day Inca trail May 12, 2018. There is no question that the Inca trail is the most amazing trail in the world. Do not be naive and think it is just another trail and will be easy to complete, without question this was the most difficult physical challenge I have ever completed in my life. There are Numerous times where you come to a section on the trail and you say to yourself there is no way I can accomplish this but you have no alternative, you just do it ! We had beautiful weather only a half hour of light rain the entire 10 days we were there. May is a great time to go 60’s during the day but 30’s at night.

Before you start the trail spend 2 days in cusco to get acclimated to the altitude.

This is a trip you have to do once in your life.

Thank chirswilliams
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

I have just returned from hiking this trail with my adult daughter.
It is a place of stunning beauty.
The trail is definitely a physical challenge and one needs a level of fitness
The arrival at the Sun Gate, the descent into MP letting the city unfold as one approaches is, is an amazing experience.
We ended with an optional hike up Huayna Piccu mountain, although it was tough after a 4 day hike, the stunning views from there were oh so worth it.
We did this trip with Llama Path and I cannot say enough great things about them. The planning was meticulous. Our guide Jose-Luis(Pepe) was one of the best guides I've ever had, his absolute love of this area is evident and he is a fountain of knowledge. He was encouraging all the way when the going was tough.
And the food-- well chef Fernando -- how do you do it -- multiple course meals every meal with fresh ingredients, we couldn't believe the dishes that kept arriving-- thank you Fernando especially as this needed to accommodate gluten free-- absolutely delicious -- and the last day a gluten free cake -- wow!
A truly fabulous experience.
With a truly great team from Llamapath

Thank tinekevermaat
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