Much of the Inca Trail has been replaced or repaired, but there are spots where you can actually follow in the footsteps and walk on the original stones that were put in place thousands of years ago.
The opportunity presented itself several times, but the trek I enjoyed the most on our Lares route with AdventureSmith Explorations was the day we left from the Lares Pass and hiked on to the village of Totora. Even though it was drizzling for most of the trip, being in such an historical site alone with my thoughts was magical.
We passed through several different climate zones. The eucalyptus forest was intoxicating with fragrance. Waterfalls and wooden bridges were many along with crumbling stone walls and the occasional llama. The only people I passed were locals until the end of the trail. It was a very special day.