Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > South America
Reload this Page >

Machu Picchu - any good hiking guide companies?

Machu Picchu - any good hiking guide companies?

Old Aug 13th, 2012, 09:41 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 56
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Machu Picchu - any good hiking guide companies?

Hi, my friends have booked with Peru Treks (http://www.perutreks.com/index.html) for a 4 day/3 night hiking tour of Machu Picchu and they've asked me to come, but unfortunately their company has booked out for that particular tour.

Is there any other reputable agency/company you've used or you'd recommend I look into as an alternative? I'll probably be on my own, since my friends are with the other group. My friends are paying $500 each, and the company supplies the license, guide, tents, and food, so I'm looking for something in the same price range or lower.


Thanks in advance!
ellstah is offline  
Old Aug 14th, 2012, 10:43 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi!
Only 500 people are allowed to hike the INca trail per day. If the agency told your friends that they do not have availability, you won't find it with any other agency considerig that all of them work with the same reservation system. Even if someone cancels there's no way to book that spot.
The alternative plan for you would be the Salkantay Trek that also ends in Machu Picchu.

Regards!
Susana78 is offline  
Old Aug 14th, 2012, 10:48 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 201
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What Susana said is true in the fact that there is a limit to the number of hikers each day. However, another tour company might have a cancellation and then have an empty spot to fill. I would ask around. Another company besides Peru Treks people support on this forum and on Trip Advisor is Llama Path. Hopefully others will chime in with their experience. (We used Peru Treks.)
shutterbug85 is offline  
Old Aug 14th, 2012, 03:21 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 31
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We used Llama Path in 2010 and couldn't rate them highly enough. In fact on the Macchu Pichu trek our group consisted of just my wife and I. Yet the days before and after we commenced our trek, those groups were pretty much full. Regardless we had a great time and the Llama Path staff were brilliant, food was great, the guide was extremely knowledgable and they made it a trip of a lifetime and at a great price too.
gary062 is offline  
Old Aug 14th, 2012, 03:26 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 19,734
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Unless you are going in November or late, permits are sold out. It won't matter what agency you check with.

You can check by month and day here

http://www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/...ilability.html
mlgb is offline  
Old Aug 14th, 2012, 06:18 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 32,129
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We used Llama Path as well this past January. They were indeed terrific. Our guide has since formed his own agency.

http://alpacaexpeditions.com/

Raul is very well known on the trail. Our kids are still in contact with him. I suspect my wife would love to be in real contact with him.
colduphere is offline  
Old Sep 29th, 2012, 08:57 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 14
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are many reputable companies on this forum and others. Contact them and ask many questions and see who you feel comfortable with.
trekperu is offline  
Old Sep 30th, 2012, 11:26 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 39
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I went this summer with my 4 siblings and husband to hike the Inka Trail and everything about it was incredible. We booked with a company called Andesadventures and I highly recommend them.

First of all our guide Abeladero was fanastic- knowledgeable, fun and his group ofmporters are excellent. Every thing from the moment you arrive in Lima is organzied and runs withoutba hitch. The hotels younstay in before the actual hike are lovely as are the restaurants-- though aome are overly touristy.
Truly, we had not one complaint- the food cooked by the kitchen staff on the hike was delicious- 3 course cooked meals daily- and they even made special meals for my sister and I who are vegan.

The trip was an incredible experience from start to finish. If you book with themyou should definitely specify Abelardo as your guide-- he has done thentrail 600 times and justvdays after he left us wasngoingto run thebtrail in a 5- hour marathon with others from all over the world.

The trail is demanding and Abel and his sweeper are equipped to help you in all ways, make sure you are fed and hydrated and look out for any signs of serious altitude sickness.


We are all considering their Patagonia tour in the near future.
Carleen is offline  
Old Sep 30th, 2012, 11:27 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 39
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sorry, I forgot to mention that this company takes you n the original Inka trail where you end at Yhe Sun Gate-- some companies do not, so look out for this.
Carleen is offline  
Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 07:22 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 20
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are many good companies in Peru for this trek and the alter treks, remember that the Classic inca trail is only one that takes you to Machu Picchu by the SUNGATE camping in Winay wanyna the night before..the alter treks like Salkantay or Lares will take you to Aguas calientes town first and then you go to Machu Picchu by Bus.
I used Mythical trails Peru for my tour http://www.mythicaltrailsperu.com/
fresh team, the owners are local tour guides in Cusco and Machu Picchu...they know everything about tours in Cusco.
mick675 is offline  
Old Jun 19th, 2016, 12:38 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
http://www.inkasdestination.com
This is a Peru and Machu Picchu tour operator
lowis is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
nana5
South America
5
Dec 28th, 2017 10:00 AM
katemt
South America
18
Oct 3rd, 2012 07:36 PM
jkyanka
South America
5
Feb 20th, 2010 04:04 PM
louanne
Mexico & Central America
4
Aug 8th, 2007 12:11 PM
Arikido69
Mexico & Central America
8
Aug 24th, 2004 02:24 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:55 PM.