My boyfriend and I booked with Alpaca for our Inca Trail hike due to the 100% satisfaction rating on TripAdvisor and COULD NOT be more pleased with our experience.
First and foremost, the company is a Peruvian company, so if you book through them you are actually supporting the local people versus supporting a U.K-owned or some other internationally-owned company. The porters highly value their jobs - which are NOT easy! - and use the money they make to pay for their children's education. This company is a perfect example of social entrepreneurship, and I absolutely value their commitment to making positive change in their local communities.
If that doesn't hook you to book with them, let me break down the AWESOMENESS of the guides and absolutely EXEMPLARY amenities and culinary presentations.
First of all, the guides are super knowledgeable about anything and everything Inca trail and beyond. They not only explain every historical and cultural aspect of the trail and prior civilizations, but they do it in a way that absolutely captivates the audience. Beyond their excellent practical services, the guides are some of the most personable, funny, and engaging individuals I've ever met. They will immediately make you feel like "part of the family."
You can't review Alpaca without mentioning THE FOOD! Straight up - some of the best food we had while in Peru. These guys will absolutely blow your mind with what they can do with only a small portable stove in high altitude. It was one of our group member's birthday and they made a full-on birthday cake! And it was amazing! Without an oven, mind you. We also enjoyed cinnamon quinoa porridge for breakfast, turkey lunch wraps, apple pie, and so much more.
Although the food, the cultural exploration, and accoutrements of the tour are exquisite, the most incredible part of the trip is the experience you have bonding as a group while on the trail. And that bond is between all constituents - trekkers, guides, porters, and chefs. I met some incredible people with similar interests and values who really were just looking for a life-changing experience. And that is exactly what we all received! You will not regret booking with Alpaca. There's a reason they retain their 100% rating on there.
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