So we didn’t take the Inca trail. Met many people along the way who advised against it because it was overpriced and touristy. Instead it was recommended that we get into Cusco and find ourselves a local guide for a better experience – advice which we immediately found compatible with our cheapness and lack of pre-planning. Sure enough, the Classic Inca Trail was completely booked out by the time we reached Cusco.
We spent an amazing two days on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. For 70 soles we took a tour from Puno which included one night on Isla Amantani with a local family. Known best for its floating islands (numbering approx 50), the lake is a truly breathtaking sight.
This is probably the most beautiful place on earth. We started out a little before 6am and took a combi from Huaraz (Peru) to Yungay (1hr, 5 soles) before switching to a shared taxi to Cebolla Pampa (2hrs, 15 soles).