I was a little nervous before starting the trek, as I am not an experienced hiker. Yes, it was hard work, but completely worth it.
I can not imagine just taking the bus up to Machu Picchu instead of hiking the Inca Trail. We got to explore many ruins that I did not even know existed. Our guide, Paul was more than I could have ever asked for. He made the journey very fun and worth while.
If I were to come back in the future, there is no doubt in my mind that I would hike with Inca Trail Reservations again.