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“Best Andes Inca Trail”
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

In April we did the 5 days 4 nights Inca trail trek with Best Andes it turned out incredible. Carlos did a great job setting the trip up for us arranging all pre trail things. Our trail experience was great., Gerson and Marten, the guides were very helpfull and professional. The trail was an experience of a lifetime. The ANDES are wonderful. Me and my wife are in our 60s and found the trip very rewarding. Also a big thankyou to the cooks and portors. David and Carmen

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I have waited a few days after our tour of Machu Picchu in order to reflect on the adventure and to let a certain amount of anger about the whole experience subside. Machu Picchu is a
magnificent sight, the experience of a lifetime and well worth the effort to get there. Our particular tour, however, was marred by a bad travel experience and a guide who doesn't know how to use a digital camera. None of the pictures that Joel took turned out; I guess he was not pressing the button far enough. Yes, we should have checked, but it was bright and not so easy to see the LCD screen and we just assumed that people know how to take pictures. At any rate, we have lots of pictures, but none of the two of us. The disappointment is profound.

You get to Machu Picchu with a short 10-15 minute bus ride from Aguas Calientes, a delightful little town with lots of shopping and good restaurants. You get to Aguas Calientes from Cusco with a combination of bus and train. For reasons I don't know, trains don't depart from the train station in Cusco, but from a small town called Poyroy. When things are working right, you take a 20 minute bus ride from the Cusco train station to Poyroy, then board a train for a
3 hour ride to Aguas Calientes. Through no fault at all of Carlos, the fellow who apparently runs Best Andes travel, heavy rain and maybe a landslide made train travel on the lower part of the run (that is, near Poyroy) impossible, so the bus became a 2 hour ride and the train another 2 hours. There are two classes of train, called expedition and vistadome. We used both and found them very comparable. We wouldn't pay extra for vistadome another time. On the way up, after a very short time on the train, our names were called, we were told we were on the wrong train (though our tickets had been inspected twice), and we were forced off at a small station God knows where. After being told twice more that we could not board trains that arrived, finally a train came that we were allowed to enter. We got to Aguas Calientes very late. Of course, Joel, the guide that Carlos had arranged for us was no where in sight, but there was a person from our hotel who walked us there (a very short walk). The hotel was fine
though breakfast could not have been worse. (We weren't there for breakfast, of course!). The return journey by train went more smoothly, but the final two hours of bus at night, hard seats and all, made us weary angry campers when we finally got back to Cusco. By some miracle, Carlos had a taxi waiting for us to take us back to our hotel. We have nothing but good things to say about Carlos himself.

In summary, we booked this tour not realizing how easy it is to plan a visit to Machu Picchu yourself. You can buy entrance tickets online (about US$50 each). The train/bus from
Cusco to Aguas Calientes costs about US$130 return. The little bus from Aguas Calientes to the "park" entrance is US$7. It would be a long day, but you could go up and down from Cusco in one day. (We are both over 40 and found 2 1/2 hours in the park more than enough.) If you do stay a night in Aguas Calientes, book your hotel early. You can find one for US$100 with sufficient advance booking. We paid Best Andes $710 (upfront $300 via PayPal
and $410 upon meeting Carlos the night before our tour) and estimate that
we could have done the trip on our own for $500. Was the guide worth $200?
Hard to say. There are so many tours going on within the park that you can
catch a lot just walking along, and there are so many books you can read before
and after your visit. We thought the best thing about having a guide was
having a photographer with us at all times. It's a profound disappointment
that Joel doesn't know how to take pictures.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Last year, we did the Inca Trail (4 days, 3 nights). Carlos (of Best Andes Travel) booked it for us and made sure that everything was arranged.

The Trail in one word: AMAZING. During the four days of the trip we got to see the most beautiful Inca sites, walking in between breathtaking mountains and through jungle-like areas. The trip itself was not easy: we were almost constantly going up or down and when it rained, we had to watch our every step in order not to slip.

Our group consisted of a guide, eight porters, eight hikers and a cook. The food was surprisingly good. We ate - among other things - soups, popcorn, pancakes, amazingly varied Peruvian dishes and cake. The porters made sure the dining tent was set up each time we arrived. In the evenings, they also took care of our personal sleeping tents, which were, by the way, more than OK. The only downside to the trip was the bathrooms.

In conclusion, we can highly recommend Best Andes Travel, Carlos and the Inca Trail!

Thank VeroniqueandJasper
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Jungle Tour was four days and three nights with hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, and hot springs. The tour was physically demanding but so worth it when I got to Machu Picchu. The second day of hiking was fairly long, but we were able to see a lot of the local fruits and vegetables that were along the way. I was disappointed in one of the hostels where we stayed, and thought that it could have been a lot cleaner. I was also disappointed by the lack of professionalism shown by our guide. However, the food was absolutely delicious the whole trip and could have not asked for anything better!

Thank gpwhittle
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We did the 4 day Inca Trail trek with ''Best Andes Travel'' and I can highly recommend them to any one who wants to live the experience of a life time. Carlos provided us with a great service from the moment we communicated with him via email, answered all our questions, and provided us with an amazing team to take us through the trek (we hired a guide and private porters). The camp was always set up by the time we finished our trekking day, and the meals were excellent. Everything was well organized. The trail itself is amazing! We loved it.

Thank marie p
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