I participated (attempted) in the 3 night 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. I had both a lead guide, Elvis H., and an assistant guide, David P. And my porter was Rosalio. The reason I wrote "(attempted)" is because I experienced the misfortune of getting very sick while on the trail due to succumbing to altitude sickness. I found out the hard way that I needed more than the recommended 3-4 days to get acclimatized before the hike. This would usually be the moment in the story when one talks about having a horrible experience in this sort of situation. But, for me, the opposite occurred.
I was feeling sick even before we arrived at the starting point for the hike. And realized soon after getting off the bus that I would be in store for a rough experience. Despite this understanding, and being very stubborn, I continued with the hike. Within the first few hours of the hike, I was suffering so much David (the assistant guide) carried my day pack for me. I had a horrible migraine, dizziness, and nausea. I couldn't keep my lunch down when we arrived at the lunch spot and had to rest. Despite all of my woes and complaints, Both Elvis and David were very kind, professional, and extremely helpful in how they handled the situation. Both advised me to do what was best for my health. And Elvis informed me of how to meet the group in Machu Picchu if I was able to recuperate, and decide to rejoin the group. He also advised my porter to look after me so he and David could return to the group of 11 remaining participants.
My porter, Rosalio did an amazing job of seeing that I got back to Ollantaytambo in one piece. While at the place I camped the night I got sick, he constantly checked on me. Brought me food and tea, but also allowed me to rest. While on the trail back, he kept with my pace and also checked to see if I needed rest. Especially after doing the somewhat steep climb out of the valley. He was even checking the rear view mirror while we were in the van to Ollantaytambo, and made sure I was settled in and had a place to stay for the night. With limited English and Spanish between the two of us, it worked out. I recognize that helping me back to Ollantaytambo was part of his job, but how he treated me is what is most important. He was very, very kind to me.
I met met with my group in Machu Picchu, and had an amazing time. I regret missing out on the hike because Elvis did quite well in explaining the Inca history, and the stories of the ruins to us. I usually get extremely bored in these situations, but he was very engaging.
Llama Path hired three great guys - Elvis, David, and Rosalio. Not mention, everything was well organized, the food that I was able to eat was amazing, and overall all who were apart of making the trek possible were in good spirits the entire time I was there. For this reason, I plan to go back to Peru and use Llama Path next year to attempt the hike a second time.
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