- Brilliant trip. Hard work but worth the effort when you reach the sun gate and look down on Machu Picchu. Very challenging 4 days of walking, most of it a constant up hill, glad we had 3 days to acclimatise though as we all suffered from altitude headaches the first couple of days, but plenty of tips from the tour leader.
Fantastic tour leader Hectar, very funny person, always kept your spirits up high. He was very knowledgeable of the Inca's and the surrounding areas. Did everything with us as a whole group which was really nice, no one got left behind which helped us to bond more closely with each other which really helped when some of us needed support.
He Cared very much about the whole team and ensured we were all cared for and made the trip all together. Everyone made it. Plenty of stops along the way for rests. The Inca trail was harder than I imagined it to be and we are keen walkers so having a brilliant tour guide was fantastic. He took us to a couple of restaurants which were great, good value for money too and also a couple of local tours around the area.
Accommodation was a bit basic but more than ample for what you need. Very friendly staff, just ensure you are first to shower as hot water runs out quickly.The tents were put up every day by the porters who were fantastic, they work so hard. There was plenty of food, I think at some point we were all saying no more please, we can't eat anything else. We had breakfast, then provided with a snack for the walk. Lunch mid day, then a drink and snacks around 5 ish and then tea around 7 before bed. The food was cooked to a high standard and we also received cake on the last day cooked fresh, which was amazing.
Would highly recommend this trip as a tick of the bucket list, but would point out that I found quite a lot of the walk to be very challenging as did much of our group, also the altitude effected all of us individually over the week which isn't always easy to assess and prepare for but our tour leader was really great and supportive and was able to provide comfort to some of us when we fell ill and useful tips on how to overcome it.
Published on: 05 July 2016