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Macchu Picchu Tour Co's.

Could anyone please tell me:

- What are the top three recommended tour co's for Macchu Picchu?

- Do any of the top companies offer stays at the Sanctuary Lodge?

- Do any of them offer more than one night at MP?

- Is it possible to do a tour and see the actual sunset?

- Is it possible to do a tour and see the actual sunrise?**

Our understanding on the sunrise ** issue is that the gates do not actually open until the sunrise is over - is this true, and is there a way to get there (e.g. by taking a certain tour or staying at the Sanctuary Lodge) that would enable you to be through the gates to watch the sunrise before it has actually taken place?

Also we are wondering which is the best train (and safest) to find within a tour? We have heard that there are sometimes derailings, and we would like to make sure the ride is not only safe, but comfortable, offering the best view and experience possible.

Any other comments on tours available would be great. Right now I have found NG (but this is through an alternature trail, not the Inca trail), Gap, REI and Intrepid, as well as Llama Tours - cannot find information so far about the differences between each.

Looking for a small, intimate, group experience, either luxury without hiking, or a hike on the most scenic possible route without the frustration of complete congestion if possible.

Age range is 40 to 50 years - might be a bit lost with the 18-20 years olds and the 55 yo 65 year old crowd.

Any replies would be great.


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1. Re: Macchu Picchu Tour Co's.

Skip G (Gap) Adventures - it will be a very young group.

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With your restrictions (especially the very narrow age range you're seeking), a private custom itinerary might be your best best. I booked one with Peru Trek 4 Good and they came through with exactly what I wanted. I traveled independently without an escort (just transfers, and a guide at certain sites) but they can organize any amount of escorting you want. They have packages but you can tweak them to suit yourself.

All the trains use the same track and derailings are pretty rare. The Vistadome will give you the best views.

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From what i know, Gap and Intrepid are for a younger crowd.

I booked Apus Peru for my trek experience, and they have been very responsive to my many questions. i haven't asked the same questions that you have, but i'd say - write and ask - they have been honest with me in their way of answering so they might be able to help.

it sounds like they offer exactly what you want - a small, intimate group experience.

They have offered to book my hotel at the Sanctuary Lodge - all of my hotels actually, but we haven't actually finalised them. I can't decide between spending the extra money at the Sanctuary lodge (for a small room) or staying at the Inkaterra hotel which i think is more less money but obviously not at the ruins.

hope this is helpful.

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I haven't booked yet, but Kuoda Tours is based in Cuzco and gets good reviews. Probably better to go with a Peruvian outfit since they will have people on the ground and who are local.

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G Adventures "YOLO" trips are geared to the 18 - 39 year olds. The classic and comfort level trips have all age ranges. The comfort level trips tend to have a few more older people as they often have more disposable income. When I did the Inca Trail with G Adventures a couple of years ago our group, on a classic level trip, ranged from mid 20's to late 40's with most of the group in the early 30's. The age didn't make much difference as everyone had the same interests - enjoy the outdoors, go hiking, explore all that Peru has to offer.

G Adventures doesn't offer stays at the sanctuary lodge but they have a few trips that stay overnight at Aguas Calientes. If you want to see the sunrise from the sungate you need to hike in on the Inca Trail and get up early. Our group was first there and we got up in time to start hiking when they opened the check point at about 5:30 a.m.

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For a luxury trip, check out this website orient-express.com/collection/trains/hiram_b… I believe this could be a one stop shop, as you could book the train, stay at the Sanctuary Lodge even the Hotel Monasterio if that is what you are looking for, I don't think it gets much more luxurious than that. I am sure they could arrange the whole thing for you, including a private tour of Machu Picchu.

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but why support Orient Express when you could support a local company who could book those things and then divert some of those funds to the local economy. (as opposed to Orient Express).

My guide talked to me a lot about this monopoly on my trek:)

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