Hiking / Climbing, Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu experience couldn't have been better, small groups allowing you to walk at your own pace, knowledgable guides, incredible food and organisation by the porters.
Even sleeping in the tents was comfortable plus what's better than being woken up with a mug of warm coca tea!
We left Machu Picchu feeling like we'd missed nothing. Cheaper than other official inca trails but this reflects in no way upon the quality of the tour. Would highly recommend Tierras Vivas.
Equipment: Tents comfortable and good camping spots. The company provided the camping equipment, thermarest mattress, sleeping bag.
I did my Machu Picchu hike with GAP adventures. They provided accommodation in Cuzco, transport to the start of the hike, English speaking guide, porters, meals on hike, tent accommodation on the trail, train ticket back to Cuzco. I paid about 600 USD for this.
I found everything professionally run. Our group was smaller than many of the other groups I saw that started the hike the same day as us (for me this was a benefit).
Equipment: The company provided all the necessary equipment but we needed to pack appropriate clothing and footwear, sleeping bag (although they could provide this also).
Dead Woman's Pass was the highest peak of the trail. You reach it (4200m 13776ft) after a 3 hours climbing on good tracks and stone steps, in the 2nd day.
It was freezing up there when I climbed and it was foggy, so I couldn't really stay there and enjoy the landscape, but it was really nice...
Small steps, big steps, never-ending steps... You will enjoy climbing the Huayna Picchu !
Petites ou grandes marches, des marches qui n'en finissent jamais... Vous allez vous eclater a monter le Huayna Picchu !
Equipment: A pair of good shoes...
Des bonnes chaussures...
Backpacking is a great sport. You get to commune with nature, test yourself against the elements, and expend great amounts of energy to get from one oasis to another. The best part is when it's over, the sense of accomplishment that always comes with reaching your goal. It always brings a smile to my face.
Equipment: Backpack is essential and get a decent one as you will have it on your back for 8 hours a day. Good waterproofs can't be overestimated. You can't stay warm, unless you stay dry. Bring warms clothes even if it's hot when you start. Hat is THE most important thing here. One to keep the sun off your head and another to keep the heat in. Good boots and socks or your feet will pay for what you were too cheap to buy.
The wind could be very strong, take care of yourself, do not be the first person on earth to let the strong wind blow you away here in machu Picchu.
Take a short rest if you wish. Always on mind the time to get back to Cusco. Otherwise, spend a night here at local hostel could be fun too.
It takes about 45mins to ascend Huayna Picchu and the path up is very steep. Make sure that you are wearing a pair of sport shoes and stay cool.