We just got back from our 2-week trip in Peru. Just want to let others know about our excellent and reliable taxi driver in the Sacred Valley named Victor. We used him for airport transfer from Cusco to Ollanta, a day trip from Ollanta to Pisac and then to the train station in Ollanta, and for pickup from the train station in Ollanta back to Cusco and for the drive to Sacsayhuayman. He's totally trustworthy, honest, on-time. He knows all the sightseeing routes and where the rail and bus offices in Cusco, etc. His rates were very reasonable, and he was very willing to do more than we'd first agreed on. But we tipped him well at the end. We were so glad to have him around during our stay there.
We came to know Victor from our airport transfer from Cusco airport to Ollanta we booked through
You could try to do the same and ask for Victor. Even though we didn't stay at El Albergue, we were able to book the airport transfer by emailing them. It costs $35 USD total, which is very reasonable given that the "official" taxis at the airport were asking $40 USD.
Victor came to pick us up in his decent Toyota Corolla station wagon (most taxis out there were pretty beat up). Plenty of trunk space for luggage, and the seatbelts were functional (not commonly the case with other taxis out here). He drove very carefully and put us at ease. (We sometimes got scared sitting in other taxis in Peru, where the drivers seemed to be either amateur or reckless drivers.)
Victor's English was very limited, but with my very primitive Spanish and a phrasebook, we were able to communicate well enough. For the train pickup info, I just wrote it down on a piece of paper (Machu Picchu --> Ollanta and the date and time of arrival) and he understood it perfectly and was there waiting for us right down at the train gate to help us with the luggage.
Some details about the rides we had with Victor:
1) Cusco Airport --> Ollanta $35 USD
We asked him to first drop by the Peru Rail office in Cusco, so we could exchange our e-tickets for the paper tickets. And he took us right to the office in Cusco while waited for us. The transaction didn't take too long. We next asked him if he could take us to a place to buy boleto turisticos, but he said we could buy them at any tourist sites. He was right, we were able to buy them at the Ollanta ruins.
Along the drive, he tried to point out sights for us, but with our limited Spanish, we couldn't get much.
Highly recommended taxi driver in the Sacred Valley of Peru
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