A great deal of homework, reading reviews and gut feeling went into choosing a company for our Inca trek. It was equally important to us that we have a good time as a company that takes good care of their porters. There's so much written about the good food on the trek, and how much the guide makes a difference. Well, we had it all. Juan our guide, a proud Quechua who spoke perfect English introduced us to more than just walking the trails. He first showed us the custom and tradition of paying respect to 'pachamama' for a safe journey through the trails. He took his time pointing out the history of each ruin we passed, and he has so much knowledge in the native plants along the way. Muna plant being our favorite since it helps with altitude sickness. Armando our cook is a great team leader for the porters and served us delicious meals 3X/day. There is always warm water and soap to wash our hands and a snack waiting whenever we stop for lunch or for the night. The sleeping and dining tents were set up by the time we dragged our legs into base camp at the end of the day. The trek was difficult on days two and three but the crew made us feel like family and made us feel good.
We had expected to join a large group, but apparently only the 2 of us signed up for that start day. Quechuas Expeditions will do the trek, as they advertise, no matter how many people they end up with on that particular day. So, for the two of us we had a guide, a cook, and 4 porters. A luxurious private tour!
We are considered senior citizens, in our 60's, and we did it! We are active and in relatively good shape, but at sea level. The Inca Trek was our main goal, but we prepared for it by getting into Cusco 5 days ahead of time to get acclimatized to the altitude. Wayra of Quechuas Expeditions helped us plan all the day trips while in Cusco which made it into a wonderful vacation, and successful preparation for the trek. I would recommend this company to anyone. Wayra is fast at responding to your emails and all questions you may have. Follow his instructions and you will succeed in securing your permits for the day that you want. Do it early, several months ahead of time.
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