The Inca Trail
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 88%Adventure Travelers
- 66%History Buffs
- 66%Green Travelers
- 61%Local Culture
- 56%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (28)
- The Inca TrailMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 06, 2014
The world famous Inca Trail, a much talked about trek through the jungle, past Inca ruins, and ending at Machu Picchu. The trek, if done in full, takes approximately 4-5 days. I opted to do the "short" Inca Trail, hopping off the train from Aguas Calientes at the Vilcanota River footbridge, and hiking 6 miles towards Machu Picchu. This was a one day, 5-hour hike with our guide. We were glad we got to see Inca ruins along the way (Chachabamba and Winya Wayna) and breathtaking views of the mountains, river, and forest around us. When we arrived at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), it was the highlight of the trek. We could see Machu Picchu below and realize how far we came. The trail itself was well maintained and easy to navigate. It was about two people wide for the most part, at least in the "short" Inca Trail. A very memorable trek.
- The Inca TrailMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Feb 11, 2014
Don't be fooled. The Inca Trail is a serious hike. For good or bad, visitors are now forced to do the trail with a guide and it can be done in relative luxury. Even with porters, the altitude can be brutal. I was fortunate enough to do this one back when the trails were virtually empty. Unfortunately, it seems that the trail is now extremely crowded so may not be the peaceful hike you had hoped for and you will have to plan well in advance to get your permits. I loved this hike but I'm not sure I would today.
- The Inca TrailOct 21, 2013
What can you say about the Inca Trail? One of the all time world wide classic hikes. believe the hype, don't stress about the crowds (the government limits numbers) just get ready for a hike of a lifetime!
- The Inca TrailMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Aug 06, 2013
While most visitors to Machu Picchu take the train in from Cusco, I would *strongly* recommend taking the road less traveled. The Inca trail is a 3 night - 4 day adventure along an ancient path walked by the Incas - takes you through misty valleys, past waterfalls and over several passes that are 3,000 meters high. It is breathtaking, and if you time it right you can arrive in Machu Picchu at sunrise, before the tourist hordes later in the morning. Most people take guided tours (which you can book in Cusco) and either carry their own pack or hire a porter to carry their stuff for them. Either way, the journey is strenuous, and you should come prepared with warm gear, rain gear, etc. Still one of the coolest things I have ever done.
- The Inca TrailMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Jul 18, 2013
Amazing. Worth doing again and again, and a life-list "must do" for anyone who loves wilderness and ancient cultures. Really, one of the best times I've had...
- The Inca TrailMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesApr 29, 2013
I went with Intrepid Travel to hike the Inca Trail. AMAZING TRIP!
So worth it and the scenery/experience was once in a lifetime. It's a 28km hike spread over 4 days. You get 3 full meals per day plus snacks. The porters we had during the trip were amazing. They even baked us a cake! (Mind you they don't have an oven)
Please be aware that you may get altitude sickness. Be prepared with medicine and coca leaves to help alleviate symptoms. I would suggest staying in Cusco a few days prior to the trail to acclimate as Cusco is at a higher elevation than when you start the trail in the Sacred Valley.
This trail is so amazing and I have priceless memories here.
- The Inca TrailAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 25, 2013
This was on the top of my bucket list...an exhilarating hike where every turn had a grand panorama we thought couldn't be better. Get into shape and acclimate well before hiking. Also, if you had a knee injury recently, don't push it! Someone came with a brace, slipped and dislocated his knee again on day one. Day two kicked my butt, but the challenge was great. Day three was my favorite day because of the green scenery. Winay Wayna are ruins you can see st the end of the third day -- this was almost as rewarding as Machu Picchu itself!
- The Inca TrailNov 19, 2012
What a journey, four days & 40+ km of trekking, I really enjoyed this experience. The altitude at times made this tough going but the trail itself is exceptional. Camping outdoors, awoken every morning with a cup of cocoa tea, this was an experience I'll never forget. It really showcases the natural beauty of Peru, from snow capped Mountains to deep gorges it really is stunning.You don't have to be super fit for this trek, so if you get the chance just do it.
- The Inca TrailJul 17, 2012
This is a bit of a non-review but just to say that there are so many other lovely ways to trek to the Macchu Picchu, as lovely, less crowded and more respectful of the environment and the people hired to carry your bags. Try the Choquequirao trek and hire a local guide and his donkeys; you'll save on money and gain in knowledge and enjoyment!