Wayki Trek
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Wayki Trek is a highly recommended by the South American Explorers Club, Footprint Travel Guide, On the Road Travel Guide and Lonely Planet Travel Guide readers, Wayki Trek has been working with travelers on the Inca trail around Cusco since 1998. We are under indigenous management. We offer the Inca trail and alternative treks and tours in Peru.
Cusco, Peru

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Jasper S
The Netherlands14 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We booked a 4-day classic Inca trail with Wayki for mid of July. They responded quickly on our enquiries per email and also the payment process was smooth.

Main reasons for choosing Wayki were that they are Peruvian ran and owned, we felt they would provide us with good camping equipment and that they limit the group size to 8 persons. Now looking back we were definitely not disappointed.

With Franklin we had a great and very knowledgeable guide who gave us context to the Inca sites we were seeing, the Quechua culture and took care of us - together with the porters - when one of us fell ill because of the altitude.

The tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses were of good quality (and prepared for us upon arrival). If you have a history of back issues like me I would recommend to bring an additional (small) air mattress you can blow up yourself as the sleeping mattresses provided are rather thin.

Best of all was the food: chef Andres is a wizard. I do not know how he does it, provided he only has limited space and materials to cook with, but every dish served was absolutely fantastic.

Also the luggage we could not bring was taken care of: as we stayed in different hotels before and after the trip, our suitcases were being stored in the Wayki office. After the track the suitcases were waiting for us in our hotel room.

Can highly recommend!
Written July 18, 2022
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DaniRB
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
100% recommend Wayki Trek! My husband and I gained a lot of respect for this company. Very well organized and planned! The gear was very high quality, the chefs (Timoteo and Yon) did an amazing job with carrying the gear and cooking delicious and intricate meals, and our guide (Christian) was very professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. My husband ending up getting sick on our last camping night, and Christian was very efficient in coordinating the change of plans the next day so that we did not have to hike that morning.

Lares was the most beautiful hike we have ever done! No other tourists along the way and so peaceful with really great cultural experiences.

Our only complaint was that booking was not very easy. The international toll-free phone number on the website did not work and there was no email address listed to contact. We ended up having to message Wayki Trek on Instagram to be able to contact someone.

One suggestion we had, that was not a problem but would make things more enjoyable for couples: it would be nice if the last dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes was private. We liked that it was included in the price, but we would have preferred to pick our own restaurant and eat without the guide for those last two meals.

Overall, wonderful company and our guide even mentioned that he loves working with Wayki Trek because of their fair salaries! That was very comforting to hear.
Written July 3, 2022
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DB905
15 contributions
Oct 2022
My wife and I used Wayki Trekking because our travel advisor put us with the company as part of our two-week trip to Peru. Everything went off without a problem. Our guide, Franklin, did an excellent job of helping us along the way and encouraging us during the more difficult parts of the trail, and believe me, there were plenty of those, especially on the second day, when we hiked uphill nearly the entire day to Dead Woman Pass. He was knowledgeable regarding the Inca civilization and the archaeological sites that we passed along the trail. The tour he gave at Machu Picchu was comprehensive and very interesting. There were a few times, however, when he let us get pretty far ahead of him, I suppose to give us some private time, but I wondered how accessible he would have been had one of us had an accident while he was so far behind us. The equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags & mats, was top-notch and about as comfortable as it gets while sleeping on the ground. The food was truly excellent, and there was plenty of it, as the cook was well-trained and presented nothing but tasty and very creative dishes during the trek, not one of which was repeated. He even baked a cake to celebrate our last night on the trail. The porters were truly amazing and I don't know how they struck camp, carried all that equipment and set it up at the next location in time for us to arrive. They were the lifeblood and guts of the tour, without whom the trip would have been exponentially more difficult. Unless you plan to carry your own equipment and personal items over four days, I highly recommend hiring a private porter. Wear sturdy shoes with good ankle support, as you will be hiking and climbing on a rocky trail for the final three days. Overall, I do recommend the Inca Trail as a good adventure and also recommend Wayki Trekking as an excellent guide company.
Written November 9, 2022
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LCB
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Wayki Trek organized a two-day Machu Picchu experience for us and it was just wonderful. Everything was well organized and the Wayki Team was very flexible and accommodating.
Our very friendly guide Domingo shared his rich knowledge of the Inka culture and guided us safely through the rocks and stairs of MP. He even seemed to have the weather under control, stopping the rain, lifting the fog and bringing out the sun at the perfect time.
Written October 28, 2021
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Diana T
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Our family of 5 (husband, I and 3 teenagers) had the 2 day Lares trail and 2 day Inca trail. We used Inca Experts tour agency which contract out the trekking tour to Wayki Trek. My favorite part was the first day of Lares hike, even though it was very hard due to the altitude, our guide was helpful and attentive. The scenery was beautiful, and seeing the living of native farmers was interesting. Did not enjoy the campsite of 2nd night of Lares trail at Ollentaytambo, kind of feel like living like homeless person in the city. 2 day Inca trail was challenging but seeing Machu Picchu was well worth it.
Our tour guide, Willy, was excellent. He is very knowledgeable of the trails, the plants, animals and Peruvian/Inca history. He goes out of his way to make sure we are doing okay with the altitude. He brought along extra sleeping bags, hiking sticks and even oxygen to anticipate the unexpected (all which were needed). He was also a great photographer. He knew all the best photo spots.
The food was great: fresh and healthy prepared by the cook.
I would definitely recommend Wayki trek to anyone interested in small group private guided trekking.
Written June 19, 2022
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Emily U
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Friends
Our trip in the Inca trail was beyond great going through Wayki Treks, and would highly recommend them. They provided all essentials: warm sleeping bags, comfy ThermaRest sleeping pads, camping pillows, blankets, hiking poles, and a toilet tent!

Our guide Franklin was very friendly and passionate about teaching us about the Inca culture and did everything he could to make it the best experience. He also doubled a great photographer and knew the best places we could get photos! He had an incredible knack for being able to predict exactly how long it would take us to get to the next stopping point or for when the weather would clear up.

Our porters and Chefs and waiter made this as easy as they could for us. They would always greet us with smiling faces and provided incredible service to us- we felt so spoiled! The food was absolutely amazing and plentiful, be prepared to overeat! Also The popcorn at happy hour was clutch.

While we had a few hiccups related to rainy/windy weather, we were with a great group that could laugh about it and turn it into a positive. So many great memories thanks to Franklin and the Wayki Treks crew!
Written October 5, 2021
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Brian B
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Our experience with Wayki Trek was truly unforgettable and AMAZING! Our high expectations were surpassed. Franklin, our guide, was a treasure trove of information throughout our 4 day Trek. His sense of humor and pleasant disposition made us all feel welcome and comfortable. Also can’t say enough about the porters hard work and easy going way. Our two chefs were simply incredible! The creative and healthy meals were always something we looked forward to and you could tell was a real source of pride. And there was something for everyone at each meal. Alfredo, Gregorio always had a big smile to welcome us back to camp.

Lastly, Wayki does an especially nice job of keeping the group small and the experience intimate. We all felt like there was a tremendous value proposition with Wayki and we wholeheartedly recommend their company for future treks. It was incredible!!
Written June 17, 2022
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Tr6637
Loughborough, UK12 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed our 12 day Perù tour with Wayki Trek.
The tour started with the Cusco city tour and and a visit to the Sacred Valley with the brilliant and thoroughly engaging Willy.
We then went on to do the Salkantay trek which was breathtaking literally and figuratively! The food was amazing and so were the views. From a hiking point of view the last two days were a bit less nice but our guide Franklin took us to thermal baths of Santa Teresa and the zipwire which was great fun. The Salkantay trek was beautiful but probably a bit too long unless you have a lot of time in Perù. We then went to the rainbow mountain and the next day traveled to the jungle were we stayed in a beautiful lodge surrounded by nature where we saw plenty of birds, monkeys, turtles and alligators. All round a truly memorable experience.

We really wanted to give a 5* review but unfortunately the reservation process was quite poor.
The reservation team were slow answering emails and needed constant chasing; at one point it took them almost a week to reply to emails. This meant that we missed on booking for the Inca trail which we really wanted to do. But this pales in comparison with just a few days before leaving (and after having paid the deposit) the salesperson tells us that they made a mistake and that the price they quoted us was for 3 people not 4. This was a substantial amount of money that we didn't budget. On the day of arrival they then tell us that the transfer between Cusco and the jungle was not included in the price. By then flight tickets were astronomically expensive so had to endure a 10h night bus ride.

Overall, the tour itself was great but be ready to have lots of patience in the booking process.
Written October 11, 2022
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Sara B
16 contributions
Jul 2021
If you're looking for a tour company to trek with to Machu Picchu, I highly recommend Wayky Trek; they're amazing! My husband and I did the 5 day/4 night Salkantay Trek with Luis as our guide and Sanome (not sure on spelling) and Elias (again, not sure on spelling) as our chefs for our three year anniversary trip. Our entire trek was AMAZING. Luis was really fun and he is very knowledgable on everything from the history of Machu Picchu and the local culture to the orchards growing along the lower parts of the trail. And the food was delicious! I have no idea how the chefs made such delicious food on a tiny little camping burner, but they did. Each meal had an appetizer, soup, main course, and desert! The best part was how kind everyone was and how much the entire crew went out of their way to make us feel special, welcome, and shared their culture with us. They also really care about the environment and local traditions and customs. Sanome and Elias met us (and Luis) on top of the Salkantay Pass and did a special blessing to bless our marriage and taught us how to give an offering to the mountain and Pachamama. It was a really beautiful and special moment for us and I don't think any other tour company would have done that. It really showed how much Wayki cares about their culture and they invite you to share in it with them. Also, our luggage was lost in Lima before the trek and Wayki went out of their way to help us. Jimena, who works in the office, spent her entire Sunday trying to track down our luggage and it was thanks to her that we finally got it. Wayki took us to the airpot to pick up our luggage and rearranged our trek because of the delay the luggage caused. Again, I don't think another tour company would have done that. Wayki really went out of their way to teach us about their culture and to ensure that we had a wonderful time. I wouldn't trek with any other company.
Written July 21, 2021
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Dear Sarah, Thank you for your lovely comment! the slelling for (Sanome) is Zenon the rest of the name's spelling are ok, Is great to know that you had a very nice trip with us, we hope this experience in Salkantay trek had been a memory that will keep in your mind for a long time. Kind regards from Cusco. Wayki Trek team.
Written July 31, 2021
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bleo1
Champlin, MN7 contributions
Aug 2021
Our family ventured into Peru with uncertainty about the restrictions of the pandemic, and we were relieved to find that it was not as restrictive as we thought. We went with Peru For Less and they chose Wayki Trek for the 2-day trip up to Machu Picchu. Our guide Wily ("Willie")Jones was the best guide you could ask for. With 25 years of guiding experience, and a personality that inspires and makes you laugh, we had the most amazing adventure. The first day hike from the train stop at 104km took us about 7 hours of hiking the Inca Trail up past Winaywayna, the Sun Gate and into Machu Picchu. Each vista was even better than the one before.

We could not say enough good things about our guide, Wily. He knew everyone along the way, was always cracking jokes and made other tourists jealous that he wasn't their guide. At the end we were sad to say goodbye, but we knew we made a friend.
Written August 22, 2021
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