Hi could use some of your thoughts regarding Inca Trail.
We have planned to arrive in Peru mid June, however this is not definite as we may change dates when in Australia or New Zealand.
Was thinking of booking the tour in STA Travel which is £390 includes tour / food / accomodation etc. for 8 days Lima to Cusco Inca Trail tour.
We heard you need to book this in advance. Would you say it is possible to delay booking till we are in Austraila say two months before so we know what we want to do? Does this particular tour sound like ok value for money?
Last year I went to Peru in May/June. I looked into doing the Inca Trail and just about everything was booked up by about February. By March there was pretty much nothing left for the whole time we were in Peru. So instead we did an alternative trek - Salkantay, which we were able to book when we arrived in Cusco. We paid somewhere around 80 pounds for the 5 day trek including entrance to MP and the train/bus back to Cusco, and it was a fantastic hike finishing pretty much in the same place as the more popular Inca Trail. 390 pounds seems pretty steep to me considering at least a few of those 8 days are in and around Cusco which you can do for 10-15 pounds a day on your own. Most Inca Trail tours we looked into last year were in the 300-400 US range, so only 150-200 pounds or so, but that only included the 5 days or whatever to do the trail and MP. But as I said finding accommodation, food, and everything you need in Cusco is both incredibly easy, and very very cheap. No need to fork out for an expensive tour for these days. Only book the actual trek and transport back in advance.
Thanks very much for your reply.
Do you know of any good agencies to book the Inca Trail with inc. transport as will definitely have to book early then?
A lot of companies offer similar services and prices.
However, as responsible travelers, we need to look at how the companies treat their porters as too many of them work in deplorable conditions (bags too heavy, improper harnesses/shoes, not enough food/drink...)
My husband booked with Llama Path and had a great experience with them: the guide was very knowledgeable, the food was excellent and more importantly, the porters had a good equipment and were treated well.
Good luck in your search!
will be there in a weeks time.
I´ll try and find out as much as I can on the whole Inca Trail thing while I´m in Cusco and put up a definitive guide to it when I get a chance as This is also one of the areas that we´ve heard so many things about booking, reserving, companies, dates etc. etc.
Hope you can wait a week or two
Brilliant Tafski, enjoy yourself and look forward to reading all about it!
Just a quick question here guys, if I were to turn up in Cusco, can I get to Machu Pichu say by bus or something, and not go through a 'Trail' or anything? Granted I'd love to do a tour, but the trip is on a budget!