Choosing an Inca Trail tour operator can be a giant headache. Which company is the best? Is the trek overpriced? Are the porters well paid or mistreated? Where and when and who and what and why… it’s not an easy decision.
To help you get started, I’ve compiled a list of Inca Trail companies that are well worth considering. And while I haven’t personally trekked to Machu Picchu with all of them (that would be kind of crazy), I do have first-hand experience with some. The other operators are included due to their generally positive reputations (they regularly feature in the latest editions of various Peru guidebooks and on respected travel websites) or they were recommended to me by friends of mine, including guides in Cusco.
I also want your feedback: if you’ve used any of the Inca Trail tour operators listed below, please leave a comment — positive or negative — in the comments section. Also feel free to review any tour operator not listed here; with more than 170 licensed Inca Trail operators in Peru, there are certainly some hidden gems out there — and some best avoided.
The Best Inca Trail Tour Companies in Peru
The following companies are what I consider to be the best and most reliable operators for the Classic Inca Trail. All provide the classic 4-day/3-night Inca Trail trek unless otherwise stated. Most, if not all, of these companies also offer alternative treks and tours to Machu Picchu and other destinations in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
- Southern Peru Explorers I did the classic 4-day trek with them, and I have to say it was excellent. Professional guides and an amazing experience. If chosen, they definitely won’t dissapoint.
- Alpaca Expeditions With some of the best ratings on TripAdvisor, Alpaca Expeditions should definitely be on your shortlist of Inca Trail operators.
- Sam Travel Peru Great, reliable operator that is recommended by many blogs and tour agencies due to their service.
- Llama Path 15 years of excellence has made Llama Path one of the top operators in Cusco, offering other treks to Machu Picchu as well.
- Conde Travel More than 10,000 customers, all highly praising the service provided.
As you can see, there’s quite a range of options to choose from for the Inca Trail. As for prices, the range of $600 to $700 range is perfectly reasonable, but you should be wary of any classic Inca Trail trek (4d/3n) offered at a significantly lower price (less than $500).
Once you pass the $800 mark, you’ll be entering the higher-end and luxury options. If you spend much more than $2,000 for your four-day trek, you should expect real luxury.
If you are interested in booking a trip to this epic historical site we suggest you check out FindLocalTrips.com a tour comparison website with heaps of info and many of the different operators listed with their current prices and full itineraries.