Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek
Peru, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,100 (land only)
By: Mariann Geyer, Pennsylvania, USA
KE team was great. always responsive. Trip of a lifetime. great leader- Rubin. Cook and support team were great. Canto the asst leader was wonderful.
We loved the Tibet biking trip several years ago. This trek has now moved ahead of that trip as the most challenging and most fun!
Remote nature of the trek. We didn't see anyone for weeks! The challenge of the trails and the length of the days. You really felt like it was a great accomplishment to make it to the end of a day on the trail. Much more diversity of terrain then we expected- in the high country in the morning, then in the cloud forest and end the day in the jungle floor. really wonderful.
We LOVED THIS TRIP
By: Gemma Bircher, Nottingham
This was fantastic trip. I felt I was in safe hands. The local staff were all lovely, the horses well looked after and everything very professionally handled. I loved everything! The walking, the scenery, the guiding, the food and the company. It exceeded my expectations. We were so well looked after and I wasn't expecting this level of service. Reuben our guide was excellent - knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional. He went out if his way to ensure we had a good trip - I was very impressed. My camera was broken on the first day in Cusco and he spent his own time in the afternoon helping me to buy another camera. I won't forget this. Thank you for having great standards and for ensuring you support local companies where corners don't need to be cut. This will be the start of many trips with KE I'm sure!
By: Nick Williamson, Penrith, UK
At the end of the trek I just wanted to keep on going. I had one of the best two weeks of my life! The Andes were stunning and the Inca remains were fascinating. The remoteness of much of the trip and the interaction with local people was memorable. Our guide Claudio's encyclopaedic knowledge and his ability to share it with us was inspiring.
By: Justin Watts, London, UK
I can't stress enough how absolutely magnificent this holiday was. I credit that in significant part to the local team. I don't underestimate how important the role of every member of the team was; they were all excellent adherents to hygiene, discipline, timing, animal and environmental care etc and the overall experience was absolutely outstanding. I was just bowled over by the quality of the whole thing.
This was the trip of a lifetime and it did not disappoint, I just loved it.
By: Jane & David Bardsley, Cumbria, UK
Ruben (Chino) was totally brilliant throughout and engendered a great atmosphere amongst trekkers and crew alike. He was knowledgeable, committed, dedicated and well respected by all the crew. The guides showed a good level of competence when dealing with those affected by the altitude. Particularly impressed by standard of care shown by the guides to their crew and by the muleteers to their animals.
Most enjoyed - Trekking through isolated areas and seeing the "real" Peru.
By: Wendy Ovendon, Australia
Best two leaders ever - fantastic! I LOVED IT. Excellent health and fitness. Just think grading of trek should be one or two notches harder. Everything was first class and 5 star - the leaders, the crew, all the camping equipment and the food. The remoteness of the trek... I did not want to do the Inca Trail with thousands of people. It was excellent not to see other trekkers for days on end. Got a real feel for the individual communities in Peru. Locations of all the campsites were absolutely stunning!
This Surpassed expectations as the standards were first class - 5 star all the way. The trek was harder than anticipated, from what I understood of KEs grading system. Based on previous KE treks I have done with same grading, this was much harder.
By: Stuart Ashley, Lincolnshire, UK
The food was varied and excellent, well prepared and no shortage. Our leader had an excellent knowledge of area, history etc and was always willing to answer any questions. He managed to look after both the very fit walkers as well as those not quite as fit or young! He also showed the group several old Inca ruins that I'm sure other leaders didn't know existed. The scenery was excellent and the trek route was not on overused trails - we rarely encountered other trekkers. The camp sites were also situated in good positions.
By: Celeste Frey, Massachusetts, US
I had no expectations since I had never hiked anything like this before, never used the company before and I was going alone. I would definitely pay again for the quality and organization received. It was a very good trip. I had a great experience, met wonderful people, had some physical challenges and enjoyed being outdoor and in the mountains exploring the past (Inca history) with a very well prepared company and guide.
By: Andrew Bailey, Chelmsford, UK
This was a wonderful adventure; I did not want it to end! I particularly enjoyed the opportunity of seeing parts of Peru that were off the beaten track (in terms of tourism) and seeing the great Inca sites. Ruben (Chino), Nilo and Alain were exceptionally well informed and able to answer all questions regarding history, geography and cultural aspects. The trek experience was superb, from the hot water wash in the morning to the excellent dinners in the evening.
By: Deborah Sommer, Ontario, Canada
The staff were excellent from the muleteers to the guides. Loved every minute, services were excellent and well tended to. Very enjoyable experience. Thank you
By: Yvonne McGregor, Stoke on Trent, UK
The whole trek was brilliant, as was the weather which added to the enjoyment. The whole team camaraderie from our group right down to the muleteers was very inspiring. Our extension to lake Titicaca, and the train ride was also very special and a lovely way to finish our holiday.
By: Linda Graves, Surrey, UK
I had an excellent trip with KE before and was confident that everything would be organised well. We had very good service. The leaders of the trek were clearly passionate about Peru and keen that we enjoyed all it had to offer. They had a good rapport with the support crew which encouraged a feeling of real team work. I really enjoyed the opportunity to go to places that tourists who visit Machu Picchu don't normally go to. We visited lots of Inca sites and were the only group there - which made it even more special.
By: Annie & Paul Muir, South Ayrshire, Scotland
We have used KE in the past and been very happy with the service we have received. Both the trek leader and fellow guide were fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their country and it's history. We found it to be an extremely enjoyable trip and it was well planned to allow for acclimatisation. Also, recommendations for restaurants etc were good and combined with high standards of food and hygiene on trek allowed us to remain well.
By: Vince Hall, Warwick, UK
Everything was superbly organised, including the rainforest extension. You need something above 'excellent' to describe Zak's (local leader) trek management. His passion for all aspects of the trip made it unforgettable. Zak was very ably assisted by Gabriel, whose pacing over the high passes was outstanding. Thanks for a great experience!!
By: Tony Key , Nottinghamshire, UK
The trip met our specific needs of visiting Machu Picchu; but also seeing real Peru through a longer trek off the beaten track - with the bonus of Choquequirao thrown in.
By: Megan Bestbier, Norfolk, UK
Peditro is the best cook- if that's what he can do in a tent up a mountain who knows what he would do in a proper kitchen!! He is awesome. The best holiday we have ever had!