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#1 Jan 17, 2009
My partner and I have just returned from doing the Inca Trail with inca land adventures. They're not in the guidebooks as they are relatively new, but they are a registered agency, and we were very impressed with them.
The Inca land adventures porters appeared to carry a lot less than those from many other companies, and (according to the guide we had) are paid and treated better too (eg were given training, back supports, proper rucksacks, etc).
This isn't really a drawback, more of an observation: inca land adventures purchase your Inca Trail permit as soon as you send the deposit rather than waiting for a larger group size to form so they can be purchased together (larger groups are more profitable for the companies - many will hold on to your booking and/or pass you on to another agency). This means that many of the groups they handle are formed of just two or three people. In our case it was just my partner and I. This turned out to be a real boon as we were able to go at our own pace and enjoy the trail rather than trying to keep up with the group. However, on occasion I felt a little embarassed having seven staff working so hard for just the two of us. Moreover, if yours turns out to be a small group they charge you a little more ($40) to cover staff costs, and you also be expected to pay more in tips than you would in a large group.
Overall I was hugely impressed with inca land adventures and would recommend them to anyone. This is their web site www.incalandadventures.com
#2 Feb 5, 2009
It's weird and awkward traveling with porters even though inca land adventures, the company we're trekking with (and whom we highly recommend www.incalandadventures.com ), treats their porters very well. They have uniforms and real backpacks and our guide tells us he likes working for them. Some of the other porters just use sacks that they pack a mountain of stuff into and tie into a rudimentary backpack (not one of our guys). There's a 25 kilo limit per porter, but some carry more. Some are even running down the trail with all that gear and these are not big people, most of them are no taller than 5 foot 6 -- they're really incredible powerhouses!
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