qoricancha in cusco city

An unforgettable encounter with the land of the Incas


My name is Oliver from my native Toronto, Canada and this is my personal experience which I hope it will give some insights to those travellers wanted to travel to Peru.

 

Back at school, I was good at history in general and what fascinated me the most was South America,  the Incas. For many years it became a dream to travel through these lands. However, after finishing all my studies, I am not sure what happened with the trip I dreamed. After got graduated I got married, I grew up my children and I traveled anywhere in the world with my wife, but left aside in some way to travel to Peru.

Tasting my first encounter with Peru.

One day, I heard colleagues at work talking about their experience of Peruvian food at "Mira Toronto" restaurant, the excellent food and attention they had when they got there.

I raised an eyebrow, Peruvian food .. Uhm that's interesting, so I asked the restaurant address to my colleagues. Later, at home, look at the TripAdvisor reviews to get some additional feedback, and visit their website to have an idea on the kind of dishes I could try but everything seemed new to me. We have to go Kelly! I told my wife, who nodded in a good way. The place seems very nice! Kelly commented when arriving at the restaurant, so my wife was pleased with the choice.

This was my first encounter with Peru and I was thrilled, and nothing better than a welcome drink, the ‘Pisco Sour’. While presenting the drink, the waiter made a comment "The Pisco is from Peru", of course, I thought (I did not know that Chile also tries to claim this fabulous drink as a registered trademark, when it is not of its origin). The food was fantastic, from the classic 'Ceviche', 'Grilled Calamares', 'Ribs', Picarones 'Donuts' and a chocolate bomb, a delicious treat.

Meanwhile, I was sharing this fantastic time with Kelly, I read a sign that said "Welcome to Peru, the land of the Incas", and a Machu Picchu travel come to my mind and  that was it. The next day, I was looking for travel agencies to undertake my trip to Peru, especially those that could provide a local experience, comfort, etc.  I must say that it was an arduous task to find the best guided tours to Machu Picchu or the one that I thought could equal my expectations.   

 

It was when I came across the name of the agency Machu Picchu Peru I read about them, their equipment, experience, etc. Then, I contacted the tour operator to find out more about my destination Machu Picchu all inclusive trip  and made a reservation for a Lima and Cusco tours.

 

Travelling to Peru

I found out if you are travelling within Peru, airlines running the domestic flights such as LATAM would offer you a good discount if you get also their international flight all of it as one package. We were traveling on an economic flight thus not chance this time in getting a luxury tour to Machu Picchu but that was fine.

 

In August time, I was leaving Toronto at 17:45 flying for around 10 hours and arrive very early in the morning at 06:45 am to Lima.  Overall it was a good flight and service.

An enthusiastic representative of the company a young man welcome us, at Lima airport and transfer us to Miraflores district in Lima.   

My first impression at this hour of the morning time is that Lima is a very busy city but once you reach the coastline and cliffs, the ocean views will somehow charm you.


Miraflores a town that emerged from the ashes.
Our accommodation was super at one of the ‘Casa Andina premium’ in Miraflores.  After setting in the hotel, my wife and myself went to explore, Miraflores town and the surroundings.  Ramon will provide us with some advice so we can get the most of this leisure day.

 

We ended up walking on the malecon and reaching few spots to see from the cliffs the surfers having a good time. We notice a restaurant down the beach named ‘ Rosa Nautica’ or Nautic Rose, Kelly was keen to get there which it was not difficult to reach.  The Nautic Rose is a fine restaurant with a great ocean views and an excellent menu,  the food was delicious and we highly recommend this place.

 

On the following day,  we will be exploring the old city centre accompanied of Ramon who will guide us through the city.  
In 1879, Peru had a war with Chile which lasted 5 years, the war was for the possession of saltpeter from the lands of southern Peru and Bolivia.  In the last years of the battles, Chile won the war and with its troops arrived upto Lima when reaching its shores, Chilean troops sabotage the spas of Chorrillos, Barranco and Miraflores. These districts were burned down, looting everything in their way by Chilean soldiers because most of this district were used by the aristocracy of the time. When Ramon explained to us while we passed the pacific ocean somehow I could recreate everything in my mind.  After the war, Chile occupied for another 3 years Lima city until a peace treated was reached.  Thus, you will notice in Lima city, monuments to their defeated heroes who defended the city until the end.

 

Years later Miraflores got rebuilt and restored, and it has become a point of encounter of many tourist worldwide before getting some Machu Picchu travel deals or to other parts of Peru.  The district can offer you very fine restaurants, great views from their marina, good shopping centres. Also you will admire and witness the pyramid left by the very first settlers of the ancient Peru which was used by the Incas at some point as veneration place.

 

The old city and its monuments

Ramon took us to the old city centre and to be honest the more you get into the old city the traffic becomes subreal.  Lima has a population of 10 million habitants and I heard Lima county council is developing new traffic systems to improve the flow of transport around the old town and most Lima districts.  

 

Our transport left us nearby the Sheraton hotel and from there we started walking in direction to the old city centre.  I could imagine the splendour of this city years ago showing all its buildings at its best.  The old town is very colonial one, showing most of its buildings and streets from a past that wrote history for many of its local people.

 

I was impressed by the colonial buildings of the main squares, as well as the main cathedral. We observed the changing guards at the presidential palace.  In the old city, we went to eat nearby at the ‘Peru gourmet bar resto bar’ they have an interesting set of menu of creole food.  Afterwards at a walking distance ‘ The Pisco Palace’ attract our taste for such fantastic drinks.

Ramon our guide, show us some streets in this old city centre and explaining us the history behind their names as well some of it’s tales, so much traditions around us.       

 

On our way back to the hotel,  we visit the Museo Larco and fantastic exhibition of Inca and pre Inca artcrafts and jewellery.  This museum is an old colonial mansion which was built on top of pre-Inca construction on its premises its has an exclusive restaurant which would serve you a extraordinary gourmet food, or aperitives, very  impressive.

 

Finally, we visited ‘Huaca Puccllana’ in the heart of Miraflores this was a pre-Inca construction which was at the time facing directly the Pacific Ocean and served as a home for its residents. The Incas who dominated all this lands used also all this constructions at some point which were considered sacred by them.  You cannot missed such impressive building full of ancient past and served for a us as a preparation of our Machu Picchu tour package.      

We were a bit lucky because August in Lima is winter time and humidity can be high but in the mountain is sunny due the dry season, and that’s where we were heading at the end.

 

Our tips for Lima will be:

- Be open minded, and easy your expectations on the local traffic.

- Get some local currency especially if you want to get something from the local shops.

- Learn some Spanish words..gracias, por favor, permiso..etc in general people are kind towards tourist and do smile even more when you said one of this words.

- Peruvians in general bargain when purchasing something so don’t be afraid in doing it..’nada menos?’ ‘nothing less’.  

- When trying some local food, be sure in asking if it is not too chilli.

- Do try some local refreshment drink from the Peruvian amazon region ‘The Camu, Camu’ is perfect and healthy full of vitamin C.

- If you don’t speak the local lingo is better to walk around with a guide.

- Just take it easy on the ‘Pisco sour’ and don’t forget that ‘the real one is from Peru’.

 

The heart of the empire, Cusco.

Once you are arriving on the plane, you immediatly notice Cusco green valley and mountains such an amazing feeling.

We will be spending few days in Cusco, and wanted to know the most of it without involving in a hard adventure.

After being transferred to our hotel in city centre,  we got our briefing on the days ahead by our guide tour.  My first impression of Cusco, town, is a mix of culture town because meanwhile travelling on the local shuttle to the hotel, you will notice the mixture of the architectonic colonial buildings, setting up on polish stones from Inca periods.      

 

On the following day, our tour guide gave us a good explanation on the constructions around the cit.  It come out that during the Spanish conquest most of the Inca Temples and buildings were destroyed and louted by the Spanierds.  Cusco itself was constructed by the Incas on a shape of a Puma figure because they consider this animal as a sacred one of the Andes.  Kelly and myself were atonished by the shape of Inca walls as we were walking on their stones streets.  We visited the Temple of the Sun or ‘Koricancha’ and by its size and history it causes respect because many people die defending what they consider were their vision of the world.  

 

Is not all about the money!

The Inca and its descents were a very well organised culture in which the value of money didn’t exist, from that context is fascinating to know that everyone play a role within their Inca society.  Our guide show us another parts of the city in which the challenge of raising Inca walls make Incas shape the stones into fantastic angles. An example of this mastering is over the  12 angle stone, fitted in perfect harmony with another stones to make a wall.  Once again you will be surprise by the engineering the ancient people have achieved on irrigation systems,  from which still working fountains and channels bringing water to Cusco city.    Asides of seeing all this Inca constructions, we visit colonial churches and museums all them showing us so much art making a fusion between this two cultures.  We went to San Blas Mirador to get a perfect view of the whole Cusco town and after get a refreshment at a very nice restobar called

‘ Limbus’ thanks to its great views of the mountains and town, Kelly and myself we fall each other once again.

 

A Sacred Valley full of surprises

The following day, we travel to the Inca Sacred Valley which I have to said is extremely beautiful, so we went to visit some villages, interact with the locals at the artisan open market.  During the Inca period, the Sacred Valley was important for its fertility and grown of corn to make ‘chicha’.  The golden fermented crop, still important in the villages and you can tried chicha so after few of those brews you will feel more happier.

 

The Sacred Valley is impressive for its andean mountain range from which some rivers come from and giving life to most parts of all these valleys.

We have also an interesting time meeting locals at a location named ‘Chinchero’ a charming small village full of artisans and farmers.  I found out that each village stamp their own design on their hand made textile or artcraft thus, it will be not the same art from village to village.

 

At the end of our tour we went to a place called ‘Ollantaytambo’ a village with an outstanding past because in situ exist an Inca temple carrying the same name of the village.  Ollantaytambo fortress will make you think twice on the type of engineering the Incas used to bring up such huge stones.  Kelly and myself couldn’t comprehend how the Incas master such grade of achievement without getting any machinery aid.  Fine wall stone made, water fountains, irrigations system, their architects were cautious in placing all of this polish stones in perfect order. The Incas wanted to preserve at all the times a harmony with nature so their buildings will not contrast with it.

 

After exploring Ollantaytambo, our guide take us to ‘Maras’ and ‘Moray’ being the first an open salt field mine from which the locals are getting this element.  The salt fields are a beautiful scenery to watch as their white salt fields can reflect the blue andean sky.  Later on we went nearby to Moray site which contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions at approx 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system.  The first theory in place is that the circles were used as a experimental farming because the temperature inside the circles are changing gradually from top to bottom.

As we were going back to our hotel in Cusco, my brain stuck on the process of assimilating all the information i witness during my trip.  All I know,  about this culture during my school age it has been paid off meanwhile travelling around this land.  So far, I have been very pleased with the all organisation and care I been provided during my tour and we are more than excited for the coming day.

 

A train journey for an encounter with my destiny

Today we were heading to a train station to embark to a train journey on our way to Machu Picchu.  

Many Peruvian railroad lines owe their origins to contracts granted to United States entrepreneurs Henry Meiggs and W. R. Grace and Company but the mountainous nature of Peru made expansion slow and much of the surviving mileage is of twentieth-century origin. It was also challenging to operate, especially in the age of the steam locomotive. Once at the Poroy train station, it gave me the feeling I was in a kind of movie made back in the past century.   I was very surprised by the comfortable carriages provided for this trip, they were fitted with large windows even on a part of ceiling, so you can get panoramic views of the Inca Valley at all the time.  The train journey was fantastic and service in the train superb, getting the most of the andean landscapes around us.

 

Few hours later we were getting to ‘Aguas Calientes’ town and from there a bus will take us to the nearest spot before getting to the checkpoint control in Machu Picchu.

 

Personally this was my final counter, Kelly look at me all the times and knew how much this journey meant to me.  We passed the control together, hand by hand and we walked a small trail bordering a mountain, when all the sudden the first signs of stones being made by the Incas where showing off in front of us.  We kept walking quietly as I was feeling my wife hand closing strong mine.  The big mountain, Huayna Picchu was there as it was protecting the rest of the Inca construction, there are not words to describe such feeling.  Just to absorb the moment because I knew it will be last time I will be admiring such notable legacy left in place.  Our guide show us some Inca recints and explain us the most he could about each section, there were rooms so perfectly being constructed with windows facing the green valleys.  There are some theories on the use of this royal grounds,  one theory pointed it was a retreat place for the Inca and royal crown another one is that Machu Picchu occupied a special place in the "sacred landscape" of the Inca. Machu Picchu is built at the top of a mountain that is almost completely encircled by the Urubamba River, which the Inca named the Vilcamayo, or Sacred River.

 

The andean cosmology vision

The rising and setting of the sun, when viewed from specific locations within Machu Picchu, aligns neatly with religiously significant mountains during the solstices and equinoxes. The Inca believed the sun to be their divine ancestor.  It's an example of cosmology intertwining with sacred landscape that is virtually unique in the Andes and that takes on a degree of sacrality because it combines the Earth and the sky, which are also combined in Incan thought.

After the tour inside Machu Picchu, we have some time to wonder the site by ourselves so we did the most we could during the free solo visit.

Finished our encounter with an ancient past left there to all of us, we sadly have to go back to take or train back to Ollantaytambo and Cusco city.  In the way back, we engage with some travellers who also gave us their impressions about Machu Picchu.  What if these people were left alone for another 100, 200 years?. Well, the answer is unknown.

All we know, is that the Incas have another vision of the word a very different one occident cultures from which it will remain their legacy to us for good.

 

Thank you, Machu Picchu Peru.

Kelly and myself got quizzed on the Amazonas, desserts as well as other regions of Peru.  Indeed it is a fantastic country to travel with some many places to visit and perhaps next time we will come over with rest of our family.  We are grateful to the staff who made this trip an unique one and it was an excellent choice to select Machu Picchu Peru tour company to made our dream come true.  We have now full of stories to share with our loving ones back to our home land.


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Charanya Krishnaswami

United States

Porter, guide, and cook were good! We finished the trek early. We were going ahead of the pace. Our tent leaked. Overall a good experience.
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Seth Iacangelo

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The guide was excellent, food was excellent, and all services provided were excellent. Porters seemed happy and were very genial. The only issue was that one of the tents had a very bad zipper, my porter hag had a bad zipper as well.
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Overall pleasant experience, enjoyed the trek and camping. All personnel was professional, courteous and fun to be around.
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Guide was AMAZING. Concerned about the time management by the agency when selling services. Didn't have time to complete extras but the guides tried to make it work (Sacred Valley Tour + Wayna Picchu Mountain).
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Jennifer Renda

Canada

Wilbert made our trip that much more enjoyable. He is attentive, kind, and always there to make sure we were well taken care of. Beyond that, he was a wealth of knowledge and always eager to answer our questions. He went above and beyond to organize any last minute details and kept us informed always. Beyond being a funny person, Wilbert is kind and an awesome human being. He's a guide we were lucky to have :).
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Nicholas James Dellas

United States

Everything was amazing. Nico was an excellent guide we had, a great time and enjoyed every minute of the trek. Juan de Dios made amazing food every trail. The porters, cooks, and guide made this trip unforgettable. Thank you so much for the opportunity to trek the trail with such a great group.
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Jasmine Zugarramurdi

United States

Sadly I got sick & couldn't go on the trek. But Wilbert was wonderful & they ended early on the trek and we were able to hear their stories & eat a great meal! Also, the tour of Machu Picchu was fantastic & Wilbert shared a lot of interesting information! Muchas gracias!
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Ivan Rodriguez-Huertas

United States

Exceeded Expectations!
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Grace Brophy

Ireland

Excellent, could not be better.
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Rehan Syed

United States

Very excellent service. Guide accommodated us when we had to make a slight change of plans, and made sure well-taken care of throughout the experience. I will definitely recommend to all of my friends. Thanks so much!
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Dyala Alusi

United Kingdom

The guide was extremely nice and the chef put a lot of effort in the meals, they were delicious. The porters worked very hard and always had a good spirit, loved everything. Thank you.
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Lurlene Harrison

United States

Both Rene + Alex were amazing guides, very knowledgeable, patient & kind. I could not have hoped for a better experience. Only feedback is we were with a group of 12 people who were together & should have been on their own & not with us. My patience was lost on them.
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Morgan Daigle

United States

Amazing service - Alex was very knowledgeable, Rene was very kind, smart, & helpful.
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Diane Louise Stasney

United States

Our friend had his luggage delayed by the airline-not-us-and I feel he was unfairly required to rent equipment while you could have provided as a service. Also, we heard about the airfare for the high season just a few days before the trip which we could have heard about months ago you would have already known about when we booked. All at all...a great trip! Thanks!
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Catherine Marie Schmitt

United States

Claudio was so willing to share his knowledge of the INCAS and I loved his pointy of plants + geology etc. + INCA CULTURE. He is so genuine, friendly + enthusiastic about how he loved his job.
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Jackson Garrett Brown

United States

Walter and Rene were exceptional guides that want out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. I'd hope to go on a tour with them in the future.
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Ann Kohls

United States

We learned a tremendous amount! Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Great job all around.
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Allan Whittfield Waddell

Canada

The entire program was extremely well organized and executed. Alex was a great guide and teacher - I didn't think I would learn so much about the history and culture! Roland provided great support and we really appreciated his help on the trek!
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Anastasia Monique Anthony Plumb

United States

If we could give this trip an "above excellent" we would. An amazing experience we won't ever forget. Nico was an amazing and attentive guide, the food was outstanding, and we were comfortable.
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Joel Thomas

United States

Sadly my wife was ill and we were unable to make the portion of the trip. Wilbert and the staff at Valencia did a great job communicating and developed an alternative plan for use. Overall we were very happy with the service.
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Marissa Joy Guttenberg

United States

Alex was a wonderful guide. He was extremely organized and knowledgeable throughout the trip. I was happy to see Valencia porters well dressed and happy compared to the other groups. Extremely satisfied with the support of the Valencia staff.
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Colleen Mary Connolly

Ireland

Amazing service provided to the group. Food every day was excellent in taste and presentation. Tents comfortable + sleeping bags warm. Wash basins also a lovely touch. Guides were fantastic! Knowledgeable + friendly and very helpful! Thanks to all. Amazing trip.
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Alicia May Lawson

United States

The porters made the trek comfortable and became family. They far exceeded any expectation I could have had. The food was phenomenal. I have never had so many delicious meals in a row. Claudio was kind and knowledgeable. I could not imagine anyone else as a guide. He made the journey a truly wonderful experience.
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Justin Blalock

United States

Alex was very informative and friendly. You could tell that he was well experienced on the trail and knowledgeable for Inca culture. The porters were outstanding. They all pulled their fair weight and contributed to the team. Fredy and the cook staff provided outstanding service and food has a top hatch.
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Reem Waines

Canada

The chef made a fantastic effort with the food variety, quality, and presentation. We had some food allergies and they were very well met. The guide was extremely experienced, friendly and accommodating to our needs and great with kids. We would highly recommend your agency.
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Angelina Tina Casiello

United States

Service from guides and porters was amazing! Alex knowledge of Peru's culture and History was better than an encyclopedia. Alex did a great job to set the time and encourage positive attitudes. Bathrooms conditions could use improvement.
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Caroline Maria McNiven

United Kingdom

An AMAZING trip! Alex + Rene were fantastic guides, full of knowledge & encouragement. They were kind & thoughtful. The porters were very helpful & couldn't do enough. Food was fantastic. The whole trip was breathtaking + life changing. Rene encouraged every step of the way & Alex kept us laughing. Thank you, doesn't ever express! Muchas Gracias! Rene did a great job!
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Peter Michael Sullivan

United States

The entire trip from landing in Cusco to finishing the hike was extremely professional and well organized. The guides both on hike and Cusco were amazing and the porters/cook were best I have ever experienced. I could recommend Valencia tours.
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Steven Michael Schwabe

United States

Nothing but good things to say about Valencia. It has been a trip of a lifetime and could not have gone smoother. Juan was a perfect guide and had so much knowledge to share.
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Martin Shill

United States

Outstanding trip. Highly recommended. Fantastic experience start to finish. Walter did an excellent job and we felt we were in very experienced and competent hands. Cook, Walter, porters were very gracious.
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Andrew John Willhite

United States

This was one of the best experience of my life! I will highly recommend this company, especially Alex to anyone. Alex is so knowledgeable and friendly, he really made the trip amazing! The porters, chef are absolutely incredible.
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Kyle Freeman

United States

Everyone from the porters to the guides made this experience amazing, and so much better than I thought. Alex's passion and knowledge were inspirational. The cook was amazing and provided the best food I have had in Peru. An unforgettable experience. Thank you
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Meaghan Daley

United States

Alex and Rene were excellent guides and the services provided by the porters and cook were above and beyond my expectation for food and accommodation at the campsites. The stories and historical facts provided by Alex greatly added to the experience on the Inca trail. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
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Sheila Freeman

United States

Excellent! I had the time of my life! Alex is very smart + I enjoyed the native REAL HISTORY of the Inca people. Rene was amazing as well. :) Thank you!
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Michael Phillips

United States

Porters were superhuman. Chef was excellent. The fact that he could do what he did on the trail was unbelievable. Alex was a wealth of knowledge both he + Rene made everyone at case and made us feel as if we were all family. I will never forget this experience.
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Jessica Catherine Jolley

United Kingdom

Elistan was an amazing guide, incredibly knowledgeable and happy to teach us and answer questions every step of the way. He was very encouraging + supportive for those who had concerns or were a little slower on the trail. The chef was incredible and our food was tasty, varied and plentiful.
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Payel Jhoom Roy

United States

Nico was excellent! Recommend that you help tourists with altitude sickness more (needs or increased access to oxygen). I really struggled but Nico + Liberto (Spanish - a porter) were very helpful. They were very flexible about changing our campsite on Day 2 after dead woman's pass.
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Gina Michelle Ruise

United States

This was the best trip in regards to schedule care of well-being, hospitality, food and most of all guides. It was a great experience and would recommend to all of my friends. I hope to travel with Valencia Travel Cusco again.
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Shae Turner

Canada

Guides and porters were fantastic. Food exceeded expectations. Guest could be told the weight of the sleeping bag when given the option to rest. I would have preferred to bring my own sleeping bag because it is much easier to put away.
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Robert Dean Maloney

United States

Given our ages, the guides and porters made extra accommodations to allow us to make the trek. We were appreciative of their actions to keep us part of the group and provide a guide to allow us to go at a slower pace to complete the trail.
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Zachary Alan Hamann

United States

Awesome trip, awesome guides, awesome people. 10/10 would recommend.
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Julieann Song Lopez

United States

WOW! I cannot express the gratitude & professionalism by Valencia from start to finish.
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Jessica Mendicutti

United States

The food was absolutely incredible! Our guides were fantastic, incredibly patient, and you could tell they were passionate about their jobs! All the good things could say about Frank + Rene, and cook Wilfredo and the entire experience would take the entire page. They were all the best & we could have done it without them!
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Dahrl Jane Suttner

United States

These are the hardest working people I have ever been around. Everything was much more than I expected.
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Barbra Jo Batterman

United States

This family of yours is outstanding - If not for all them I never could have passioned this adventure - I totally recommend Valencia to anybody. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Tracy Ann Shirhall

United States

Great trek - able to go at own pace. Friendly porters. Excellent food - sometimes too much food. Guide let us know what to expect each day.
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Stephen Cormier

United States

Overall - this experience was excellent. Truly amazing. Thank you, everybody, for the dedication: good energy put into this.
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Lindsey Yarnell

United States

Amazing trip! We loved the whole thing!
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Neil Dushyant Shah

United States

Fantastic tour. Great food. Would recommend to others.
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George Herman Barth II

United States

Claudio + Roland were outstanding! They were always kind, considerate and professional. Food was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Porters were amazing!
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Dylan Sean Cohoe

Canada

Loved the challenge, great guides & porters. Chef amazing (no eggs for me). I would pay extra sitting toilets the whole way!
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Dale-Ann Barth

United States

Better bathrooms facilities (toilets). Guides were awesome - kept the group informed, safe. Porters were hard workers.
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Sarah Lisa Barker

United States

Exceeded expectations! The knowledge of the guides and the education gained was very good. The food was very good & much more than I could have expected. The camp was always set up and ready for us. Their room service in the morning was much appreciated. Porter welfare was a little out of site so its harel to comment on. Their sleeping tents were only set up after we went to bed.
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Robin Lee Bryer

Canada

Wonderful experience would highly recommend this group/company to others. Appreciated that the porters were provided w/full uniforms including boots. Felt the porters could benefit from a lumbar support belt when hauling packs.
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Kenneth Kornbluh

United States

I was very satisfied. Elistan & the team did a very nice job of welcoming us & taking care of us. We appreciated the attention of personal touch.
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John Randolph Borum

United States

Walter was a very helpful and informational guide and was very patient during the hike.
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Janet S. Ford

United States

Porters were wonderful. They did so much more than I expected. Alex seemed very knowledgeable but I couldn't comprehend all the information. I think audiovisual might help. He was really helpful & engaged with the group. I would recommend it.
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Alicia Dawn Andrews

United States

This was a very challenging trip but managed very well. Day 2 was especially difficult but Alex got us through with the trip, so glad we did it. Alex was the best tour guide we could've asked for, excellent good.
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William Henry Bradford

United Kingdom

Outstanding service from start to finish. Porters are an inspiration to all with their effort. Humour & comfort to their service to trekkers. Elistan + Roland were outstanding with knowledge experience.
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Evan Anthony Dissauer

United States

Amazing experience so happy to spend time with the porters and guides, they are very good at what they do and made the trek a great experience.
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Jacque Sue Petersen

United States

It was an absolutely fabulous trip that was beyond my expectations. Elistan and Roland were incredible and Elistan's historical knowledge was great. Especially fabulous was Roland and his very caring approach for the slower group. A bucket list item checked off as epic!
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Vance Brian Simpson

United States

The guides were fabulous. The food was amazing. The toilets were gross.
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Ria Kristen Jadulos

United States

Need sanitary restrooms x assurance that porters wash their hands or sanitize before handling our food. Difficulty level was extremely hard for the overage person. Needs physical training to be able to do the trek at a comfortable pace. We love our guides. They are very funny.
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Jessica Sharon Knowles

United States

We loved this adventure! Thank you for the amazing experience! We would for sure recommend this tour company! Best Guides! Strongest porters & yummy food! Thanks again!
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Daniel Jandro

United States

Trip of a lifetime. Everything was perfect. Thank you!
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Lambert Elliot Collins

United States

All the porters were very helpful. The guides were excellent - very knowledgeable and helpful - Couldn't have done the trail without them.
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Paul William Shoemaker

United States

Great trip & fun times.
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John Cotton Richmond

United States

Edson did a wonderful job. Great work Valencia Travel!
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Linda Marie Richmond

United States

The weather was beautiful and the pace at which we trekked was challenging but doable. Great experience - Thank you so much!
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Daniel Updegrove

United States

Due to an emergency medical issue, we were unable to participate in the Inca trail hike. Even with the travel interruption, Valencia did a great job accommodating us and got us to Machu Picchu. The overall experience and service were fantastic.
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Stuart Queen

United Kingdom

The guides were absolutely amazing. All of the group took to them so well and they in tour made everyone feel unique and part of the family. Mattresses could be thicker, better quality - Machu Picchu trail amazing –
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Laura Rebecca Trimble

United Kingdom

Excellent guides and porters. Amazing trip. Very supportive when I was struggling - allowed me to go at my own pace. Thank you! Would highly recommend.
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Himanshu Joshi

United States

The experience was amazing from the guide to the porters to the level of organization. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company to friends or family.
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Satyan B Sreenath

United States

Claudio was truly excellent with superb knowledge and constantly working out for us. Although the trek was rigorous, the food at the end of the day was truly energizing. I could not have had a better time!
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Irene Ly

Canada

I had an excellent experience with this company. The guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. The porters did the job well and took really car of the group. I would recommend providing porters with better equipment to make their job more comfortable (gloves, headlamps, etc.).
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Angela Frances Webster

United States

The trip was wonderful. Our guide Freddy was the perfect combination of guide, coach, teacher, and friend. He is a great asset to your company! Enrique created culinary delights that constantly surprised and pleased. I have no idea how he created such fantastic meals & snacks. This was the trek of a lifetime!
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Shana Lothrop

United States

Everything was amazing. The porters and chef were phenomenal - food was beautiful and always a huge surprise. Javier was great at pacing us during the trip and explaining everything. We were disappointed on the final day at Machu Picchu when we had bought tickets for Wayna Picchu and there wasn't enough time for that + the walking tour.
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Anil Amar Thakur

United States

Ruben had a lot of patience. He was a good leader. We all were happy with guides, porters & cook. Ronaldo was explaining many things along the way.
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Rita Ajay Patel

United States

The porters were helping our big group whenever help was needed. Our guides were excellent, very humorous, organized, and helpful in every possible way. The cooks prepared very tasteful & variety of food. Overall our tour company made our trip very satisfactory.
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Chohan Kanchan Bala

United States

Very kind hearted group (guides + porters). Main Guide, Claudio was excellent with his leadership and thorough with leading us through this challenging trek. Claudio had a great attitude and also generous towards his team (Rene, porters). Rene was great too in keeping us entertained. :)
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Vivek Jain

United States

Excellent Inca trail Experience with Valencia Travel. Excellent knowledgeable Guides. Perfect food for the trails. No one got sick. All 30 people in my group completed the Inca trek with the help of guides & porters.
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Ellery Bowman

United States

Everyone here was extremely kind and helpful. They were always happy to help with anything. I learned a lot about Inca history and I'm very grateful for this experience!
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