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“Llama Path - exceptional experience”
Review of Llama Path

Llama Path
Ranked #16 of 1 056 Tours in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are the Only Inca Trail Tour Operator that has built a house for the Porters; Porters come to do this job from very far away communities up in the andes and had NO place to stay in in between treks; But NOW, they do have one and is called the LLama Path Porters' house - any one is welcome to visit this place at anytime. We are the ONLY agency in Cusco that takes Porters on vacations; yearly around 50 of them are taken on vacations to different parts of Peru as part of an all inclusive treat they immensely deserve from the 330 hard days of work they do to ensure our foreign clientes tours are enjoyable. In 2018 we will be going on the 4th Inca Trail Porters Vacations, this time we will be going to Trujillo and Chiclayo in the northern coast of Peru. The Porters Vacations is possible ONLY thanks to you who trust in our services provided; as you can see a part of our profits go NOT only to suport the Porters vacations but also to support the children after school project.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I booked our entire 14 day (Mountain and Jungle Tour) vacation in Peru through Llama Path. We are very frugal people and this was our first experience using a company in order to make all of our arrangements, and we were not disappointed at any turn. We received exceptional service from Llama Path, and from my calculations we paid a very small premium versus booking everything ourselves.

We had three internal flights during our vacation and numerous excursions throughout our time in Peru. It really felt like Llama Path rolled out the red carpet for us. From sitting in isle #1 on every flight, exceptional tour guides for every tour, to prompt transition assistance at every location (airport, hotel, tours, etc...). This really was the way to go. We did not have to concern ourselves with any of the logistics that can cause stress and anxiety during a vacation.

The four day Inca Trail hike was the highlight of our vacation. Our guides were fantastic. Marco, the lead guide, has a talent for blending historical fact with oral story traditions in a way that is engaging, entertaining and informative. He has a great sense of humor and connected well with the entire group. Roberto, the assistant guide, could not have been more helpful and attentive. My wife suffered from altitude sickness for two of the four days and one day we were a bit slow. Roberto stayed with us and ensured that we received all of the information that the rest of the group was receiving. Both Roberto and Marco have excellent english speaking and comprehension skills.

I would highly recommend Llama Path to anyone considering a vacation in Peru. The cultural education/experience, historical experience, and the majestic scenery really make the Peruvian vacation bucket list worthy.

Thanks Llama Path for an amazing experience!

Thank Sean T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a few days back in "civilization" after hiking the Inca Trail, I've recovered enough from my post-vacation depression enough to write a review for the company, and in particular the hard working 14 men, that made the amazingly life-changing experience a reality for me and my family.

TL/DR: From the beginning and throughout the entire experience, it was clear that Llama Path was a great choice. They have a TON of great information on their website and send e-mails to supplement and repeat important points. I'm going to ramble on at great length, but the bottom line is that we had the same awesome experience as all the reviewers. If you go with Llama path, and especially if you are lucky enough to get Daniel as a guide and/or Sebastian as a Chef, and ESPECIALLY if you get JUAN as head server and KING OF WATER, you will have a great time and feel like part of truly special family.

Now the details! Our group was pretty diverse. My wife and I are 40 and avid hikers and backpackers. Her dad had his 63rd birthday on the Trail and does not regularly hike or backpack. My wife's brother is 37 and her two sisters are 32 and 20. The three have varying levels of hiking experience.

After arriving plenty early in Cuzco to acclimatize as recommended, we swung by the office to pay the balance (make sure those bills are not worn or damaged!). The place was easy to find and comfortable. The details of our 5 day/4 night Inca Trail Special Service were reviewed. My wife and her sister are both vegetarians and we have some picky eaters, so everyone was pleased that the Chef would be able to accommodate us all. We then scheduled the talk with our guide Daniel to be held at our Air BnB the night before our first day on the trail.

The night came and Daniel arrive promptly. His English was perfect and he immediately made us feel at ease. He patiently answered everyone's questions (we had a huge list!) and dealt with our pre-hike jitters like a pro. He gave us our duffles, which we were allowed to fill with 6 kilos of stuff for the porters to carry. We could actually have them carry 7 kg each, but all of us elected to use the Llama Path sleeping pads which weighed in at 1kg each. The birthday boy elected to pay more for a "full porter" so he could have a lighter pack and have the porters carry up to 14kg. This turned out to be WAY too much and the rest of us were fine with the half-porter. I had them carry my sleeping bag, and extra inflatable sleeping pad. my camp cloths, extra socks and underwear for each day, a change of clothes for after the trail, and so toiletries. I still had over a pound to spare! Bring a travel scale!

The next morning our private bus arrived along with our new guide and family member Daniel (he would be known as Daniel #3 or Trey as we had two other Daniels). We quickly spread out and were given blanks and fancy neck pillows as we made our way to the Porter's House on they way to to the start of the trail in Ollantaytambo. This was a huge structure that housed the porters between trips and also had a school for the local kids! We were offered a tour, but preferred to sleep.

It was nice to see Llama Path seemed to go above and beyond for their porters and the community. Other companies' porters did not seem as happy or as well taken care of as the porters from Llama Path. Other porters were dirty, carried loads that were way too bulky and heavy, had insufficient clothes and/or no uniforms, and did not have proper gear. Our guys/family all had proper hiking boots, uniforms, hats, and backpacks. Most importantly, the were treated with dignity and seems happy. Many of the porters from our crew had been with the company for a great number of years, some from the very beginning.

We picked up some of the 13 porters and some equipment and supplies from the Porter's House and continued through the Sacred Valley until our breakfast spot. We enjoyed the bathrooms and a buffet style breakfast that was small but sufficient. It was 20 soles each or you could order off the menu. Most of us ate some eggs and cheese while warming up with some hot drinks while others just snacked on leftovers were were trying to get rid of before the hike. There was also a big store below the restaurant where you can buy anything you may have forgotten for the trail. They had sunscreen, bug spray, and Chap stick as well as snacks and many of the items on Llama Path's recommended list. They even had rubber tips of your treking poles (no metal tips allowed on the Inca Trail). Don't be suckered into the wooden poles either. I found out after I bought it! Prices were reasonable. One member of our group bought a nice backpack to replace a cheap one we bought earlier in the trip and my wasted stick only cost 6 soles. Llama path even held our extra stuff at their office and had it waiting on our return bus after the trip!

We arrived at the trail head after a quiet, comfortable, and scenic bus ride along the Ollantaytambo River. We were finally hiking! For the next five days, we were treated like kings and queens by our new family. Daniel had so much information to share and was able to time his talks/our breaks perfectly for the group's needs. He would sometimes lead and set a good pace. Other times he stayed in the back with the slower hikers, allowing those who wanted to hike fast some freedom and solitude. The photographers in the group had plenty of time to stop and take photos, and the macho people could try (in vain) to keep up with the hardworking porters. Most of the time Daniel would explain things before we could ask. He knew about the plants, animals, science, and history of the area and was willing to answer any and all of our questions. He was even able to squeeze some philosophy into some of his lectures. He was always respectful as well as informative.

Daniel constantly went above and beyond for our family. One of the members of the group was not doing well and Daniel noticed right away. He took extra care to get her help so she could continue the journey, taking her to a small clinic just off the trail on the second day of our trip. After talking to the the doctor, he got her some electrolyte supplements and antibiotics! All free! If it wasn't for Daniel's effort, she would have had to turn back. After taking the medicine, she was feeling better by mid day and recovered enough to make it over Dead Woman's Pass! She was fine the rest of the trip! Just after the Pass, the other sister starting feeling extremely dizzy and tired. Daniel was there to prepare her a resting spot and gave her some bottled oxygen which allowed her to make it to camp just after dark.

I'm convinced that half of our party would not have been able to complete the Inca Trail without Llama Path and Daniel our awesome Guide. Not only did he say the day twice as mentioned above, he managed to pull some strings to get us the camps that allowed us a manageable schedule that would fit our group's needs. Our original day three plan would have been too difficult and we would have had to hike in the dark and possibly would not have been able to make the long distance and elevation gain the itinerary called for, Lucky for us, Llama Path and Daniel went out of their way for us!

Speaking of itineraries, Daniel was a scheduling pro. He was always giving us briefings about what was next and gauged our pace accurately. He got us up early when necessary and let us sleep in and take naps whenever possible. Wake ups were easy with the hot beverage of your choice delivered you your tent every morning. Oh and a hot bowl of water, soap, and your own personal towel! What a way to wake up!

Camp life was so luxurious, it didn't really feel like camping. Everything was always ready when we arrived, the porters even kept track of which bags went in which tent. The dining tent was available for all three meals, and every single meal was a multi coarse culinary experience. There was sooooo much good food. As other reviewers have said, it was the best food we had in Peru. And they took care of everyone's dietary needs at every meal. Sebastian and crew are true artists! Every detail was amazing and they were able to do so much in the middle of nowhere! They even baked and decorated a cake for my father in law's birthday and made pizza! We were blown away!!

All the archaeological sites along the trail were incredible and the 5 day trip made it possible for us to explore all of them for as much time as we wanted. We also had many of them all to ourselves and other groups rushed through. We heard the limited information other groups were getting as they were rushed through, but we always had plenty of time and information with Daniel as our guide. If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have known about all the little details that brought each site to life! This was especially true at Machu Picchu! We spent over four hours exploring with Daniel, who got us up early enough to see the sunrise at the prime spot!

After we finally parted ways with the last of our new family Daniel after the MP tour, we never thought we would see him again. But after a day of exploring on our own, Daniel met us in the lobby of our hotel to give us a bunch of things he had arranged to be held for the day so we didn't have to carry it all! Another example of how Daniel went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us!

And one final example about how Llama Path went above and beyond for us: We chose to stay a night in Aguas Calientes and a Llama path Mercedes van was at the train station to pick us up when we headed back to Cusco. That driver went WAY out of the way to get us to our hotel that night!

THANKS LLAMA PATH AND DANIEL!!

Thank mbaernstein
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three friends and I decided to use Llama Path as our tour company for the five days, four nights Salkantay trek and are very happy with our decision. The day before our scheduled departure we met our guide (Daniel) and were given a clear explanation of what to expect each day and all that we would need to bring. Along the trek, Daniel made sure to interact with all members of the group (we had a total of seven) and made sure we all felt welcome. He was extremely knowledgeable and would explain many things about the Incan culture or nature itself to us. He also made sure our pacing worked with all members of the group, helping those in the back and letting stronger hikers go ahead. At night our tents were set up for us and we were treated to amazing food from our chef (Caesar) who even managed to bake us a cake without an oven. Caesar also made sure to make separate food for one of the hikers who was a pescetarian. We were also treated to some great stories from Daniel (ask about his slowest hikers ever, the story is nuts). The hike itself was stunning and was not very crowded. Would highly recommend Llama Path for the Salkantay trek if you don't mind spending some extra cash for some great service.
Thanks Daniel!

Thank traveller22018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I did the 4-day Inca Trail hike with our family, and it was an awesome experience. The vistas are breathtaking -- it's worth doing the hike just for the views. But the history taught and learned along the way was also beautiful and enriching. Our guides, Marco Antonio and Roberto, were informative and patient. They were great about answering questions and waiting for our somewhat slow group. The food is fantastic! Still amazes me that they are able to produce such elaborate meals along the trail. This company does a great job of caring for their employees, and of course their hikers. I would recommend this company to anyone considering the Inca Trail or any exploration around the Cusco area that they offer.

Thank dutchdork
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on two 4 day treks with Llamapath last month - Chocquequiro and the Inca Trail. Llamapath was absolutely top-notch. Organization and service was great. All staff was friendly. Our guide Rene was fabulous. Although he has done the hikes 100s of times he still had enthusiasm showing us the sites, plants and stars! The food is absolutely unbelievable. We had 2 different cooks and both were amazing. There was lots of choices and lots of food for 4 teenagers. Chocquequiro hike was harder -- slippery path and very hot-- but hardly any people. If you are in the shape to do it I might recommend it over the Inca Trail and just visit Macchu Picchu by bus. I wouldn't change anything about our experience.

Thank Anne_B8891
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Llama P, Manager at Llama Path, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Congratulations, you
Must be a super hiker to complete it !!

Thanks son much for the review too!

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