inca Trail


A maximum group size of 16 individuals, Transport to the start of the trek, entrance fees for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, Guide, Tents (2 men per tent), Dining Tent (communal tent where the group will eat meals and for the porters to sleep in at night), Kitchen Tent (to prepare the meals, keep the food), Meals (and a cook to prepare them), Porters (to carry merely the tents, food, and cooking gear), Crisis oxygen bottle and basic first aid kit. Easy arithmetic can show these companies need to depart with the maximum of 16 men each trek (including Inca trail trek clients from various budget agencies) and that they cannot provide a quality service or pay their porters half as much as they should be paying. After paying several hundreds of dollars for the international and domestic flights to see Peru compromise on the quality of your trek and the treatment of the porters for the sake of saving USD$50! Sometimes these businesses can be of a standard that is lower than you've signed up to.

Purchasing a trek directly with an area tour operator based in Cusco such as Kuoda Traveling like we did, offers considerably better value for money. There are over 200 tour businesses based in Cusco and the broad assortment of similar sounding names can be confusing. I have looked at the Andean Travel Web Guide and I have tried to check reviews here (but the trekking group reviews are all over).

Simple arithmetic can demonstrate that these companies have to depart with the maximum of 16 persons each trek (including clients from various budget agencies) and that they cannot provide a quality service or pay their porters half as much as they should be paying. After paying several hundreds of dollars on your international and domestic flights to see with Peru compromise on the quality of your trek and the treatment of the porters for the sake of saving USD$50! Occasionally these businesses can be of a lower standard than you have signed up to.