I am about to book a trip to Peru and Bolivia and "Peru for Less" has made the arrangements for transportation and lodging and some day tours. Before I send them my money I thought I'd ask here is anyone has had experiences with them good or bad.
They have offices in the Us, Cuzco and Lima. Here is their website.http://www.peruforless.com
Thanks for any help you can provide, Al.
This agency quotes the 4 day Inca Trail hike at $449 US. This seems like a lot to me. It even says that it doesn't include train. Most other acencies I've looked at (since I'm going budget) have been more in the $300s and have included return train fare. I'm considering waiting until I arrive in Peru before booking, since my itinerary is fairly flexible and it won't yet be high season. Anyone think their would be a problem booking 2 spaces in mid april? I'm willing to wait a few days if its booked at the time, but I'm not too worried about it.
Regarding the travel agency, I haven't heard from it, but it are hundreds of travel agencies and tour outfitters in Peru. It seems to be expensive though, despite the name "Peru for less". I work in tourism here in Peru, and I agree that a 300 US dollars price for the Inca trail (train included) is a good price.
In regard to the Inca trail booking, I highly recommend to book it in advance, at least 2 weeks, even in the low season.
hello, you can also ask to pachamama living tourism, an asociation of small handicrafts that open his travel agency five years ago, they work with people from every town. You can visit his web page and ask for inca trail and prices: www.tours-andes.com/.
Please be careful when you will book the Inca trail; If you want to have a good service (food, camping gear, good guiding, etc) and be sure that companies will pay and treat well the porters, guides, cooks, etc, you should not pay less than $330 - 350 per person for a 4 days hike.
I will be glad to recommend the hike you want, with the right company even for a limited budget.
You are all completely correct that there are many options for doing the Inca Trail, both in and out of Peru. But just like in everything, there are many different levels of services available. YureChavez gives good advice when saying that to assure good camping gear, fair wages for workers, licensed Inca Trail guides, and reliable services the absolute cheapest price is not always the best.
For this reason, Peru For Less offers the following price guarantee: We do have the lowest prices. We will meet or beat any internet published rates from companies outside Peru for all package tours. All HOTELS and TOURS are based on US standards.
[ Edit: Letting this one stay, even though it is obviously someone working for company. The post has relevance to question asked though. ]
The prices of Inca Trail 4/3 days is about 270 to 300....dollars.
More of 300 dollars is very expensive, the majority of services are same: guide, porters (not inclued), meals and equipment.
City Tours about 10, 20 dollars;
Excursion to Sacred Valley full day: 15,20,25 dollars some inclued lunch.
These are averages prices in Cusco travel agencies.
One travel agencie is www.sungatetours.com
You can write them to: firstname.lastname@example.org , they can offer information about your travel to Cusco.
I just got back from Peru on labor day and it was awesome. If you want to do the Inca trail I suggest that you book as early as you can, possibly after you book your flight. I went with SAS travel and I can't say enough good things about them. I didnt find much about the on the web before I booked them though and I could not have been happier about my decision. The food was the best I ate in Peru, the porters were treated very well, the guides (Victor and Omar)were very friendly and knowledgeable. I talked to many people on the trail and they paid about the same yet their guides didnt sound as friendly and the food not as good. When you visit Macchu Picchu definately hike up Huayna Picchu. It is steep but even if you go slow it only takes an hour. We did it after the Inca Trail in 30minutes. If you can, after Macchu Picchu spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes. Great little town after everyone leaves. Food is good and the fixed price menus can be bargained, whether its for price or a free drink. If your up for hike to the top of Mt. Putucusi, easy trail but with some high ladders. The summit overlooks Macchu Picchu and is incredible and well worth it. Takes maybe 1 1/2- 2 hours up. To get there walk along the tracks in Aguas Calientes out of town. Walk about 5 minutes down the tracks you will see a wood sign on the Right. Hope this helps. Brent