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What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by Harold »

I seem to be finding that one can't visit it independently. Is that so? If anyone has any recommendations, please post them. Thanks!

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RE: What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by arsenaljob »

I went to Peru in 2009 and made my arrangements with Adventure Life.  I am glad that I was only there for 8 days and wanted to see Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.  I often travel independently but I was glad to go with a company on a private trip with just me and my wife because it was a short time in Peru.  My biggest advice is to have ample time in the Sacred Valley to visit the Pisac ruins and Ollantaytambo.  They are both fantastic and were actually more impressive to me than Machu Picchu.

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by bluemanzanita »

I am not sure from your question if you just want to go direct to Machu Picchu or if you are interested in a trek.  If you are going during the high season (May-Sept.), I would recommend having someone set the trip up for you as the crush of tourists leave resources stretched.  It would be supportive to have someone who knows the details help you get what you're looking for.

I just returned from the Inca Trail with a group of 8.  You can visit independently, but it will cost you.  I would recommend having a tour company set it up for you as having a knowledgeable person navigate all of the requirements will ensure you are left free to enjoy the trek.  Try Chaska Tours in Cuzco.  They have been organizing many trips all over Peru for decades and are committed to excellence and service.  I have worked with them for two separate trips and continue to be very, very pleased.  .  Have a great trip!

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by worldtravel »

 

I work for a non-profit organization in the US, which has been going to Peru for the past 8 years. We take medical volunteers along with non medical volunteers that want to do adventure travel ahead of the week we spend doing surgeries at the local hospitals in Lima, Cusco, and Iquitos. We spent a lot of time and energy trying to find a good guide who was an expert of the area, personable, organized, and educated. After much research and trial and error, we finally found a guide named Rony who works through Tika Trekking. I cannot say enough good things about him and the treks he has guided us on (Inca Trail, Salkantay, Vilcabamba, Espíritu Pampa, Choquequirao and Lares) and the tours he has led our groups on (Cusco City Tour, Pisac, Ollaytamba, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Machu Picchu, and throughout the Amazon jungle). I highly recommend him, as he is safe and knowledgeable and we have ONLY had rave reviews about his professionalism, intellect, and charisma. 

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I seem to be finding that one can't visit it independently. Is that so? If anyone has any recommendations, please post them. Thanks!


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RE: What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by Foutravel »

If your trying to find a good touring company for Machu picchu it might be a good idea to start with these touring groups as they have better reviews then others 

http://www.machupicchuinfo.com/machu-picchu-tours/

 

Hope this helps

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by sabinky01 »

SA Luxury Expeditions were top notch, fabulous and outstanding on every level.  We are a family of 5 used to traveling abroad and SA Luxury exceeded every expectation.  All accomodations were luxurious with comfy beds, private bath, tasty food and wine.  All activities were fun and incredible - we saw musuems, rain forests, city tours, Macchu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Amazon Basin and much more.  The guides were personable, walking encyclodpedias.  SA Luxury arranged our trip around our budget, time frame and activity level.  They were in constant communication with the guides and even made a personal visit to us on our way out of town!  They have the right connections for guides, accomodations and activities - I highly recommend them.

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by aurora7238 »

We just returned from a tour in Peru for 9 days from Aug 4-13, 2013. We went with Gate 1 travel and it was fantastic. The tour guides were extrimely knowledgable and helpful, especially dealing with the altitude sickness They were native Peruvians and offered a unique experience of informing us of the real culture and life in Peru. I would definitely reccomend this company and will be travelling with them again.

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RE: What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by mqduke »

In Response to What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu:[QUOTE]

I seem to be finding that one can't visit it independently. Is that so? If anyone has any recommendations, please post them. Thanks!

Posted by Harold[/QUOTE]

If you are looking for a company to arrange a Peru trip for you, then your hunt is over, as I can recommend the perfect tour operator:  Yure Chavez, owner of Peru Trek 4 Good.  In fact, if you have been working with a tour company and not paid them yet, I recommend you contact Yure.  A group of five of us just returned from a 10 day trip in Cusco/Sacred Valley/Lima that Yure arranged for us on a customized basis.  I have traveled all over the world and honestly can say that Yure is one of the best tour operators that I have ever encountered. Reasons:  1)  Honesty/Professionalism/Integrity.  Yure’s character displays each of these attributes.  He is 100% trustworthy.  One young adult in our party arrived in Cusco four hours ahead of the rest of us.  Yure picked her up from the airport and took her to his house to rest before the two of them returned to the airport to pick us up.  The young lady felt completely safe, and the situation never was awkward.  We all were very appreciative to Yure for his kindness in this regard.  We wired our payment to Yure’s bank account.  Yure accounted for every penny we sent.  There were no issues.  2) Price.  Yure’s pricing not only beat the competitors from whom I received quotes, but also, we stayed in better hotels.  Yure is a local Cusco operator who works out of his home; therefore, his overhead is low.  There are no hidden or “surprise” fees.  3)  Guides.  A guide can make or break a trip.  Yure arranged for two fantastic guides for us.  Daniel, our guide for four days in Cusco/Sacred Valley, was phenomenal!  He is extremely knowledgeable on Incan history and archeology.  Daniel is fun and pleasant to be with.  His English is very good.  We all hated to say “goodbye.”  Our guide for one day in Lima, also was great!  Carlos is passionate about his work and an expert on Incan history and archeology.  4) Drivers/Transportation.  William, our driver for four days in Cusco/Sacred Valley was wonderful!  His driving skills are superb; we felt very safe.  William is kind and a pleasure to be with.  In addition to William, Yure arranged for other various transports, e.g. to and from train station and other activities.  Every driver arrived for us ahead of the scheduled time.  We never had to wait on a driver and always felt completely safe.   5)  Hotels.  Our hotels were fabulous!  The grounds were beautiful and the service was outstanding!  6)  Activities.  We opted for an adventure trip, e.g. hiked short Inca trail and Huayna Picchu, horseback riding in the Andes, whitewater rafting, etc.  All operators were great; each had well run companies, operated with safety in mind, and provided a wonderful lifetime experience that we never will forget.  7)  Philanthropy.  Yure actively supports various orphanages and schools in his community by arranging for donations of clothing, school supplies, toys, etc.   At our request, Yure took us to a kindergarten.  It was a humbling and moving experience; definitely a trip highlight!  In closing, every aspect of the trip was absolutely perfect!!  We all give Yure the highest recommendation!!

 

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RE: What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by Jason Cochran »

This is one of those questions that can be controversial among locals. I have heard many times from Peruvians that some tour companies are based outside the country, so when tourists spend money with them, the money leaves the country.

Worse, some tour companies have reputations (among locals) for mistreating employees. I have heard tales of porters having to sleep in the outdoors on bedding that was soaked in the fuel they carry for cooking. It sounds impossible, but there are nearly no worker protections, and there are so few jobs in the mountains that operators can get away with terrible things. So when you select a company, try to find one that 1) is based locally, and benefits locals and 2) is on record as having humane working conditions for the porters. 

A few years ago, I used Peru Treks, which was recommended to me by a friend who lives near Cusco; I trusted her to have a sense for its reputation, and the porters indeed looked healthy. http://www.perutreks.com/

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RE: What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by freedom77 »

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This is one of those questions that can be controversial among locals. I have heard many times from Peruvians that some tour companies are based outside the country, so when tourists spend money with them, the money leaves the country.

Worse, some tour companies have reputations (among locals) for mistreating employees. I have heard tales of porters having to sleep in the outdoors on bedding that was soaked in the fuel they carry for cooking. It sounds impossible, but there are nearly no worker protections, and there are so few jobs in the mountains that operators can get away with terrible things. So when you select a company, try to find one that 1) is based locally, and benefits locals and 2) is on record as having humane working conditions for the porters. 

A few years ago, I used Peru Treks, which was recommended to me by a friend who lives near Cusco; I trusted her to have a sense for its reputation, and the porters indeed looked healthy. http://www.perutreks.com/

Posted by Jason Cochran[/QUOTE]

That´s really true!! I totally agree with Jason!! Seek a company that treats their Porters well. Be careful, if you ask a Porter, he will never tell you that he is mistreaten! Why? Porters are always afraid to loose a job and there is not much jobs in the mountains!! 

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