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freedom77

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

by freedom77 »

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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!

Posted by Harold[/QUOTE]

 

It depens. If you prefer to go by train, then you can go independently. If you like trekking, then you should go with a travel agency. I can recommend you Tierras Vivas as I have got very nice experience hiking with them!

If you decide for trekking to Machu Picchu, then you can choose from the following treks:

- Salkantay Trek - 4 days or 5 days,

- Lares Trek - 4 days,

- Inca Jungle Trek - 4 days.

There are also other treks available in Cusco, but they do not lead to Machu Picchu, i.e. Ausangate Trek and Choquequirao Trek. 

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freedom77

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by freedom77 »

Just a short warning to everybody who like to do volunteering in Peru: most of Peruvian tourist companies publish they help to local poor people. You should check that from an independent source before you decide to support such a company (the best is a personnal recommendation of your friend!) as many of these "helping" companies are cheaters. Be please very, very careful!!

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claudiaj

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by claudiaj »

We just returned from an 11 day kaleidoscope of Peru with Gate1 travel. The tour covered all the highlights, including the Nazca Lines, the Islas Ballestas, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the salt pans of Las Salinas, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca and the Sillustani Tombs, among others. In fact, our tour manager added several "extras", like stopping to watch--and then opting to try--a wooden plow to plant potatoes with one of the local farmers! Each site visited had its own charm and historical significance, and each new site was at least as interesting as the last. In fact, we found that we couldn't take a bad photo anywhere. No doubt Gate1 afforded us something special that we hadn't experienced with other tours--a deep insight into the people, the culture and the history of Peru. The weather was picture perfect, the sites were spectacular, the food was superb, and our tour manager and local guides were knowledgeable, personable and, for the most part, their command of English was impeccable.

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rhoda1

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by rhoda1 »

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 !

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by /bio/parker2018 »

I would like to recommend you Salkantay Trek and use this company http://www.salkantaytrekking.com

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by /bio/kgroh05@gmail.com »

I'm partial to Cachi Life. They have excellent guides and I loved that they provided such good customer service for me and my family. They took care of all the planning, transportation, and walked us through our time in Peru. Highly recommended. 

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by /bio/pachitop »

If your trying to find a good touring company for Machu picchu. I recommend you ITEP travel.

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

by /bio/fadahunsibaez »

There is nothing like to visit Machu Picchu as a group. One can individually visit Machu Picchu. It's the safest place and the people are friendly in nature. The surroundings and circumstances are noise free. One can explore the beauty of this particular place. If anyone wants to visit Machu Picchu as a group it would be a great time for every individual in the group. Last year I had gone by booking a trip package from Photo Tours Peru with my friends. Nothing feels better than spending some quality time with friends.

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by /bio/salkantaytrail »

if that is so .. you can not visit Mchu Picchu alone .. and even if you arrive there is only .. they will not let you enter the citadel alone ... it is necessary to go with a tour guide ... but if you mean you want a Special tour just for you, if there is only one that costs more.  salkantay trail peru.
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RE: What's the best group to go with for Macchu Picchu

by /bio/julionator »

I agree with Jason.

After doing extensive research regarding Touring companies, we (my girlfriend and me) decided to book our tour with Perutreks.

We spent a lot of time reading reviews, checking if they are local, their environmental policies/impact,  community projects, porter welferare and price!

They even go as far, as taking the rest of the tour payment in Cusco in person two days ahead to ensure you are there getting acclimatized. Two days is the very minimum required to get you used to the altitute. Other companies don't care about that and even give you the option to pay everything upfront.

Do your own research and read reviews through different sources.

Good luck.

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