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“Lares Trek Great Experience from start to finish.” 5 of 5 stars
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Alpaca Expeditions Day Tours
Calle Heladeros 157, Office 24 - 25 2nd floor | Calle Lucrepata L-1 Tahuantinsuyo, Cusco 5174, Peru
+51 84 254278
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Owner description: Alpaca Expeditions is an experienced culture and adventure travel company that creates customized tours for travelers visiting Peru. We will work with you to create the trip of a lifetime, whether you dream of trekking through the Andes on a 4 day climb to the lost city of the Incas or conquering the heights of Macchu Picchu through the indulgence of a luxurious train, let us make all your dreams come true.
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“Lares Trek Great Experience from start to finish.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

A group of six went on the Lares Trek . Our guide Efra was excellent , he was very friendly and helpful . The trek itself was excellent with lots of variation from day to day . The food was top class , definitely the best food I have eaten in Peru . All the porters and staff were very friendly . I particularly liked the fact that we stayed the final night in a nice hotel in Machu Pichu town and were nice and refreshed for the day in Machu Pichu. I had a fever on the third day of the trek , Efra was very helpful and even managed to get me a bed for a few hours before getting the train to Machu Pichu. All in all this was an excellent trip which represented good value for money .

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“Short Inca Trail, Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My family and I, 4 adults from the US, recently enjoyed the 2D/1N short Inca Trail with Alpaca Expeditions as our tour company. From the beginning of the planning stages in February, Bonnie at Alpaca Expeditions was always there to answer my many questions. She and Raul even helped us secure plane tickets to another city when we were having trouble doing so on our own. I can't say enough positive things about the management at Alpaca.

The trek itiself was fantastic! Our guide, Isaac, made it so much fun! We learned a lot about the Incas and the trail itself, plus Machu Picchu, from Isaac as well. He kept reminding us that it was our vacation, we should travel at a pace that we enjoyed, no pressure to hurry, and we all appreciated that. We even had a delicious lunch at Winay Wayna that Alpaca provided. I will definitely recommend Alpaca Expeditions to family and friends who are traveling to Machu Picchu.

Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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“Could be 5 stars”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Great guides. Loved the cook and porters. Amazing trek. Memories for a lifetime.

Only issue. Tipping. Met 3 other groups on the train back who had the same issue. Being English we like to tip when its good, not be forced into it. At the start they explained how much we should tip, halfway through the same. At the end they brought the cook and porter in and said in front of us thanks for everything, now please you can issue your presents. Without this would have been 5 stars.

Would I use them again, most likely as it was an amazing trip. I know these guys use Trip Advisor so just a pointer for you. Don't discuss or pretty much force tipping at the start.

Anyhow great trip.

Visited June 2013
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AlpacaExpeditions, Owner at Alpaca Expeditions Day Tours, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
I am so happy that you had such an amazing experience with Alpaca while trekking. We always explain to our trekkers during their check-in and briefing that we pay our team really well - that is really important to us - and that there is no pressure to tip your crew because our guys don't make their living based on only this. We even list this in each trek pamphlet that is given out to you at the briefing. But often many clients do like to tip the porters because they are amazed by how good of a job they do and how well they were treated. If your guide didn't express this and made you feel uncomfortable and made you tip we are so very sorry. We never want any guest to come here and feel this way. We do everything we can to make things amazing for both our trekkers and our team and never want anyone to feel uncomfortable while hiking. This is your vacation and we strive to make it your best one ever. We hope that every future trekker understands and believes us when we say this - tipping is something extra. It is not necessary and not expected. We will always take care of our crew with good salaries, health insurance and proper clothing. You are not responsible to pay these things for our team. You are only expected to fall in love with the Andes and the Inca history and to have an amazing trip. We apologize to anyone who gets another feeling. We try to separate ourselves from other companies on the treatment of our team and if you choose to tip them, that is amazing, but if you choose not to you should and will never be convinced otherwise. This is extra and your discretion if you want to give. Cradle, we would love to refund any money you had to spend under coercion. We wish you mentioned this to us while in Cusco or during your feedback form and we would have gotten in touch with you immediately. We are so appreciate that you chose Alpaca and want everyone to feel like they were given a 5 star level of service and treatment.
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“good coordination, nice history lesson and breathtaking experiencee...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

I'll recommend alpaca expedition... they have nice coordination... fast reponse email... very kind and responsible...
... very care about customer health... ontime itinerary... tour guide quite communicative...

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“Salkantay Trek-Only the Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I am so happy we chose Alpaca Expeditions to trek with! Everything was set up really easily, and there was always someone to answer my questions (very quickly) over email and phone as our trip approached. Our guide was Efra, he was amazing. He had such a wealth of knowledge about the trail, the history, and was able to answer nearly everything we wanted to know. I would highly, highly recommend Efra and Alpaca for your next Andean adventure!

...oh and the food was spectacular...

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