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Gwaihir
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1 - 01-25-2011, 09:48 PM
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Anyone ever do the Inka Trail hike to Machu Picchu? My wife and I are thinking about doing it (also a trip over the Nazca lines) and are looking for a good, reputable company to go through.

Anyone do this trip and can let us know who you went through, experiences etc?
 
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Dotting this thread because I want to do this in the next 5 years.

I have no useful information to provide.
 
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I didn't do Inka Trail, but from what I saw there were a lot of local companies that you could arrange that trip with once you land in Peru... saw a lot of people doing that. Also from what I've heard Inka trail is INTENSE... so you better be fit enough for it.

The 2-hour hike up Wayna Picchu was good enough for me.
 
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Firstly; go in the off season.

Second: don't book up front.. just go there.. there are lot's of companies all around the main squares in cusco where you can book the inka trail hike from.. People from all over south america used to tell us that it would be hard to get on to them if you didn't book.. but that was bull****.. if we booked it would've costed us like 400/500 dollars.. while going just to a tour agency and get it 'on the fly' costed me 180 dollars..

Yes, the inka trail is intense.. especially the first day.. but from the 2nd day on we started doing cocaine along the way and it all worked out just keep in mind that you keep going up steps which could be like a half a metre each.. it get's into your legs after a day..

Oh and.. be sure to tip the people who accompany you well.. these guys are insane.. they run the trails ahead of the group to set up camp and such.. you should see them go.. it's amazing
 
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Better get there before 2012!!!11!!
 
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Goshin
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6 - 01-25-2011, 11:16 PM
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inca =! maya

 
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7 - 01-25-2011, 11:19 PM
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They are brown people who made incredible structures. They are the same, but different.
 
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egyptians?

 
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Jim Beam
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Yup. Even less brown.
 
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American Republicans would totally frown upon your endeavors

We completely hate exploration and free thought.
 
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Jim Beam
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Not at all. That **** is cool. Do it. Explore.
 
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fraggle
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12 - 01-25-2011, 11:32 PM
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the trail is a waste of time... go see machu picchu then do a tour of the sacred valley and hike up the other structures. the trail just walks you through the mountains the views are meh. the sacred valley stuff is awesome, cooler than machu picchu imo.
 
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13 - 01-26-2011, 12:58 AM
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Get some altitude before you go. Just because you're fit doesn't mean you won't suffer. A friend of mine went who is really fit and they were puking the whole time from altitude sickness.


And tip your sherpa. They're badass.
 
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BeLiaL
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14 - 01-26-2011, 01:14 AM
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why not just do it without a guide?
 
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Jim Beam
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15 - 01-26-2011, 01:15 AM
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Because it is a jungle!
 
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Vault
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16 - 01-26-2011, 02:20 AM
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If you can, skip the trail and try to sneak in via the jungle. It's a risk in that you may/may not get to the city but it's infinitely more fun and a cooler story than "i paid some cash and followed some out of shape tourists up the trail to the city"

Sneaking into Machu Picchu
 
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17 - 01-26-2011, 02:53 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BeLiaL View Post
why not just do it without a guide?
its illegal to walk the trail without a guide... some arcane peruvian law enforced to produce tourist $s for the economy.
 
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BeLiaL
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18 - 01-26-2011, 02:55 AM
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figures
 
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fraggle
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as for the altitude, cusco is @ 11000 ft and machu picchu is only 6500 ft. i didn't have a problem with the altitude in either place and i'm hardly a physical specimen.
 
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someone posted a day or two ago that there doing this in the very near future.
 
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