When I started to plan my vacation in Peru I knew that I wanted to trek-and not the touristy Inca Trail. So I found out about Choquequirao zo Machu Picchu. I contacted Rider and booked this trek. Luckyly there was Kristina joining me for the 8 days.
It is a hard bit of exercise/work out-you may get to your physical and mental limits, while walking down one mountain and climbing the next one the same day. We walked up to 9 hours, and as I said, its not easy going... But once your reach a peak you just feel great. Dont forget about the altitude-up to 4650m... The scenery is just amazing and unforgettable. Also you see to of the most important Inca sights: Choququirao and Machu Picchu
So now about the staff: Samuel was our guide. He comes from the Choquequirao area-we even eat at his families village and yould see more of the Cechua peoples life. He knows everything about his culture and ancestors, which gives you a very personal touch. He alsways was motivating us when we were very exhausted from the clims. In critical moments (heavy rain, landslides...)he reacts responsible and leaded the hole team safly.
Isauro, the Chef, is maybe the most important person-not that he cooks as you may think your in heaven (a soup and 4 dishes every lunch and dinner, eaven at 4100m!)- he is also up earlier than us to do the cooking/dishwashing.. Once we were eating, he already broke down the tents so and packed the horses together with the horseman. At night he was the last to sleep, as he had to check everything, before sleeping in his kitchen tent.
We had several horseman-4horses for 2 passangers!! One was Sams brother. These guys also work very hard, as the also help the Chef! Sometimes I felt very bad as they were working so hard - we were king and two princessis...
I also learned a lot about Peruvian peoples life.
I would warmly recommend Bioandean for these kind of treks as they are really professionals!
Kristina and I already plan a 15 day trek with them;-)
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