Best Inca Trail guide/operator
Heading to Peru in December/January of this year. Anyone have experience with either Llama Path or Peru Treks for trekking to Macchu Picchu? Any advice?
It looks like if you go with a tour company they have porters to carry all camping/cooking gear...is that the only option? Can you carry your own stuff?
Any thoughts greatly appreciated!
Unfortunately December/January is my timeframe, so I may just have to enjoy getting wet! I'll check out United Mice, thanks a lot!
We carried our own gear. I assumed it would be the norm but there were very few other people doing it. Most just hired the porters. We were given the option of using a porter after the 1st day but declined. It is a real challenge to carry your own stuff and I felt a certain satisfaction from completing the trek while not using a porter. I'd suggest that if you don't use a porter that you really only take what you need as it is a long way at altitude
It is a bit of a gamble with weather. It rained most of the days were did the trek but it didn't ruin the experience. Just make sure you keep your gear as dry as possible.
I went with Peru Treks and found them to be great. They were one of the cheaper operators but the guides and food were all good. Try to avoid the international companies as they charge a premium to pay staff outside of Peru.
That feeling of satisfaction (overcoming the challenge of distance/altitude) is definitely something I enjoy, so Ill consider carrying my own gear.
Thanks also for the additional ideas on companies.
I know Cuzco is supposed to be very cool, as is Oyallatambo, did anyone do any other fun side trips from around Cuzco?
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