Despite the blisters on my feet and the pain in every single one of my muscles I have no regrets about booking my Inca Trail tour with Inca Trail Reservations . It felt like a proper adventure from the very beginning and is like nothing else I can think of.
Although the pre-tour orientation sounds daunting the guides make it so much easier than it should be. Manuel, our lead guide, was not only very knowledgeable but also very funny and you felt like a team of friends rather than a more formal teacher and student relationship. Francisco our assistant guide, although I didn't have much dealings with him personally, was also a fantastic when called upon and was particularly helpful to a couple of the older members of our group.
The porters were absolutely incredible, and without witnessing first-hand their feats of strength and endurance it's hard to explain. The food that they manage to cook up with their basic camping provisions and equipment is incredible too and you will not go hungry even if you've forgotten to bring any food yourself. Our group was relatively small, just 8 people and this really maximized the experience.
Overall, I would happily recommend taking this Inca Trail experience with this company and the memories, sights and experiences will stay with me for a long time.