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Choice of tour companies for Inca Trail

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1. Posted by jamescox00 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

I'm from australia and will be visiting cusco with my girlfriend from Jan 19 to Jan 26 2011.

I have done hours of research now trying to find the best value tour and have found the following ones that seem ok. If you could give me any advice about which companies you think are good value , I would really appreciate it.

These are the ones that i have found that seem ok.. : (300$) (450$) ($??) (430$) (??) (??)

SAS tours (alot i think$)



2. Posted by jeevanln (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

hey, a group of us where just there. We steyed at the loki hostel in cusco (i highloy recommend it), and about 2 doors down there was a company running tours. There are many of them in cusco but they all offer about the same things. We did 3days 2 nights whcih had a bike ride, hike, accom, food, entry to machu pichu and journeys to and from cusco to aguas calientes (the town near machu pichu) all for 99us each.

We walked in in the eveninbg and did the tour the day after (we spent 1 day to acclimatise).

In short, I recommend just sussing it while your there

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 6y

Quoting jeevanln

In short, I recommend just sussing it while your there

This isn't usually possible for the classic inca trail which James is asking about (as per his links), although in December/January it just might be possible, as the wet season means there's far fewer people willing to hike through the rain for several days.

Quoting jamescox00 (??)

These people try to astroturf the forum a lot. (i.e. they're spammers) Don't go with them. (??)

These I used myself when I did the inca trail. I can recommend them for the hike itself, which was perfectly organized, with a great guide and wonderful cook. Communication with their office was bad though (also heard this from fellow hikers) with emails frequently not being answered, and despite informing the office about my brother's food allergy three different times, the cook still had to be told separately, as he had no knowledge about this. (But once he did, he went out of his way to make the meals work.)
The reason we chose United Mice is that they had small groups, and leave earlier and hike further on the first day then any other group, and so you have the trail to yourself much more. If you go with them and have a small group of likeminded hikers, convince your guide to leave early on the second day as well, and be on top of Dead Woman's Pass before the next groups arrive.

In general, I can recommend to pick a tour company listed on this page, as those are the only ones who have licenses to hike the inca trail (any others will be passing you off to one of the companies on that list, charging you for it, where you'd be cheaper off just going with that other company directly), and then ideally one with a smilie and checkmark next to it.

(From other hikers on the trail and our guide, we heard favorable stories about Qente, Llama Path and Peru Treks. SAS was also very popular, but had huge groups.)

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Nov-2010, at 11:55 by Sander ]

4. Posted by jamescox00 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thanks alot Guys. I ended up going with Inca point as they were the best in getting in contact quickly and answering questions (and they have their own license). I will let you know how they are once i have done it.

5. Posted by sunshine sloan (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Hey James, how was the tour company you had used? I am thinking to contact them. Any comments? Sloan