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salkantay trek 5 days

Of course this is our most popular question – what will the weather be like on the trek? While we can’t answer this specifically, we can give you the general guidelines of weather in this region and on your particular trek. The most important thing to know is there are only two seasons in Cusco:…

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Our Inca Trail Porters First Visit to Machu Picchu

They are from the community of Wakawasi located in the Lares Valley – all of them native Quechua-language-speakers who had never been to Machu Picchu even though they had trekked the Inca Trail hundreds of times. Wakawasi porters were the most organized and responsible porters in 2014. In total there were 65 people who went…

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We have been so lucky to have so many of our clients post amazing reviews about their experiences with us on sites like TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and other travel forums out there.  But some of these sites do not publish reviews of “multi-day” day tours – trying to avoid large travel companies from using the…

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We don’t normally publish reviews written about us on TripAdvisor on this blog, but I thought our recent trekker’s review included so many good details that could help with anyone planning a trek through the Andes and also give you an idea of the type of service Alpaca provides to our customers.  When I contacted…

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Do you need to book ahead ?           YES! It is imperative to book your trek in advance.  The classic Inca Trail is extremely regulated by the Peruvian government and now only allows 500 permits per day (this includes tourists and hiking staff). The alternative treks are less regulated, by still a lot of preparation goes into…

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Q: Raul, why did you start Alpaca Expeditions? Raul:I started with the purpose of helping porters and their families. Q: What makes Alpaca Expeditions different than other adventure companies? Raul: I created Alpaca with two goals – a superior experience for my hikers and a better life for my porters.  I want to make sure…

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