i know that about this topic was already written a lot but still....
i walk mountains wherever i go also my own country. but i can't have company. it is like meditation. so when people say you can only walk inca trail with a group of tourists i just can't believe you can't go on your own. i have nothing against other travellers but wanna to this walks alone. so is there anybody who did it and can tell me how can i do it? where to go, where to start, ....
It's Peruvian law that you can only walk the Inca Trail with a an official registered guide, working for an officially licensed tour operator. There's five checkpoints along the trail that will check up on this.
If you have too much money, you can probably find a guide who will guide just you (acting as porter at the same time?), and stay out of your way most of the time (excepting the checkpoints). It'll certainly cost you though.
Here's a list of all licensed tour operators for this year to help you get started with finding one. If you actually go that route, it'd be very interesting if you could report back here and let us know who you went with, and how much it ended up costing.
(Oh, and see the information most of the way down this page, under the heading "Private Trek Services". They estimate $1000 for a 2 person group.)
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Nov-2011, at 04:05 by Sander ]
The whole Inka Trail is from Quito to Santiago.
The one that everyone took is the "Classic Inka Trail" which is legendary took as a pilgrim to Machu Picchu and now is "legalized" with a "must buy permit" which requires guide and porter.
There are many other trails that do not require "license" but it is advise to have a guide.
If you don't want to pay, do your research, don't do the Classic Inka Trail, but have the right gear and know the local language (that would help), and after all Good Luck!