My sister and I just returned from an amazing trip to Peru and Argentina July 1- 19, 2014. Our main focus was hiking the Inca Trail with Explorandes. We chose the four-day option with a tour of Machu Picchu on the fifth day.
Our guide Saul, cook Santos and our four porters did a great job keeping us safe and comfortable. The trek was by far one of the most amazing experiences for me. I was worried that I would not make it through the trail. But Saul paced us perfectly. Surprisingly, I did not suffer from sore muscles or much fatigue because we followed his lead.
Saul taught us so much about the culture, language, vegetation and more. And he has the perfect disposition / personality, something that seems to come naturally to him. Although we know that hundreds of other trekkers were on the trail, we actually did not see many until the third day. We felt that we had the trail all to ourselves and the porters from other tour companies.
The food was amazing: the best lomo saltado and cooked on a two burner propane stove, Our cook Santos is a genius.
Explorandes does a great job from beginning to end. There are lots of great trekking companies, but we chose this company for their focus on the environment and for their social responsibility. Our support team -- our guide, cook and porters -- seemed to genuinely appreciate the fact that we chose to spend our travel dollars in Peru creating employment opportunities for them.
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