We hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Nov 10-13, 2013 and we had a blast ! We did alot of research on the trail and several companies, and chose Quechuas Expeditions because they are locally owned. We were disappointed at first when we found out that it would only be the 2 of us, 1 guide,1 cook and 4 porters. We expected more hikers. But it was great! Like a private tour and we able to set our own pace without feeling like we had to keep up with the group. Our guide, Carlos was was excellent! He was very informative explaining things about the trail, the flora & fauna, and all of the ruins along the way. He was very supportive and encouraging and safety was the #1 priority. He shared all of our excitement of the trail and hugged us when we made it over Dead Woman's Pass, acting silly with us in our pictures. The whole team was very supportive. They showed care and love in everything they did for us. From carrying all of the equipment, setting up the camps and cooking. When we struggled on day 3 and ended up hiking in the dark, 2 porters climbed back up the trail, carried our packs and hiked with us to our camp, we they all cheered for us. .
What can we say about the food? FANTASTIC !! We were asked at our briefing if we had any food issues. We said we were open to all things Peruvian.We are avid backpackers, and lunch on a trail for us is sitting on a rock and eating fuit or a freezed dried meal on the Jetboil. Our lunches and dinners were served in a dinning tent with a table & chairs, table cloth and real plates and silverware. In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we were served a special meal of roasted Guinea Pig and all the trimmings, including a cake with pink icing. Amazing what the cook was able to accomplish at high elevations and on gas stove.
The camping euipment was excellent! We had a 3-person 4-season tent, down sleeping bags( that we rented) and the really good, thick Thermarest sleep pads. We were never cold, wet or uncomfortable.The rental trekking poles were top notch.
We bonded so well with the entire team. It was very emotional when we had to say goodbye to everyone. Lots of tears & hugs.
Every detail was taken care of, including our train tickets and a driver to take us back to Cusco.
There are not enough words to thank Quechuas Expeditions and "Team Charlie Brown" for making this THEE best trip we ever had. Keep up the good work ! Should you decide to go with this company. please tip your team well. They are very hard working and deserve it !!!
A truly amazing trip to Machu Picchu, and an amazing company !