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I have hiked quit a lot, but this experience is different and unique with porters and chiefs services. I highly recommend it to anyone who don’t mind outdoor living… read more for a few days. More specifically, here are what I like and some thoughts
1. The porters are working very hard for very little, and they are very attentive, eager to please if we need anything. I would suggest to bring a lot more changes to tip them.
2. Our guides, Carlos and Joao are very personable and fun, knowable and experienced. I have enjoyed the interaction with them greatly. I wish I asked them a lot more questions, cultural and personal.
3. The chief ( Julio) and meals are excellent, I am amazed how did he manage to produce the meals with beautiful presentation under such primitive conditions? Again, the porters bring in everything include cooking stove, pots and pans, propane etc Tip is: be prepared to eat three square meal a day!:-)
1. Company could ask us to indicate the t-shirt size ahead of time online to make it easier for the guides.
2. I would like to stick to the same sleeping bag and pillow, so a system to put our name there would be helpful.
3. For travelers, I wish I read more about the history so I can learn even more from the trip.
It was a wonderful experience, the trail/place and the people have touched me deeply, and I’d do it again!
Our guide William and the assistant guide johnner were both brilliant and made the trip fun and engaging for all 10 of us doing the trail. Their energy was infectious… read more and they were extremely accommodating of the different needs of all members of the group.
Given that we were eating on the mountains, they standard of the food was incredible – it was very varied and better than most of the food you would buy in the restaurants in the city. The portion sizes were large and there was always more than enough for all members and then some.
I’m not sure if I would’ve had the same experience if I used another provider so I was very happy with my choice to go with trexperience on this occasion.
It was a very nice experience with our guide José Calderon. The trek was definitely worth it. After a hard day of hiking the chefs prepared us a lovely meal.… read more I’m very pleased about this adventure.
Good food made by Julio Cesar
Good hike guided by Juan Jose
Got there in time
Great service all throughout. Can be customized to make sure you make… read more it to the end haha
We had a great tour with Trexperince on the Inca trail. Tour guides (ours was Vincent) are knowledgeable about history of the area and also very helpful in ensuring tourists… read more have a fun, safe, and comfortable experience. Ample information was provided to be prepared for the trip and navigate the transportation. This was also a fun way to meet new people from all over.
The entire trip was amazing! Our guide Jose Calderon was a very caring and humorous person with ample experience in guiding tours like this. The food was also amazing, the… read more cooks followed the group everywhere and always prepare perfect food considering everyone’s preference (like vegetarian/vegan). Super nice experience!
Our guide Luis was helpful and had always interesting informations for us. He patiently tried to fulfill all the wishes of all guests. He was like a friend and we… read more would go with him again anytime.
The food that the chef prepared with the team was delicious and satisfied all special requests.
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!!
We had a wonderful time on the 4 day machu picchu trek – it was hard work but so rewarding. Arriving to the sun gate and seeing the sun come… read more up over machu picchu was magical and an experience I’ll never forget. The guides jose luis and filio were fantastic, knowledgable and were incredibly supportive during the hike. It was wonderful to arrive at the campsites with the tents erected, hot water waiting for us and a round of applause from the incredible porters. The food was very good and plentiful – complements to the great chef Senshe.
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!
What an exciting 4 days! Russell and Rosa were excellent and patient guides who were knowledgeable and fun the whole time! Huge shoutout to Chef Julio Cesar for the truly… read more amazing food (seriously it was like four course meals every time). Highly recommend!
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.
I loved the Salkantay Trek w/ TreXperience. My guide, Nilo, was fantastic. A great person and full of information about Inca history, Machu Picchu and the Cusco area. The chefs,… read more Raymundo and Johan, were fantastic as well. Food was amazing. Augustine, the horseman, was a consummate professional. I recommend this trip to anyone!
Amazing experience from start to finish. Our tour guide Vincent did an outstanding job and kept us safe and informed the whole time. The whole staff was professional… read more and super hard working.
My wife and I did a private 4 day tour where we had a private guide, 5 porters and a cook. My wife was 6 months pregnant, but was able to hike the whole thing with no issue. It can be a bit challenging, but as long as you acclimate like 3-4 days before in Cusco or the sacred valley you will be fine.
We booked 4 months out and they maintained god communication. They were flexible on meeting up 2 days before the trip to give us the overview and the duffels we would pack. Of note you can put more weight in your duffles as the trip progresses, because as you eat food the overall load of the porters lightens.
The first day is easy. The staff pitches camp for you in full each day. And they set up a private dining tent. The second day is challenging since you do about ~4200 ft of elevation change. There are a lot of steep stone steps after you come down from dead woman’s pass. Poles help a lot, but your knees will be sore after. The third day is some good ascent, but not as bad as the day before, but be prepared for a long day with lots of steps down, it is insanely steep, the last day is easy and Machu Picchu is great.
Lunch in Agua Caliente is good, but you have to wait a few hours for the train, it only runs once in the afternoon. We got an hour massage to kill time and sally enjoyed it.
As a recommendation I would say the more time you have to acclimate the better, the altitude can take down strong men. Also read about the area in advance and learn about Inca history, it makes it much more enjoyable. Bring extra to tip the guides and staff. You will have an immense amount of respect for what they do by the end of trip.
You will not regret booking this hike.
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!
Unbelievable experience only made possible by the team at Trexperience. The tour guides (Eddie and Jonah) were great at guiding us the way around the Inca Trail and the story… read more telling at all the key archaeological sites and checkpoints were great and informative.
The head chef was incredible also who cooked delicious food at every meal, above and beyond everything I expected here.
And last but not least the porters. These guys were the reason we were able to have this experience at all. The unsung heroes of the trip who I admire so much with the work they put in in carrying around our luggage and helping to set the camp sites up every day.
The whole group were exceptional and made my life so easy during a naturally difficult journey. I couldn’t recommend this group of people more. I felt a bond with the team and I’m sad that the journey is over. Until next time chicos.
Amazing experience, combining a trek in the nature and exploring the ancient city Machu Picchu. Our guide Filio was super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the Inca culture and the… read more nature around us.
We really enjoyed this tour! The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu were breathtaking and our guide, Jose Luis, did an amazing job. He taught us so many things and made… read more sure we were always having a good time. The two day trek was a perfect combination of hiking and relaxing; on day one we hiked all day (and the boxed lunch was great) and on day two we got a very thorough and enjoyable tour of Machu Picchu from Jose Luis. We loved it! Highly recommend!
An unforgettable 4 days made even better with our great host Carlos Ccolcca who made the journey both fun and informative and the best chef we have seen in action… read more Julio Cesar and the amazing porter team we had. Highly recommend this trip especially with Carlos as your guide and Julio as your chef
Had an amazing experience getting to know the history and culture of the city, as well as our Tour Guide! Vincent was an amazing tour guide. He dove into the… read more true history of Cusco and the Incan Empire.
He really took care of our needs. My dad got tired along the way and Vincent was still able to provide a fulfilling tour both on foot (for myself) and by van (for my dad).
We had somewhere to be directly after the tour and him and Donny, our driver were kind enough to offer driving us straight there after the tour!
Not only was our tour filled with breathtaking views and informative lessons, it was welcoming and filled with even better people! I would highly recommend this to others.
My fiancé and I did a 4 day/3 night hike in the Ausangate Mountain with Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu on the last 2 days. It was AMAZING. Seriously such… read more a beautiful country. Our tour guide, Nilo, was incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating. He spoke great English and was really fun to hang out with 4 days. The tour also included 2 chefs and a porter. Our chefs Valvino and Luis Miguel were unreal. They made 5 course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner out of a tent. Everything we had was SO good. And they woke us up every morning with hot tea and hot water to wash our faces. Our porter, Martin was so sweet. He set up our tent at every rest stop so we could rest in it and had camp set up and taken down so fast every day.
The entire crew was so hard working and nice and accommodating. I highly recommend Trexperience for any tour you’re thinking of booking and I highly recommend going to Peru for your next trip. It’s an absolutely beautiful country and they welcome tourism.
This Salkantay Trek was absolutely amazing!! Our Guide Carlos Colca was the best guide I have ever had!! He taught us all about the Inca history and interesting facts on… read more each day of every hike. Most importantly he always made sure we were all comfortable, happy, and provided an experience better than I could have imagined. Thank you Carlos for some of the best 5 days of my life!
Seriously this trek was challenging, but Trexperience had everything planned out perfect. Even down to the little details such as luggage storage or pick up, they have everything organized so you can have 5 days of no prob-llama’s.
Our chefs and porters worked so hard and made the trek so much easier for us. Thank you to our chefs Celso and Abel for the incredible food each and everyday! Every meal was fantastic!! It’s amazing what they can cook in the mountains.
I signed up for this trek with my girlfriend and there were and we started with four other strangers. Carlos turned us into family and I hope to stay connected with these new friends in the future.
Book the trek already, you won’t regret it.
We did the 4 day classic Inca trail private tour with our guide Maritza and she was so wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable, her English was fantastic, and we learned… read more so much from her. We cried happy tears at the top of Sun Gate, it was so special to have her as our guide. The porters were the hardest working people I’ve ever seen and our chef Rolando made us some of the best food we’ve ever had. He even made me a special cake for my birthday. We can’t say enough good things about our experience with TreXperience and highly recommend this company to anyone considering doing tours of Peru.
This was simply an amazing experience. Our tour guides were fantastic. Edy is so knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of the Inca society, you can’t help but… read more be excited about it. Yoner’s happy disposition kept spirits up even during the most challenging sections. I learned more on this trek than I ever expected to. Rolando, the head chef on our tour, made delicious food every time, and made not one but two cakes (one was vegan) to celebrate the birthday of one member of our group. Everyone, from the porters, to the waiter (Jesus), to the chef, to our tour guides, made this a wonderful experience I will never forget.
Had an amazing time on the Inca trail! Our tour guides Felix and Maribel went above and beyond. Felix was a fountain of knowledge and had answers to every question,… read more but beyond that was fun and friendly and was always ready with a joke and a smile. Maribel was so lovely and caring and full of positive reinforcement. The food was amazing with the staff preparing special dishes for Mother’s Day and a honeymoon – thank you to Julio Cesar! All in all a great trip :)
Would highly recommend Trexperience for the 4 day Classic Inca trail and we all had a great time and was well organised.
Our guide Robinzon was great and friendly… read more and allowed all people on our group to trek at their own pace on all four days which was great.
The food provided on all four days was the best food I have had while at cusco and is something you definitely will look forward to on all four days.
If you’re thinking of treking the Inca trail, you wouldn’t be left disappointed if you go with trexperience like all 8 of us in our group
This experience was great! Franklin and Sarah were very accommodating and spoke very good English! Their knowledge of incan history was great and informative! It was a great trip! Sarah… read more took me and my friend up Machu Picchu mountain privately on day 2. Sarah was great with taking photos and made the experience much better! Thank you!
Great guides, really friendly and good fun. Porters were incredible & made amazing food!
The guides spent a lot of time explaining the history, their culture and showing us… read more the best viewing spots.
Great Experience and Great Tour with Augustin. I did two tours with Augustin – afternoon and morning. Each experience was different and worth doing. I was picked up from the… read more hotel, and guided to the bus station. This was fast and efficient. Once we reached Machu Picchu Augustine showed me the best spots to avoid the crowds. Augustin is very knowledgeable, he knows a lot about the place, history, customs and he chooses the best spots. He is also a wonderful photographer. I was very lucky to have Augustin with me. if you go to Machu Picchu , private guided tour is the best thing to do. I saw some people choosing wrong routes (they are different for the am and pm tour). You need to know where to go, where to take the best pictures but also understand the history and heritage. Augustin made my day and I fully recommend this trip to everbody. Thank you!
We spent the last 3 days trekking the Inca trail and finished at Machu Picchu today with TreXperience and had the best time. Our guide Robbie and the entire crew… read more of porters and cooks took great care of us and made sure we all started and finished together. We were woken up with hot coca tea delivered to our tents every morning and well fed with some of the most amazing hot meals and multi course lunches and dinners. Robbie made sure we got up early to beat the crowds so we could have the Inca sites to ourselves to enjoy in a relaxing manner and get great photos. This company goes above and beyond and the main reason id recommend them is how well they treat their employees. They all work so hard and they voiced to be happy working for this company. It always feels nice supporting a business that takes care of their own.
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!
This trek was MAGICAL. I went in with no expectations except to see beautiful nature and have time to hike the mountains. And what I witnessed was magical… read more in terms of the terrain. Salkantay trek by TreXpirience is so well planned and thought out. The Pacha Manga which is a traditional earth roast of vegetables and meats was one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had, and I’m from NYC and live in Mexico so I’m picky about my cuisine. Jorge was the head chef on my tour and he made us 5 star meals with limited resources in the middle of the Andes—it was a talent to behold. Demetrio and Julian were Jorge’s helpers and they were incredible. The entire team did everything with so much care and love and I’m grateful to have met them. Vicente my tour guide will forever be a brother, he was kind and knowledgeable and really showed us the time of our lives. I feel lucky to have crossed paths with him. If you can help it please ask for Vicente as a tour guide along with Jorge, Demetrio, y Julian. I’m a world traveler for hobby and work, and Vicente was the best tour guide I’ve ever encountered like inthe world. I can not recommend this tour and/or these guys enough.
I had one of my best experiences during the 4-days Inca-trail hike with the TreXperience. The trail and scenery is spectacular. But it could be really difficult without our experienced tour guide… read more and team (great chef and porters). Here are good and bad things about TreXperience:
– Great great team, specifically the guid (Robinson) and the chef(Julio Secar) (see below)
– Great organization of the whole trip: Everything was reasonably scheduled (wake up, food, sleep times).
– Reasonable plans: All the stuff was planned in a way that all of our group enjoyed.
– Helpful orientation before the trip and pick-up and drop-off plus storing our loguages during our trip.
Bad/Suggestions: Really cannot think of anything!
About our guide and chef:
Our tour guide(Robbinson) was one of the main factors that made our experience great. He was very patient. While he let faster members go ahead and enjoy their speed, he always followed the last person (the slowest) and made sure that they were OK and enjoying their trip. He had a really good sense of humor and he was very knowledgeable not only about the historical sites and Incas’ history, but also about the nature there. He showed us a lot of very cool stuff about how Inca’s would use nature to survive.
Also the chef was incredibly good. He made a lot of different foods (mostly Peruvian) with really good quality (every time I wished I could eat more).
And finally, none of these would be possible without our super nice local porters.
Guides were professional and cared about the participants’ needs. Chef prepared a great variety of meals which were very tasty. It was an amazing tour with great people and beautiful… read more views. I fully recommend it.
I had an incredible experience! It was a challenging yet extremely rewarding adventure. You get to pass through so many different terrains, each one with a spectacular view. Thanks to… read more Guide Nilo, Chef Zenobio, assistants Herbert and Alberto for making this an experience beyond my imagination (think 5 course meals, help when your spirit is down but you need keep going). I also had great co-travellers!
Enjoy this adventure!
I was originally due to do the Lares trek, but after it unfortunately had to be cancelled, Trexperience were very accommodating in switching me to the Salkantay trek at no… read more extra cost. I had my reservations about the physical demands of the trek (I have asthma and my physical fitness is not amazing) but was supported by the group and Trexperience team to complete it. For example, I was able to ride the emergency horse the last 20 minutes or so to the highest point when I was struggling with the altitude, and at other times was encouraged by my fellow trekkers and tour guide.
Our tour guide Mickey (Miguel) was fantastic and cheerful, often cracking jokes and sharing facts about the local flora. He was very patient and encouraging as I struggled physically with some parts of the trek, and never rushed me. He was also very passionate and knowledgeable about the Salkantay trail and Machu Pichu itself.
The views you see along the way are breathtaking, and the food is unbelievable. Our chefs Ronaldo, René and Oscar created the most delicious, wholesome and creative meals even at the most remote locations. They even made an impromptu birthday cake for my friend/ fellow trekker!
The horse boys Simon and Nelson, along with the rest of the staff, did a fantastic job at taking care of our belongings and preparing the campsites. The tents were roomy and comfortable, and we were provided with hot water bottles every night. An absolute highlight of the whole experience was definitely the beautiful clear night skies!
Overall, I couldn’t recommend the Salkantay trek and Trexperience enough – it was so incredible and well-organised, and the group felt like family.
This trip was a long time bucket list and it was MAGICAL. Our guides, Edy and Joao and team were knowledgeable about history, flora, fauna, anything we asked. They were… read more patient with varying trekking abilities within our group. The kindness and hospitality of the entire team was extraordinary. I will remember the beauty of the trip and people for a lifetime.
But the small things…
Because I asked, experiencing a Quechua ceremony as we started our final day to Machu Picchu was truly special.
We mentioned a significant birthday of one of our group. We didn’t ask for anything special but a birthday cake and singing from the entire team was a special memory. The food was amazing on the entire trip but how does a two-layer decorated cake appear from a cook tent!?!
Thank you Edy and Joao and the entire team!
We did the 1/2 day city tour of Cusco and full day Sacred Valley tour with Johny. He was very knowledgeable about the culture and history of Peru. He was… read more extremely helpful in so many ways (e.g., restaurant reservations, tips and tricks for the Inca trail, communication about subsequent components of our trip with Trexperience, etc). He was a delight to be around!
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
The experience was demanding physically but totally worth it ! fantastic nature and inca sites. Herbert and Soledad were very good guides attentive and kind and gave us a lot… read more of information about Inca culture.
The whole trip was very well organised and the food was incredible.
Thank you for making this journey enjoyable.