Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
[SEPT 2nd - 15th, 2010]
4 days and 3 nights
My friend decided to do the entire trek while I originally wanted to cheat and take the easy way in by train. I'm glad I went with it and decided to do the trek as this was by far the most physically challenging activity I have done in life. This is NOT for the faint of heart. If you don't like camping, don't like peeing with roaches, don't like walking, don't like squat toilets that are not clean and smelly and very dirty, don't like not showering for days, then this is not for you.
I managed to find a reputable inca trail tour company called Llamapath. They were highly recommended by other Travbuddies [Travbuddy is a social networking community of travelers] so I decided to research them and later reserved the trek to trek with them. I've made a great choice. They take good care of their porters and the porters are treated very well and are respected comparing to other trek companies. Huge thanks to the tour guide and the porters who gave our group less headache of carrying our personal items. Yes the porters can carry your personal items when you ask for one. The strength of these porters are unbelievable. It takes us hours to trek a short distance but not for the porters nor the guides.
While trekking your cocoa leaves are your best friend. With such elevation you may or may not become light-headed. In-between breaks are recommended if you are not in good shape like myself hahaha. You do this for 4 days and you'll finally make it to your final destination, MACHU PICCHU. Our group was tired by the first day so for us to make it to the 4th day and to Machu Picchu was.....I'm not quite sure how to describe that feeling. Our tour guide gives up props for not taking the easy lazy people way hahaha. :)