ive been looking online on what company i should to the trail through i've realized i will have to hand over 300usd and im fine with that, when else would i get this kind of experence i cant put a price on it. i seen some stories that some operators are not good at all can anyone tell me who to go through
also should i go for the 5 day 4 3 or 2 day trek what is the most worth while?
is their any place to store your bags im going to be travling with ski equipment ect and it would be alot easier to store my stuff somewhere safe
[ Edit: Edited at May 21, 2006 9:22 PM by TylerJames ]
I did the traditional 4 day trek with Llamapath with our super guide José. They also have quite a good policy about porters and it's a smaller company, i.e. not as much of an industry as SAS or United Mice. I also got a good student discount and paid only $240. Send me a message if you want more info on this!
I hiked the Inca Trail with Peru Treks last September (4 day). I had a fantastic time and they offered an excellent trip. The food was great, guides & porters were friendly and seemed to enjoy their work, all equipment provided was in good shape & functional. Peru Treks furnished tents and food for their porters, things that the less expensive tour operators often don't provide. I would highly recommend them and will use them again if I plan any additional treks in Peru. Peru Treks also is a small, locally owned business which channels a portion of their profits into local projects. Last year I brought some children's jackets which they distributed in some of the small area communities.
As far as storing your gear, every hostal that I have stayed at in cusco has provided secure storage for luggage while I was away from the city. My favorite hostal (I will be staying there again this September while in cusco) is Hostal Marani. The rooms are clean & quiet and the service is excellent. They have free, secure storage of your luggage and you can access it anytime.
I went w Qente via a recommendation from a backpacker I met on this website. I paid $340 , which is a lil bit pricier than most companies, but it was well worth it. The guide was excellent, the tents were water proof, the sleeping bags were good under sub degree weather, and the food was really good.
About your other stuff.. Just have the hostel hold it for you. I stayed at the Loki Hostel in Cusco. Its a party hostel, but the service is pretty good and the beds are very comfy.
They have pretty good eating options there as well.
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I did the trail with Pachamama Explorers and they were quite good. If you're going to be at a hostel in Cusco before hand you can usually just leave your gear there. Otherwise I'm sure the tour agency could store it for you.
I did the Inca Trail in July 2003, at that stage you could book upon arrival in Cusco as there were no limits to the numbers of people allowed each day, I believe that this has changed now? If not there are a lot of options for tour operators when you get to Cusco (some make you be in Cusco for 3 days before the trip departs though - something to do with the altitude I think), we ended up going with one offered by our hostel (can't remember the name), it was one of the cheapest but turned out really well and as far as I could tell the porters were treated well.
You should definitely go for the 4 day trek (there was no 5 day when I went) it has to be FAR more rewarding and it's not just about Machu Picchu at the end of it there is a lot to see along the way.
We have two friends that have to cancel theirs inca trail to Machupichu 04 Days / 03 Nights on June 7th becouse they have to fly back home for an emergency if some one wanna take these places please lets us know asap firstname.lastname@example.org
hello, i can recomend you www.alltrekcusco.com, the prices are good and i know the owner(edmundo), he is very reliable, he is from cusco and he has program 7(includes salkantay) and four days trail.
And if you are looking for a cheap hostel in lima you can visit: www.magdalenhouse.com