How much have you paid for the Inca Trail?
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2013 2:21 PM Last Post By: urchin79
Feb 1, 2013 3:45 PM
Feb 4, 2013 6:48 AM
16You need a permit for the Trail and the actual ruins of Machu Picchu themselves. If you don't do the trail then you always buy a pass to the ruins and take the bus up the mountain.
As far as trail operators go, I will be using GAdventures - http://www.gadventures.com/trips/the-inca-trail/SPIT/2013/
It's a little on the pricy side compared to other I have researched, but it includes a personal porter, tent, sleeping pad, and entrance to the ruins and also a guided tour through Sacred Valley as well as three nights in a hotel while you are in Cusco. Other operators make you pay additional $$ for all these things and none include a hotel. So despite being a little expensive I actually found it to be the best bang for your buck. It's also highly recommended (Lonely Planet's choice of operator). You could save money by booking with someone else and staying in a Hostel, but I'll doing that for a week before the Trail so a Hotel will be nice!
Feb 5, 2013 8:14 AM
17Yeah the occasional hotel is nice to get proper sleep before a trek.
However, i've just received my guide book and within a couple of pages there is a photo and description of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range... need I say more? It's a bit out the way so will have to investigate more. And i'm not sure if it's possible to do shorter treks or if they will only be epic expeditions. I feel I have to go there tho! I will still need to goto Cusco tho as my flights home start from there.
Feb 5, 2013 11:40 AM
18There is a short trek (3 days I think) close to Huaraz - does a loop from Lake Llangunuco to a valley a bit further down. Can't remember the name of the trek or any real details of it - I had a go at doing it but the group I was with weren't exactly trekkers and when we were informed there was snow on the pass we decided to turn back.
I do remember a nice trek that you can straight from Huaraz to Lake Churup - you take a combi from Huaraz for about 30 minutes and then walk for a few hours to the lake and a few hours back. It was really pretty and every time I went there, I was the only person at the lake.
Feb 5, 2013 2:21 PM
19Cool thanks, sounds like a place to stay at for a while. Shame I only have 3 weeks, I would like to get to Machu Picchu for a few days too.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$45.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
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(3 star Hotel)
From US$170.00 per night