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Reviewed 29 May 2011

May 5 - 9, 2011
Our private trek included three people, a guide, a cook, two helpers and five horses to carry the load. We walked along high ridges, climbed high passes, and visited small weaving villages and a local market. With the exception of the first morning, we did not see any other tourists. The staff were great and the food was superb. The cook even made a llama out of a potato.
The best of many highlights were seeing women in traditional dress spinning their yarn as they walked, and the children herding llamas and alpacas. We even had the pleasure of herding eight llamas for 1.5 days. Very fun.

The only two negatives were the briefing session and the bathroom tent. The former had been arranged a long time before, by Apus Peru, but because the guide was not back from a tour, it was delayed. The more significant issue was the bathroom tent., We had expected rustic, but a tent with a hole in the ground was less than expected. We suggested to Apus Peru that they invest in a stool with a seat. On the cold, dark night, it would have made a big difference.

Date of experience: May 2011
3  Thank aroundthenextcorner4
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

WOW this is an amazing trek with a super company. The trip is well organized, great guides, great accomodations and food and a true adventure. Inka Natura Travel has this trip planned well. We would consider going again with them in a heart beat.
Get in shape before you go and enjoy the beauty of the Andes, the history of the Incas and the amazing Peruvian people. We LOVED it all!!!!!

Date of experience: May 2011
4  Thank CowboyTravelers
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

After doing much research on who to go with (including reading countless forums and reviews), my 3 friends and I decided to go with Adventure Holidays Peru. The prices were similar to other companies (although they do great group discounts and ISIC card discounts). All I can say is, all the rave reviews about Vidal, the tour company operator are true - he is fantastic! Initially we planned the trip for a group of 4, but on the day of pick up, one of us was very sick and had to stay back. Vidal re-arranged everything without any questions, allowing our friend to meet us on the 4th day of the trek after catching a train there (which was her preferance). Unlike other groups, which were made up of 16+ people, there were only 3 of us, plus our guide, cook and porters. The guide (Hernan Hermosa) was very helpful and informative and spoke very good English. The cook did an amazing job - in addition to gourmet beef, mushroom and cheese rolls, we had mango pie with chocolate sauce, all cooked on a gas cooker! Everyone was really friendly, genuine and hospitable. Some of the proceeds of what you pay go back into the community to, for example, purchase much needed stationary for school children. I would strongly recommend Adventure Holidays Peru to anyone wanting to do the 4 day Inca trail to Machu Picchu, along with any other treks or tours around the area! Just e-mail Vidal on info@---------------------.com, he is usually very quick to respond.

Date of experience: March 2011
2  Thank hutface
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

My friend and I left it too late to book the traditional Inca Trail and decided instead to go on a variation of the Weavers Way trek from Lares with Apus Peru. We are so glad we did. Apus Peru are a small, local company which supports the indigenous weaving communities living high in the mountains near Lares. Our trek went through areas where other tourists don't go. We met colourfully dressed local people who invited us into their homes, showed us their weavings and encouraged us to have a go at spinning. One day we came across a fascinating alpacca shearing session.
We were accompanied by our excellent guide, Urbano, plus a cook, a muleteer and 4 mules. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, we were served the most wonderful and delicious 3 or 4 course meals. We camped high in the mountains in beautiful locations. Our guide, Urbano, was very patient and led us at a gentle pace, to enable us to cope with the high altitude. He tailored the trek to our needs, so our camping spots were chosen with our walking ability in mind.
On the 4th day, we were driven to the train station from where we got the train to Machu Picchu. We had an amazing day there, guided ably by Urbano.
Overall, the whole experience was magical. We are so glad we chose this trek, for us it was absolutely perfect.

Date of experience: January 2011
2  Thank vivjennifer
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Reviewed 12 March 2011

We just came back from our 4day/3nights Inca Trek to Machu Picchu with the company, SAS and had an amazing experience. The Inca Trek was a once in a life time experience and worth doing. My husband and I were very glad we did it with SAS.

SAS is a Peruvian run company with an office in Cusco. We did all of our bookings via email, and they always responded to my questions within 24hours. They were very accommodating as we had to make a last minute schedule change and did not have any problems. Once in Cusco, we had a 30minute meet-and-great at their office the night before the trip, and they were well organized and answered all of our questions.

We ended up having 16 people on our trip; I think we were supposed to have 18 but a couple people got sick. This was a big group; however, we had 3 guides that subsequently came along with us. All 3 guides were amazing; they were all native Kuechua people and were very passionate and knowledgeable of the land, the history, and their culture. We had 22 porters (otherwise known as Chasquis in Keuchua language) that also came from all the local Sacred Valley communities. They hauled up all the tents and food for us, as well as our packs if we had arranged for it. They also got to the campsites before us each night and set up everything for us, cooked for us, and then stayed behind the next day to pack up the campsite while we started hiking to our next destination. On top of all that, they still managed to make it to the next campsite well in advance of us.

Big pluses to the trip and kudos to SAS...
1. Food/chef...we had amazing, diverse, Peruvian food. We had a different type of hot soup each night. We had different types of traditional food each night, including trout. Also, at the beginning of the trip (when we already started our trek), one of the other trekkers told the whole group that she will turn 30 on the 3rd day of the trek. Well, after breakfast that morning, we were all surprised with a delicious birthday cake with frosting and the words "Happy Birthday" written on it. The chef refused to share his secret on how he made such a delicious cake up in the mountains!
2. The guides...we learned a great deal of the Inca culture and history from our three guides. They shared their knowledge of the flora along the trek, the history of their people, and also their spiritual beliefs with us.
3. The guides...my husband and I arrived in Peru 1.5 days prior to the trek and subsequently got significant altitude sickness on the second day of the trek. Unfortunately for us, the second day was also the toughest day of the 4 days. We had to scale "Dead Women's Pass" to reach an altitude of 4200 meters. Two of the 3 guides stayed behind us and made sure we got out that mountain pass. They carried our packs for us, encouraged us along the way, and provided oxygen when needed. Without these two guides, we would never have made it up that Pass and Macchu Picchu.

If we were to hike to Machhu Picchu again, we would definitely go with SAS again. Thank you SAS!

Date of experience: March 2011
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