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1. Posted by Marky1983 (Inactive 19 posts) 8y

Hi guys, i'm currently in Australia and wanted to book the Inca Trail for mid june but it looks like its all booked out

I enquired with Llama path and they have these other treks for $400 could any one recommend the best one to do? or should i wait till i arrive in Peru?

2nd June – Salkantay 5/4 – 2 pax* ($425 $405 students with a valid isic)
4th June – Lares 4/3 – 5 pax ($420 each $400 students with a valid isic)
5th June – Lares 4/3 - 4 pax
10th June – Lares 4/3 – 2 pax
16th June – Lares 4/3 – 2 pax
16th June – Salkantay 5/4 – 6 pax
17th June – Tambopata 3/2 – Rebecca Jenkins x3
18th June – Salkantay 5/4 – 6 pax
18th June – Lares 4/3 – 4 pax

what is the ultimate differences too? you help would be most appreciated.

Any ideas how i might be able to get onto the Inca Trail?

Kind Regards, Mark

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 29, 2008, at 9:38 PM by Marky1983 ]

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

I can highly recommend the Salkantay trek. Can't compare to the others, but I loved it. But I wouldn't recommend paying $400 for it. There really is no reason that you should pay more than $200 or so. I did it in mid May of 2005, payed $160 and got everything included, food, guide, accommodation, MP entry, bus/train transport to and from Cusco etc...
If you go to Cusco and book the trek from there, then you will pay much less. From what I can tell, the companies that offer the trek online are catering to the people who missed the chance to do the Inca trail and expect all trails to be similarly prices. But without the crazy gov't fees, regulations, nor popularity of the Inca Trail, the other treks can be done for a normal low cost. Of course I can't guaranteed to you that there will be spaces left when you arrive, but what I can tell you is that when I did it around the same time of year, there were many many treks available from every company we checked with, and on the trail the campsites were almost empty. I can't imagine that finding something when you arrive will be a problem.

3. Posted by lancshires (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I did the Salkantay last month. My girlfriend and I got a good deal on the 5d/4n trek + Cusco 3d/2n, including hotels and city tour for 450 dollars each. We found this special offer at the peruinteract website after we gave up on finding Inka Trail availability and we don't regret it a bit because the landscape views were awesome, fantastic, and the guides and porters very reliable and knowledged. We were also lucky to find Lan airtickets for 119 dollars so moreless we spent around 600 each for a whole week on the Inka highlands!

4. Posted by JackBo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Lancshires: Can you be a little more specific, I mean where do I search to find that $450 offer? Thanks in advance for your reply.


5. Posted by lancshires (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Check for yourself JackBo

6. Posted by ruddier (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I think our friend Lancshires gave us a good tip! Yesterday I requested more info regarding the Salkantay Trail special offer to these people (link provided by Lancshires) and they answered me the next day with all the details. Only problem is that trekking is programed for fixed dates and one must make flight arrangements to coincide with these, but of course this is doable. I will try to go on July and hope some other will join in too, let me know. Rudy.