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“Unforgettable Peruvian experience”
Review of Alpaca Expeditions

Alpaca Expeditions
Ranked #1 of 463 Outdoor Activities in Cusco
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Owner description: Alpaca Expeditions is an experienced culture and adventure travel company that creates customized tours for travelers visiting Peru. We will work with you to create the trip of a lifetime, whether you dream of trekking through the Andes on a 4 day climb to the lost city of the Incas or conquering the heights of Macchu Picchu through the indulgence of a luxurious train, let us make all your dreams come true. Alpaca Expeditions is the only company using satellite phones to operate adventure trekking tours to Machu Picchu as your safety is more important to us.
Baltimore, MD
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Unforgettable Peruvian experience”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband found Alpaca Expeditions here on Trip Advisor while we were planning our trip to Peru. The many excellent reviews convinced us to choose this company to arrange our visit to Machu Picchu, and we can't speak highly enough about our experience.

We did a 2-day, 1-night trek since we did not have time to do the full 4-day Inca trail. Bonnie was very helpful and responsive by email, and we felt that AE's prices were very fair considering they took care of everything (permits, transportation, etc.) and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Due the great interactions we had before our arrival, we decided to also book a full day Sacred Valley tour through this company.

Our wonderful tour guide, Ruben Covarrubias Andrade, met us at our hotel right on time, and proceeded to walk us through our itinerary for the MP trek. He spoke very good English, which was helpful since we did not speak a lot of Spanish. Another person from the AE office also came by before and after our trip to ensure everything was in order. Throughout out travels, we also had our own "private car" and lovely Quechua driver, Jose. Everyone was very professional and nice!

Ruben was fabulous every step of the way. He was kind, helpful, enthusiastic, funny, and knowledgeable. It was very special having a native Quechua guide who is from the Sacred Valley and so passionate about the area, the history, and the culture of this incredible part of the world. It was just the 3 of us during our MP and SV tours, so we could go at our own pace and spend a lot of time learning about various plants, animals and history. There was so much to see but we had plenty of time to do everything and take many photos. When we finally reached the Sun Gate in the late afternoon of Day 1, the sun was shining over MP (not bad for rainy season!!) and hardly any other tourists were around... it was incredible. Our arranged hotel and dinner in Aguas Calientes were very basic, but sufficient for the purpose of showering and getting a good night's rest. The next morning, we reached MP early and again there were few other visitors at that time - a great opportunity to have the place to ourselves before it got more crowded. We also hiked Wayna Picchu, and Ruben offered to take one of our bags so we wouldn't have to carry everything up for that short but physically demanding hike. Overall, we loved the 2D-1N trek as it allowed us to see many of the important Inca ruins (plus some that aren't on the classic trail) in a short time frame.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas tour was also a wonderful experience. It seems a lot of people get to MP, but not everyone visits this beautiful region along the Urubamba River. We are very happy we chose a private guide rather than sitting on large tour bus where we wouldn't get to ask so many questions and interact with the guide. Ruben was phenomenal - he is a wealth of information and also plays the flute! He takes his job very seriously and personally, and was very respectful to all of the local people we encountered. We stopped at a market for a little shopping, saw the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo, visited the church and textile center in Chinchero,etc. There were plenty of bathroom stops along the way and opportunities to purchase drinks and snacks. We also stopped for a buffet lunch (not included in tour fee) which was delicious. The majority of all produce and meat served in Cusco comes from the Valley and we got to try many fresh beans, veggies, and fruits. We got lucky again with great weather and were able to appreciate the incredible landscape of this region. One of our favorite parts of the trip was getting to sample some homebrewed chi-cha, a fermented corn beverage (Inca beer). When in Rome, right?!

If we are able to return to Peru again someday, we would certainly work with AE again and we highly recommend them to others who are looking for a hassle-free, educational and super fun Peruvian adventure! Thank you Bonnie, Raul, and Ruben for making our trip so memorable.

Visited January 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Still laughing?.”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

In our 3 month trip, Alpaca Expeditions' tour of the Inca Trail was a real highlight. Sabino was our guide and was part school teacher, part lunatic. 2 weeks later and my whole family is still laughing, quoting him. As their tag line says "The journey is the destination" and that was so true with Sabino because he was teaching us every step of the way. By he time we got to Machu Picchu, we were primed and ready. If you are able to do the trail, do it, it will make your visit so much more rewarding. It was like going to the Met with a little art history under your belt.

Visited March 2013
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“The Best experience you can get - Raul & his team”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Great company and people from beginning to the end. Bonnie and Raul were exceptional in answering my questions and inquires prior to booking via email and Skype. We had booked the short inca trail trek with them and also booked the city tour and sacred valley tours through them. Ronaldo picked us up from the airport the first day we got to cusco and brought us to our hostel. He had met us several other times to bring us to the meeting points for our sacred valley and city tours in the cusco area. Raul also met us at our hostel prior to our inca trail trek to go over our schedule.

Raul, the owner of alpaca expeditions and our guide for the inca trail trek is the best guide you will ever have. He is very personal, knowledgable, and easy-going to talk with.

You won't regret booking with alpaca expeditions. Unbelievably the best guide you will ever have :)

Visited March 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“These guys are professionals”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

I don't know how many times during the 4 day hike I was so happy my wife choose Alpaca Expeditions over the other companies. I wanted to go with another company to save $55 USD each but I never realized Alpaca's porter's carry all of your stuff (besides your daily water and rain gear). I immediately noticed that all of the other hikers were carrying some of their own gear. My day pack was about 4 lbs while other people had to carry around 35lbs!! On top of that, my Alpaca guides was with us from the moment they picked us up at the hotel to when he dropped us off. This included a tour of Macchu Picchu. I didn't see another other company do this. The best part was the 5 course, hot meals for every meal and Reuban, our guide was the best. I saw other groups and the meals looked they came from a can and our's from a gourmet resturant in a big city.

Visited March 2013
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“The time of my life”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

I got to Cusco with no clue of which company to choose to do this awesome trip... With the help of tripadvisor, my boyfriend and I got to know Alpaca Expeditions and it was the highlight of our entire one month trip.
The price is totally worth it, the meals were amazing, the transportation was really confortable, Jose, our guide, was the best guide ever!, and we had an amazing time. We got to know the history of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley really well, took amazing pictures and had the time to see everything.
I recommended to some friends, which are going to Cusco on July, and I would recommend to anyone else in doubt.

Visited February 2013
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