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“very good trip”
Review of Llama Path

Llama Path
Ranked #8 of 888 Tours in Cusco
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Owner description: We are the Only Inca Trail Tour Operator that has built a house for the Porters; Porters come to do this job from very far away communities up in the andes and had NO place to stay in in between treks; But NOW, they do have one and is called the LLama Path Porters' house - any one is welcome to visit this place at anytime-!
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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“very good trip”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Booked the imperial inca trail, so we could walk on our own peace, and have the privilege having a private guide/team. We liked it a lot.
It was only the two of us, and our guide used to walk a few 100 m behind us, so we had the idea it was just us on the inca trail, at least for big parts, only climbing the dead womens pass it was a bit crowdy.
The porters/red army are fantastic, always having fun, and they make sure ypu are welcomed on arrival with an applause and a drink. We liked the idea that the porters functioned as a group, and not being on their own like most of the companies did.
Food was incredible, amounts huge, we didn't believe what they were able to make in primitive conditions. On day 3 we decided not to stay the nights in the campsite but continue directly to M.P. Because of the season chances for having a good view early in the morning were bad, and yu have to get up around 3. You can't sleep late while the porters have to go back to Cuzco on the first train. WE stayed the last night in a hostel in aguas calientes, think we payed 70€ extra for bus/hostel/food, but we were glad to do it like this. Another group told there were only clouds to see, while we had a good view at the sungate in the afternoon. Furthermore we had a real bed/shower etc, we only missed our porters/cook!
Would definitely book again with Llama path

Visited November 2013
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Boston, USA
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“Choose Llama Path for the Inca Trail!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

If you are trying to decide on an operator for the classic 4D3N Inca Trail, choose Llama Path! If you are trying to decide between the Inca Trail and an alternative trek, choose the Inca Trail with Llama Path! Here is why.
We did the 4D3N Inca Trail with Llama Path and couldn't be happier with their service, the food, the guides, clearly well treated porters (they even built a hostel in Cusco where porters can sleep on their days off between tours, and are currently working on initiatives for women). However, you will probably find other tour companies that offer this level of service too.
What Llama Path does offer that others cannot is the location of their campsites. From what I understand, campsites are allocated by the Inca Trail authorities to each operator. Because Llama Path is a very well established local company, they seem to get preferential treatment on the campsites allocated to them. Every night, our campsites were further along the trail than sites from other groups. The result of this is that for 3 days out of the 4 day Inca Trail, we didn't see any other groups besides the 2 Llama Path groups. So instead of hiking the trail with 500 other people (the permits were sold out on our day, like most days), we were only hiking with 30 other tourists (each Llama path group is capped at 16 people, but on our day they had 2 full groups) plus ~40 porters. In reality, even these 30 tourists spread far out on the trail (the porters will just zoom ahead of you during the trek, and have the camp set up when you get there). My biggest worry when we signed up for the classic Inca Trail was that it would be overcrowded, which several guidebooks warn you about (and recommend you to take an alternative hike for this reason). Our experience with Llama Path is that this is not the case. Most of the time we were hiking with just a few people. Now on the 3rd night, at Winay Wayna, other groups will catch up to Llama Path, but even there, our camp site was closer to the Day 4 checkpoint than other groups', so we got to the sun gate before any other group.
My guess is that if you are looking into any trail to Machu Picchu, you are interested in both natural scenery and Inca ruins. The alternative treks will offer similar scenery, but fewer ruins than the classic Inca Trail (we saw on average 3 ruins per day, getting more spectacular the closer we got to Machu Picchu). If you are only considering an alternative trek because you are worried about crowds, then go with Llama Path on the Inca Trail. You will not see much crowds, and many more ruins, and spectacular Andean scenery every step of the way.

Visited November 2013
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Milpitas, California
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“The only way to go!!”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

After much research, we decided to book with llamapath. What a great decision!! So a couple things to keep in mind. The Inca trail is the Inca trail. It is run by the government of Peru so once on the trial no matter which tour company you have used, REI, GAP, Amazonas, or Llamapath you use the same campsites, the same trail, the same disgusting bathrooms. We choose llamapath because it had great reviews here on trip advisor and it was cheaper then the others.
We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. Our group was amazing!! Whether they planned it or not, we were with 3 other couples just like us. We had an amazing tour guide in Frank <Francisco> Cobos, I wonder if he is related to the family living on MP when Bingham "discovered" it.
The rockstars of our group were the porters!! Llamapath provides their porters red uniforms and new shoes at the start of every season. The porters are so happy and always pleasant and smiling. They march as an army with the head porter in the back and the chef in the front.
Our Chef was amazing too. We had 2 vegans, 2 vegetarians, and 4 who ate anything and he accommodated us all.
I was surprised to learn he has to go to school for cooking before he can be a chef with the company. He even baked us a cake!! It was amazing!! And everyone was so accommodating, Frank, the porters, everyone.
Other tourists we met complained about their chef being drunk and the porters being not polite.
We did the 4 day 3 night trip and I can't imagine having done with anyone else other than llamapath.
We enjoyed our group so much that we finished the hike in 3 days and went to aguas calientes. We all dined together for 2 nights by choice. The trip was amazing and we have made amazing friends for life!!
Thank you llamapath!!

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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“2d/1n Inka Trail with Marcelino”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Can't say enough good things about our experience with Llama Path!

My husband and I did the 2D/1N Inka Trail - we would have done it for longer but we booked our Cusco flights before realizing how to properly see Machu Picchu. Regardless, we were lucky enough to fit in this short hike, and we absolutely loved it!

Llama Path is an awesome, professional agency that took care of all our needs and my incessant questions. Upon arriving in Cusco, we walked to their office to pay the balance. The office is open until 8PM and is conveniently located. We had a briefing in the office about what to expect, etc. The next day, our guide Marcelino, met us in our hotel and went over the itinerary. He answered all our questions and was very thorough.

Marcelino was an awesome guide. Once he learned that my grandmother was a botanist, he stopped to explain each flower we passed! We were truly amazed at the depth of his knowledge. We also learned that to be a tour guide, you need 3 years of schooling, where you study history, sociology, ecology, anthropology, etc. Marcelino knew all this and more - he was a walking encyclopedia about Incan culture and had so much pride and respect for Peru. His love of his job was definitely contagious.

For anyone who has the time and stamina to hike the Inka Trail, please do. It's a must. Sure, you can spend one day and take the bus up/down Machu Picchu, get some awesome pics, and explore the city, but the hike made it a beautiful, once in a lifetime experience.

Machu Picchu itself gets crowded with tourists, but the trail is serene and fully immerses you in the experience. For the most part, it will be you, your guide, and the trail. Everyone we talked to - whether they did the 4 day or 2 day hike - said they were so glad they did the trek rather than just see Machu Picchu.

We most definitely recommend hiking the trail and using Llama Path!

The ONLY negative was that we didn't get the red Llama Path backpacks that everyone else did :(

Thank you again Llama Path and Marcelino!!

Visited January 2014
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“Thank you silvio and the boys”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

The 4 day 3 night trek is really difficult and was the most spectacular trip our family of seven adults ever undertook. Based principally on reviews on TA, I entrusted our experience to llama path and they delivered in every way imaginable. The front office staff was efficient and managed the details of setting up the trip ( e.g. Air mattresses for mom and dad). They picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel ( rumi punku). Their equipment was perfect, nice down sleeping bags, clean tents, clean comfortable dining tent. The porters were amazing, hearty souls who were so friendly despite the language barrier. It also appears as though the " red army" was relatively well treated. They all had hiking boots and warm comfortable clothing. They eagerly joined us for a New Year's Eve toast.

We wondered how the chef could make such tasty, filling food two miles up in the Andes. Attention to detail and pride of quality were evident.

But most of all our guide silvio was all you could ask for in a guide. I read the book, last days of the incas ( terrific BTW) before the trip and silvio knew the details of the key events between the incas and Spanish conquistadores. He knows his stuff. What we appreciated most was his sense of humor and kind touch dealing with the slower hikers on the trek. He became a valued member of our family for the magical few days of our trek.

I also appreciated the company's guidance in how to tip the staff. They earned our highest appreciation.

Visited December 2013
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