I would like to take about a week-and-a-half-long trip in late May / early June of 2014. I originally wanted to go to Machu Picchu to hike the Inca Trail. However, after some research, I'm not sure if it's the best option for me.
According to Frommer's
, in addition to having to pay to be part of a group hike - ideally, this would be solo - "hiking the Inca Trail, beautiful and mystical as it remains for most, is not a silent, solitary walk in the clouds. At least in high season, you will contend with groups walking the trail both in front of and behind you, and some will invariably be noisy student groups." I want the solitary walk in the clouds!
I want to take advantage of my current demographic (healthy, resourceful 27-year-old male in excellent physical shape with experience traveling alone in non-native-English-speaking countries). I can get by in a country where people speak only Spanish, but I have minimal other language skills (beyond English).
Can you think of alternatives to the Inca Trail that offer comparable scenery, a challenging hike, and that I could solo?
Feel free to try and change my mind about the Inca Trail!