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1. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Hi All

Does anyonw know if you can you do the inca trail without guides and stay in accommodation (ie no camping)?

thanks in advance

Fussy

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

It is a requirement that the Peruvian government has put in place that you have to hike the trail with a guide and only 500 people (including guides and porters) are allowed on the trail per day.

I have heard of one Inca trail trek that doesn't include camping, but I think it is pretty expensive, starting a £1200...I actually read an article in the Guardian newspaper (UK) which gave details of the company that does this trek. See this part of the article for details.

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Thanks for the response and link. Fussy.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Hi Fussy,

No, unfortunately, you can't do the trail without guides. In the past, it was possible, but there were too many incidents or people going missing/accidents etc. Also, they are trying to protect the inca trail and limit the number of people who trek it every day.

Also, there is no accommodation anywhere. The Inca Trail is path way up in the Andes through some of the most remote terrain in the world. You dont pass any villages/towns. You can only camp, and you can only camp at designated spots.

You need the guides - unless you are a serious trekker, this will more than likely not be the kind of landscape that you are used to. So, believe me, you'll be very glad of having the guides with you to take care of everything.

I hope that answers your question. If you need any extra info, just let me know.

Ev

5. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Hi Ev

thanks for the info.

do you know anything about All Trek, http://www.alltrekcusco.com/inkatrail4day.htm

They have a very resonable price that includes all the essentials.

thanks Fussy

6. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

Have a look at this thread below. Several people have recommended (or not!) operators. I personally would recommend Andean Life they camped next to us the entire way and got nothing but glowing reviews.

We used All Trek and would not recommend them, we wish we had paid a little bit more! I was really ill with constant diahorrea from the first night on the Trail and the guide said that I had angered Mother Nature and she was paying me back! The guide and the porters also drank the wine which was meant to be for us on the last night, ate the cake which was meant to be for us also and our mid-morning 'snack' was an orange each...we later found out we should have had sandwiches and more fruit and again the guide and porters ate them! The guide also got very, very moody and wouldn't allow us to wander around Macchu Picchu alone when we got there and insisted on following us around mst of the time, we had to hide to get rid of him!

At the end of the trek the guide stood over us and made us write a good testimonial, making it clear we would only get our train tickets back when we had written it!

7. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Dear loubylou

thanks for your very inforamtive post, it looks like All Trek are out, I think I will book with Inca-Trail http://www.incatrail.net/

Fussy

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Hey Fussy,

Some Irish girls I met in Cusco used All Trek. They paid a lot less than I did, but they seemed happy enough. I dont think they had many comforts though.

I did the trip with United Mice who I was really impressed with . They are one of the more expensive tour operators, next to SAS, but I couldn't recommend them highly enough. I was expecting to be really roughing it for the 4 days, but we had an amazing tour guide and all the porters were great. The food was surprisingly good.

Again, I think a number of factors come into play in your overall impression with a tour group. A lot of the time it comes down to the kind of people you end up with. If the general atmosphere is good and you're having fun, you're a lot less likely to pick on the little things that you could otherwise notice. At the end of the day, you are trekking for four days in pretty extreme conditions so I would say go with that expectation and remember what those porters have to do every day just for you. There were a couple of girls on one group (not ours) and all they did was whinge about the conditions. People like that just shouldn't go on the Inca Trail. It was the wet season, they hadn't obviously done any research before they went. For some reason, they didn't think it was going to be a tough climb. They put on make up every morning before they even opened the door of their tents.

In my opinion, it's worth paying that extra bit of money to go with a good tour group, have a guide with a decent knowledge of the local history and to have a good chef!!

Hope that helps a bit. If you've any other questions just let me know. ;)

Lucky thing.. I'd love to be going back...

9. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Thanks to all the helpful posts about Trek companies. I settled for Inca Trail reservations. www.IncaTrailReservations.com

They have a lot of information on their site about what they provide, they are mid price range, USD405, they also don't stick you for a free for using a credit card.

We don't go until Jan 09, will write a review upon our return.

thanks to all

Fussy