"This is what we call sharing on the Inca Trail" Top 5 Page for this destination Machu Picchu by richiecdisc

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Mention the names “Machu Picchu” and “Inca Trail,” and it sends shivers down most travelers’ backs. And it’s for good reason. Machu Picchu is perhaps the most important archeological discovery of the past 100 years and certainly South America’s top drawing card. Shrouded in mystery as much as misty clouds, the near mythical site conjures images of the legendary Incas as they went about their extraordinary existence in the sprawling ancient city. Even with such high expectations, few visitors leave dissatisfied. And what better way to arrive than via the Inca Trail? Combining incredible mountain scenery, lush jungle-like forest and numerous picturesque ruins, the Inca Trail is justifiably the most popular backpacking trek on the continent. So, what do you get when you combine the premier hike with the number one tourist attraction in all of South America? Well, a lot of bureaucracy for one thing. Such is the popularity of the trail that it is now forbidden to tackle the hike without using a licensed guide and that translates to going on a guided trek. This actually puts even more people in the footsteps of the Incas. But even with the hassle involved in doing the hike and all the people crowding the trail, it remains a rare and special walk. Passing through a cloud forest with hummingbirds darting about, snowy peaks rising amongst the lush green hills, and well spaced Inca ruins, you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful terrain even without a dream destination. But add to this, magical Machu Picchu as the culmination to your sweat and you can understand why you simply cannot have this place to yourself.

  • Last visit to Machu Picchu: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jan 6, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    lol to the sharing story! my group were great, and they actually shared with me when i was a bit faint - i got a banana! yay. cant believe you even had hail on your trek, you sure copped some foul weather! good tips here mate!

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    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Great comments on Machu Picchu but I don't think the porter thing is just a money grab. The trail was being loved to death by people who were leaving trash and damage behind - the porters help control this.

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    Jul 9, 2007 at 3:03 AM

    Great tips. I'm going to do Inca trail in October 2007, so your tips were very useful.

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    Apr 12, 2006 at 12:28 AM

    Dude! You had how many bers at how many feet of altitude?!?!

  • thedouglas's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2006 at 4:24 AM

    Really enjoyed your Machu Picchu pages - is on the short list. Just a shame the flight is so long from Oz.

  • Jan 22, 2006 at 9:12 AM

    Excellent info. Am going in September and have never done anything like this before. Your tips were very useful

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    Sep 18, 2005 at 6:06 AM

    Machu Piccu must be a wonderful spot - however, I don't know if I would like to do it being forced to travel in a group. Awesome pictures you have !

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2004 at 12:41 PM

    You are right about that wonderful place...

  • scotlandscotour's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2004 at 3:33 AM

    My sincere thanks for sharing this experience with us. This moves to the top of my Wish List.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2004 at 7:11 AM

    Very interesting. I'd love the ruins, llamas, and alpaccas.... Quite a trip.


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