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11. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

oh no dont get me wrong, i'm all for the local economy but in cuzco it is almost to much hassle to have a drink, you'll understand when you get there...its like an english resort in spain with everyone trying to pull you in..only worse.

dont be frightened!!! south america is one of the safest places(even columbias not to bad now)i've been.very much aimed at getting more tourists so we even have special tourist police.obviously dont wave bundles of cash but...was mugged once but in a very polite way more like aggressive begging!
SHOW PHOTOS IN LA PAZ.. that is a remarkable experience,everyone will want to see even the police and diff the shoe shine kids.
if crossing the boarder from chile to peru take a cab yourself from the cab office behind the station...other wise they charge you 5 times the bus ticket.vice versa is fine.
when someone says "hurry hurry its leaving"their lying and overcharging you.
do not eat thats advice trust me!!
be carefull in lima taxis from the airport to hostel should cost 5euro give or take. many drives like you to pay 25euros though!!
take photos of orchids on the inca trail..and wake up early on the last day.also do time trails against the porters!!
flamingos on the lakes in bolivia...CLassic

12. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

also all the companies on the trek are good...if your bad you dont keep your allotted places..also the extra money you pay only ups the food quality alittle comparitively and it does not go to the remember to tip them directly...thats important so bring cash!!try paying around 230dollars

13. Posted by jenmc (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Make sure to spend at least two days at Machu Piccu!! At the very least arrive early and leave late (it is busiest between 10 and 3).

i didn;t hike the Inca Trail (too many tourists). If you're interested in a less travelled and SPECTUCULAR hike I recommend the Ausangate!! It was incredible! Our guide was amazing!! He was part of a family run company. You can reach them at I HIGHLY recommend them and the hike!

Make sure to be properly acclimitized before starting either hike!!

Have fun!

14. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

We too are doing it with llama path!
Seems pretty good so far but we aren't going until November 20th (oups, that's soon!) so I can't tell you yet how they were... Let you know later!

15. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

beware the ausangate!!!! as the previous post said its lovely yes but you meet as many "tourists" as the inca trail.....
also without horses its damned hard and you would want to have hiked alot because the passes are very high...its all at high altitude....makes for wicked headaches!!

16. Posted by Swam1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

We use Llama Path http://andean route specialist in Cusco and from the time we arrived at the airport to when we left Cusco they have made everything run so smoothly.
Our tour to the Sacred Valley with Smithy as our guide was fantastic, we really enjoyed all the sites and our guide really seemed to enjoy explaining the background behind all the sites. It was a great lead up for Machu Picchu.

The Inca trail with Jose as our guide was amazing...unbelievable. The way the guides allow you to walk at your own pace with no pressure is great. At times Joey and I felt like we were the only ones walking on the
Jose´s knowledge of, and passion for the Incas is obvious and very
infectious. We found ourselves in a nice sized group of 10 people from all over the world not just walking the trail, but rather on a pilgrimage to the spritual home of the Incas.
Along the way we learnt all about the people, their beliefs, customs and way of life. It was soo much more than just a walk through the mountains.

Under Joses guidance we´ve also developed a bit of a coca leaf´s
great stuff.
We´ve already recommended Llama Path to some of our friends at home and we can´t wait to show them our photos when we get back.

Good luck!

17. Posted by Swam1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

This is their site hope it works this time.

18. Posted by Peruvian (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

Hi Samsara, if you visit Lima and need help, writeme ok, i can show around my city.


19. Posted by cecigom (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

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.

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