What I'm after is some recomendations for good 4 day hikes to Machu Picchu. There are so many on the market and its a bit of a nightmare trying to decide between them, so any experiences good or bad will be very much appreciated!
Check out the article in the wiki guide there are some suggestions there
Things that you may want to keep in mind:
- Is the tour that is offered 'sustainable'? Some companies pay no attention at all to the environment they do business in, while others are very environmentally conscious. Just ask whether they have policies in this respect
- Is the thour that is offered 'fair'? Some companies hugely underpay guides and cooks. Again, the best way to find out is to ask
- Is the company reliable? Be concerned if the company only takes advance payments in cash. You wouldn't be the first to show up and find that you're going with a group that is three times bigger than what was promised, or similar scams
- Is there someone on the staff that knows to give first aid? You may think that this isn't important, but I was on a trek once where someone got bittenby a stray dog, and it turned out that no-one on the staff had anticipated this possibility. Fortunately someone else had a well-equipped first aid kit, but I hate to think what would've happened otherwise
Bentivogli has certainly highlighted the key stuff to look out for. I'm doing the trek in August and after loads of research went with Llama Path for a 4 day trek. The reviews on tripadvisor are pretty good and seem to be from people who've done the trek too.
Whilst booking the trek, I called them to confirm the booking and they were really friendly and flexible with some of our questions.
Bear in mind that spaces do book up well in advance for the peak season, we were lucky to get the last few on our day!
Hope that helps!
Can anyone recommend any trustworthy tour groups for the trek? I'm from Manchester in the UK, so are there any based in the UK??
Hi my mate is in SA at the moment and i'm heading over at the end of the year, he went with this company http://www.pie-peru.com/en/details/new-inka-jungle-trail-biking-to-machu-picchu.html he booked it when in cusco, he said it was quite challenging although he is pretty unfit. he also siad he paid about $150 US but the website advertises alot more. will probably book this one myself, another bonus is that it is a trail that is not widely used.
We did a trek with Peru Treks last July and they were excellent.. we can't sing their praises enough. The guide was excellent, the food wonderful and the whole experience from start to finish unforgettable.
They really look after their porters and have a strict limit on what they can carry (you will see lots of other companies making them carry far too much), they also give them a tent & sleeping bags to sleep in (lots don't) and feed them well too.
They were quite expensive but so worth it for such an amazing trip. If you need any more help on this let us know.
Have a fab time.