With new rules in place by the Peruvian Government, the number of people allowed to the ancient city every day is regulated to 2500 people. If we are going to go to Machu Picchu, we must do it properly by doing the classic 4 day Inca Trail Trek. The Inca Trail is even more regulated with only 500 people allowed on the path per day, and only about 200 of these people are actual trekkers! The rest are porters and guides who carry all of our packs, tents, kitchens, food etc, so us un-fit soldiers can trudge up and over the mountains without collapsing from exhaustion!
We really aren't planning very much of this trip, but after doing a bit of research we learnt that if you want to do the Inca Trail you MUST book at least 3 months in advance. So, for this reason, we have booked the trek now, in order to do in October...right at the beginning of our adventure.
After a bit of researching through forums, guidebooks and tour company websites we picked Llama Path . This company has received plenty of great reviews, are very professional, reasonably priced and look like a lot of fun! Their website provides comprehensive information about the trek and what's involved. They were quick to respond to our questions and were really helpful in organizing our trip.
We want to make the most out of being at Machu Picchu, so rather than rushing the 1 day that we get to spend there, we have organised with Llama path to extend our stay by an extra day. This allows us to take our time exploring the ruins, it also allows us to climb Huayna Picchu, or Wayna Picchu as it is otherwise known, which is the craggy peak seen in the back of the infamous picture above, we have read that this should not be missed. Places to climb this mountain are also limited, and the climb must be done early in the morning. After trekking for 4 days, we would prefer to take our time and enjoy the sights rather than rushing around for yet more climbing and missing out on seeing the city properly with limited time. We will be spending an extra night in the little town Aguas Calientes at the bottom of the mountain where there are apparently thermal baths. I'm almost certain we will need to soak our muscles after this trek!! I think we ought to start doing some training for this!
Only 5 more months until we will be sitting on top of that mountain. We are shaking in our boots with excitement!!