I did the Short inca trail with PACHAMAMA EXPLORERS. I receive a correct treatment when I hired the Short Inca trail vía email. When we arrived to Cuzco we went to the travel agency and they told us all the excursion details, they didn’t tell us about some land sliding that happened two weeks ago and that changed substantially the Inka trail route. In addition to this, they didn’t tell us that we would not arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Intipunku). Instead of walking six hours we walked for one hour and a half near the Urubamba river, we arrived to some ruins and then we crossed the river and walked for another hour and a half by the railway until we arrived at Aguas Calientes. When we made our discharges at the travel agency first we were told that they didn’t know that despite that the guide knew this information and told us that, and after that they said that they have forgotten to tell us.
You should book the Inca Trail in advance. There are limited permits for the trail. Get on the case, believe me you don't want to miss the trail.
I work with the porters project in Cusco-Peru and please be careful when you will book the Inca trail; if you want to have a good service (guide, food, camping gear, etc) and be sure that companies will pay and treat well the porters, guides, cooks, etc, you should not pay less than $350 per person for a 4 days hike. You can pay less if the companies already have some clients for the day you want.
Included in the price:
Collection from your hotel in the morning
Private bus to the start of the trail
Inca Trail & Machupicchu entrance fees
English speaking professional guide
Igloo tents - 2 persons in each
Cook and Cooking equipment
Meals (03B,03L,03D), teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Porters (only to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
Accommodation for porters and cooks
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Bus from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes
Train ticket (Backpackers service) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
Please just send an e-mail for recommendations or more questions
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!
We were a group of six who used Chaska tours. We were very pleased with the trip Chaska put together for us. Tranfers, hotels, air within Peru (we used frequent flier miles for the international segments)and tour segments (Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Amazon River Basin) exceeded all our expectations. We were very impressed with the passion and knowledge of our guides. We had a medical emergency on the Inca trail and the entire Chaska team was very responsive. The team worked effectively to get our team member medical attention and followed up with the person until he rejoined the team later in the trip. I cannot say enough about how Chaska Tours responded to this medical emergency.
Just to mix things up a bit, I'll briefly say I had a good experience with SAS. Good guides, fine campsites, great food, no problem with the tent. Did I mention GREAT food? Only problem is on my trip at one point they didn't boil water long enough (hard to do at altitude). I'd recommend purifying water on your own.