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1. Posted by andyk (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Off to Peru in August to do the Inca Trail. Just after some advice on which tour company to use. Have been recommended SAS Travel by a friend. Would be grateful for any experience of this company or any others that have been particularly good

Thanks in advance
Andy K

2. Posted by sinky (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Hi Andy try http://www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/ it lists all of the agencies and which ones are licensed. Im going to do the trail in August too and booked with Enigma on recommendation of a friend - as far as I know SAS is a good one!

3. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

hey guys

how long in advance should one book to go there ?

thanks

4. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

Book now because june and july are fully booked already.

5. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Hi guys - I am going to arrive in Rio, Brazil on 3rd September 2005 with my partner. And we are going to be going from Rio, Brazil to Lima, Peru. Giving ourselves approx 30 days to do so, visiting all thats in between (sao paulo, igazau falls, La Paz, etc).

We are giving outselves 30 days, because we have placement booked to teach english at an orphange in Lima, and we must be there for the 7th October 2005. Now I can see we are going to be pushing it doing Brazil to Peru in 30days. Would you advise us to do the Machu Pichu trek before we begin teaching in Lima on 7th Oct.

Our placement is for 2 months (and we finish on 4th December 2005) So should we conisder doing the MachuPichu trek then instead?

When we be a good time for us to book? We are looking to go with SOS.

Many Thanks

6. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

In december it might be a bit rainy. Haven't been there in december though but the rainy season starts in december in Bolivia. I think you would be better of doing it before but you can always ask the touragencies. Here is another good agency one: www.chaskatours.com.
They have an availability list on their website (as a lot of others have). Check it out and you can see when you should book the Inka Trail.
Which Volunteer Organisation are you going with. I am volunteering in Cochabamba at a childrenshome, it's called Colonia Ecologica. I really like it and made a website for them: www.charity-bolivia.org.

7. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Thanks for that i will have a look a the site.

I went with i-to-i and did an online TEFL course with them and boked a placement volunteering at the orphange in Lima teaching.

8. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

This is not an advertisement, but I just got back from the Inca Trail, went with a company called Q'ente and do not have one negative thing to say about the entire experience. From the moment they met me at the airport in Cusco to when I stepped on the train in Aguas Caliente at the end, they did a fantastic job. The entire trip was brilliant. Best of luck, and book in advance, as whomever you end up going with is likely to be filling up.

9. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

Right, currently I am sitting 20 minutes from finishing my Inca trail which I have to say was AMAZING!

SAS and United Mice are supposed to be the best companies. I went with United Mice, and they were brilliant, the food surpassed my expectations 10 fold, it was unbelievable.

One problem with SAS that I am glad I went with united mice is the itinerary. On the second day, the hardest by far, SAS camp where United Mice have lunch. Yes more wlaking on the third day, which means you leave at 6 in the morn and dont get to camp until about 6 again. United mice walk more on the second day, as there is less to see, on the third day there is about 5 hours walking, you get to camp at about 330 or 4, and have time to chill and see these ruins to the sunset. I am extrememly appreciative of the guides doing my trip in this order.

It was fanmtastic, what a sense of achievement this morning at 530 when i arrived after my hour hike from camp to the sun gate over macchu picchu!!

Tarik

10. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

Quoting Kingwindle

United mice walk more on the second day, as there is less to see, on the third day there is about 5 hours walking, you get to camp at about 330 or 4, and have time to chill and see these ruins to the sunset. I am extrememly appreciative of the guides doing my trip in this order.
It was fanmtastic, what a sense of achievement this morning at 530 when i arrived after my hour hike from camp to the sun gate over macchu picchu!!
Tarik

That's good point...when i did the Incas trail the third day we got to the camp at 6 pm and i didn't have the opportunity to see the ruins that are near there cos i was dark all around...