After reading copious amounts of positive reviews I was very much looking forward to dealing with llama path. The office staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and put my nerves at ease.
Our tour guide Rueben was late the morning of the trek, so we were delayed, strike 1, and when we arrived at Ollantaytambo we were informed that we didn't have the correct amount of porters needed, strike 2. By the time we set off with the required guide and porters we were behind schedule by 2 hours, not what you want on the first day.
The rest of the trek was amazing, very well organized, the porters were absolutely incredible. Seeing the red army run ahead to set up camp/prepare meals was just inspiring. The trek itself was not the easiest, but it was my first trek I've ever done, and to maintain a position at the front of the group is quite an achievement. I didn't wear hiking boots, rookie mistake, but I would recommend them as day two is hills and steps and ankle support is needed. Also take your own pillow or inflatable something, you need the best sleep possible. Also rent the inflatable mattress, I didn't and my back hates me for it now.
We had a group size of 15, but an elderly couple bailed by the end of day 1, so we ended up with a group of 13, 2 guides and 22 porters. I seems large, and it was but we didn't feel we were left out or forgotten. You also need to ensure that you need to get to Cusco at least 4 days prior to your trek to acclimatize. The altitudes are intense on the trek, lucky for me I acclimatized quite quickly but some of the group didn't and had to take pills. So the first fews days in Cusco, just chill out and walk around to help your body adjust. Remember to take it easy and breathe. Oh and don't drink before the trek, you'll be knocked on your a** at those altitudes. Trust me.
The food is unbelievable. We had a fresh baked cake on our final night, and we ate fresh, nutritious meals 3 times a day + snack packs for the day time. All I wanted was vegetables of an evening and there was a plethora of them. The food will blow you away. So be sure to tip the chef more than he deserves.
Getting to Machu Picchu was just a dream come true. And I thank llama path for a successful and memorable trek. I give them my highest of recommendations despite the screw ups on the first day, it all went well and we all enjoyed ourselves. There are cheaper operators in Cusco, but I wouldn't compromise the welfare of the porters for a few $$ as they are legends and make the journey even better.
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