South America Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Machu Picchu WITHOUT Inca Trail - missing out?

Jump to last reply

We have a week's vacation coming up at the end of May and no plans as of yet. Machu Picchu is on my bucket list, although I do admit that the work involved in us getting there and the stories of altitude issues do seem daunting!

I admit that seeing the Inca Trail permits all gone does put a bit of a damper on things. We would only have ever likely done the 2 day trek as opposed to anything longer, anyway. But all I keep reading in my research is how amazing of an experience the trail is, how it's not to be missed, how it may even be better than Machu Picchu itself, etc.

I enjoy archaeology and history and have no doubt that Machu Picchu would be worth it (as I said, it's on the bucket list anyway) - but will we feel that we've come such a long way and still missed out on something crucial by not being able to do the 2 day Inca Trail? Is there truly no hope of procuring a permit at this point (do people sell them off)? Should we wait and schedule this trip when it's possible to do the trail also? Or will we be so in awe of Machu Picchu itself, and maybe plan to hike around one of the peaks, that we will be just fine with what we've got?

Thanks in advance.

12 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
View all South America activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Peru and Brazil: A South American Adventure
  2. 2 Brazil/Buzios: Booking bus tickets in advance?
  3. 3 Ecuador 5 to 6 weeks
  4. 4 Packing for Peru in August - Recommendations?
  5. 5 2 wks in Colombia
  6. 6 Dentist in Buenos Aires
  7. 7 Peru & Altitude Questions
  8. 8 iguaza falls
  9. 9 Argentina Holiday Help
  10. 10 Lost andean immigration card for Ecuador - problem on exit?
  11. 11 Buenos Aries
  12. 12 Tour guide for Machu Picchu
  13. 13 Travel to Ecuador in pregnancy
  14. 14 14 days in Brazil mid-december through New Year's Eve- help please
  15. 15 Peru jungle – looking for wildlife/comfort balance
  16. 16 cheap flights to paraguay
  17. 17 Lake Titicaca and Puno - advice on itinerary and altitude sickness?
  18. 18 Amazon River & surrounds: How much is practical in 3 weeks?
  19. 19 CHILE, please help me in planning our trip.....
  20. 20 Trip Report I SURVIVED PERU (subtitle: yes, it's safe for a solo female traveler)
  21. 21 Obtaining a visa while abroad
  22. 22 2-week Peru itinerary - any advice or recommended changes?
  23. 23 Transport in and around Peru (buses/taxis) - safety
  24. 24 Getting from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina
  25. 25 Peru - best way to handle money? Bring a lot of cash for exchange or ATMs?
View next 25 » Back to the top