Perú Financial Summary

The Perú Pie Chart!

Total $ Spent=$2260.90

Total Days=43

Average =$52.58 per day or $26.29 per person per day

Total Inca Trail expenses=$1079.19

Total Perú without the Inca Trail=$1181.71

Average $27.48 per day or $13.74 per person per day without the Inca Trail

We chose to include the $400 Inca Trail deposit in our Perú stats, even though we paid it back in August, before we even left for South America.

56% of our spending was on activities.  Most of this was the Inca Trail but we also did several other things because there is just too much to do in Perú!

Food and Entertainment were the other significant budget chunks.  They would be about the same percentage as Ecuador without the Inca Trail.

We barely spent ANY money on Lodging, which is awesome.  In all we stayed in 3 hostels for free (Loki for a whole month), Couchsurfed once, and only paid for 4 short hostel stays, totaling only $106.  Not bad for a whole 43 days in the country!

Overall, although Perú is the first country we blew our budget on, I think we did great!  Considering how well set up Perú is for tourists, we could have spend A LOT more money on swankier hotels, gringo food, and even more tourist activities.  We definitely could have spent less if we had skipped the Inca Trail and some of the other tours.  But we came into Perú knowing we were going to do more touristy things and prepared for the cost.  Everything was well worth the money.  We were about 10 days behind on our budget entering Bolivia, but because everything is so cheap here, we are hoping to make it up quickly!

Has anyone been convinced to come join us for a cheap adventure yet????

Inca Trail Trekking : Day One

Inca Trail Trekking
Inca Trail

We woke at 5am in Cuzco and were picked up in a bus by our tour company (Peru Treks).   Today was the day to start Inca Trail Trekking.  As soon as we were out of town the Andes started to show in the distance, the largest peaks I have seen in my life– sharp and snow covered.  The bus took us, our two guides, and the 14 other trekkers in our group to Ollantaytambo, a quaint Quechua town where we ate breakfast and bought our final supplies.  After breakfast we rode for another 30 minutes to the start of the Inca Trail where they checked our passports and completed other final paperwork.  It seemed to us that it was harder to get onto the Inca Trail than to enter Perú.  We were both nervous having only spent two days acclimatizing, but once we started hiking we found the pace comfortable and our fears quickly diminished.   During the first section before lunch we passed several ruins and our guides, Percy and Juan, explained about the sites and the Inca culture.

The trail was well maintained and we found the day flying by.  In the early afternoon we stopped in a beautiful clearing and a tent was set up for us to dine in.  It was amazing how much stuff the the porters (called “chaskis” in Quechua) brought up the trail–40 pounds each.  Most trekkers in our group had hired their own personal chaski ($40 extra) to carry their sleeping bags and other gear, and only carried small day packs themselves.  Being poor however, we carried everything required ourselves in our big backpacks.  Lunch was amazing: avocado and cheese appetizer, potato soup, and then trout for the main.   Everyone was very impressed and we stuffed our faces.  After lunch we took about 30 minutes to let it digest and drank some tea.  I even took a quick nap in the grass.

Following lunch we hiked for another few hours and it started sprinkling a little bit.  It was amazing how fast the weather changed on the trail.  One minute it was sunny and hot, the next cold and on the brink of snow.  We had brought jackets and ponchos and our cameras were in dry sacks, so the light mist didn’t bother us but was actually refreshing.  We passed above another large Inca ruin and eventually came to our campsite where we would eat dinner and spend the night.  Dinner was again very good and we went to bed with full stomachs, feeling pretty good about how things had gone so far.  It got COLD as soon as the sun went down but our tent was warm and sleeping bags comfy.  We slept great on our sleeping pads on top of the soft grass.  The first day was definitely a confidence-booster, but we were still apprehensive because the guides kept reminding us that Day One was “Warm-Up Day” and Day Two was “Challenge Day!”

If you enjoyed this post on Inca Trail Trekking check out the rest of the adventure —>> Hiking the Inca Trail: Day Two