Trekking the Inca Trail with the Inca Trail Reservations tour group was an incredible experience. From the food all the way to the treatment of the porters, Inca Trail Reservations exceeded all of my expectations. The trek was not easy and it tested me physically, but the tour guides made each moment pleasurable by creating a "family" environment and loading us with historical facts before we reached Machu Picchu on the fourth day. We were picked up from our hostel and dropped back to Cusco after we finished.
Visiting Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was much more pleasurable reaching there via the Inca Trail as opposed to taking a train. Our group had built up the anticipation for the final destination and visited many other important ruins along the way. I hired a half porter and he was treated well by the company. We didn't take out our wallets at all for the 4 days that we were hiking as water and food were provided.
I would highly recommend trekking the Inca Trail to anyone visiting Machu Picchu and to tour with Inca Trail Reservations . Be prepared for the difficult second day and bring a headlamp!