At first site, the crowds seemed a bit overwhelming. I wasn't sure if I was prepared for five days on the trail in single line formation. Luckily as soon as we crossed the river it all faded away.
The tourism board and trekking companies do a great job of making sure that whenever possible, the trail feels like it is yours and yours alone.
Our outfitter, Andean Treks, provided us with an insightful local guide and by sheer luck (the rest of the group dropped out last minute) it was just the two of us and six local porters who tended to us on the trip.
We got to take our time and really learn about the land, the culture, the food and most importantly about the lovely locals that made the journey with us.