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This 4 day Salkantay trek by TreXperience was above and beyond what I imagined! From beginning to end there was excellent communication and the team is amazing. Our guide Nilo… read more was excellent. He is a great guy with so much knowledge of the land and culture to teach you. He kept our spirits up during the more challenging parts of the hike and we had great conversations during the whole trek. He also took many pictures for us which was appreciated! From morning to night the team takes great care of you by waking you up with coca tea and an amazing breakfast, snacks, water, huge lunches and dinners, gives you all the details you need and makes sure you’re feeling well on the hike never leaving anyone behind, and of course coca leaves to help with the altitude! I felt so well taken care of and safe the entire trek and met so many amazing people. Thanks to the chefs Celso, Juan, and Leucadio for the AMAZING meals (it is insane what they are able to make on the trek! Some of the best food we had in Peru!). I would 100 % recommend using TreXperience if you plan on hiking in Peru. We had such an amazing time and all the transfers and details went so smoothly. They think of every detail and let you know what to expect everyday which makes things so stress free. The visit to Machu picchu was so informative thanks to Nilo’s expertise! Thanks again Nilo and the entire TreXperience team!!
Excellent!!! This 2-day short Inca Trail was definitely worth it. Tour guides Franklin and Sara were super welcoming, extremely friendly, and very knowledgeable about the area and its fascinating history.… read more They always put our needs first and were very organised when it came to transport and arrangements. Would certainly recommend this tour and Franklin and Sara because we had an excellent couple of days.
We had an outstanding experience on the 5-day Lares to Short Inca trail with Juvenal as our guide, Lorenzo as our chef, Joao as assistant chef, and Toribio as our… read more porter. We were a small group (3) and the entire crew took incredible care of us to share the magical culture and scenery in the Sacred Valley. Please see the end of the review for a note on preparing for the altitude and general hike difficulty.
First and foremost, we thank our amazing guide, Juvenal, for bringing his in-depth knowledge for and love of the culture and people in the highlands of Lares. By communicating with local people (in Quechua), Juvenal was able to deliver an unparalleled experience of the incredible lifestyle, culture, and practices of the native people here. We were extremely moved and honored to share beautiful moments with the wonderful people of the highlands.
Juvenal also shared in-depth knowledge of the Inca and pre-Inca civilizations throughout the trek, and especially on the way to the stunningly beautiful and jaw-dropping ruins at Machu Picchu. The short Inca trail was an excellent way to reach Machu Picchu through the Sun gate (stunning view from here) in a single day’s hike.
We are so grateful for all of Juvenal’s knowledge and warm spirit. He makes a point to treat all people (not just us, but local people, the rest of the crew etc.) with kindness and respect. We couldn’t ask for a better guide for our experience. Thank you Juvenal!
Our head chef, Lorenzo, and his assistant Joao were absolutely incredible as well. Lorenzo blew our minds with how delicious (and even aesthetically pleasing) he could prepare meals while camping at 13,000 feet. My partner is vegetarian and he prepared an elaborate collection of nutritious and tailored meals for her along the way. He even prepared special meals when we both were struggling a bit with the altitude. Thank you Lorenzo and Joao!
Finally, our porter, Toribio, never ceased to impress with how quickly and safely he transported the our and the crew’s gear with his team of mules. It is astonishing how well he and his mules move through such a difficult landscape. Thank you Toribio!
We could never have anticipated how incredible and enriching this experience would be for all three of us. Not only did we see some the most incredible views of our lives, but we also learned and experienced an extremely rare and beautiful way of life that the native people of the highlands carry on. Their strength and kindness will stay with us for our entire lives.
A quick note on the demands of the trek itself. The three of us (ages 29-32, active and relatively experienced hikers) found the Lares portion very challenging due to it being at an altitude that none of us had hiked in before. We also made the mistake of not giving ourselves ample time to acclimate to the altitude in Cusco before starting the trek (and also tried to do it without altitude medication etc.). The coca tea/leaves helped to an extent but we absolutely recommend taking time (2-3 days) to acclimate in Cusco and taking altitude medication if you (like us) are not used to hiking at altitude. That way, nothing (besides the usual challenges of a difficult hike) gets in the way of your experience.
Even besides the altitude, this is a very challenging trek, so make sure you are comfortable with steep inclines/declines and heights in general before hiking the Andes. If you are up for the challenge, it is absolutely incredible!
Thank you Juvenal, Lorenzo, Joao, Toribio, and all of the beautiful people we met along the way for an unforgettable experience!!
A great hiking experience. Stunning views and breathtaking peaks. The hike itself is fairly challenging but doable for most people, and the trail is dotted with fascinating Inca ruins to… read more wet your appetite before Macchu Pichu. The three-course meals and varied breakfasts served every day by the traveling chef were always well received. The porters heaved tents and sleeping bags ahead to prepare the campsite for us each day.
Our tour guides Edy and Juan were very knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic and I really enjoyed their company throughout.
Overall a great experience. Just note that you will be sharing the trail with your group, other groups, and the 20+ porters for each group. it can feel a bit crowded at times.
Also, if you are from a country without a tipping culture – and especially if you’re on a tight budget – be aware that there is a strong expectation of significant tips at the end for the guides, chef and porters that accompany you along the way. They tell you it’s voluntary but it won’t feel that way.
This was one of the best trips of my life! Stunning scenery, challenging hikes and we were so well looked after. Edy was one of the best tour guides ever,… read more so kind and patient and made us feel completely comfortable and at home. Our porters were amazing carrying everything we needed and cooking great food every day even with sweet touches like being woken up with coca tea each morning or bowls of warm water outside our tent morning and evening. Sara was a wonderful tour guide as well- so funny and kind and very knowledgable. We had an amazing time- 10/10 would recommend!
Fantastic 4 days, our guides were knowledgable about the fauna and flora. The food was fantastic and catered for all our individual needs.
First night hot water bottles In… read more our tents, made all the difference to a chilly night. Awoken with coffee in our tent followed by a great breakfast set us up for the day.
Arriving at Machu Picchu they were knowledgeable and happy as ever to answer questions and take us through this truly breath taking place.
A special thanks goes to our lead guides Adolfo and Judy, always happy and there to help, sharing their knowledge and experience along the route.
Incredible experience. Every aspect of the trip was of the highest quality. The food was amazing, the accommodation was comfortable, the porters were hugely helpful and the tour guides Charly… read more and Sara were fountains of knowledge. I would highly recommend Trexperience for anyone looking to do the Inca Trail over 4 days.
Amazing tour! Our guide Jose Luis was very knowledgeable and provided amazing insights into the Inca culture throughout the trip. The hotel and the included dinner were decent, but nothing… read more special. Overall, a very recommendable tour that you will surely enjoy just as much as we did. We were also very lucky to be with a nice a friendly group of young people.
It was a great experience. We went with the guides Yoner and Edy – Both did an amazing job. We learned a lot of the history of inka and… read more of Peru!
A big clap for all porters! Without these guys , it is impossible to make this trail.
The food was also amazing!
We can recommende this tour to everybody!
Nature, Inka’s elements with all their history, great food and a lot of fun. I think this is the best away to get to machu picchu!
Thanks to our guides… read more NILO and YONER I had the opportunity to better understand the Inka colture and to have a lot of fun! These 2 guys are incredible! As well as the chef’s team that provided us such great food, also the dishes for the vegetarian were incredible. I raccomando you
Amilcar, the chef; Elmer the suis chef y Mozo Hernozo a frat waiter!
I suggest also to do the inka trail and not other trails because of alla the Inka elements and because once I get to machu pichu, I swear, it will taste different than just taking a bus or a train in one day!
Fantastic experience with our excellent guide Robby. My boyfriend and I had an amazing time on this trek. It is hard but it is worth it! Our guide was kind… read more enough to let us maintain our pace ahead of the group. At one point he even ran to catch up with us ( rest of the group was 30 minutes behind) to give us directions and ensure we were fine! I would definitely recommend this trek & this company! Support local !
We had Charlie as our tour guide and he was awesome! Really nice and friendly and very knowledgeable about nature and Incan history. I was really thankful that he stopped… read more multiple times during our hike so I could take breaks and he made sure no one was left behind (we had a mix of faster hikers and slower hikers in our group). Charlie was also a really good photographer and will take many many beautiful pictures of you! Our trail tickets only let us into Machu Picchu once (no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu), however, my boyfriends stomach was not feeling well and we needed to use the restroom mid tour, Charlie was able to talk to the ticketing counter to get us an exception so we could re-enter Machu Picchu again. We absolutely loved the packed lunch on our hike, however we did not enjoy the dinner chosen by the tour company. The restaurant they chose was low quality with limited options. We ended up going to eat somewhere else after the group dinner was over.
We had Robinzon as a guide and he is literarly the BEST guide ever!! He knows so much about machu picchu (history, traditions etc.) and makes everything to make sure… read more everyone feels good. When I wasnt feeling good he and the staff took so much care of me.
It was such a great experience. I can only recomend the company and robinzon as a guide!
Despite being a solo traveller, my guide Sara made it seem as if I went for the trip with a friend. From start to finish, she was very knowledgeable and… read more respected one’s physical limitations when you are reaching 5000m above sea level and just come off of a 4 day Inca Trail! I would imagine most companies just pick you up, take you there and then drop you back but this tour had GOURMET breakfast and lunch included prepared by the genius chef that is Lorenzo with his assistant Miguel looking out onto the mountain range. The driver James was equally incredible driving for several hours on roads that many would not dare to try.
We had the most incredible time hiking with Trexperience, I cannot recommend this tour enough! Our guide Pepe had so much knowledge, was so friendly and created a really great… read more atmosphere! He took lots of pictures for us and was happy to go slowly for the hiking portion of the trip to accommodate our fitness levels! The hotel we stayed in overnight was really clean and picturesque views with a great breakfast! One of the best trips I have ever done, thank you!
You must request Jhony (pronounced Johnny) for the tour! We did a full tour with him in Sacred Valley and half day tour in Cousco. A joy to work with.… read more He spoke clear English and was fully knowledgeable. I appreciate humor and he had the best personality! You can’t go wrong with him as your guide!
Really nice (tr)experience, great family. Had a blast with my girlfriend and a diverse group of travellers. The guides did a great job, the porter worked really hard and the… read more chef made a celebration of every meal. Would recommend 5/5!
It was an amazing trek! Everything was well organized and we had two excellent guides: Juan Felix and Maribel. They made the trek an exciting, informative and fun experience. Also… read more the chef Julio Cesar was great! Best food I have ever eaten in Peru – prepared in the Andes in the middle of the nature.
Wow! What an awesome experience! I had a blast! Stunning scenery, challenging yet rewarding hiking, sensational food and hospitality and experienced knowledgeable guides.
Our guide, Carlos the mountain lion… read more is very knowledgeable and experienced and helped get the most out of the trek.
The hospitality shown by the hard working porters and chefs, Rollando, Javier, Martine, Alex and the rest of the team was second to none.
To get the most out of this it helps to be in shape as TreXperience explains at the outset. A truly outstanding experience i have no hesitation recommending to others.
Wow everything! Manolo and Robinson are the best tour guides. Very good and abundant food all the time, very comfortable tents, very organized, cultural times along the trail and great… read more hiking team!
We started the 4-day Inca Trail with a lot of confidence due to our guides, Ray and Juan. This was our first time to do a multiple day hike and… read more we enjoyed it so much. The landscapes where beautiful and the tour on it self was organised really well. There was always a guide in front of the group and always a guide at the end. They supported us really well during the hike. Besides the amazing views during the track we where surprised by the amazing food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chefs Raymundo and the head porter Porfirio managed everything excellent. Would recommend doing this tour with TreXperience and hopefully these guys will be your guide!
Most amazing thing I’ve ever done, hands down. The things you see are breathtaking the mountains, stars, glacier, animals and authentic Peruvian life. Our tour guide Bernabe was incredible –… read more he was super informative, positive all the time, made us laugh and kept us going. The food was another highlight, the talented chefs Timo, Felix and Juan provided us with endless meals and snacks prepared fresh which is some of the best food I’ve ever eaten! The team cater to your every need with beautiful extra touches such as hot water bottles for bed and explaining the stars. I cannot believe how much we have squeezed into 4 days it’s awesome. I could not recommend this highly enough for anyone wanting to stretch themselves all while seeing incredibly beautiful sights. I never expected this to be so much fun, and while it is hard work it’s not gruelling at all and has left me with a sense of pride that will last a lifetime. Thank you Bernabe and the rest of the Trexperience team for a unique experience I will never forget!!
The total experience was amazing. The people, the history, the culture. The work ethic of all involved. The knowledge and patience of the guides. It was a once a lifetime… read more experience. We were made to feel as family not customers.
I went on the Classic Inca Trail 4 day 3 night hike. We had two absolutely amazing guides Sarah and Charlie. They went above and beyond to make sure we… read more had everything we needed to be comfortable and have a incredible time. I expected to eat well but the food exceeded my expectations! I thought we ate like kings and queens! I didn’t bring gloves because it was hot during the day in Cusco but I wish that I had because we ended up in an ice pellet storm on day 2. It was challenging but SO rewarding!!! I am so glad I chose to see Machu Picchu this way instead of the train and bus. Seeing it through the sun gate was fantastic! I did train before this hike and would recommend doing that because it is much harder to hike at altitude! Overall I had the absolute time of my life!!! Would highly recommend Trexperience and would do it myself again!
Our experience was amazing! Our guides, JJ (Juan Jose) & Judy, were experienced and knowledgeable and kept us well informed the entire trip. The food was absolutely delicious and… read more so impressive, we ate like Kings every meal. A huge thank you to our porters for carrying everything and having everything set up flawlessly upon our arrival to camp each night. With so many dynamics with a group hike our guides did an excellent job of handling many tough situations (altitude sickness, slower trekkers, etc) and ensured that everybody arrived safely to camp each night. Thank you for making this experience the best!
It was an amazing experience. Our guides William and Vincent were absolutely wonderful, provided us with great support and lots of useful information.Big thanks to William for always staying back… read more with us. We highly recommend this activity to everyone
Best guide we could’ve asked for. Super knowledgeable and always concerned for our well being. Wouldn’t go with anyone else
Absolutely brilliant! From the briefing to the final lunch it was all well organised and although it was tough going at times it was always great fun! Our guide Edy… read more and the full team did an amazing job and I can’t recommend the trip enough! Thanks all
Juan Luis was great. All details were what we expected. I learned so much and the experience was once in a life time.
Jose, the tour guide was an absolute standout. I was on a no-fuss business trip and had the weekend to acclimatise in Cusco. My colleague and I were after… read more a tour which was efficient, took us to all the right places and required minimal effort on our part – this was that tour.
From the moment Jose picked us up at our hotel, we were treated with the best logistically organised and informative tour we could have hoped for. This was made possible by Jose, given his extensive 13 years experience across the continent as a tour guide he made our journey easy and stress-free. He also taught us how to take the BEST Iphone pics (as a value-add) and was more than happy to share story and a laugh.
What a delightful, stress-free tour. There is no way we would have been able to see what we did in the time with as little stress were it not for Jose and this tour. Well worth it and will be recommending to others.
We had the most incredible couple of days! Our tour guide Pepe was so knowledgeable and passionate and made sure we were comfortable and having fun the whole way up.… read more I will never forget this trip and would one hundred percent recommend to everyone!
Our trek was amazing. Any challenges we faced with altitude or other, our guide Nilo made sure we were taken care of. His explanations were very interesting, always with a… read more little humor on the side. He coordinated unbelievably well with the head chef, Zenobio, who’s cooking was just divine. Him and his team, Herbert and Alberto, were always so friendly and added so many beautiful personal touches to our meals, we were always looking forward to the next one. We are leaving to our next destination with a smile and will definitely recommend this trek to our friends and family.
We had the most amazing time with the best tour guide, Charly. Charly is a man of multiple trades – he is so knowledgable about the history and culture of… read more the Inca Trail. We also found out that he is also a great photographer and a published author.
Although the Inca Trail is challenging, Charly was patient with each climber who climbed at different speed.
In addition, he introduced us to the Peruvian culture such as explaining us about the drinks that the porters were drinking.
We also had the best cook, Carmelo. He was amazing with his skills and creative with his dishes. I was always impressed by the meals.
Then, there were the impressively strong porters who were so friendly and welcoming.
It is so amazing to hear the great things that this tour company does for the porters like insurance and being the one of the first companies to employ women.
I honestly believed that we picked the best tour company. Go with a local company like this one!
A fun, at times challenging walk accompanied with great guides (Rosa and Russel) who explained numerous Inca sites along the way.
On top of this some of the… read more best food I’ve eaten in Peru courtesy of the chef Julio Cesar!
Would highly recommend booking with these guys for an unforgettable experience.
Vicente our guide was phenomenal. So knowledgeable and a genuine kind soul that was such a great guide. We brought our 8yr old along and everyone was so great with… read more him. Jorge, Demetrio and Julian were so friendly and made the trip so much better. The only thing better than the huge amount of restaurant quality food was the incredible sites and views.
Truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life! My husband and I booked the private 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu through Trexperience because of the great reviews,… read more and they exceeded every expectation. We were lucky enough to have Vincent as our guide – he was the best! He was a wonderful storyteller, a patient and encouraging guide, and very flexible with personalizing the experience for us. He had an answer for every question we had, and would occasionally ask us questions that we wouldn’t know the answer to – resulting in some of the most ridiculous jokes I’ve ever heard. Vincent also had a true respect and reverence for his history and traditional Inca customs, it was a beautiful experience to learn from him. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide to lead us to Machu Picchu!
Before starting the trail, we decided to stay overnight in Ollantaytambo to have a later wake up time (7AM pickup instead of 4AM, highly recommend). We decided to go with the private tour instead of a group because we wanted to go at our own pace, and honestly it wasn’t that much more expensive than the group tour – especially worth it when we considered the level of effort to get out there in the first place. We started the day on the Panoramic train to KM 104. Try to get seats on the side by the river. It’s beautiful from every angle, but that was definitely the place to get the best views. After getting off the train, we crossed the bridge and were greeted by an Andean Motmot! Such a lucky bird sighting! We were also fortunate to do the hike at the end of April, there were thousands of different orchids blooming on the trail.
Right away, you encounter the Inca Site of Chachabamba, directly across the river. It’s a great start to the trail before the ascent. The first half of the hike up to Wiñay Wayna was entirely uphill, it’s challenging but definitely doable. For reference, my husband and I are in our early-30s and moderately fit – we exercise regularly, but nothing can really prepare you for the altitude. Definitely stay in Cusco a couple days, drink lots of coca tea, and do what you need to do to adjust. After about 2.5 hours, we entered into a shaded area with a beautiful waterfall that we took a nice rest at. About 20 minutes from there, we reached Wiñay Wayna! This site alone is seriously worth the effort, it’s unbelievable from every direction. From there, the trail becomes a lot easier. Not as much continuous incline, Vincent referred to this part as "Inca flat" (basically quick ups and downs for the remainder of the hike). After one last push up a couple of daunting staircases, we reached the Sun Gate! It’s a surreal and spiritual experience, I can’t really put into words how special it was to see Machu Picchu in the distance. A little bit more walking from Intipunku, and we arrived at the bus station to be transported to Aguas Claientes.
The next morning, we woke up early and hopped on the same bus to be taken back to Machu Picchu. We had reserved tickets to climb Huayna Picchu, which we were feeling a bit nervous about, but I am so glad we did it. Honestly, the view at the top was worth every single stair to get up there. There were so many beautiful orchids, butterflies, and birds that provided great incentive (an excuse) to take rests on the way up. A true highlight of the experience! We still had plenty of time in Machu Picchu itself to see all of the temples and walk through the ruins. When our time was up, we said goodbye and hopped on the panoramic train in Aguas Calientes to return to Cusco in time for dinner and an early night of sleep.
This experience provided me with two of the best days of my life, and I could not recommend it more highly. A huge part of our experience was sharing it with Vincent, and I would absolutely recommend traveling with him if you can. We’re already planning on coming back to do the 4-day trail with him in the future! Until then, my husband and I will cherish the memories made on this unforgettable trip.
If I could rate higher than five stars I would. The MOST amazing trip!!! Perfect five days of an incredible trek, everything was meticulously planned and seamless. The food was… read more phenomenal, our chefs Celso and Abel took care to make three amazing meals a day with snacks throughout the day. The food was certainly a highlight of the trip— you will not go hungry with these guys. We had a group of 6 plus five porters and our amazing guide Carlos Colca. The atmosphere was so fun, we always had something to do and the equipment was high quality, clean and comfortable. The hotel on the last night was beautiful as well. I seriously cannot recommend this trip enough.
Had a great experience with TreXperience. The guides were friendly and knowledgable and the food! Holy cow, the food was good, and there was a ton of it. The chef… read more even baked a couple cakes on the trail. No clue how. Then, of course, there was Machu Picchu.
We had a bit of trouble with our luggage and TreXperience bent over backward to make sure we still had a great experience.
I rented a sleeping bag, and they provided a liner and a mat. They also provided a poncho which came in pretty handy.
Overall, a great trek.