The reward of walking the Inca Trail is the breathtaking experience of viewing Machu Picchu at sunrise as you complete the last of the trail leading you to the ruins. It´s truly a magical place and a meaningful life experience – I couldn´t recommend it more.
I did no special workout preparation for the 4 day hike of the Inca Trail, and though I´m in my forties, I´m in generally good health. I got through it fine, though in hindsight I would have liked to have been more fit as the second day is especially difficult The following day you have you up early to hike another 16kms! The best advice I could give to others doing the trail is: firstly, prepare your body for it by going to gym; secondly, make certain you give yourself at least 2 to 3 days to acclimatize to the high altitude before starting the hike; and thirdly, don´t rush yourself on the trail – enjoy the sights and take it slow and steady. One of my trail mates raced to finish the 2nd day with a few other hikers and she got light-headed and fell on the way down the steep steps. She was lucky she didn´t get badly hurt.
Meeting great people on the trail and in your group is what adventure traveling is all about, and our guide & porters were all great to meet. Inca Trail Reservations provided a friendly, budget-conscious approach to the Inca Trail, which was exactly what my partner and I wanted. The Inca Trail is not a walk in the park and has no luxuries, but it is rich in moments to cherish for a lifetime.