1. We had a group of 4 guys with just a few days in Cusco to see as much as possible. I quickly realized it would be better and just as cheap for the 4 of us to hire a driver/guide instead of trying to take local buses to visit Machu Picchu. Based on good reviews and an informative website, I contacted South Adventure Peru Tours. The owner, Ruben, was outstanding in all aspects of planning and I realized he could handle all the logistics and accommodations cheaper than I could do myself. Instead of spending a day travelling from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, we were able to spend the day visiting the Sacred Valley with our guide and at the end of the day catch the train to Aguas Calientes so we’d be ready to visit Machu Picchu the next morning. Our guide, Victor, spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about all the sites which enhanced our enjoyment. He even climbed Huyna Picchu with us, which was an added bonus in addition to given us a walking tour with history of the site. I can’t say enough great things about Victor and the owner, Ruben, as they run a first class operation and if I go back to hike the Inca Trail someday I will use South Adventures again. I even recommended a co-worker to them in late December. We did the normal touristy things around Cusco but having a guide made the difference. If you have 3 or 4 people it’s an easy decision to use them; our experience could not have been better and we thank them and all their staff for an awesome trip to Cusco.
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