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Vital Information Regarding the Inca Trail

A September 2005 trip to Cusco by WitlessWanderer

Plaza de Armas Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: You now need to book one month in advance.

Vital Information Regarding the Inca Trail

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Overview

Plaza de Armas Photo, Cusco, Peru
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No one ever told me that Cusco would be like this! I had heard about the fantastic colonial architecture and was prepared for the broad avenues that populate the centre of other Peruvian cities, but the reality is very different. Cusco is full of narrow, winding streets, piled high with ancient Inca masonry. It gives the place such character. As Cusco is in a valley, from the San Blas region, you can look out over the whole city. The sea of tiled roofs occasionally broken by icebergs of church towers is wonderful, but very European. In fact, the combination of these factors makes this city appear much like Florence. How ironic that this city that most strongly resisted the Spani...Read More

Inca Trail

Attraction

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You now need to book 1 month in advance.

This is due to regulatory changes from March 2005, which have not made it into even the latest editions of most major guides. You can no longer expect to turn up the week before and expect to get on the trail. Lots of people are currently missing out on the experience of a lifetime due to this.

In high season, the wait is likely to be longer. I applied July 1, 2005 and got September 5, 2005!! Book before you leave home.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2005

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru

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WOO HOO! Day 1 sees you meeting at the rather civilised time of 8:30am for the rather dull 4-hour coach ride to the river. It's a good time to sleep off that big night before. After lunch, you are straight onto the river. But don't worry; it's a flat, calm bit, and there's a good hour of training. You learn to paddle forwards, backwards, and turning, as well as what to do if you fall in, someone else falls in, or the entire raft flips. This is all immensely practical (you WILL be in the water), so don't wear anything that won't take being soaked. My watch didn't live to tell the tale (or time). In fact, here's what I really wish they had told us before we went: when y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2005

Apurimac River Rafting
Apurimac River
Cusco, Peru

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Story/Tip

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Disclaimer: This journal isn't really going to provide you with any useful travel info, but it's an issue associated with travel that has disturbed me, so I'm going to write about it. I've been surprised by the imperial city of Cusco. It is utterly lacking in identity. This came as a shock to me, as Cusco has such outstanding antecedents, and Peru is one of the proudest countries I've visited. Let me explain this a little more. The city looks like Florence with its narrow streets and tiled rooves, but it's covered in English (no need for Spanish here!). I could be back home in Bristol in its colourful bars, but it's too sunny. There are plenty of Inca remnants, but this is surel...Read More
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1. Go up Huayna Potosi, the mountain behind Machu Picchu. It's a tough 45-minute climb up some steep steps, but the views from the top are well worth it. 2. Either bring a walking stick or buy one for 2 soles on the way in. Your knees will thank you for it after steep descents on days 2 and 3. 3. Make sure you bring your rain stuff and an extra layer with you when you walk. It's not going to help you during the day if the porters have it. 4. Go and see Wiñay Wayna on the third evening. I know the showers are calling, but this site is by far the best one before Machu Picchu. 5. The 2-day trek from Km 104 looks like a good deal for those lacking time or acclimatisatio...Read More