Utterly wrong. We did the (as it happens) "Real" Inca Trail (call it whole or part or whatever you choose to) for, including the gruelling bus from Lima and a good bed for 4 nights $250 each. This included Macchu Picchu and a lot more. The only extra was food, which was very cheap.
To those not in the know, ditch the commercial promos for it. As I said, just like an African safari that can be done for just a few dollars (plus the hire of a vehicle and guide.. very cheap).
Anyone who pays over $250 each for the Inca trail 4 dayer (including the bus and a bed) is being ripped off.
Excepting a couple of the campground closest to the sungate, there are no real beds on the classic inca trail; only campgrounds. I'm interested in learning what it was that you did, though. (My best guess at this moment is that it was an extended version of the 2d/1n "short" inca trail which goes from Chachabamba to Wiñay Wayna and arrives at Machu Picchu at the end of the first day, to then have you stay overnight in Aguas Calientes? But you wouldn't have gone via Llactapata, Dead Woman's Pass, Sayacmarca, "the gringo killer" and so on? This latter is what is understood to be the classic inca trail, the route which everyone means when they say "the inca trail" and which everyone wants to do, regardless of the attraction in all the alternative trails such as the Lares Trek, etc.)
Edit: also, how long ago was the $250? The prices for both Machu Picchu and access to the inca trail have been rising rapidly over the last couple of years (the Peruvian government does this as an unsuccessful and halfhearted attempt to limit the number of visitors and thus limit the damage they do to these sites), so something which cost $250 just a couple of years ago might now easily be $100 more.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Oct-2009, at 11:30 by Sander ]
Post 12, as you insist on being a continuous doubter of my travels, Firstly PM me your email address and I will send you some photos and if you are so insensed with insisting I couldn't have done the proper or classic (whatever you want to call it) trail, I'll send you footage on camcorder too, and a photocopy of my entry permit as well if you like.
Our trek which was last year, hope that's not too much of a shock for you so far, covered..
Day 1.. Cusco (where we stayed for 3 days), Patallacta and Huayllabamba. There we got a bed for the night in set up huts on the campsites. But you're going to doubt that aren't you. Oops, you have already in your earlier post.
Day 2.. Huayllambamba, Warmiwanusca (or Dead Woman's Pass as you choose to call it, that we wouldn't have gone to), Viscachayoc, down to Pacaymayu and believe it or not another night in a bed, not tent.
Day 3.. We went to Sayacmarca, Phuyu Patamarka and Winay Huayna.
Day 4.. Inti Punku and after to Machu Picchu, before taking the bus to Aguas, the train back to Cusco and a further bus back to Lima.
But then that wouldn't be the proper Inca trail were on would it?
Oh and to quote you on there being no beds, only campgrounds, try looking in the huts. That's if you've ever actually been to South America.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Oct-2009, at 12:09 by BedouinLeo ]
Such spritied exchanges, can we kiss and make up?
Seems a real shame when someone gives advice on their experiences, that such insults get thrown back. But never mind eh?
It was a wonderful trip we did out there. Very tiring, but so magical.
Can we kiss and make up? I can't sorry, as I never fell out with anyone in the 1st place