Luxury Inca Trail
4 Days / 3 Nights
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and its world-renowned fame is not a sight to miss. Following the ancient footsteps of one of the world’s most magnificent civilizations, the Inca Trail will take you to some of the most majestic scenery and impressive archeological sites of the region. Better yet, with our luxury Inca Trail, you will experience the trail royalty-style. You will feel like hiking on the clouds.Why Book Inca Trail Trek with us
Luxury Inca Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights
Archeological sites. HIking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will grant you access to the majestic archeological sites of Patallacta/Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, IntiPata, Winay Wayna, and Intipunku before entering Machu Picchu Citadel.
Entrance to Machu Picchu. The entrance to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail is one of its kind. Offered by no other trail in the region, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will grant you access to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate – one of the site’s most important landmarks.
Vast landscapes. The stone trail and stone steps will guide you up towering mountain ranges and mountain passes, through fertile valleys with winding rivers and along lush vegetation and fauna of cloud forest habitats.
Luxury camping. Our luxury service will have you camping like the gods with top-quality equipment, feather duvets, cotton sheets, hot showers, massage sessions, a la carte menus and open-bar at each campsite.
Bucket-list moment. Your visit to Machu Picchu will be one of its kind in the company of our expert guides. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site, spanning 32,592 hectares (80,537 acres) of lush mountains and valleys.Nestled among the Andes mountains in the Cusco region in Peru, Machu Picchu attracts as many as 5,000 people a day during the high season between May and October, with about 1 million people visiting the site yearly (pre-pandemic).
DAY 1: Cusco - KM 82 - Wayllabamba
Your private pickup will be at 5AM directly from your hotel in Cusco. In our private Alpaca van/bus we will drive for approximately 2 hours to our lovely breakfast spot at the Alpaca Expeditions Porter House. Breakfast will be prepped with the best ingredients of the region and will be enjoyed in the company of your guide and crew. It will be an additional 30 minutes from our breakfast spot to the Inca Trail trailhead at KM 82.
Before entering the Inca Trail at KM 82, your crew will collect all of your personal duffle bags with your packed belongings. This way, you will only hike with your personal backpack carrying only your essentials.
The first section of the Inca Trail hike will be along a gradual downhill from KM 82 to Misccay Village. During this section of the trail, you will see native plants, a few Inca sites and the Veronica snow capped mountain. From Misccay, it will be approximately 30 minutes to the archeological site of Llactapata, the largest of the Inca sites you will see on this day. At Llactapata, your guide will take time to explain the possible uses and importance of this site during the Inca empire. This stop will be a short break before continuing along the trail to our lunch spot in Tarayoc.
Lunch will be enjoyed in the surroundings of the Inca trail valley and will be prepared by our chef with the freshest of local ingredients. The remaining hiking after lunch will be to the campsite at Wayllabamba. This hike will take approximately 2 hours and will have you relaxing at the evening’s campsite between 4PM to 5PM.
Total walking distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
Wayllabamba campsite elevation: 3,000 m.a.s.l. (9,842 ft.a.s.l.)
Weather: Warm & sunny during dry season
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snacks & Water
Tickets: Inca Trail permits
Services: Professional guided service | Private pick-up & transfer Cusco hotel – Trailhead | Massage session at campsite
Additionals: Personal duffle bag | camping equipment
DAY 2: Wayllabamba - Dead Woman's Pass - Pacaymayu
Today will begin with a hot cup of coffee or tea served right at your tent. Once ready for the day’s hiking, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by your crew.
The hike to Pacaymayu is considered to be the most challenging along the Inca Trail due to the changes in altitude. The first section of today’s hike will be to Llulluchapata located at 3,800 m.a.s.l / 12,460 ft.a.s.l. This hike will take approximately 3 to 4 hours and will take us to our lunch spot.
Lunch will be served and complemented with local drinks and time for a siesta before hitting the trail again. From the lunch camp it will be 2 hours of hiking along steep, uphill switchbacks until the highest point of the trail at Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 m.a.s.l. / 13,779 ft.a.s.l.). This section of the trail is one of the most difficult along the Inca Trail but it is sure to be rewarded by the unbeatable views of the surrounding landscapes once at the pass.
Our evening campsite will be at Pacaymayu located at 3,600 m.a.s.l / 11,700 ft.a.s.l. The hike to this campsite will take approximately 2 hours and will be all along a downhill trail section. To reward today’s hiking efforts, your crew will have hot showers ready for you at the campsite along with a personal massage session to relieve you of any aches and pains.
Total walking distance: 12 km/ 9.94 mi
Pacaymayu campsite elevation: 3,600 m.a.s.l / 11,700 ft.a.s.l.
Weather: warm at lower elevations & chilly and windy at Dead Woman’s Pass
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snacks & Water
Tickets: Inca Trail permits
Services: Professional guided service | | Hot showers | Massage session at campsite
Additionals: Personal duffle bag | camping equipment
DAY 3: Pacaymayu — Phuyupatamarca — Wiñay Wayna
While DAY 2 of the trail is considered to be the most challenging day, DAY 3 is by far the longest hiking day along the Inca Trail. Your day will begin with a delicious hot cup of coffee or tea at your tent and will be accompanied by a delicious breakfast before hitting the trail. The first section of the trail will be uphill for approximately 2 hours to the archeological site of Runkuraccay. It will then be an additional hour of downhill hiking to Sayacmarca; one of the most important Inca villages during the Inca empire. Needless to say, your guide will explain the importance of each site respectively.
Our lunch spot will be at the campsite of Chaquicocha located at approximately 30 minutes hiking from Sayacmarca. The hike to our lunch spot will be along a lush, green trail full of local flora and fauna.
The hike to our last campsite for the day will continue after a much needed lunch and siesta. This last section of the day’s trail will take approximately 2 hours uphill until the campsite of Phuyupatamarca (3,600 m.a.s.l. / 12,073 ft.a.s.l.). Upon arrival, your crew will welcome you with hot drinks and a well-deserved hot shower. Weather-permitting, your crew will also prepare a small ceremony to Mother Earth to thank her for your safe and successful journey along the trail.
Total walking distance: 16 km/ 9.94 mi
Phuyupatamarca campsite elevation: 3,600 m.a.s.l / 12,073 ft.a.s.l.
Weather: warm & humid
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snacks & Water
Tickets: Inca Trail permits
Services: Professional guided service | | Hot showers | Pachamama ceremony (weather-permitting) | Massage session at campsite
Additionals: Personal duffle bag | camping equipment
DAY 4: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After an early breakfast with your crew, you will part ways with the porter team. From the campsite, it will be approximately 3 hours of hiking along a downhill trail to the archeological sites of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna. This section of the trail is along steep and narrow stone steps dating back to the Inca empire. Along this section of the trail, you will be rewarded by the views of the towering mountain ranges, valleys and the silhouette of Machu Picchu Mountain.
Continuing after our visit to the archeological sites of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna, we will head to Machu Picchu’s famous Inti Punku or Sun Gate. It is at this iconic landmark where you will be impressed by your very first postcard view of Machu Picchu Citadel. You will enter the citadel from the Inti Punku and make your way towards its inside for your guided tour. The guided tour will have a duration of approximately 2 hours and will take you to the site’s most iconic landmarks.
Once your guided tour is completed, you will exit Machu Picchu Citadel and will head to the famous Belmond Sanctuary Lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will continue your journey to Aguas Calientes town by bus to get ready for your return train to Cusco.
Your train from Aguas Calientes town to Cusco will be the luxury Hiram Bingham train. Once in Cusco, you will be privately escorted to your hotel.
Total walking distance: 5 km/ 3.11 mi
Machu Picchu Citadel elevation: 2,400 m.a.s.l / 7,873 ft.a.s.l.
Weather: warm & humid
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Snacks & Water
Tickets: Inca Trail permits | Entrance to Machu Picchu Citadel
Services: Professional guided service | Guided tour in Machu Picchu Citadel
Additionals: Personal duffle bag | Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes town | Hiram Bingham train tickets | Private pick-up & transfer to hotel in Cusco
END OF TOUR
In our LUXURY INCA TRAIL 4D/3N trek we guarantee a carefully crafted, luxury trek from beginning to end.
- Professional english-speaking guide
- Private chef & chef assistant
- Fully trained porter crew to carry personal luggage & camping equipment
- Certified massage therapist at each campsite
- All meals cooked on site with fresh, local produce while on the trail. A la carte menu.
- 01 breakfast at Alpaca Expeditions Porter House
- 01 lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge on DAY 4
- Daily snacks & water
- Open bar at each campsite
- 03 nights of luxury camping
- Private bedroom tent (SPECIFY TYPE OF TENT)
- Air mattress & camping cot
- Bed feather duvets, sleeping bag, cotton sheets, blankets, pillows & silk robes
- Lanterns inside bedroom tent
- Dining tent & chairs (SPECIFY)
- Ceramic crockery & glassware
- Portable chemical toilet & toiletries
- Hot shower tent including cotton towels for face, hands & body
- Inca Trail permits
- Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
- Bus Machu Picchu Citadel – Aguas Calientes
- Hiram Bingham train Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Welcome gift
- Private pre-trek briefing session
- Personal duffle bag for packing personal belongings
- Private pick-up & drop off from hotel in Cusco
- Private overland transport from Cusco to trailhead
- Separated private transportation for our porter crew & camping equipment
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu Citadel
- First aid kit & oxygen bottle
In our LUXURY INCA TRAIL 4D/3N trek the following services are NOT included.
- All meals not listed
- Walking sticks
- Personal hiking backpack
- Hotel accommodations not listed
- Extra transportation required & resulting from unforeseen and force majeure circumstances
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance – highly recommended
Price per person
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- $35 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.
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Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Additional Options section for more details.
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Even when you will do this hike on your own, your guide will still show you the trail entrance. This trek is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance notice.
Your tickets will be purchased to coincide with when you need to start the trail. Tickets are either for the First Session from 7-8 AM or Second Session from 10-11 AM. We purchase the Second Session for our clients for you to enjoy your tour of Machu Picchu before you begin. This window is only your start time, and you may take your time up and down, so no rush.
- The ticket is $75 per person.
* Only possible to do if you have an extra day to visit Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top. For this trek, it will be an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you.
Tickets for Machu Picchu Mountain are now also within a timeframe of when you can begin – which is between 9-10 AM. Due to this limited time frame, it is not possible to hike the Inca Trail and hike Machu Picchu Mountain. You can, however, schedule a second visit to the citadel on the next day.
- This ticket is $75 per person.
All briefings are done at our office at 6:30 PM the night before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Alpaca Expeditions office team. Briefings are approximately 30 -45 minutes long, and where you will receive your duffel bags.
* 2D/1N Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL does not include a briefing. Our office staff will review all the details at your check-in time.
You will receive your duffel bags at your briefing. Your porters will carry them and have them returned to you at each campsite. They measure 66 cm long X 36 cm wide/2ft long X 1ft wide.
Every duffel has a maximum weight of 7kg. Remember 4kg will be for your clothes and other personal items. The remaining 3kg will be for your sleeping bag and pad.
Alpaca Expeditions is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.
Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through. They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off. HOTEL LIST HERE.
Some treks will allow for pickups in the Sacred Valley, which is outlined below.
The following chart refers to possible locations we can pick you up from when beginning the tour.
Trek Possible Starting Locations Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo Salkantay Treks Only Cusco Lares Trek Only Cusco Huchuy Qosqo Trek Only Cusco Ausangate and Rainbow Treks Only Cusco Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo
RETURNING TO CUSCO
Leaving Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.
- From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
- You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.
* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours
* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours
- Once you arrive to the train station, look for a gentleman wearing green with an Alpaca Expeditions sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco square, Cusco
* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco square is 2 hours
* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco square is 30 minutes
- Once you arrive nearby San Francisco square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and driven back to your hotel.
MACHU PICCHU ENTRANCE TIMES
Machu Picchu now has two different time windows of when you can visit: either morning or afternoon. Your entrance ticket will be for only one session, morning session, and when your time window is over, the Rangers will ask you to leave.
MORNING SESSION: 6AM – 12PM
AFTERNOON SESSION: 12PM – 5:30PM
** If you have tickets to hike either Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will have some extra time until 2:30PM.
If you would like to spend the whole day at Machu Picchu, we can add an afternoon session ticket to your booking for $50 per person.
HUAYNAPICCHU/MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN
Machu Picchu is most beautiful when seen from above, which is why hiking one of the mountains next to the ruins is very popular to do after your tour.
Huaynapicchu is the most popular and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly. This hike takes approximately 45 minutes to the top, and another 45 minutes back down. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7-8 AM, and the 2nd session is from 10-11 AM. Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. We usually book the second session so you can enjoy your tour with your guide first. You will do this hike on your own, but your guide will show you where to begin.
Machu Picchu Mountain is a bit longer and a bit less popular. It takes 1.5 hours to the top and another 1.5 hours to the bottom. Again there are two time windows – from 7-8 AM and 9-10 AM and we usually purchase the second time window. 4 Day and 7 Day Inca Trail Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins. Time will not allow for this.
Hiking either mountain will allow you to have some extra time at the ruins once you complete, as listed above.
You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.
You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. Alpaca Expeditions will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.
If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.
If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.
Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date. Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.
You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.
Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below. For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card 😉
Trek Per Porter Chef Inca Trails (4, 5 and 7 Days) 60 – 80 soles 150 soles 2D/1N Inca Trail with Camping 50 soles 100 soles Salkantay Treks 100-120 soles 200 soles Lares Trek 100-120 soles 200 soles Huchuy Qosqo Trek 50 soles 100 soles Ausangate 100-120 soles 200 soles
* These numbers refer to what each member of the Green Machine should receive after the group pools their money. This is just a reference guide.
Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip. Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.
Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.
Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.
It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Alpaca Expedition guides are trained to help you get through it.
GETTING TO CUSCO
The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.
- Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL
Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
- 2-3 wicking t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don´t worry, they have a secure storage facility.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Luxury Inca Trail 4D/3N
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The Alpaca Difference
Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% peruvian, indigenous owned company. Started by Raul Ccolque, a former porter and tour guide, Alpaca Expeditions separates ourselves by our dedication to both our customer and our team. We work very hard to make sure that all our clients needs are taken care of throughout the tour with us. At the same time, we never forget about our brothers and sisters working tirelessly for us to make all of this possible. Responsible and sustainable tourism that gives as much to our community as to our clients.
Meet the AE Trekking Team!
Everyone on the Alpaca Team is from Cusco region, living the traditions and history they share with you while on one of our tours. Our guides are all graduates of university studying tourism, history and english. Our chefs are trained every February by a professional cooking team learning new meals, adding varieties of entrees for all types of eating. And all our porters are from HUARQUI, HUACAHUASI, PATACANCHA, QUISWARANI, CANCHACANCHA, QUEYUPAY, UMACHURCO and CCACCACCOLLO villages, very often working this job on top of maining their farms back at home. Most of our team has been with us for years, as we have the most loyal, hard working, happy employees in Cusco. We know how lucky we are to have the best team trekking and you will immediately fall in love with all the men and women who call Alpaca Expeditions their home.
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What do we do for our porters?
Alpaca Expeditions would not be where we are today without these hardworking men and women. We could not imagine a harder job and our team does it smiling. We do our best to thank them for their hard work and loyalty by doing as much as we can to make their lives and their families lives better. All our porters receive all their equipment for free from warm winter hats to proper hiking boots. They sleep in proper tents and are given warm sleeping bags for night. They enjoy the same food we serve our clients and all leftovers are donated to their families. We visit their villages with doctors and dentists, donate school supplies and sports equipment. And our favorite time of the year is when we bring a group of porters and their families to Machu Picchu to visit the ruins for the first time.
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Free Medical Assistance to Porters
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Alpaca Expeditions is always ready to make your trip safe and as easy as possible for you. Because these trips are a bit more complicated than your typical tour, we have put together some notes on logistics, storage, and even recommendations on where to stay in Cusco. And of course our team is ready to answer any other question, as we promise to be your partner from the moment you first contact us to our last goodbye in Cusco.
Alpaca Expeditions Recognitions
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
In the pursuit to stand out from the rest, Alpaca Expeditions has obtained four ISOs plus our carbon footprint certificate to date. These achievements result from our efforts to implement the internationally-recognized integrated management system. They also represent our commitment to all of our clients and staff of operating sustainability and responsibility in every way possible.