Hi, have been looking into numbers of tour operators for the Inca Trail. I was just wondering whether anyone knows of, have heard of or maybe even could recommend any of these two:
Peru Incas Explorer
They seem to be the cheapest ones, but on the other hand, being inexpensive might involve bad food, no environmental consideration, etc.
Every piece of information is welcome!
This one might be a bit more expensive but is good.
Look at: http://www.chaskatours.com/
This one which is very popular and most travellers seem to use it: http://www.sastravelperu.com/
Never did the trail myself. Just went up to Machu Picchu myself without the trek before it. Amazing site!
I can vouch for SAS travel Peru...I didnt use them but I've heard good things about them. It may be a little more money but it may be worth the price. I saw some very nice tours when I did the trail, mine was very cheap and didnt have all the things the others did have but I couldnt complain either. It was good enough for me and the food was delicious! I think the food was the best part. Unfortunately, I dont remember the name of my agency .
Anne, that's really too bad that you can't remember! If you come up with the name, let me know.
In mid-March of this year my wife and I did a weekend trip to Machu Picchu with a tour operator in Cuzco and they were very good and very professional.
We didn't do the Inca Trail (return train from Cuzco and night in hotel in Aguas Calientes instead for us old farts) which our tour operator is mostly expert in, but they were very good and very professional.
They had an English girl on staff which really helped, and the pickups at hotel and railway station were extremely well planned.
They are called Llama Path and their website is www.llamapath.com.
Their office is a very short walk from Cuzco' main plaza at 250 San Juan de Dios.
Whoever you go with, enjoy.
P.S. We climbed Huanya Picchu mountain at the back of Machu Picchu on our first day there. Bugger of a climb but the views are awesome!!
- SAS tries to rip you off at every point, we caught them at it three times. The sum of all rip-offs was roughly $350 for all four of us together! Some we managed to prevent but we lost $120 on them which we did not manage to get back!
* SAS never keeps its promises, if they can safe money, they will split you and your friends onto two groups or suddenly have lost the train tickets which you booked.
* SAS treats its porters particularly poorly. They only get 70 Soles for the trip while good companies usually pay up to 190 Soles. That's why SAS asks the tourists to match their salarier by tips. They also use painful rubber strips for tying the equipment onto the porters while decent companies have at least a backpack skeleton.
* SAS uses $15 iglo tents from Target (I had such a tent myself as a kid) while decent companies have decent tents which can resist the wind and do not fly away with the first stronger wind (that happened to mine as a kid). Therefore SAS put us at the worst campsites on the whole Inca trail together with their two other groups.
* SAS overcharges you - for that kind of money you can organize a private tour if you have five friends!
* The Aguas Caliente place of SAS serves you fruit-juices with ice cubes from tap water - resulting in horrible diarhoe!
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I was there in july/august 2005. If you decide to make the reservation then you need to find authorized agent. I make the reservation with Marisol, she is nice and has a good price, her e-mail is -snip-
The most important is to check if the agent is authorized, you can check it here www.inc-cusco.gob.pe it is in spanish.
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I received this information from marisol.
De: marisol Hanco
Data: 18/01/2006 16:15
Assunto: Hola Carlos como nao lembrar de voces¡
On the Inca trail 4 days treck we include the next:
- Transportation till km 82.
- Guide service.
- Food 3b,3l,3d.+ snacks.
- Tents and mattras.
- Entrance fee to the park.
- Porter who carry food and tents.
- Oxigent , firts aid kids.
- Return Ticket to Cusco by train..
- Bus to Aguas Calientes.
Cost: $250 and $225 students.
April is good period to visi because is not so busy.
To by spaces you nedd to send dates:
- Name, passport number, age, nationality.
If they are student send the student card could be ISIC or from the university. in advance 2 o 3 weeks before to this mounths.
I've been there now, we ended up going with an agency called Llamapath - and I can highly recommend it! Our guide José was just awesome, did know a lot about the history behind, etc. And the food couldn't have been any better!
Though, what they don't tell you is that you don't have to do it the expencive way, with porters, luxury food, tables, chairs and table cloth. It's perfectly alright to just hire a guide, and do it as a usual trekk, i.e. carry your own food and cook for yourself. That's is what we wanted to do but when asking around at the different agencies they all made it sound as if that is impossible. Which it is NOT.
A mate and I are going to La Paz some time in May(Travelling by Bus from Buenos Aires via Iguazas,Paraguay,Bolivia,Peru to Equador..is this a good time?)
To the question concerning this thread=)
What does the Inca Tour cost? (We're on a budget=)
Do you have to book it in Advance?