If you’re thinking of doing the 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu and you’re someone who appreciates modern plumbing, you’re probably wondering what the bathroom situation is like. Spoiler alert: not good.
I did the hike myself in early September of 2014, and because Google wasn’t that helpful in my pre-trip research in detailing what the toilets were like, I decided to document them and write this post for all of you Inca Trail hikers of the future. Here’s your poop trigger warning: some of these photos are gross. Also, I swear I’m not some toilet-obsessed person; I just appreciate knowing the details of what I’m getting into on trips, and bathrooms are a significant part of that.
This post is totally focused on toilets, so I’m abbreviating the rest of the trip. The quick summary: we spent a few days in Cusco to acclimate and hang out, then did the classic 3-night, 4-day hike with Inca Trail Reservations (who we loved and I recommend) to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail was beautiful and amazing, and it felt like a serious accomplishment to do it carrying our roughly 30-lb packs ourselves. (more…)