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The best way to understand the experience of travelling with Alpaca is reading and watching what others have experienced with us. Enjoy some of the best blogs and videos created by our amazing clients showcasing their time with the Green Machine.


  • Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike: A Complete Guide

    October 2020

    Congratulations! Have you decided to visit the majestic Machu Picchu via the famous Inca Trail? This is definitely one of the most popular thing to do in South America. Sounds like a big adventure; where do you start? I had many questions when booking mine, so here is a guide to help you plan your Inca Trail Hike....

    By nomadsunveiled

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    Hiking the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    July 2020

    Of all the trips and countries I have visited in my life, it was my time hiking the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that is without a doubt my most memorable. The spectacular ruins, the friendly Peruvian people, the delicious food and breathtaking landscapes of the Andes Mountains are truly unforgettable...

    By Travel-R

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    Hiking The Classic Incan Trail 4 Days 3 Nights

    January 2020

    Day 1: This is our first day hiking the Classic Incan Trail to Machu Picchu. We had an early wake up call at 3:35am to be ready for our 4am bus pickup. Watch video
    Day 2: Today was the longest and most difficult day of the hike because it included hiking 16km/9.9 miles over 11 hours from the first camp to the last. Watch video
    Day 3: Today was our final day hiking to the base of Machu Picchu. We crossed the 3rd and final mountain pass. Watch video
    Day 4: This was our last day hiking the Classic Incan Trail to Machu Picchu. We woke up at 3:15 am to begin trekking to the Sun Gate. Watch video

    By Jenn and Elliot at An Urban Journey

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    Inca Trail: Once in a Lifetime Experience

    August 2019

    Inca Trail seemed a surprising travel destination for us. Although we are very active and fairly fit physically, we are not hikers, and never campers. The idea of sleeping in a tent on the ground without proper shower doesn’t appeal to us necessarily. Our idea of a hiking trip...

    Written by Alper & Cynthia at Our True Life

  • Happy Trekkers

    Photoblog: Hiking the Inca Trail

    March 2019

    Traveling to Peru to hike the Inca Trail has hands down been my favorite trip. Two of my friends (Samantha & Reagan) and I spent several months making plans to spend spring break 2018 in Peru. Our plans consisted of exploring Cusco and hiking the Inca Trail...

    Written by Jordan Boom at Boom Time

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    The Ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike Guide - An Alpaca Expeditions Review

    February 2019

    So you’ve decided you want to hike the Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu. You’re excited as heck and you may have even booked your flight there but when it comes time to plan it all, you’re utterly overwhelmed. Yep, I was there mere months ago. The ironic thing is...

    Written by Will Tang at Going Awesome Places

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    10 Reasons You Should Hike the Inca Trail with Alpaca Expeditions

    January 2019

    When you first decide to hike the Inca Trail you’re going to have a lot to do and a lot of decisions to make! First and foremost, I recommend picking the tour company you’re going to go with. I can promise you that our experience with Alpaca Expeditions was so organized and awesome...

    Written by Daisy Rae at Daisy Rae Travel

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    Checkfront Travels: A Culinary Experience in Machu Picchu

    January 2019

    Checkfront Travels is a new series on the blog where our team members tell stories about their various adventures abroad. In this article, Scott shares with you his experience trekking to Machu Picchu...

    Written by Scott Reid at CheckFront

  • A Four Day Hike On The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

    A Four-Day Hike On The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

    April 2018

    Last week, I returned from a four-day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu, an excursion my friend and I had been planning for over a year. Stone stair cases, high altitude passes, Incan history: The trail was every bit as challenging and breathtaking as I had hoped...

    Written by Lee Wagner at Kale Life

  • Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    December 2018

    If our trip to South America was a book, some sort of road trip adventure with a narrative arc, then the Inca Trail would probably be the climactic chapter. That's the way we had both built it up in our heads, the defining moment which the whole trip had been leading up to...

    Written by Tom O'Hara at Not There

  • All You Need to Know About Hiking the Inca Trail

    September 2017

    Have you heard me say enough times yet that hiking the Inca Trail is an incredible experience? Well let me say it once more: it’s so fantastically amazing! And you’ll probably love your experience a little more if you have proper info to prep for your trek. Here’s all you need to know about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with a review of our trekking company, Alpaca Expeditions, sprinkled throughout...

    Written by Rowena at A Nomad on the Loose

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    Alpaca Expeditions: The Good, The Bad And the Ugly

    August 2017

    So, you want to hike to Machu Picchu? Good choice. Taking a train or hiring a car is for bums, and you’re more interested in working out your bum instead. Hiking to Machu Picchu is the only way to truly appreciate the degree of difficulty in both building and reaching this city in the sky, and how crazy sophisticated the Incas were to pull it off. When deciding which route is right...

    Written by Michael Castillo at Passport Therapy

  • Your Guide on Hiking Machu Picchu

    January 2016

    As one of the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu offers Incan ruins and unbeatable views, all set to the backdrop of the Andes Mountains with the Urubamba River tumbling below. It is accessible via a 2-hour train ride from Aguas Calientes or by a multi-day trek from Cusco. If you’re looking for a relaxing journey and don’t want to spend too much time...

    Written by Heesun at Me Want to Travel

  • Worth The Blisters

    Worth The Blisters

    September 2015

    Our wake up call was early, 3:30am. We rolled out of bed, threw the last of our gear together and headed out the door to meet Joaquin and our driver. Before long we had ascended out of Cusco and were headed across the dark highlands. Just under two hours later, we started to drop...

    Written by SKristopher at Worth the Blisters

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    Machu Picchu, Peru, Travels Inca Trail, Peru

    September 2015

    Definitely not an easy trek at all those high elevations and all that up and down (or as our guide Yoel likes to call them “Inca Flats”). With Alpaca Expeditions, we didn’t have to worry about setting up our tents, carrying our sleeping bags or food – we could just focus on hiking and surviving until the next rest stop and enjoying the view or listening to the stories...

    Written by TravelGirl6 at Vacation Travel Log

  • On the Inca Trail with Chef Super Mario

    On the Inca Trail with Chef “Super” Mario

    December 2014

    There was a vibrant yellow tablemat that caught my eye as I entered the green dining tent. Made of alpaca fiber, it had Inca designs woven into it in red, green, and blue, which were a perfect contrast against the green tablecloth. The dining table, gleaming with stainless steel...

    Written by Livecook at Four Letter Word

  • Inca Trail By the Senses

    Inca Trail: By the Senses

    November 2014

    I turned 40 in September.  So far, forty is most certainly fabulous.  In addition to running the NYC Marathon at the beginning of November, my husband and I celebrated this milestone birthday with a trip to Peru this month.  The cornerstone of our trip was a four-day, three-night trek along the 45 kilometers classic Inca Trail, finishing at Machu Picchu...

    Written by Karen at On Balance

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    Hiking the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

    September 2014

    Jackson and I had already been traveling for 2 and a half months before we arrived in Cusco, Peru. It was exciting to meet up with everyone, although immediately we encountered problems...

    Written by Anne Hoang at AnneHoang.com.au

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    Inca Trail 2013

    September 2014

    Last year October, I completed an adventure of a lifetime:  The Inca Trail.  When I first signed up for it (a few months beforehand) with my friends, I had already some doubts in managing it and even had a little thought of backing out.  First, it was my runner's knees acting up, and then once that was better, I somehow pulled a ligament in my knee that left me pretty out of commission for a good 3 weeks of training...

    Written by Wendy at Run, Wendy, Run!

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    Anmol, Do You Have My Phone?

    July 2014

    Even as the question came out of my mouth, I knew the answer. He didn’t have it. It was sitting on the roof of an outhouse all the way back up the trail we had just climbed down. And this wasn’t an area of the trail that was calm or even a small hill, it was the descent after the highest pass on the entire Inca Trail, Dead Women’s Pass...

    Written by Star Vanamali at NomadforEachOther

  • Day 3 Inca Trail

    Day 3 Inca Trail

    May 2014

    Today was a sheer delight, with walks through beautiful jungle, amazing mountain vistas, and more ruins. Although we were awakened at 5:30 am to frost covered ground, the dining tent was toasty warm. After another gourmet meal, we were on our way, with a mainly downhill hike, with an elevation drop of 1000 meters...

    Written by Arlene Geres at Arlene Geres Counselling

  • Cuzco the Inca Trail

    Cuzco & the Inca Trail

    May 2014

    When most relationships become serious couples talk about getting married and having babies. At that stage of our relationship, the discussions were about getting married and hiking the Inca Trail to the Machu Picchu. Our four day and three-night trek...

    Written by Cindy & Sam at Backpacks, Buses & Burpees

  • El Camino de Inca

    El Camino de Inca

    April 2014

    So we made it!

    After 3 long days of walking and a very early start on the fourth, the “champions team” - as we were very aptly named by our guide, Valentin from Alpaca Expeditions - was a very close second through the sun gate to arrive at Machu Picchu at around 6 in the morning...

    Written by Sarah Lambert at Two Brits Abroad

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    The Sacred Valley: Incredible Inca Trail, Marvellous Machu Picchu and Awesome Ollantaytambo

    December 2013

    Hiking the Inca trail is different to other treks to Machu Picchu (MP) namely because you are following almost exactly the same route the Incas walked 400 years ago on their way from Cusco to MP. Due to this, on the way you pass many archaeological sites built by the Incas as rest stops or...

    Written by Michael Finch at The Amazing Americas

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    Alpaca Expeditions Full Review – Inca Trail Hike

    August 2013

    Following all the advice we had been given regarding the Inca Trail, we decided to book way in advance to avoid disappointment. After much debate, the company we have finally settled on for the Inca Trail is called Alpaca Expeditions...

    Written by Michael Finch at The Amazing Americas

  • The Inca Trail Peru

    In Pictures: The Inca Trail, Peru

    June 2010

    The Inca Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the world and also a top traveller’s destination. Visitors to Peru brave the often grueling high alpine four-day trek through cloud forests, jungle and stone mountain paths for the unparalleled views, scenery and the mystical Inca Ruins...

    Written by Unknown Source at Global Grasshopper


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    The Best Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu

    May 2019

    That’s why I would argue that the best way to see Machu Picchu is by taking a multi-day trek there. While most opt for the Inca Trail, this overcrowded trail isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu, opt for the Salkantay Trek with Alpaca Expeditions...

    Written by Diana Chen at MVMT Blog

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    A Beautiful Hike to Machu Picchu, Peru

    November 2018

    Salkantay Trek is no longer an overlooked brother of Inca Trail (how it can even be when the National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine named it among the 25 best treks in the world!) and definitely not only an alternative for those who don't have enough money or who cannot plan their holiday several months in advance to make a reservation for the more traditional hike. ....

    Written by LAIDBACK TRIP

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    Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expedition

    October 2017

    On October 2017, we visited Peru for the first time. Our time on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions opened our eyes to the vast beauty of the Andes.  We crossed the Salkantay pass at 4,600 m, walked through cloud forests, and slept in camp sites surrounded by mountains.  The experience was more than I ever expected...

    Written by Millie at Amateurist Advice

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    Category: Salkantay and Ausangate with Alpaca Expeditions

    May 2015

    Read a number of entries for multi-day treks! Includes video posts, pictures, and entries filled with valuable information. Thank you to contributors for sharing.

    Written by Various Sources  at Trail to Peak

  • The ABCs of Salkantay

    The ABCs of Salkantay

    April 2015

    Literally: an A-Z review of Laura's experience hiking Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions. Spoiler alert... we steal the "A" slot quite well!

    Written by Laura at Mein Koffer ist Voll

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    The Trek Less Traveled

    June 2014

    We are safe and sound in Bolivia, after an absolutely amazing time in Peru. Almost a week ago we were on our way to begin our five-day trek to Machu Picchu. We chose the path less traveled- the Salkantay Trek vs the classic Incan Trail, and we were glad that we did. The trek, to our surprise, ended up being just...

    Written by Mallory at Three to Tango

  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions

    Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions

    September 2013

    This is our group that set out at 4.25am from Cusco to tackle the Salkantay Pass and onwards to Machu Picchu. Silvio, our guide, unfortunately is not in the picture but he, at times, literally dragged us up and down the mountains and to him we all owe a special thanks. Also a huge thanks to everyone at Alpaca Expeditions who were...

    Written by Nick at Clear Out, Clear Off

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    Salkantay Trek to Take Us to Machu Picchu

    August 2013

    With the Inca trail passes selling out months in advance and our lack of forward planning throughout our trip, we chose the popular alternative Salkantay trek to take us to Machu Picchu. Day 1 and we were picked up at 4:30 in the morning by our guide Efra and taken on a sleepy 3-hour...

    Written by Karly and Will at Here where We Are

  • The Best Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu

    May 2019

    This post may contain affiliate links, which help us generate revenue so that we can keep producing awesome content for you. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for using our links and giving us the opportunity to share a sliver of this great big world with you....

    Written by Diana & Hope


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    Hiking the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

    March 2019

    Just over a month ago I got to cross off a major item on my bucket list and one of the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu! If you’re reading this I’d imagine you might be planning your own trip to Machu Picchu, and are wondering what’s the best way to get there. Well, the truth is getting to Machu Picchu is not so straight-forward and will require a bit of planning. But don’t worry, I’m here to guide you through it!

    Written by Donna at Life Over Stuff

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    Lares Trek

    September 2015

    Henry our guide from Alpaca Expeditions meets us at our hotel for our Lares trek briefing the night before. It is a private trek with only the two of us. We are not trekking to Machu Picchu so will do the typical Lares trek in reverse. This way the trek ends at the hot springs in Lares...

    Written by Ray & Sue at Travel and Wildlife Photography

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    Navel of the World

    June 2015

    Nestled between the city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Lares Valley is an unforgettable trek through the Peruvian Andes. Passing through small Quechua farming and weaving villages, it offers a rare and colorful insight into traditional Andean Life. Being welcomed by the friendly and curious children in the village of Huaca Wasi is an experience I will cherish...

    Written/Created by Irena via Vimeo

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    Lares Trek to Machu Picchu - Is This Peruvian Hike for You?

    May 2015

    The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the alternative hiking routes to the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail actually books up at least six months in advance and only a certain amount of passes are available each day, therefore, the Lares is a great alternative for those who are less committed to a trek date (like ourselves, Gemma and Craig). 

    Written by Gemma and Craig at Two Scots Abroad

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    Hiking the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

    Just over a month ago I got to cross off a major item on my bucket list and one of the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu! If you’re reading this I’d imagine you might be planning your own trip to Machu Picchu, and are wondering what’s the best way to get there. Well, the truth is getting to Machu Picchu is not so straight-forward and will require a bit of planning. But don’t worry, I’m here to guide you through it!


  • The Pinnacle of South America – Machu Picchu

    The Pinnacle of South America – Machu Picchu

    February 2015

    Hailed as the number one must see attraction in the whole of South America, Machu Picchu was somewhere that we both were super excited about visiting. For those of you that are not too familiar with Machu Picchu (and I’m sure there are not too many of you!), it is a 15th century Inca site that...

    Written by Florence Murphy at Next Stop Who Knows

  • Huchuy Qosco, The Alternative Inca Trail

    Huchuy Qosco, The Alternative Inca Trail

    August 2014

    Doing this trail was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life (both figuratively and literally – You try walking uphill with the altitude change!). Seeing Machu Picchu is something I’ve wanted to do for so so long, so I wanted to make sure I got as much as I could out of it...

    Written by Teffy at Sprinkle of Green


  • Week 4 - Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

    Week 4 - Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

    June 2015

    A Flickr collection of photographs taken from Ancient Incan Cities. Deep thanks to the photographer for sharing such a powerful collection of images from their trek

    Taken by Nomadic.Cadence at Flickr


  • Sacred Valley Peru

    Sacred Valley, Peru

    September 2016

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located close to Cusco making it a great sightseeing day-trip.  The Sacred Valley was part of the Inka empire and today the region still has archaeological sites at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Moray. Since we were going with Alpaca Expeditions for our Inca Trail 4D/3N tour...

    Written by TravelGirl6 at Vacation Travel Log


  • Ausangate Trek

    Category: Ausangate Trek

    May 2015

    The Ausangate Trek is a 43 mile backpacking trip that runs through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Andes. Read a number of entries on this experience.

    Written by Various Sources at Trail to Peak