Local Tour Operators
Finding a local tour operator was actually more difficult then I thought. There are 4 or 5 good quality companies that I know of but they only organize tours for overseas companies rather than for individuals and when I contacted them they weren't really interested in taking bookings directly via their websites. If you just turn up in Cusco a few days before you want to go to Machu Picchu you'll find plenty of travel agents around the Plaza de Armas, Calle Plateros and Calle Triunfo falling over themselves to sell you a tour often at prices cheaper than you can do yourself but every year waiting till to arrive in Cusco to book is becoming more and more risky. My advice would be to book well in advance.
Below are a list of recommended tour operators in Cusco who are well established and are worth checking out.
www.sastravelperu.com Calle Garcilaso 270, Cusco.Full range of treks available. Largest of the trekking tour operators in Cusco offering a good quality service. One of the few companies to offer daily Inca trail departures. Recommended.
www.andinatravel.com Plazoleta Santa Catalina 219, Cusco Recommended for their Lares Valley trek. Also offer the Inca Trail, Ausangate & Choquequirao. Recommended.
www.enigmaperu.com Located out of town. Calle Fortunato L. Herrera 214, Urb. Magisterial, 1a Etapa, Cusco Quality tour operator offering the Inca Trail and other treks including Ausangate and Valley of Lares. Recommended.
www.llamapath.com Calle San Juan de Dios 250, Cusco. Variety of treks and tours.
www.perutreks.com Avenida Pardo 540, Cusco. Open 9am-1pm & 4-8pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun. Inca Trail specialists with departures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the year. They also run a homestay program where you can stay with families in mountain villages and experience their culture. Contribute towards local community projects. Recommended.
www.orellanatour.com Calle Garcilaso 206, Cusco. Well recommended for days tours around Cusco and the Sacred Valley as well as the 1 day tour bt train to Machu Picchu
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