I've wanted to see Machu Picchu for a really long time, and when planning our trip spent a while researching which company to go with. I found alpaca through trip advisor and am so pleased I trusted their many fantastic reviews.
I was apprehensive before going about the walking distances and difficulties but during the trek felt there was no pressure to rush, and was supported by the guides and my fantastic team. The trek was hard but it would have been harder without such a supportive and caring group.
Our guides - Jaime and Marizol were knowledgeable, funny and attentive. They shared so much interesting information about Peru, the Incas, nature and the areas we were trekking through. Marizol kept us going throughout the whole trek with her encouragement to the "SUPERHIKERS" and Jaime was fantastic at recommending the best spots for photographs and breaks.
We were the third group up to sun gate on the final morning, and he found us the most amazing place to watch the fog disappear over Machu Picchu which was truly magical.
The porters and chefs are also incredible. Carrying 20kg and completing the Inca trail just ahead of us so that they could prepare our lunch, dinner and campsite each day. Every evening we arrived to a fully set-up campsite, a hot bowl of water to wash with and tea, coffee and snacks. As a fussy eater I was worried about what I would eat throughout the trip but the food was amazing - lots of options, lots of variety and lots of food. The chef even managed to bake a cake on our final evening, where we camped on the border of the Amazonian rainforest and the Andes mountain range. I can barely bake a cake in my kitchen, in my house!
Alpaca Expeditions pride themselves on providing a fair working environment, a fair wage and being environmentally friendly which just makes this company even better.
From the briefing meeting the evening before we left, to being dropped at my hostel the trip was so well organised. I felt valued and safe, and Jaime and Marizol really did make this an unforgettable experience.
Also we were so lucky with our group - 12 of us altogether, some Canadian, some American, some Welsh and some English. I feel like I've made some friends for life, and shared an amazing journey with them.
Machu Picchu itself was a little busy, but everything we saw along the way was what made it such a magical experience. I suppose you could say the the journey was the destination.
Thank you Green Machine!