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1. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

Hi everyuone,
Are booking our trek thru the net from Australia and would appreciate recommendations for good companies. Has anyone gone with Peru Treks? Or sastravel peru? Is the trek as hard on the knees as it sounds? Will my torn cartilages make it hell? Im otherwise fit. Should I spend weeks on the step machine at the gym in preparation?
Cheers! Sandy

2. Posted by Sparlita (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

I was looking into Peru Treks, I've heard good things.
There are also a lot of good things posted on this site about United Mice. I would suggest having a look through the previous postings, there is lots of info.

3. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

Thanks. The guy who recommended United Mice earlier sounds like he is looking for a different kind of tour than me though, reading his profile (no offense meant there!) so I was put off that company.
thanks anyway!

4. Posted by jccosta (Full Member 48 posts) 8y

Hi again

I did the inca trail last August. It is ok it is mid level for treking.
You have the large with 4 days and smaller with one day treking.

I did it with Marisol, she is nice and has a good price.

-snip-

JC

[ Edit: Sorry, no emails in the forum please. ]

5. Posted by mshaw1983 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

did the trail with united mice over christmas, they´re more expensive but i can´t recommend them highly enough. the guides were excellent and so was the food. they also treat their porters really well.

6. Posted by jccosta (Full Member 48 posts) 8y

I received this information from marisol

De: marisol Hanco
Para: JC
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:
- Transfer.
- 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.

7. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

Thanks JC- thats some really useful information. Marisols price is certainly lower than others. I have read that we should avoid prices this low as they cut the cost by providing substantial services eg food, or dont provide well for their porters. Do you know if this is true?
Do you know if I can get a discount as a teacher? I can get a card similar to the student one.
Sandy

8. Posted by katyinperu (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Dear Travellers:
I will never stop listening histories listening about Inca Trail:
fair price , etc , etc
I work at the tourism business since 5 years ago, I did the Inca trail 5 times in my life and i love it!!!!!
I did with crapy companies and some they were very good without being so expensive and other crazy expensive.

I heard about SAS travel, Peru Treks ,United Mice. I think they are already very famous and good one... they charge you between US$320.00 - US$360.00 . Maybe there are some tourist who can pay this amount.
There are 120 companies small companies in Cusco.They dont earn too much right now , because everyone book the tour with the big ones .. a classic inca trail cost with the small travel companies between US$200.00 - US$250.00 including same services than expensive .. what the difference?
almost nothing , thye dont carry a toilet for you during all your trek .. there are many toilets in every camp site.
All the tour guides who works into the Inca trail they need to be certificated guide otherwise they cant work. Just be very clear you really wanta guide who can speak very good english and not only say : pachamama...
You dont get a buffet dinner , lunch and dinner but is a normal peruvian food with some international dishes also.

I accept , before the travel companies used to pay almost nothing to the porters , but now there is a sindicate who protect the rights of the porters , this is great , and the INC take care about the envitomental way , now is only possible enter 500 people every day to the famous Inca Trail.

In case you dont have money to pay the Inca Trail, there are many other routes to do like Salkantay, ausangate treks , etc.
The most important is you enjoy Peru and you came back to your country thinking that it wasnt crazy expensive.

Travellers ,enjoy my great country
katicita

9. Posted by nastertium (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi... Last year I travelled on the Inca Trail with a local company called Pachamama Explorers. I had a fantastic time and can really recommend them to future travellers!

Many people write about SAS, but I did look at them first and found them to be more expensive and also read some bad reports about them... so I was happy in the end with my choice.

I also think that the lower prices are maybe not as good a service and maybe the porters suffer from this? I paid $290 with Pachamama. The Guide was great and enthusiastic and the porters seems to be well looked after and happy. Their office staff were also very friendly and helpful - I even booked some of the smaller tours with them, ie. City tour and sacred valley tour, which I also recommend.

If you want, you can look at their website: www.pmexplorers.com I did my booking online with them.

I hope you enjoy your trip!!

10. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

Thanks guys! Great information Katy!
I think Ive found a company to do the trek with- a small one recommended by a friend but I cant book it online. Its cheaper as you said, about US$250. I think my friend over there is going to book it for me.
Im getting so excited now!!