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“Book With Llama Path!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Llama Path
Ranked #12 of 773 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-!
Den Haag, Neherlands
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30 reviews
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“Book With Llama Path!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2010

We went on the classic Inca Trail trek with Llama Path in June. From the very beginning, Llama Path met and exceeded our expectations at every front. We were impressed with our guide and the treatment of our porters. And then as the trip went all our whole group just were impressed over and over again by the food and the extra little services (like tea in your tent in the morning and hot water by your tent to wash with). We had an amazing experience on the Inca Trail and Llama Path made it that much better!

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“All around great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2010

You never know what is going to happen when you book something in an entirely different country on the computer but, rest assured, you get much more than you expect! The entire team from the gals behind the counter (when you arrive to pay the balance) to the owner (which we had the pleasure of meeting because we had a minor discrepancy) are all very knowledgeable and helpful. The guides themselves are in a league of their own in terms of the vast amount of history and knowledge they share with you over the duration of the trek. We were blown away by the information shared with us by our guide, Raul and his guide-in-training, "Mr. Bigotis". They encouraged you when you were finding it difficult to go on and they enlightened you with stories of Peru's rich heritage & culture along the way. The evenings in the group tent for happy hour and dinner were some of the best memories where everyone got to know each other and the guides and porters were a big part of this. The porters work so hard and it was encouraging to learn that they are taken much better care of by Llama Path than most of the guide companies in Peru. They are paid fairly and are given health care, something in which they are paving the way for other tour companies to try and emmulate. My heart went out to them as they ran by us with quadruple the weight of our packs on their backs but I soon realized that they were extremely proud and loved what they do for a living. If you want to support a company that rewards it's team properly than this is the way to go. There was a small incedent at the very end of our trek that left us all feeling a little out of sorts and that was when we tipped the porters and chef (the suggested amount by our guide) but it wasn't suggested anywhere to tip our guides which we did anyway because they were so incredible. They seemed very off-put when we gave them the tip and afterwards were very 'cool' towards the group. They barely spoke to us until the next day, and even than it was icy. None of us were sure what to make of this, so you may want to check on the protocol of tipping guides before you go. It kind of left a damper on the end of an otherwise incredible experience. Don't hesitate to engage Llama Path...they are amazing!!!

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stratford,ontario
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“unbelievable service professional company”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

We hiked the inca trail the beginning of May and had a wonderful experience. The hike was more difficult than I had ever imagined but I am so glad I did it.

I booked the trip thru llama path using the internet. The company was professional at all times and quickly replied to my emails.

One reviewer mentioned that they could not pay their balance via paypal and where told they had to go to cusco and pay in person. We did not pay in person and did not even go to Cusco. We were in Ollantaytambo prior to the Inca trail. We were picked up at our hotel and the briefing was given on the bus. It could not have been easier.

The guide was good very patient with slower people in our party.
The porters were amazing. Always smiling just a pleasure to be around.
Everything was set up for us when we arrived at camp. Warm water in front of our tents to wash up (what a treat this was). There was plenty of good food and plenty of water for our bottles.

I recommend LLama path for its service.

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florida
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“AWESOME TRIP”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2010

Wonderful people, amazing food, the best guide and porters, just perfect. Can not wait to go back. LLama Path is the best!!!!!!

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minnesota
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“Llama Path a good choice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2010

Llama Path did our entire Peru itenerary. Which included hotels, different tours (which included the Inca trail), three flights within the country, had people to pick us up, and drop us off at the right places. It was incredible! We just told them what we wanted to do and see within the country and they made all the arrangements. We traveled with just our family, but were with others on different tour/trips. The hotel choices were great, the flights were a great way to get around the country, and the price was very fair! We paid them using paypal. 1/2 before we went, and 1/2 when we got to Cusco. I was very impressed!
The Inca Trail my family went on (I became very ill and had to stay in Cusco:(. They could not say enough wonderful things about the trip, the staff, the food. It was all amazing. They would never chose another team to go with. Some of the other Inca trail tour companies did not look well staffed and the porters were carrying too heavy of loads.
The only uncomfortable time they had was with the tip at the end. You usually give the staff (porters, cook, guides) their tip the last night that you are together. They really play this down when you are signing up, but it is expected when you are on the trail. This is not just Llama Path, but any company. I had read a few reviews and had emailed someone about it so I would have enough cash with me, since their were 4 of us. It turned out that I didn't go, 2 people on the train to the start of the trail got sick, and 2 others didn't show up. So they had about they same amount of workers, as hikers. Three of the nine hikers were college kids with not much money left and had not planned for this and one single guy just plain forgot. In the end it all turned out fine, they gave the guides their tip when they got back to town.
But these people are so wonderful, and will give you a life-changing experience of hiking the Inca trail that you won't want to forget your tip money!

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