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Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, is the base for the popular trek to Machu Picchu. 90-95 of the Tourists to Machu Picchu, use the traditional train route to Machu Picchu. Around 5-10 of more adventurous souls undertake the multi-day trek to Machu Picchu. Though the trek is tough and energy-sapping, at the end of it all, you will be thankful for the experience ... Trust me!
We had a blast! It was one of the hardest hikes of my life but the guide service was amazing!
Our guides Francisco and Sergio were fun, amazing, had a ton of information to share and were always motivating us forward. If you could ask for them as your guides you should. They kept us going and taught us more than we could have hoped for, answering all of our questions and providing much needed entertainment and distraction on some of the more difficult sections.
The Porters carried and set up the tents everyday and the food was absolutely amazing, could not believe how great every meal was. I want to tel you more but it will be way more fun for you to be pleasantly surprised by your meals.
The extra cost so that you can carry less would have been totally worth it so I recommend that top anyone. I carried a 15kg pack and it was not the best idea, would have been a lot easier to just pay a little extra, but I do feel like I earned the trip more than some of the others who had less weight, but I probably would have had more energy to explore Machu Picchu as well.
The views were more than I could have hoped for, even with some rainy days the clouds seemed to magically disappear once we arrived at view points leaving us breathless or maybe it was the altitude.
Be ready to climb stairs, because there are a lot of them, bring poles because going up and down stairs all day everyday is much much easier if you use the trek poles to help you up and especially down those with bad knees know what i am talking about.
Overall I would highly recommend this trip. It was difficult so do some training before hand or pay the extra so you can have a small backpack rather than a hiking pack with gear. Either way it was an amazing experience that I will remember forever and be recommending to friends and family.
This tour was unforgettable, if you have the time do to it and you are moderately fit it is a must do!
The tour operator is 'La Bamba', and they organise a good tour briefing the day before the departure, so you can meet your guide and your tour companion.
The scenery and flora changes dramatically each day of the tour and it is always breathtaking.
The first day is basically flat and quite hot, and you already get to see some amazing Inca buildings.
The second day is the hardest, but it is totally doable as there is plenty of time to get to the campsite, so everyone went at it is own pace, regrouping at defined resting spot, and then kept going.
The third day you move from high nearly bare mountains to a flourishing jungle full of flowers and hummingbirds, stopping on the way to visit more Inca buildings.
The fourth day is very rewarding as you eventually get to see Machu Picchu, and you have learnt so much on the way there that you can appreciate it much more that going there just taking the bus.
Our guide, Francisco was amazing, he really make the difference, he knows all about he flora, fauna, history and custom of Peru and Inca. He answers all our questions and he was so passionate about Inca history, thanks to him we learnt so much.
He was also very good organising the time of rest/meal during the hike, he was constantly making sure that everyone was well, not pushing to hard which is were altitude sickness gets you and having a good time.
The train trip on the way back is also amazing, you will love it!
- The food was amazing during all the trip, they cater for vegetarian as well
- You get hot water for freshing up in the morning and before meals
- You only need to bring water for the first two days, after that they will boil water and give it to you it may be seasonally
- It gets cold, bring warm clothes
- Walking sticks helps a lot, especially going down the steep staircases
- If you booked one of the extra hike from Machu Picchu make sure to request an entry window after 10am. They will give an hour entry window outside which you cannot start the hike. if your group is a bit slow or if the guide to Machu Picchu last longer than expected you may miss the window, but 10-11am window should be fine.
- Tips, this can be difficult if you come from a country that doesn't do tips, all our group fell in this category and it got a bit awkward because they do make a big deal about tips, despite being not mandatory. What it will happen is that the last night of the trip there will be a tips ceremony, you will have to prepare two separate tips amounts, one for the cook and one for the porters. Then all the porters and cook are gathering around you and wait to receive the tips. In case of the porters you even have to state how the amount need to be divided about them because the boss porter may want to keep more for him. We clearly tip them less than expected because they were not happy.
Walking Stick do help, especially for going down the step stairs.
Fantastic Bamba touring company guide us to the adventure of our life time! We were well taken care of in a difficult climbing environment along the Inca Trail covering a four-day period, and our tour guide and the porters made sure we were encouraged, educated, fed with the ultra delicious traditional Peruvian cuisine to make sure we stay energized, and helped us achieving the difficult milestone by ultimately reaching Machu Picchu on a beautiful morning on the fourth day. Thank you!
My husband and I strongly recommend that you book with a different tour provider. There are so many other operators that ran much more professional treks, and we often found ourselves regretting our decision to book with Bamba Experience. We had two guides for the trek, which was excessive given that we were in a group of only 4 hikers. Edwin, who I assume to be the 'head guide' was absent for much of the hike, trailing behind all of us. Elisabeth, who I assume to be the 'secondary guide', also trailed behind a great deal, though she ran up ahead when the group was travelling quickly. Many other groups had guides that were travelling with the group, and providing information and encouragement throughout the trek. The only times that our guides did this were at a few key points along the trail, and it was often rushed or very basic, as Elisabeth didn't appear confident in her English-speaking capabilities. The equipment provided along the trek was often in disrepair: the tent that we had our meals in was falling apart - it was literally held up by a twig that the porters would collect along the way the tents that we slept in were set up completely wrong every night - a problem when there are torrential downpours the sleeping bags reeked of body odour and clearly had not been laundered after their last use and the sleeping pads did not retain air. We greatly regret paying an extra sum of money to not have to worry about bringing our own sleeping bags/trekking poles/sleeping pads. Additionally, the porters were slow to arrive or set up at the camp sites, often leaving us to wait while they drank their chicha alcohol. We sat on the ground for over an hour on the first night of the trek waiting for them to arrive and set up our tents so that we could change out of our wet clothing and apply much-needed insect repellant, only to find out that they had been there for quite some time drinking alcohol at a local chicheria set up in a local family's home instead.
Yes, it was amazing. I loved every step on that trail and I got to celebrate my 60th birthday in top of Machu Picchu and on top of Huayna Picchu. The guides, the cooks and the porters did an excellent job. They were even able to make a birthday cake for me on my birthday. I will never forget this experience! A thousand thanks to Pavel my Peruvian brother to Raul, Elizabeth and everyone else!
We went on the Bamba Experience 4-Day Trek and it was such an incredible experience! We were a small group of 7 people, so it made the experience seem very intimate and we were able to learn so much about the culture of Peru. Our guide, Freddie was awesome -- he had so much knowledge to share and stories to tell which really made a difference. The meals that we had on the trip were awesome some of the best food we had during our 2 weeks in Peru. I would recommend getting the superior service because it helps to give a bit of your weight to the porters when doing the trek. All around an incredible trip that I would take again. Definitely recommend this to anyone!