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1. Posted by Roodog (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi,

I was wondering how payment works with all the Inca trail tour companies. Im based in the UK and if they are based in Peru and im guessing accept USD for the deposit, how is it done?

Thanks,

Chris

2. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Hi,
we paid it from Ecuador with Western Union. I think most agencies accept that.
//Susanna

3. Posted by gier (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I hiked the Inca Trail with Peru Treks last September (great company & service - had an excellent time). I paid the deposit by Western Union and paid the remainder in cash when I arrived in Cusco.

Just an FYI, the following agencies have recently been fined for failing to pay their porters the minimum wage (article was in Diario del Sol - Cusco newspaper).
Apus World Expeditions
Camping Tour
Colibri Travel
El Dorado Expeditions
Peruvian Higland Travel
Transtawa
South American Sites -SAS-
United Mice Tour Operator

4. Posted by bsong65 (Budding Member 50 posts) 10y

Chris.

I went with El Qente and paid the deposit via Western Union and when I arrived to Cusco.. I paid via credit card.

Hope this helps.

BS

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6. Posted by sarahleeds (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

i did the inca trail and booked and paid for it in cuzsco(in cash US dollars or you can pay on credit card) - you can arrange it all once in Cuszco which means you can go round all the agencies and see who is offering the best deal. Although there can cometimes be a wait of a few days to get on a tour, depending on what time of year you are there. but there is plenty to do in cuszco to keep you occupied.

7. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting gier

I hiked the Inca Trail with Peru Treks last September (great company & service - had an excellent time). I paid the deposit by Western Union and paid the remainder in cash when I arrived in Cusco.

Just an FYI, the following agencies have recently been fined for failing to pay their porters the minimum wage (article was in Diario del Sol - Cusco newspaper).
Apus World Expeditions
Camping Tour
Colibri Travel
El Dorado Expeditions
Peruvian Higland Travel
Transtawa
South American Sites -SAS-
United Mice Tour Operator

That is really very interesting! Our guide and porters (we used Llamapath, very good agency), told us about SAS and United Mice, that their porters are very badly paid. What makes it even worse is that those are two of the largest of all Inca trail tour operators, and they are the ones with the most money. Nevertheless, they don't pay their porters properly - instead they use their money (and power) to book up the daily quotas of tourists allowed on the Inca Trail - for months ahead! They aren't allowed to do that if they don't have an actual booking from a "real" tourist - but the system is corrupt (of course) and they can afford it. The smaller companies (that do pay their porters properly) can't afford to do that. What happens is that when people aren't booking ahead, and just are turning up in Cuzco hoping for a spare place on the Inca trail, they end up going with the larger companies...
Support the smaller (fair) Inca trail tour operators and book ahead!!!

//Susanna

8. Posted by dbo (Full Member 34 posts) 10y

We have booked online with Llama Path (http://www.llamapath.com) - they took a deposit via Western Union and the rest is payable on arrival in Cusco - I was a bit dubious about using WU as I've heard some dodgy stories in the past, but it was all fine, and Llama Path have been very professional in contacting me regarding the booking and payment etc.
I've heard good things about their tours and can safely say that their booking procedure is very good - I just hope the trip matches up to it!

9. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting dbo

We have booked online with Llama Path (http://www.llamapath.com) - they took a deposit via Western Union and the rest is payable on arrival in Cusco - I was a bit dubious about using WU as I've heard some dodgy stories in the past, but it was all fine, and Llama Path have been very professional in contacting me regarding the booking and payment etc.
I've heard good things about their tours and can safely say that their booking procedure is very good - I just hope the trip matches up to it!

Congratulations! The staff at Llamapath are awesome. They really took care of us and made us feel important. The food was superb - and they pay their porters properly. Hopefully you'll get the same guide as we did; José. He's super competent and professional, his English is perfect and his knowledge of local history is inexhaustible. And he's a nice guy too!
Your trip sounds awesome (I checked your profile). 11 months, wow! My favourite place in Uruguay is Punta del Diablo, it's up in the north almost on the Brasilian boarder, on the coast. Make sure you go there! If you have any questions about South America or NZ let me know! I'm in love with both of them. ;)
//Susanna

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 1, 2006 4:50 AM by snatterand ]

10. Posted by MilyP (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

I have just signed up to a tour with Llama Path as there seemed to be some happy customers on this site. Good to know they pay their porters well too. But do you have to tip too?