We had a really great experience with Terra Quechua. Communication with Raquel was good from the start and we found it easy to book and organise the trip. It turned out it would only be my boyfriend and a friend in our group which made the whole thing feel quite bespoke.
Before the day of departure we had a full briefing from our guide Lenin, who went through all the details and schedule of the trip. He was an absolutely fantastic guide, very funny and knowledgable. We were very relaxed in his company but also felt like we were in safe hands! His words of encouragement throughout the trek were also very welcome. Our porter and chef were great too, the food was delicious and varied (no scrambled eggs every day). They also catered for my wheat intolerance without making me feel like I was missing out at all. The staff and food couldn't be better, other groups were definitely looking on in envy at our plates!
The 2 camps along the trek were a unique experience - the first beneath a looming glacier and the second beside a very impressive raging river! The hotel in Aguas Calientes was clean and the hot shower very welcome. The trek itself is not as hard as I thought, though the altitude does make it a lot harder to breathe. The views of Salkantay are incredible and the mountain really does command respect!
The final day going up to Machu and Wuanay Picchu was everything we expected in that it was absolutely breathtaking (and hard work!). The train back to Cusco was also an experience as the narrow gage made the carriage sway quite a bit.
Overall had a brilliant time with Lenin and his team and would highly recommend the trek.
Hiking Macchu Picchu has been on my sister's bucket list for a long time. She plans on getting married and starting a family in the next year so we jumped at the chance to do a "sister adventure" together in Peru beforehand. We searched numerous trekking companies that offer hikes through the Inca Trail or Salkantay. Because the Inca trail hike is always sold out about 6 months in advance and is full of tourists (Ok, I know i'm one too!), we opted for the beautiful Salkantay trek. When deciding which company to select we found a range of 250 USD - 790 USD. Terra Quechua was right in the middle around 450 USD once we added a sleeping bag rental. There weren't many reviews for Terra Quechua online but the few we found were very positive and the pictures on their website were a big selling point - the food especially! Here are some of our highlights:
- We did the 5 day/4 night trek (highly recommend it and only 2/5 days are really tough hiking days).
- Guide: Edwin, young guy (33) who has been guiding treks all around Peru for 5 years. Speaks English and Spanish and had the most energy and knowledge than any of the other guides I could see in the camps around us. He was the #2 best part of the trip next to seeing Macchu Picchu!
-Morning wake-ups with Coca Leaf Tea (especially great at 5 AM when it's 7 degrees Celsius out!
-3 authentic Peruvian dishes served each day + a snack of fruit, juice box and a cookie to keep in your bag during your hike
-Our cook was Santiago, a 12-year veteran who not only hikes the entire trail but beats your group to the camp to prepare lunch/dinner for your arrival. He serves a 3-course meal of an appetizer (Fried yucca and pumpkin pancake were my favorite), soup, and main dish (usually chicken, rice, beef, vegetables).
-Your duffel bag with towel, extra clothes, sleeping bag, etc is carried on a mule along with the camps' tents, food supply, propane tank etc. Each group has a horseman who also completes the trek in record time and sets up your tent prior to your arrival each night. (Ours was Eduardo)
Our group was small - only 4 people + staff - although I believe groups can go up to 10 people in the busy season. For us it was the perfect size to get to make new friends and be flexible in our schedule if we wanted to see specific sites off the trail.
Going in April: Weather was good for the most part although it rained for at least half of most of our days. Our guide said that May is ideal because rainy season is over but the mountains are still green (they go dry and brown/yellow in the Summer).
Costs: 450 USD for the Tour (150 USD deposit wired in advance - I had no trouble coordinating this with the owner Raquel about 4 weeks in advance). Tips/Propinas: Keep in mind that the horseman gets a tip, the cook gets a tip and your guide gets a tip. A rule of thumb given by our guide is that the cook should get about 2x the tip the horseman does. In Soleis (local currency), I gave the horseman 50 Soleis (about 17USD), the cook 100 Soleis, and our guide, 150 Soleis. In total, bring about 500 Soleis on the trek in cash to cover tips and a couple extra meals once you get into Machu Picchu. 1 USD = 3 Soleis on average.
We recently completed a 5 day hike the Salkantay Trek with Terra Quechua and I have to say that it was a great experience overall. It was nice that our tour guide carlos and his crew are actual locals which made it a very authentic experience and passionate about sharing the history of the Inca people, their archaeological sites the history and a local person with great stories for Cooking staff and horsemen. At every campsite our tents were always setup and the mess tent was ready to go. Our meals were incredible! Overall, the service provided by Terra Quechua Company made it a very luxurious journey to the point all that’s left to do is to enjoy every moment with your friends. I would highly recommend this team they are just an amazing group of people.
These guys did a great job for my sons and I on the 5 day Sankantay Trek. However, all of these agencies use local guides all of whom are independent contractors. So, it really depends on the guide they hire for your tour. With that said, I would not hesitate to use them again. Good luck!
I recently did a 5day/4 night trek to choquequiarou with Terra Quechua. The service was excellent. Before booking the trip they were very helpful answeing my questions, the booking process was easy and secure. The trek itself was well organised in every deatail. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the food was very good - plenty of it and a goid variety, the tents etc were in good condition.
The choquequirao trek itself was a great experience. I had done the inka trail in the past, choquequirao was a much better experience. The ascent and descents were hard work, but can be done by anyone of reasonable fitness, the effort was worth it for the spectacular views of the valley and surrounding snow capped mountains. What really makes this trek special is the lack of other tourists, i saw maybe 15 other people in the whole 5 days, and when we arrived at choquequirao we had it too ourselves. The ruins are equally impressive as MP and having them virtually to yourself is an unforgettable experience.
terra Quechua Good Job!
Just finished the lares Trek 4 days,3 nigths with Terra Quechua. One of the best adventures ever. We’ve done a lot of research before, as their are so many tour operators to chose from. From previous comments on tripadvisor we decided to go with this local company. We did not get disappointed. From start to the end, those guys looked after us. The owner, is doing an incredible job. He’s got the best guides and the most “amazing” chef. The day before the the trek we got to know our guide at the briefing and the rest of the gang. Our guide Samuel “Sam” has done absolutely everything to make those 4 days unforgettables. Our cook ” Rudi ” fed us with the most delicious food. He even managed to get us a cake in the middle of the trek on day 3. Magic! Even we were all very excited to see Machu Picchu, the journey towards the place made this experience was special to stay there for a long time and enjoy it, everything was well organized for Us.