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Inca Trail Trek PQ
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Inca Trail Trek
What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
The whole camping in the mountains experience was incredible. The best thing about this tour with Explore is that they spread it out over 4 days and stay at much quieter campsites than the usual 3 day trek many others do. Most nights, we were either the only group camping or 1-2 others. One campsite we arrived at for lunch (that other groups stay the night over at) had 400 people! Explore pick incredible campsites and it means you get to enjoy the views all to yourself.
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
Pabel was amazing. Very friendly, incredible local knowledge and always kept spirits in the group high, despite one member suffering a little with altitude sickness. He ensured we always walked at a manageable pace, always making us laugh and singing us songs, and sat with us and played cards and drank coffee in the evenings. Once we got back to Cusco he even took us out for two lovely meals to locally recommended restaurants. A fabulous tour leader.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
The single room option is good if you fancy a little of your own space either side of the trek - as it's very reasonably priced too. A head torce is a must for the trek, as are comfortable boots, a warm jacket (it gets very cold at night)and dry shampoo for the ladies!!
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
Seeing Macchu Picchu in the distance.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Excellent. He was very knowledgable and keen to talk to us. Even though he frequently undertakes that trip, he was still in awe of what he was seeing.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Trekking sticks are essential.
I had a fantastic time on the Inca Trail, sometimes it was hard and I had to dig deep but overall I can say that I even enjoyed the trail! I enjoyed meeting people that I wouldn't normally come into contact with (real trekkers!) and found the conversation really interesting and had some right laughs. I have made good friends and would like to keep in touch with them. The camping was OK but I am happier in a real bed. The food was great and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time was awesome – although I was a little tired by then. Can’t wait until my next walking holiday. Thanks Explore.
A wonderful opportunity to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world, arriving by such a spectacular route made the experience very special. I would recommend walking the Trail to anyone able and fit enough as the total immersion into Inca culture and the remoteness of the Andes over 4 days made the buzz of getting to Machu Picchu even better – I felt like Indiana Jones / Hiram Bingham! Our guide explained all the significant structures to bring the citadel alive and answered our questions and enriched our visit to the Lost City– Jorge and Jesus were excellent - and I could not have managed the Trail without their care and support.
Although this isn’t the normal style of trip I take I was looking forward to doing the walk with the great reward of finishing the Inca Trail and seeing Machu Picchu once we had achieved the 4 day trek. The food and the camping was a good part of the trip but I really found the walking hard for someone with little or no experience of trekking. I personally thought this was hard for my first trek and after reading anybody with reasonable fitness levels can do it I thought I would be ok. I personally think trekking and camping experience before this type of trip is a must and would make you much better prepared for what lies ahead.
An amazing life changing experience, fantastically organised and operated with a pitch that accommodated all abilities. From start to finish (except the final flight, my own fault) the trip operated like clockwork, it is clear that the quality of the delivery is paramount to Explore.
The trip was a fantastic experience. I am not going to lie and say it was an easy one but I think that was more due to my lack of experience on this kind of trip more than anything else. There were many first time experiences for me on the Inca Trail trip and I created memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. Explore as a company provide an amazing service. They looked after us so well. I also just want to add that I think the group you trek with really help to make this a great experience; I really do think this was the case with our group. Diverse but fantastic!
This trip exceeded my expectations on all levels. The trekking was superb. The guides exceptional, the Explore team and group combined to create a great mix of people. We managed to squeeze in so much including white water rafting and a amazing rail journey at the end to top it off. Fantastic.
The Inca Trail was not my first trek but it was my first time to South America and my first time into the southern hemisphere. Stepping off the plane in Cusco was the first realization that I was back at Altitude, a feeling that I had not had for some time. Cusco was brilliant and my favorite part was going into the local market and seeing all the locally grown produce (and delicacies) for sale.Read more
The locals are amazing. They are so welcoming and smiley. Before we started our trek we went white water rafting – which was a brilliant ice breaker for the group and I can’t remember the last time I had laughed so hard with my whitewater rafting crew. I had never been white water rafting but I would certainly recommend it. I had not been trekking for quite a few years and I could not wait to start the Inca Trail, and it certainly lived up to my expectations. The 1st day of walking was really gentle and it was the day when the group establish their walking pace and getting to know each other. Day 2 was a 1,000m ascent up and over Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m). I am not going to say it was easy, as it wasn’t but the feeling at the top was sheer elation and the views were outstanding., not to mention the amazing wildlife and fauna along the way – although I don’t think you appreciate it whilst you are ascending. The 3rd day was a long but enjoyable walking day – apart from the rain – but we were all prepared for it and it didn’t spoil the day. I never expected to see as many Inca ruins as we saw, they were almost around every corner and the scenery was breathtaking. On our final day on the trail we were up before 4am – and the tents were being pulled down around us as our crew were eager to get us to breakfast, and I was eager to see Machu Picchu. Once the gates opened for the final stage of the trail it was a gentle 2 hour walk to get to the sun gate - once you had climbed- the locally named – OMG steps. What a moment. I was overcome with the moment, my first glimpse – still a little way away – of Machu Picchu. I had seen it in the magazines, books and on TV and I was finally here. It was awesome and a moment I will never forget. The whole trip was excellent, the tour leader, Jorge and his team were outstanding and really helped every member of the team achieve their dream of seeing one of the 7 wonders of the world. I would like to go back – but for longer next time.