- We had a fabulous trip to Machu Picchu with Explore in May 2016. Roger, our tour guide, really made the trip special with his local knowledge and passion about his ancestors, the Incas. He made sure that everyone in our group could complete the trek and fully enjoy the experience.
Condor Travel are the local tour operator for this trip and did a great job to ensure everything ran smoothly. Their local transport was good, and they used local village porters for the trek who were amazing.
The itinerary was excellent. I chose this trek as it provided a few days in Puno to acclimatise at altitude. We needed this as my wife and I were sick on the first evening in Puno. It didn't last long and we only missed a short walk around Puno.
The accommodation was basic but clean - I'm happy with a comfortable bed and a decent shower! Yes, the rooms can get cold at night and there were some occasions when we had to wait for hot water, but this wasn't a problem.
The food in Peru was much better than expected, even on the trek. Snacks were provided each day for the trek, and so I didn't eat much of the "tuck shop" I carried with me! Condor made sure there was plenty of hand sanitiser available at meal times. We didn't have stomach upsets.
You need local currency, except for the optional tours and group tip collection which are paid in US dollars. That said, exchanging US dollars is easy, and they are accepted in shops and restaurants too. Plenty of ATMs available in Puno, Cusco and Lima.
(a) take walking poles to protect your knees - there are some tough uphill and downhill sections
(b) get fitter before you go
(c) take warm clothes for night time
(d) you'll need a poncho for hiking through the rain/cloud forest sections
(e) be prepared for mosquitoes - but we have no problems in May (I'm usually a magnet for them but I didn't get bitten once or need to use a protective spray)
(f) choose to climb Machu Picchu Mountain - a tough climb but fabulous views (need to book at the same time as your tour)
(g) Put essentials in hand luggage - our bags didn't make it back from Cusco to Lima until the following evening so we had two days in one set of clothes! Thankfully we booked an extra night in Lima before flying home.
(h) Laundry can be done in Cusco, and it's cheap.
(i) We took our own sleeping bags, but others hired them through our guide. They came with liners.
(j) Opt for the direct flight from London Gatwick to Lima. A new route opened in May 2016 by British Airways.
Book this trip, and have a great experience of trekking the Inca Trail.
Published on: 05 June 2016