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Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Tour Operators
The following Cusco-based operators run either four-day or two-day treks to Machu Picchu, along the famed Inca Trail. Most companies also provide alternative multiday Inca Trail treks including the Lares Valley, Salkantay, and Choquequirao. These treks often are cheaper in cost and just as magnificent, if not more challenging. The average cost of a four-day Inca Trail excursion runs about $500 USD. Most companies listed can also organize one-day tours to Machu Picchu from Cusco.
CuscoTopTravel&Treks. Run by the wildly talented and witty David Choque, who specializes in a range of packaged and comfort-class custom-built multiday treks along the Inca Trail and the Sacred Valley. They also offer one-day tours to Machu Picchu. 084/251-864. www.cuscotoptravelperu.com..
SAS. One of the longest-running operators in the region, they offer just about any hiking tour from the four-day Inca Trail trek to a variety of alternative treks. 084/249-194. www.sastravelperu.com..
Sun Gate Tours. Specialists in trekking tours including the Classic and Short Inca Trail options, Sun Gate Tours also provides a variety of non-trekking tours to Machu Picchu. 084/232-046. www.sungatetours.com..
United Mice. One of the more popular Inca Trail operators, United Mice have been guiding adventurers on multiday hikes since 1990. They offer a variety of alternative Inca trail treks from across the Sacred Valley. 084/221-139. www.unitedmice.com..
Amazonas Explorer. For more than 20 years, this company has specialized in adventure tours, with or without the entire family. They are known for using top quality equipment and the best guides around. Av. Collasuyo 910, Cusco. 084/252-846. www.amazonasexplorer.com.
Pachamama Explorers. This company has over 12 years experience with a speciality in trekking the Inca Trail and alternatives as well as in creating customized itineraries. They promoted porter welfare before regulations were set in place. Calle Umanchata 140, Cusco. 084/226-570. www.pmexplorers.com.
U.S. and Canada-based Guides
Backroads. This active travel company provides luxury all-inclusive trips in Peru for families and individuals. Packages include Inca Trail trekking trips, lodge-to-lodge hiking to Machu Picchu, and culturally-oriented excursions. 800/462-2848. www.backroads.com..
G Adventures. Although recently changed from GAP Adventures to G Adventures, this is still the same eco-conscious, Canadian-run tour company that provides multiple levels of trips based on comfort and activity styles. They offer traditional Inca Trail treks and alternative Inca Trail multiday hikes. Many can be combined with other G Adventure tours of Peru. Check out last-minute deals on the website. 416/260-0999. www.gadventures.com..
Wilderness Travel. This company specializes in small group, family, and private journeys, with an emphasis on education. Along with the classic Inca Trail and the upscale lodge-to-lodge trek to Machu Picchu, they also offer some more unusual options. 800/368-2794. www.wildernesstravel.com..
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