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Jessica Meredith
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Amazing hike. Should be on everyone's bucket list. Went in November, few hours of drizzle each day but otherwise not too bad, cold at night and warm during the day. Loved every second of it.

Jomar Teena
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fresh air, great feeling, beautiful people and great food...short walk uphill but really great ambiance... we did this 5 yrs ago

Jomar Teena
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Hiking

narrow path going up to sun gate, bring lots of water and snacks... truly breathtaking and a bucket list dream come true... a must in a life time... started at machu Pichu... we did this back 5 years ago.. took us about 2-3 hrs...

Darrin Deloach
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Amazing experience

Crystal Garduno
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BackpackingBugsMuddyRocky

Did this trail in November. Definitely pack for cold and rainy (hail) weather if you decide to go during this time. The views were amazing. If you're visiting and are not used to the elevation, stay at least 3 days in the city before your trip to give your body time to adjust. Other than that, pack lightly, stay on the trail and enjoy!

Kayla Tran
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Hiking

1600 steep steps of stairs. Amazing summit in, absolutely breathtaking, literally!

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Rebecca Valer
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RockyScramble

Experiencia maravillosa , senderismo montaña de apulinli más de 4,300 metros rascacielos vistas de lo mejor rodeado de mucha naturaleza bosques .

Tanya Garcia
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Hiking

Day one was meh. Day two was brutal as you ascend to Dead Woman’s Pass. Day 3 and 4 are bad ass. Use trekking poles!

Ashley Croughan
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Most difficult hike I've completed! Very friendly people, beautiful hike- I got altitude sickness on the way back down. Coca leaves don't help.

Ashley Croughan
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I was lucky enough to visit in 2018 before they closed access to the citadel. Amazing place to visit

Mikey Bonifacio
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Took a collectivo from the city to get here. Arrived at town Square, and and then taxi to the site entrance. I'd reccommend going counter clockwise from the entrance. I brought my own lunch and enjoyed it from the valley viewpoint overlook.

Mikey Bonifacio
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Easy and paved walk up hill. I also reccommend going to the food storage buildings across the valley for another perspective of the fortress. Both can be done in the same day

Mikey Bonifacio
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Definitely hike the mountain first aka inca stair master. It's paved all the way and exposed to sunlight, but so bring plenty of water, and no bathrooms as well. Enjoy lunch and make you're way back to explore the rest of the site. You can by the time you're done, and all crowds will have left, and but if you take too long some areas may be closed off already.

Adam Prummel
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very interesting architecture from back in the day

Molly McGuire
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Hiking

This 4 day hike was the most enlightening hike ever! The final day was so magical! Day 3 was 360 views of the mountains! Day 2 is the most for elevation gain! Having walking sticks really helped on day 3 with all the steps down!

Elizabeth Jean
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Hiking

I hiked this in March. Was a hard hike because of how high the altitude was . The majority of the hike wasn’t as steep until you get to the bottom of the summit and that’s where it becomes challenging. But worth it.

Amy Sanchez
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HikingNo shade

Awesome trail with amazing views. I was not in the best condition during this hike and managed to get to the top without paying the 60 soles for a horse ride. Although the elevation makes it difficult, you will be rewarded with beautiful views and a sense of accomplishment when you reach the top!

Stone Conroy
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Tough climb

Stone Conroy
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Best day so far

Stone Conroy
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Winter 2019–great final day

Stone Conroy
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Winter 2019–Great spot, lots of ruins!

Nicole Paul
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Hiking

I did this trail a few years ago with a tour company called GAdventures in December. It was breathtaking. I never hiked prior to this trial and I did find it challenging due to the elevation however the views made it worth it.

Mikey Bonifacio
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Hiking

Steep Hike with switchbacks, but definitely worth the view at the end. Could be very busy with the day trip crowds, so if you are there during early morning of anytime afternoon to evening you'll have the place practically to yourself. There is a store at the village if you'd like to stock up on snacks and food before making your way to the lake.

Sebastian Roca
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Hiking

Did this 2 years ago and it was simply breathtaking. I will be back for sure, the views and the people you meet are worth the trip. I struggled due to fear of highs but take it slow and you’ll be fine.

Anthony Reyes
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I apologize for such a long review, but just wanted to give my opinion on more than just the trail since so much planning goes into booking a hike like this. Hiked this trail 10/30/2019-11/02/2019. This was closer to the start of the rainy season, but we had great weather throughout the hike. We had maybe 2 instances with drizzle and short periods of rain, but it lasted no longer than 15 minutes both times. The trail was well maintained. We booked through and hiked with SAS Travel Adventures. It was a very smooth process working with them to get the hike set up. Any questions we had about the hike, lodging before the hike, equipment rentals, etc etc were answered thoroughly with detail, not with just vague responses. This is a multi day hike and their knowledge gave us a lot of confidence that we were in good hands. Recommendations: -Arrive in Cusco 2-3 FULL days before your hike, especially if you’ve never been at altitude. Do not underestimate acclimating. I live in an area where 9ft above sea level is the highest point in my city. I snow board and hike when I can so I’ve been at altitude, but none of those situations were the same as being in Cusco/Macchu Picchu. My friend got altitude sickness, but we arrived 4 days before the hike so he had time to recover. It’s also worth it to come a few days early, Cusco has a lot of other day trips/activities you can do and the food is mouthwatering. -Train on the stair-master. Unless you live at altitude there’s just no way for you to train your body/lungs to hike at 13,000ft for 6-8 hours. Day 2 is hour after hour after hour of tall/short/big/small/uneven/sharp stone steps. Doesn’t sound too difficult until you have to do it while every breath you take feels like you’re taking in a fraction of the air. Do not invest in altitude training makes. Sure it gives you a simulated experience, but unless you live with it on your face, it won’t help. You don’t live at 13,000ft so your lungs won’t adjust just because you wear a mask for 2 hours a day while you work out then go back to breathing at sea level for the other 22 hours in the day. -You’ll see the recommendations of things you should bring with you on websites that you book through. For the most part I’d agree with bringing what is recommended. Definitely bring strong bug spray and sun block. I didn’t have any issues with bugs or sun burn, but had friends and trek mates have those issues. Trekking poles were an option for us to rent, I’d definitely get them, your knees will thank you later. It won’t feel like a big difference, but go through that hike without them and you’ll feel all of it. NOW the actual hike was absolutely amazing filled with constant once-in-a-lifetime views wherever you looked. This is a tough hike and an even more tough for the casual trekker. We did have porters which I personally didn’t use, but if I did it again, I would in a heart beat. We walked through so many ecosystems. You’d be walking and not even realize the thick forest gave way to tropical trees, it’s amazing. Our guides along with the porters were so knowledgeable and nice. It was like we already knew them. They were encouraging, but not degrading to the hikers in the back of the pack. Everyone hiked at their own pace, whether you were first to a check point or arrived 30 minutes after everyone else. For the most part unless you’re stopping to catch your breath every 5 minutes you’ll arrive at all checkpoints/camps on schedule. For example on day 2, I’d go at pace for 50 steps take 10 seconds to breath and repeat and I was able to reach Dead Woman’s Pass with some friends 45 minutes ahead of the back of the pack. That also shows how many steps there are if I did that every 50 steps and still took me hours to reach the summit. The guides and porters always provided snacks and juice/water at the beginning of each day to provide extra calories to burn. The food they cooked was absolutely delicious. At the end of each day regardless of how tough it was or how tired I was, it still was one of those experiences you were thankful you can have. As some motivation that you can do it if you really put your mind to it: Day one we officially started hiking around 10am. At about 4pm I was about 30min away from camp. I badly strained a quad in my right leg. Most likely due to compensation I ended up badly straining a quad in my left leg. I prayed it was just cramping but it was definitely not cramps. I hobbled around the camp enjoying the evening, while worrying about the dreaded day 2. I would let everyone pass me on the trail after each break and slowly make my way along until they loosened up and would push through to each checkpoint. Halfway on day 2 my foot slipped (my fault) and I sprained my ankle. A minor sprain, but when you’re hiking up then down thousands of uneven stone steps it just sucks haha. Just like with the quads once it loosened I just kept pushing. I was still able to reach camps and checkpoints among...

trissi lemons
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Hiking

Such a cool experience. I did this a few years back with my husband & sons. I don't think you have to be incredibly physically fit to do this hike; pace is slow and mileage per day is low. Loved our guides and all the history lessons along the way. Highly recommend.

Kale Oze
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Great hike. Did this back in December and really enjoyed it. It is quite steep though, so if you aren’t great with heights I would consider skipping and doing other shorter hikes around the ruins. That being said, the view at the top is unbeatable.

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