i took Salkantay trek as an alternative to Inca Trail . I wanted a walking challenge to Machu Pichu besides just doing a bus ride,Jorge's team was awesome to help us to destinations, feeding us, and camping facilities.
It was good to have horse ride option if we couldn't walk up to the summit. It was a physical challenge like no other. The walk down was long and the guide was patient ensuring safe arrival to camp.
It was also guide to have automobile option on hot jungle walk day, the hot springs outing was special. It was nice to see andeans doing this work and being collegial atmosphere.
I would recommend this adventure; it is good to be with rugged natural country aside of big city scene.