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Quechuas Expeditions - Day Tours

#893 of 2,137 Tours in Cusco
Cusco, Peru
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The traditional walking tour of Cusco takes visitors past some of the most famous areas of Cusco, including the barrio of San Blas, the 12 sided stone, the Qorikancha, Palacio de Justicia and Plaza de Armas
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Quechuas Expeditions - Day Tours
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Claire wrote a review Aug 2016
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We did the 5 day Salkantay trek as a private tour. Overall, this was well organised and we had a great time. We did it as a private tour as wanted to be able to go at our own pace and this was a good choice. A major highlight of going with Quechuas was the quality of the food provided by Victoriano. We sampled lots of local dishes, drinks and soups and enjoyed this. There was always too much but it didn't seem to be wasted. (A word of caution though, we also did a jungle tour with them and the experience was far from the same - see separate review.) Another positive is that they go via an Inka remains on day four. Many tours do not do this and instead catch a bus to San Teresa. There are great views of the Machu Pichu mountain range from the top and is worth the climb so we would only go with a company that included this as it was definitely a highlight. Some recommendations if you go for this tour: 1. They promise water refills at every meal. In reality the water stopped with breakfast on day 4 when they didn't have the equipment to keep boiling it. Be insistent and make sure they buy you water as per the website information even if the guide says that there's no more. 2. On the fourth day the private tour includes a train to Aguas Calientes. We wanted to stretch our legs so ended up walking instead. If you like walking don't get them to prebook this, it's a 10km flat walk along the train line. 3. In the private tour they also pay for the bus to Machu Pichu and back saving the walk up the hill. The problem is you need to be there at 4am to queue for the first bus at 5:30. A lot of standing around so maybe better just to walk and save the money, although maybe a tough day if you are walking Machu Pichu mountain too. 4. Don't let them book you on the 1:30 train on the fifth day. Machu Piccu will be far too rushed. You need at least one if not two more hours. We were very disappointed that we felt rushed for the highlight of Peru.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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ir0kk0ri wrote a review Aug 2016
Columbus, Ohio2 contributions
I have never been out of the country and my friend and I decided to go to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After a ton of research on companies I stumbled across Quechuas Expeditions. I couldn't be happier with choosing this tour company they were very accommodating and our guide Juan Carols was wonderful. He explained so much of the history to us, it gives me chills just thinking back to those moments learning about the incredible people that made up the Inca Empire. He even taught us some quecha (sp?) which is the ancient native language that most of the porters spoke. Speaking of porters, WOW these guys are incredible! They run ahead with 45 lbs of stuff on their back! They set up camp in a flash and were so nice and accommodating. Also, the food was AMAZING! We ate like queens and never left hungry. The tent was nice - plenty room for two of us and we had nice pads to sleep on. The weather is something to be prepared for. We went in early June and it got a little wet/freezing at night. My sleeping bag I brought sucked so that made for some rough sleep. The trail itself was grueling and one of the harder things I've ever done. I'm 26 and very active - running/yoga/rollerblading etc and it still was very hard. Especially from carrying my bag which was 25 lbs - I really packed as light as I could too! Don't get me wrong the trail was BEAUTIFUL I still can't believe we slept in the mountains and walked the path the Inca's walked. We even saw some black bears (from a distance) which is super rare. All-in-all I highly recommend this company and doing the 4 day 3 night trek. You won't regret it!
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Cathy_Gibson wrote a review Aug 2015
Oslo33 contributions11 helpful votes
We had already booked our Salkantay trek with Quechuas, but were eager to go on some day trips around Cusco before we left. We asked if Quechuas could make some suggestions based on what we wanted to see, and taking care to avoid large groups of tourists. The manager was honest about what was feasible, and came up with suggestions for two day trips that we couldn't have been happier with! Our guide, David Guzman, was awesome! Incredibly knowledgeable, spoke English very well and was very funny. Our driver was also very responsible and didn't take any unnecessary risks in the traffic. Highly reccommend using Quechuas for planning custom tours - excellent value :)
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Date of experience: July 2015
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NikBoPro wrote a review Jul 2015
Münster4 contributions
We did the 5-day salkantay trek with quechuas expeditions and had an amazing experience. We booked the trek in a large group about 3 month in advance, at the briefing before the trek however, we were told it would only be the two of us because noone else signed up for the trip on that date. So we ended up in a private group, only accompanied by our guide Abel, our cook Joel and a horseman with two horses. Of course we didn't have to pay extra money because of that. Abel turned out to be a really nice and funny guy fluent in English, Spanish, quechua, French and Portuguese so we didn't regret being only a small group. He provided us with interesting information about history, culture and plants, took us to special places the other groups didn't go and also showed excellent skills in taking photos of us. Our cook Joel perfectly added up to the team. He was also a very fun person, woke us up every morning with a cup of Coca tea and provided us with huge amounts of great food. Everyday he prepared variable menus of local specialties that were decorated like in a 5 star hotel. The equipment Quechuas provided was also of good quality (tent, sleeping bag, walking sticks). Especially the walking sticks I can recommend. People that used sticks had much less knee problems than those without. Also we slept in a nice hotel in Aguas Calientes on the fourth day of the trek. The horses carried a bag of 6 kg of our belongings for us. So in total I can absolutely recommend quechuas expeditions. It is a midrange prized company run by locals. Cheaper companies often didn't have English speaking guides, the groups were as big as 20 people,the horses were overpacked and they don't pay their staff well. If you choose quechuas ask for Abel and Joel, other groups envied us for them.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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gracelee4642 wrote a review Jun 2015
Los Angeles, California6 contributions1 helpful vote
They weren't our first choice, but we're so glad we went with Quechuas for our Four day Inca trail adventure. I really believe they are the best local tour operator. The only reason they don't have as many reviews is because they are only about six years old, compared to some of the other more established groups like sas or llama path. The main thing I loved about the company is that they will never pass you onto another tour group if more people don't join your hiking group. My boyfriend and I were the only two passengers and we felt so spoiled by the team of three porters, a cook, and a tour guide (willie, atilio, sabino, anselmo, and benedicto were all amazing and professional). I paid the deposit through western union and had no problems. They were very responsive with email and I was able to pay the remainder of our balance when we got into cusco (I brought all clean/crisp bills per all the tripadvisor reviews). Everything else has been said pretty much. Food was more than plentiful and delicious - better than we had in cusco actually. Even with hiking six hours a day I think I gained weight on this trip. Atilio needs to open a restaurant! Willie was informative and encouraging. Buy a bag of coca leaves and coca candy before the trip! Willie helped us change our train tickets on the last day so we could get back to cusco earlier which was the best decision as aguas calientes was too touristy and we had an early flight out. I would recommend requesting the early backpackers/expedition train at 2pm rather than 630pm, which would get you back into cusco at ten pm. We had plenty of time at Machu Picchu and were ready to leave by two. The only awkward moment was the "ritual" at the end of the third day when you tip the staff. It may have been more fun with a larger group of hikers, but it was just my boyfriend and me. I think most of the tour companies do the same great job on the inca trail. The only company I wouldn't want a part in is SAS travel - some porters did not have good hiking shoes or real packs - just makeshift gunny sacks. It was important to us to go with a company that treated their porters well and Quechuas does that. They were well equipped with good shoes and packs. They are paid competitively and the porters and cooks are a team which are employed by the company year round. Most other porters are free lancers hired (and paid) by the companies as needed. I would travel with Quechuas again and would recommend them to everyone.
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Date of experience: March 2015
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