Hiking · Inca Trail

The Inca Trail; Going For Broke, Literally.

Today I started researching in earnest what it’s really going to take to hike the Inca Trail in Macchu Piccu.


This was the first thing I found after googling “Inca Trail Macchu Piccu”:

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”.

http://www.incatrailperu.com is an independent guide to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu aimed at helping visitors to decide whether the Inca Trail is the trek for them. Although there are literally thousands of kilometres of “Inca Trails” throughout Peru this website concentrates on the Classic 4-day Inca Trail trek that starts at km82 (82 kilometres along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) and treks high up into the mountains passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiay Wayna before finally arriving at Machu Picchu for sunrise on the 4th day of the trek. We have include information about when is the best time to do the trek, how best to prepare for it, and advice on how to choose a tour operator best suited to your interests and budget. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu really is an beautiful trek and we hope that with a little advice and planning it turns out to be an incredible and unforgettable experience. Good luck and happy trekking!”


OK! Sounds promising!

Then I get to the real introduction and that’s when they start throwin’ shit at you…

First of all, you need to get a permit to even be in the area before you go. You must reserve at least 4-6 months in advance as you must go with an Official Trekking Company.

Next, this is going to cost me a very pretty penny. Several of them, in fact. I have to start saving right now or there’s no way I can afford this. The hike itself costs around $700, I’m not sure if that includes your permit or not. Fuck.

Then, of course, there’s my airfare, hotels for the nights I’m not on the hike, food, all the gear I’m sure I’m going to need, my therapy bills for all the sessions I’m going to need to get through this insane process, etc. etc.


SO, moral of the story is, I’m already feeling overwhelmed, and discouraged, and kiiiiiiinda hopeless about this plan. But it’s still not impossible. This just means that I’m going to have to get my least favorite ducks in a row (the money ducks) before I can accomplish this goal. How’s that for poetic justice? Stupid ducks.



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