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Lara Susan reviewed Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
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I did everything alone, I started around 2pm and ended around 6pm, and arrived in Águas Calientes almost night time. But there were a lot of people doing the same hike. I just suggest starting early (morning). The hiking is super easy, just follow the train tracks.

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Sydney Bartha reviewed Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
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HikingRockyScramble

Did this trek a year and a half ago and would do it again in a heartbeat. Challenging and rewarding in every way possible. Got to stay in the glass domes at the end of the first day hiking to Laguna Humantay and saw more stars than I ever thought was possible. Glad we chose this over the Inca Trail

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Hiking

Did this in September 2019. We got our first glimpse of Macchu Picchu as we walked into a clearing on the mountain across from the citadel. As we descended into the valley toward the train station where we would catch our ride to Aguas Calientes, it was definitely a bittersweet feeling, knowing we were almost done. I had an impulse to turn and head back up and hike back through the pass in reverse.

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Did this in September 2019. Coming down Salkantay Pass to Wayra Lodge it gradually warmed up. The complete darkness and silence that night were surreal. As we descended further down the valley it got warmer and warmer, the clouds and mist disappeared and were replaced by the subtropic forest. We saw coffee being harvested in Lucmabamba, and fields of avocados, bananas and lucuma. I played soccer with a neurosurgeon, we were all friends by this point. Very good times.

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Hiking

Did this in September 2019. Loved this, cresting Salkantay Pass was amazing, lots of horse bones and gigantic rock formations on the way up. Really misty and it started snowing as we gained elevation, I truly felt like I was on another planet.

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Kailey Rose reviewed Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
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Amazing experience! Challenging but very worth it.

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Tucker Noia reviewed Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
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Oh my god I LOVED THIS TRAIL!!! Ahh I want to go again. Difficult, but very doable! You get all kinds of trails on this route: Rocky high elevation in the shadow of stunning snow capped peaks, luscious green valleys with the trail following a flowing river, and of course your trails passing ancient Incan architecture. I haven't done the more popular trail to Manchu Picchu, but don't count this one out when looking to hike there!

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Dex Pikachiu reviewed Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
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Sam Dunlop Doyle reviewed Cusco - Anahuarque - Huanacaure
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First to Review

Take El Chaski (white and purple bus) to the last stop. Nice hike with ruins at the top of the hill. Take the trail down from the ruins once you're done having lunch and taking photos.

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Denny Hoang reviewed Lares Trek
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Max Ciurlizza reviewed Lagoon 513
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Terra Ashbrook reviewed Ausangate Circuit
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Absolutely stunning. Did the trek with my brother last year and we walked from Tinki so the whole thing took us about five days. Overall it was difficult but very rewarding. We encountered few people, but were attacked by dogs twice during the trip. Luckily I’d read about the dogs being aggressive, and we were able to ward them off with our trekking poles when they leaped at us, but it was still an alarming experience. Both times we were on the trail but they were probably just being territorial of the nearby alpaca herds. The trail itself is pretty easy to follow but there are a couple of spots where it vanishes for a short while. The good news is there is an almost constant source of water nearby, so we never had to carry much with us at one time which definitely helped ease some of the weight on our packs. We did the trek in the beginning of July and the weather was great! It didn’t rain at all and only snowed once when we were headed down from the highest peak on the circuit. I highly recommend this trek to anyone looking for a little adventure among a beautiful and varied landscape.

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Very fun trail. Hiking down and staying at Llahuar Lodge makes a great jumping off point for other trails

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Holly Atkinson reviewed Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
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What an experience!!!! I completed the trek in January. Besides our second last day which rained for half the day, it was perfect weather. The trails were pretty well maintained. We had to go off trail as the landslides and avalanches knocked out parts of the trail. I loved walking through all the different types of landscapes. I believe we hiked 90ish kms in 4 days. I would 100% do this again and again if I could

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Tim Marr reviewed Inca Trail
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HikingGreat!

I did this in 2014. One of the greatest experiences you will ever have. I’d suggest a few months of training/walking beforehand to make the trek a lot more enjoyable, especially Day 2. Hiking poles are good for the downhills as are a good pair of shoes with grip! A great reward at the end being the sun gate and then Machu Picchu!

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Girl Hikes reviewed Inca Trail
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HikingGreat!

This was a difficult hike but the best experience I ever had. Amazing views everywhere, remember to stop and look up and around your surroundings. A lot of stairs so beware, going uphill was more difficult for me but I took my time, downhill was much easier. Thankful I had trail runners, a lot lighter than hiking boots. I can’t wait to fo back to Peru to discover more what this beautiful country has to offer.

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Curtis Miller reviewed Inca Trail
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Once in a lifetime experience!

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HikingGreat!

I think I died. So many stairs up and up and up. Worth it yes but wow my legs were like jelly. It rained also the whole day- sideways!

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Hiking

Amazing last day but got to the sun gate and couldn’t see Machu Picchu due to fog. Nevertheless it cleared up after a few hours and was spectacular even if the hoards had arrived by then.

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