This was an incredible experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. All organizational aspects of the trip were great, and Jonathan was a good guide. The only thing that was somewhat annoying was the amount of rest that was provided. At times it felt like we were sitting around more than walking. However, considering all the experiences that we still ended up with, the trip was excellent.
The route was good, but the organization could have been better. Our pre-departure meeting was first delayed, then improvised in Spanish, after me and my friend had been to the agency twice on the same day. the pick up the next day was one hour late, despite the fact that the agency assured us we would have been the first ones to be picked up, since our hotel was out of the city center. generally pick ups in Peru were quite punctuals, that was the only time we had to wait. when the driver arrived, he didnt greet us or apologized for the wait. at the time of booking we were assured we would sleep the first night in a shared room, but the other nights in double rooms. We ended up sleeping the first night in a room for 5 people, and the other nights in a triple room. we had booked and pre-paid the additional excursion to huayna picchu, but when we got to the agency we were told that it was sold out, but we could do an other trek instead which was way harder. Board and lodging was ok. I totally recommend the trip itself, but with a better operator.
Was a great trip, well organised, our tour guide carlitos was attentive and took good care of us. We had a small group with similar abilities and up for everything. This is a great active alternative to the Inca trail, would highly recommend it. Great memories, beautiful, picturesque views. Shafali
Worst tour I ever had. I tried to submit my review of this tour 3 times now, and you are not allowing me. Terrible treatment of us with constant stressful sitiations this tour company caused us. Is not worth the money or the trouble not recommended as long as it's done by this local company.
The tour in itself was fun. It was a great trip and I got experience something amazing while hiking along the way. However, logistics were not clear. Conde travel and since then, updated their packages but there were expenses along the way that were not told to us ahead of time which was stressful.
My husband and I turned sixty this year and decided to see Machu Picchu for our birthdays...we had friends our age our son and an international mix of twenty and thirty somethings ..so diverse and so fun...guides were great..not always easy trekking biking rafting and zip lining but WE DID IT !!!
Everything that we did in the journey itself was amazing and Pablo was an amazing guide. If you take part in the journey I recommend you take part in all the extras white water rafting, ziplines, and hiking Hiyanu Pichu. We were lucky for the first two days in that we only had a group of 3 myself, my wife, one other traveler, and our guide. Due to this, though, we were able to stay at an Ecolodge looking down on a glorious valley view breathtaking. The second day of hiking was light with a siesta built in but the walk on the Inka trail was magnificent once again, props to Pablo for taking pictures and great explanations. The hot springs were a much needed respite after the day of hiking. The hostels nights 2 and 3 left something to be desired especially the hostel in Aguas Calientes but the 3 am hike to Machu Picchu was the experience of a lifetime.
After the hike we had a lot of down time in Aquas Calientes which is pricey, watch out for service charges at restaurants but the PeruRail ride was great.
All in all, the trip was intimate and exciting, allowing us to make several friends along the way. This trip is a bit pricier online in advance than booking in the city, but we were also the only people with a reservation in advance long enough to hike Machu Hiyanu.
Though you cant reserve a specific guide, Pablo was by far the most professional and reliable guide Ive ever had.
The tour itself was fantastic and one of the best experiences of my life! Everything was really well organized through Condetravel and we had the best group and guides! The tour is not for the weak as there is a lot of physical activity, but the guides kept a pace everyone could keep up with. As far as food goes, I opted for vegetarian options, but they could not accommodate that since you are staying with families in remote areas who eat meat from their farms, but you can get by. Sleeping accommodations were basic, but comfortable. Keep a LOT of bug spray on you for this trek. No wifi at all for most of the trek. Highly recommend going with this company. Here are my words of advice:
I highly recommend booking this tour directly with Condetravel as it is half the price with the exact same itinerary. Some of the people on the tour with me booked the day before we left without problem.
This tour has activities like water rafting, biking, and ziplining, all of which are NOT included in this viator price. When the guide asked me to pay for the biking, I threw a fit because I paid so much more than everyone else and did not have all this included like they did. They were kind and gave me the full package without trouble, but you may not be so lucky so I would not book this tour online.