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About Ecoinka
“Aventours” is a registered commercial name of Ecoinka S.R.L. that is a legally established local tour operator for Perú; with over 35 years’ experience offering quality treks. We offer ecotreks in Cusco: Sustainable & Responsible Tourism. Enjoy our unique base camp at the Inca Trail. Our focus is in organizing authentic travel experiences for people visiting our country. We place emphasis on quality services with minimal environmental and cultural impact as a priority.
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Desha B wrote a review Aug 2021
Denver, Colorado1 contribution
What an amazing experience we had with this tour group!!. We went in Sept 2019 with Aventours. They provided a smaller more intimate and relaxing experience. We never felt rushed along the path and had plenty of time to fully experience the many sites along the route. Each day the food offering were amazing, always so impressed with what their cooks were able to provide on trail. It was a gourmet experience with every meal. We even has a fully decorated cake to celebrate our last night. Everyone was so nice and fun to relax in camp with and joined in our games and dancing. Top notch operation hands down. From the owner who stopped by for dinner and a send off from his camp we stayed at the night before Day 1. To the porters who who truley are the most amazing folks and our guide thoughout with all his knowledge and encouragement, his music and charm. This was the most wholesome journey and best experience. Aventours little touches and their philosophy make for a more profound track. Far better than just rushing to the finish line that was saw other groups doing.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from FredericSchiller, General Manager at Ecoinka
Responded Aug 27, 2021
Thank you very much for your kind words! Thanks for trusting us.
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Juli M wrote a review Jul 2020
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Our hike was the best. We had a great guide in Roger. Highly recommend him. Accommodation and food were all very good. We were told we could bring luggage with us, and it would be transferred from first hotel to second hotel after our hike. But that information was wrong. We had to leave our luggage behind, and stopped and picked it up on way home. Also, the train was delayed on return trip, and no hotel transfer waiting at bus station as promised. We had 6 family members. All adults.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Maggy C wrote a review Jan 2020
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The trip was great and our guide Jhon was amazing. It was nice to be able to go on our own pace and Jhon was very accommodating with our ability and our schedule, He was knowledgable and had a good sense of humor. He answered all our questions. Some of the hotels were a bit bare bones but the whole experience was very positive and have already recommended you to others.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Paradise84799, Gerente at Ecoinka
Responded Jan 20, 2020
Thank you very much for your comments. We greatly appreciate them.
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Charles A wrote a review Jan 2020
Chania Town, Greece8 contributions9 helpful votes
My wife and I took Aventours' Inca Trail trek this last December and had a great time. The trek was great, with a very hospitable team and crew, good food and equipment. If you're looking for an Inca Trail trek, Aventours' trek is great. Our guide was Wally. He was perfect, very friendly, knowledgeable, caring, and fun.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Paradise84799, Gerente at Ecoinka
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Thank you very much for your comments, we really appreciate them!
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Kristina P wrote a review Dec 2019
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This trek far and away exceeded all of my expectations. Here are all of the awesome things I can think of to say: 1. Most people plan Machu Picchu trips with 6+ months. EcoInca/Aventours pulled this trip off for us in 8 weeks. They were accommodating and responsive, and even took off an extra charge I had accidentally added during the registration process (and didn't notice for weeks, when the final bill was due!). 2. Our guide Jhon met us the day before we started to go over everything with us, and he texted us during that day when we had questions. (Jhon was PHENOMENAL... more on that later). 3. The packing lists and provide bags were spot on. The only things I would have added were a key-holder hand-sanitizer for my backpack and a few extra ziplock bags for carrying toilet paper on the trail. 4. The food was delicious and abundant. Our cook was stellar. They had a nutritionist recommend meals, so each meal was different, cooked (no PB&J here!!), and huge. I had to ask them to serve me less, because I hated wasting the food. But seriously, so.much.food. 5. In addition to our guide Jhon, we had a cook and two porters who managed 8 horses. Everyone was professional and kind. We spent most of our time with Jhon, as our Spanish language skills were minimal, but enjoyed the others as well. (For reference, depending on what sort of hike you do, you may have human porters carrying your backs or horses. Horses are allowed in the Andes but not on the entire Inca Trail, so the closer you get to MP on the Inca Trail, the more porters there are carrying allllll of the stuff. More of that below). 6. We originally booked this trek because the "traditional" Inca trail was full (Again, 8 weeks of planning). BUT, THIS WAS THE TREK OF MY DREAMS. Day 1 started with a day of siteseeing a couple different Incan sites, a somewhat touristy but delicious restaurant, and ended with a 1.5hr hike to our camp. The next 3 days were the serious hike. In those 3 days, we saw one 4-house village and about 10 Andean men and women in the remote mountains, and we passed one other group of tourists. The landscape was breath-taking; it was remote; and it was hard but doable. My husband and I are of average build and not particularly athletic (a 9-min mile would be fast for us), and this was doable. From what we could tell, Jhon assessed our skill/endurance the first day, and almost to the minute was able to predict how long it would take us to get places, even accounting for breaks. We were so afraid of not being up to it, we pushed ourselves really hard the first day, and he was able to slow us down so we could enjoy it more. This hike goes through remote Andean countryside, and hits the Inca Trail, but we hiked backward on the Inca Trail to our final 'basecamp' where we then took a train to Km 109 to hike the final portion of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was only once we hit the Inca Trail (again, hiking the wrong way), that we saw lots of tourists. The Inca Trail itself was crowded and hot, with villages/locals, horses, packs of porters, and hordes of tourists. It was the only overstimulating part of the trek and emphasized to us how perfect our previous three days had been. 7. From our basecamp (owned by this company), we took the IncaRail to Km 109, hiked the remainder of the Inca Trail, hit the Sun Gate, and toured Machu Picchu, then took a bus down, and a train back to Cuzco. That was a long day. If would probably be worth getting a hotel near MP for that night and continuing to travel the next day (up at 4AM for the train, at our hotel in Cuzco at midnight, after hiking 14ish km!). 8. PROS of hiking before doing MP: we were superrr acclimated to the altitude. Our highest point was 15,000ft, and MP is at closer to 9,000ft (I think). That does mean it's hotter at MP but we were able to nimbly adjust, climb where we wanted, and stayed at the front of the morning pack while hiking. There were oodles of tourists that took a bus to MP or had just gotten into town to hike the last bit of the Inca Trail, and most of them were not acclimated to the weather or altitude and it showed. We were able to enjoy the entire experience. 9. Machu Picchu is not a tourist free-for-all. There are rules and pathways to follow. If you make a wrong turn, you can't turn around and try again. You have to leave. We saw several tourists who only saw a very small section of MP because they didn't understand the rules, and it made us VERY thankful we had Jhon to not only describe what we were seeing but also help us navigate the layout efficiently. 10. EcoInca pays its employees fairly, according to the employees themselves. As of Aug 2019 (when I'm writing this), there was an earlier porter strike (the week after we left in June, actually), that shut down the Inca Trail, because many companies under-compensate their employees and also make them carry more weight than they are supposed to. Our team affirmed that they were paid well and that EcoInca abides by the weight laws, even if it means hiring additional human porters and horses if necessary. That made us feel much better about the experience. We also tipped as much as we could to them, because man, they were spectacular. I think there's probably more I could say, but this was one of the best trips of my life, the value was incredible for the experience we had, and I would highly recommend this company to others (and have already!!).
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Paradise84799, Gerente at Ecoinka
Responded Jan 2, 2020
Thank you very much for your comments. We really appreciate them!!!
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