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Inca Trail- How do you pay all the tour companies?

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11. 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?

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

Yes, you will have to tip them anyway. That's the only part I don't like about it all - but it's the same procedure no matter what agency you choose. Of course they are worth every extra penny they get because they do a great job - I just wish that their wages would be high enough instead.
On the other hand, unemployment is high in Peru and being a porter is an attractive job, since it means that you have a real job and a real employer - not just selling candy in the street "running your own business".
Well, technically you don't have to tip them if you really, really don't want to - no one can make you. But the rest of the people in your group will give tips - and you would just feel awkward if you didn't. And in the end of the day it's not a lot of money for you, but it is for them.

//Susanna

13. Posted by holybinch (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

OK, we're just booking our trail for early March with Llama Path, following the excellent recommandations they have on the site.
We'll sure let you know how it goes !

14. Posted by MilyP (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

just to update you all. I have now done my Inka Trail with Llama path and i have to say they were excellent. The food was amazing and they really looked after us. I had tonsillitus so was feeling pretty rough but guide looked out for me and made sure I was ok. A couple of us were pretty slow on day 2 and the guide stayed with us to make sure we made it ok.
Of course the food was excellent and certainly more than you could ever eat! I had some friends with another company who got food poisoning though. And when it came too tips you know the porters earned them! They were amazing!
Thanks to everyone who recommeded Llama Path!

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

I'm glad you liked them. Hope you're well now after being ill! Are you still travelling?

//Susanna

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