We had booked a 2 day tour with david and do not regret it. The reason for the 4 is because the second day of our tour David called the night before and canceled and said his cousin had to be our guide the next day cause he had a meeting he had to go through. This caused me a little anxiety.. but it turned out great and we actually like david's cousin even more than david!!!! I wished I remembered his name....
David is a great guy and has lots of knowledge..but it felt as almost he had done the tour too many times and was just going through the motion of the tour which took away from the experience a little.
I'm not sure if he always uses the same driver but he was soooo great. Really safe driver and just .... gentile is the only word I an think of... quiet (he cant speak english) but he made the extra effort to open doors for us... he dried out our ponchos while we were on tour without asking. just stayed and waited at the car to make sure our stuff was safe.
The first day of the tour we were picked up at the airport and then taken to the llama farm where we got to feed/pet them.. and see how things are woven and made. We were then taken to a small restaurant where we ate lunch. The place was okay.... I think david brings everyone here as he gets his lunch for free but we have to pay for our lunch. We then were taken to the pisac ruins which was a good introduction to how the basic isac ruins are... there wasn't anything really impressive with it though. But a good start to the sacred valley tour. After pisac we were driven an hour or so to ollantayambo where david took us to a local family house to see how they live. This was actually one of the most memorable part of my trip. It was just incredible to see how simple they lived... and they had guinea pigs running FREELY all around.. 2 had just been born and was laying on the floor in the corner.. i guess they just raise them like pets until they are ready to eat this... it was just a blow your mind experience that I will always remember... we were then dropped off at perurail so we could take the train to aguas calientes that night.
The next day we did machu picchu WITHOUT david.. and honestly... for the amount he charges you don't need his services. There are many ppl and english speaking guides up there just waiting to give you a tour. I would recommend doing the tour as soon as you get there so you can join other couples or groups and keep the cost low. We waited till the middle of the day and had no one to join up with to reduce the cost... we did eventually bargain with someone at the end of the day who did a "Speedy shortened'" 1 hour tour for just 50 soles! Which I was very happy with but wonder what info I missed since the tour usually take 2 hours.
The second day Davids cousin picked us up and we went to Ollantayambo ruins which was AMAZING. My favorite of all of sacred vally. Its just so amazing to see what the inca built and how much detail they put into everything. The ruins itself is designed into a shape of a LLAMA!!! so crazy. After Ollantayambo we went to Moray agriculture site which was interesting but nothing mind blowing. We then went to the salt mines which WAS mind blowing... so beautiful and a wonder of nature. We then continued on to chivay (eh) and then Saqsaywaman which was a great end to the tour. HUGE rock structures, underground passageway, and natures slides (like at a playground). This is also a place to get a great view of cusco and get a panoramic.
You will not regret your choice with david and he is very flexible with planning and ensuring you see what you want to see.... DO NOT MISS the llama farm, Ollantayambo, and salt mines
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