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Old 02-15-2007, 03:49 PM   #1
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from previous research on the Inca Trail I've read all sorts of horror stories about the companies operating on the trail particularly with the poor treatment of the porters.

So as I am booking to do the trail soon, are there any companies to avoid? I had heard that it is more tightly regulated these days by the government?

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With most treks its probably best to wait until you arrive in-country to book, unless your going during the busy season.

I've never been so I don't know of any groups that I could recommend for you, sorry. I know a couple of Tpunks have been down that way...they should post here shortly.
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I've booked with GAP as there is very limited places on the Inca trail (500, 300 of those are porters)
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I've never been, but he only piece of info I can give you is that the Inca Trail is closed during Februrary becaus it's the rainy season. You can still go on to Macchu Picchu, but you have to get there by train.
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Going to be there around August time and would hate to miss it as I'm in the area
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I also recommend booking ahead, based unfortunately NOT on my having been there, yet! Everything I've read concurs that there are a limited number of spots sold on the trail. I've got a website which lists various trek companies bookmarked on my home computer. I'll check it out and send the link...

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Is it possible to hike independently to Macchu Picchu? I'm aware of the regulations and such, I'm just wondering if there's a different trail or any way to reach the ruins without a guided tour. Thanks a bunch, it's appreciated!
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I hiked it last year in late January with Peru Treks. I had a great time, and I'd highly recommend them. It's not possible to hike the trail without a guide, well, if you're a bit adventurous and want to risk getting caught it might be worth a try, and it might not be too hard to do. But there are checkpoints, and you'll have to find ways around them.

It's too bad that you have to have a guide, it's so catered now, with all groups. We had so many tea breaks (coca tea), snacks, good food, tents all set up, it was all great, but it kinda takes the adventure out of it. But I'd still highly recommend it.

If you can do without being able to say you hiked the actual Inca Trail, you might want to look into some of the others routes that are available. There's a few now, although I can't recommend any certain one. You wouldn't need a tour guide, or to pay insane prices to do it. Although you'd need to pack all that food/tent/bag, etc. with you.

Lemme know if you have any other questions . . . oh I miss Peru, I had a great time.

Go rent a motorcycle in Cuzco for $35 for a whole day, with full coverage insurance (that's what he said at least, $25 without the insurance) and spend the day riding through the Sacred Valley checking out all the old ruins. It was a bit crazy, and very beautiful. You'll see the street with the motorcycle shops near the Plaza de Armas.
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