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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.