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brandon m wrote a review Apr 2020
Dallas, United States2 contributions
First off, I want to say that i was intending on posting this a month ago, but due to the corona virus pandemic, a lot has been going on and i haven't had the time to actually sit down and note my thoughts on this experience. But i wanted to say that my trek to Salkantay and Macchu Picchu was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. Erick is an excellent and well-trained guide who led us all the way into the mountains and provide useful feedback, advice, and laughs along the way. I ended up getting pretty bad altitude sickness near the summit-area and he went out of his way to ensure i had a comfortable and safe experience. Also, the staff who tagged along with us was very professional and kind. The food along the way was also incredibly good! Overall, i had a such a great experience and i would recommend Erick and this company to anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Peru! Thanks again Erick and i hope to see you again soon. Thanks so much for putting up with my forgetfulness, my altitude sickness, and being there to make it such a great trip
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Miranda wrote a review Mar 2020
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After our Classic Inca Trek was cancelled last minute due to unforeseen weather (the path was unsafe because of recent landslides), Enigma reached out & rescheduled to the Salkantay Trek. Initially, my friend & I were a little bummed, but little did we know it was going to be amazing! We nicknamed it “the scenic Inca trail” because of the consistent breathtaking views and the lack of crowds. We met our guide, Erick, the day before the 4 day adventure. He met us at our hostel & gave an expansive description of how to prepare & pack for the trip. He made sure we were prepared with hats, gloves, rain coats, and the correct sleeping bags (we recommend you rent the sleeping bags from enigma). The trek itself was beautiful & all of the porters, horsemen, and cooks that made it possible were great. We opted to have a horse carry our heavy personal belongings so we only had to carry our day packs (highly recommend!). We had an emergency horse following us at all times if something were to happen or if you were too tired from the extreme altitude. Erick made sure we traveled at a steady pace & was supportive when the other person in our group fell victim to altitude sickness (he arrived to Peru the day prior to the trek... not recommended! Eric constantly checked in and we felt safe and looked after the entire trek. A few days adjustment in Cusco was perfect for my friend and I). Erick was extremely knowledgeable about Peruvian/Incan history. He was an expert on the topic! He was engaging throughout the trek & made sure to stop and talk to us about the flora/fauna and ruins surrounding us. He was our also our personal photographer & made sure to get every angle with the majestic views. Lastly, he had very delicious restaurant recommendations in Aguas Calientes! Side note: the food in the mountains was incredible! 3 course meals, afternoon tea, & local snacks each day!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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GlenParkneighbor wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California16 contributions6 helpful votes
We got back three weeks ago from Peru and I wanted to give a standing ovation to the folks at Enigma Peru and the four day, three night Machu Picchu Classic trek they organized for us. Throughout our entire almost year-long scheduling process they have been excellent to work with. We began planning last Christmas and originally had a grand total of 19 people coming, three large family groups. Unfortunately, deaths in two of the three families meant that they had cancel just a month before we were to leave. They had to forfeit their payment to the Peruvian government for their trail permits (which are non-transferable) but Enigma didn’t bat an eye and re-jiggered the plan for our family, the one remaining. We were eight people, ranging from 16 to late 50s, and it was the physically most taxing thing the non-teenagers among us had ever done, and yet it was also entirely doable as long — in the words of our fantastic guide Nilo Quillauaman Mescco — “you do it with a smile.” I cannot begin to describe how amazing the trek itself was, like living in the pages of a National Geographic magazine. It was difficult to believe we were actually in this astounding landscape, high above the valleys and with clouds below us and ruins everywhere. In fact, Machu Picchu, while breathtaking, was the least remarkable thing on the trip to my mind. Being alone as a family in a ruin with only the mountains around us was much more moving. It was the quality of the trek that Enigma created that made the experience so great. Given our age range, we weren’t up for the backpack-it-yourself model, but neither did we have the money for a “hot showers and massages” trip. Enigma was just right, with a lovely touch of luxury which (together with copious amounts of acetaminophen) made the four days so great. There was the hot coffee and cocoa they brought to the tents in the morning at 5:00 (and even 4:00 am) when we had to get up and start on the trail. The amazing food prepared by our chef and his helper on two propane burners, a feat that astounded all of us. Three course meals at 13,000 feet! The porters who carried everything so that we could make it to the campsite by nightfall (and literally ran past us on steep trails to do so.) The hot water bottles that were handed to us as we left the dinner tent at night, making the sleeping bags (already quite warm) so inviting. Then add on Nilo and his assistant guide Marco Antonio Centeno Monteiesinos, and it was perfect. We asked questions constantly and they always took the time to answer them carefully. They stopped and showed us cool things we never would have noticed or even known about had they not been there. Those little asides, such as pulling a cochineal bug off a cactus leaf and crushing it to show us the red pigment the Incas used in their dyeing, or a really masterful and fascinating impromptu talk about Incan beliefs about the afterlife, gave a depth to what we were seeing that added immeasurably to the experience. I highly recommend the company and Nilo in particular. I would say that it was a once in a lifetime trip, but frankly we were so impressed that we’ve talked about going back for a different trek to some more remote Inka sites.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Harry B wrote a review Jan 2020
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I recommend Enigma if you are considering the Inca Trail. I did the 4 day/3 night tour, I was hiking on my own and they joined me with another couple so it was just the 3 of us for the tour plus our guide and a troupe of porters. The guide was very knowledgeable, fit and he spoke English really well. Our porters were amazing, they would pack up after we would leave camp and then run past us and set up camp for the next meal or sleep. The ability of the cook to prepare gourmet meals while on the trail was quite incredible really. The camp sites were also beautiful.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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MoeFamily wrote a review Jan 2020
Santa Barbara, California67 contributions30 helpful votes
Our family of 2 adults/3 teens did the 4 day/ 3 night Inca Trail hike with Enigma and we were truly impressed by the attention to detail, professionalism, organization, and friendliness of everyone we encountered. We were concerned about eating vegan food on the trek given that one of our kids has extreme allergies to many vegan powerhouses, but our chef Inero was our hero and the food was delicious throughout. Erick, our lead guide was as joyful, patient, and helpful as he was knowledgeable of the area and history. Winder was the second guide and also had incredible patience as he supported a few members of our group who were slower. The porters were incredibly hardworking and always ready with a pleasant demeanor. We loved the tradition of meeting each porter and learning more about them! Enigma is truly an impressive operation and one in which will have already recommended highly to several friends. My tips: definitely bring enough bars/snacks especially for the first and last days. Definitely bring a pair of shoes for camp. We tried to save space/weight in our packs and opted just for our hiking boots which was a huge regret for us all. Definitely bring extra socks, rain pants, rain jacket, and rain cover for your pack--all were used daily and very helpful. We were lucky that we got in with an incredible group as that made the trip all the more enjoyable. Thank you, Erick, Winder, Inero, and all the porters who will forever live in our hearts!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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