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My friend and I booked our Machu Picchu trekk in June. You need to book the 4 day tradional Inca trail at least 3/4months in advance as they sell out of permits. We decided to go with a company called Peru Treks (www.perutreks.com). I had asked around before hand from other travellers and they were mentioned again and again as being reliable.
The trek we booked was 4 days, 3 night Inca Trail. It costs $465 US for the trip which includes all food, transport and porters carrying tents etc. We decided to hire the extra porters to carry our other goods for a further $40 US. This was well worth it so that we could walk freely. Some of the guys in group ended up ordering extra porters after the first day for a more expensive price.
The trek was unbelievable but hard work. The majority of the group coped well with the inclines and declines but the altitude seemed to catch up with a few of us. I only suffered from headaches which can be easily blocked with a pain killer. But others suffered with their breathing which slowed them down on the route. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you want to take it as there is always two guides to unsure the group makes it!
The porters are amazing. The run past you with 25 kg on their back up the rocky muddy paths while you scutter behind breathless. They run ahead so that they can set up the tents and start cooking before you arrive. The food with Peru Treks was amazing for where we were. Every meal was a two or three course meal. Sometimes this was too much when you were about to start off on another 4 hour trek uphill!
The guides with Peru Treks are very knowledgable. On some days the walking is very slow as the group is kept together for information about various Inca sites along the way. The last day is spent walking the finally hours to Machu Pichhu and then finally arriving at the Sun Gate over looking the site.
The sun rose too early for us the day we arrived there so even when it was only 6am the light was already out over the ruins. It was stunning though, we lucked out and got the best clear weather that day. Suddenly all the rain we had walked through for the first 3 days was worth it.
The guide gives you an official tour of the site which took about 2 hours. After that we were free to roam the site by ourselves. At only 1pm we were officially spent so caught the bus down to Agua Calientes. This town isn't much to go by but its necessary to go there to catch the train back. We relaxed with a well deserved beer and pizza...such food has never tasted so good after all that walking!