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Venture541731
2023-06-02
Snowstorm My friend and I were scheduled for the Salkantay Pass trek but the day our trek was to begin a freak snowstorm hit (hadn't snowed in Cuzco in 20 years). We started our trek while still snowing. Unfortunately my travel partner was experiencing some altitude issues and in conjunction with the snow we thought it best to curtail our hike. Percy drove the 3 hours from Cuzco to pick us up (his nephew Edson was guiding) and we met him shortly after lunch. He rearranged his schedule and took us on guided tours of the Sacred Valley and the other sites during the time we were scheduled to be trekking. Which was awesome. Can't say enough about Percy and Edson as they saved our trip from being a disappointment. Percy was able to get us passes to do the Huanya Picchu hike (next to Machu Picchu) which typically you have to book months in advance. Percy and Edson's knowledge and passion are immense and I would strongly recommend using them for anybody considering a trip in the region
Natalie
2023-05-30
The BEST tour available in Cusco! Visit the Sacred Valley and Cusco with knowledgable locals My travel partner and I went on a full day tour of the Sacred Valley with Percy and Rebecca and a half day tour of Cusco sites with Percy. They were so accommodating and very flexible with our schedule during both tours. We loved being able to go at our own pace and not feel rushed. They were able to take us wherever we wanted to go and cater the tour to what we were interested in seeing. It was also great to have the personal attention of the guides and be able to learn and ask all about the region and history. Percy speaks great English, Rebecca is learning but she was so sweet and will be an awesome guide when she learns. During our tour of the Sacred valley they took us to some view points, Incan ruins in Pisaq, an Incan silver and stone manufacturer, delicious lunch in the valley, Ollantaytambo and the ruins there, and an alpaca weaver in Chinchero. Percy had a book with pictures and diagrams to explain the history of the region and the Incan lifestyle, he was very knowledgable and a great teacher. During our drives to the next sites we asked them many questions about modern Peruvian lifestyle, the government, and their lives. We learned so much about Percy and Rebecca, the Incas, and Peru. On our drive back to Cusco they pulled over so we could jump out of the van to look at the stars since we can't see them at home. The only thing we wish we had was more hours in the day to spend with them! After we returned from doing part of the Inca trail we had scheduled another half day tour with Percy to see some of the sites around Cusco. He took us to Saqsaywaman, and 3-4 other Incan ruins around Cusco. Percy taught us more about the Incas in Cusco and recommended other museums for us to check out in Cusco. I could not imagine a better tour available. Percy and Rebecca are both very genuine and kind tour guides that love what they are doing. Being able to connect and learn from them absolutely made our trip to Peru.
B W
2023-02-17
Great experience! Percy was awesome! He was so knowledgable and fun throughout my group's trip! I really appreciated how encouraging he was throughout the journey.
Samuel A
2022-11-16
Highly Recommend Montes Travel Peru If you are traveling to Peru and especially Machu Picchu, I would highly recommend using Montes Travel Peru! We were able to have a trip of a lifetime due to the incredible experience of working with Percy and his team. From planning, Percy was quick to respond to any questions and helped us secure all needed permits, transport, and excursions for our trip. He even offered to pick us up from the Cusco airport himself. The 4D3N Inca Trail hike was perfect with everything planned for us so we could enjoy the trek. The ride to the drop off was great and the driver was very nice! On the hike, we had an incredible team of porters and our guide Robinzon was amazing. It was a much better experience working with Montes Travel versus the larger companies such as Llama Path, Alpaca Expeditions, and G Adventures. We had a more personalized trip with a more authentic experience versus being with a lot of other people. The larger companies also didn’t seem to have much flexibility in their schedules and missed out on a lot of opportunities. Our porter team was amazing and everyone was incredibly supportive and friendly. Our chef Mario was very talented and the food for each meal was delicious. Our guide Robinzon was very supportive and knowledgeable and felt like he was a part of our family by the end of the trip. He taught us everything we needed to know about the local history and culture, animals and plants, and much more. Robinzon did a fantastic job on helping us pace our group get through the difficult parts of the hike. If you are considering hiking the Inca Trail, I would recommend no other company than Montes Travel Peru. Percy does a great job in both supporting his clients and his team and would use him again next time we visit Peru.
Claire H
2022-11-11
Personalized, capable, and knowledgeable tour operators We are so happy that we traveled with Montes Travel. Percy was so organized and planned everything impeccably - he even met us for lunch before the trip to go over the final details. We had full trust in him and his group, not to mention he is a great guy who anyone would enjoy spending time with! Our guide, Robinzon, was personable and knowledgeable. One of our favorite parts about the trek was learning more about Quechuan culture thanks to Robinzon. The chef, Mario, made us incredible and nutritious meals at every stop. All of the porters were friendly, helpful, and encouraging. There is nothing quite like finishing a tough day’s hike to applause and hot tea waiting for you! We highly recommend booking with Percy and Montes Travel. We were so happy to be part of a small group that could go at our own pace and take in the views throughout the journey.
Ben A
2022-11-09
Impeccable, authentic, and awe inspiring Percy runs a wonderful tour company that gives you an absolutely personal and authentic experience. From the initial communications with Percy, he was extremely accommodating and helpful. Every detail that I would normally have to fret over as a traveler in a foreign country was taken care of by Percy. He made it such that we could just show up and soak in all that the beautiful Peru has to offer. Our guide was Robinzon, who was incredible by every account. At every twist and turn along the Inca Trail he was sharing a deep knowledge of the history and local culture, both past and present. He did a wonderful job pacing our group, we never had to worry about whether we would be too early or too late because he was always on top of the timing. Robinzon grew up just a few kilometers from the start of the trail and it was immediately clear that he knew every inch of the trail. If you’re looking for an experience that’s authentic to the local culture, there is no better guide than Robinzon! Lastly the food along the way was impeccable. Our cook’s name was Mario and he did a fantastic job. When we showed up to our first meal, lunch on the first day, all of us were speechless. We were out here on the Inca Trail and we were looking at a set table that felt like fine dining. Every lunch and dinner was a 3-5 course meal. The combination of ingredients, flavors, sauces, and plating felt like an impossible achievement in the Peruvian wilderness. I’ll be raving to all of my friends about not just an amazing trek but the amazing Montes Travel Peru company that made it all happen!
Gustavopaisa
2022-07-10
Montes Travel Perú…Lo máximo Persy sin duda es un guía excelente!!! Lo súper recomiendo para cualquier tour en Cusco y sus alrededores…todos los tours que hicimos con el fueron fuera de serie…No duden en viajar a Cusco y tener a Persy cómo su guía privado…la verdad que el hace hasta lo imposible para que su viaje sea ameno e inolvidable…tiene mucha experiencia en su trabajo …su conocimiento y sus tips harán que su viaje sea todo un éxito
gusnclaudia4ever
2022-07-10
Cusco y sus alrededores! Lago Humantay, Raiinbow Mountain, Valle Sagrado y MachuPicchu Nos recomendaron a Persy Montes para nuestro viaje a MachuPicchu y fue la mejor decision que tomamos. Tener un guia privado y sobre todo Percy fue espectacular, su servicio, paciencia y sus consejos nos ayudaron a tener un viaje exitoso. Visitamos los siguientes sitios: Lago Humantay, La montana de 7 colores, El valle sagrado, Cusco y porsupuesto MachuPicchu. No se cual me gusto mas, todos los sitios son lindos, magicos!!!! El servicio de transporte excelente y el chofer Tony muy bueno, el van super limpio tambien. Persy sin duda tiene mucha experiencia en su trabajo, su especialidad es "El Inca Trail" nosotros no tuvimos la oportunidad de hacerlo, pero todo lo que hicimos con el fue mas alla de nuestras expectativas, Gracias Percy y su sobrino Edson por hacer de este paseo inolvidable Persy Montes was recommended to us for our trip to Machu Picchu and it was the best decision we made. Having a private guide and above all Percy was spectacular, his service, patience and advice helped us have a successful trip. We visit the following sites: Lake Humantay, The Mountain of 7 Colors, The Sacred Valley, Cusco and of course Machu Picchu. I don't know which one I liked more, all the places are beautiful, magical!!!! The excellent transportation service and the driver Tony very good, the van super clean too. Persy certainly has a lot of experience in his work, his specialty is "The Inca Trail" we did not have the opportunity to do it, but everything we did with him was beyond our expectations, Thank you Percy and his nephew Edson for making this trip unforgettable
SLik6924
2022-05-28
Amazing experience!!! We had an amazing experience on our Inca trail trek. Percy is a patient and caring guide who made sure we got through this journey safe and sound, encouraging us through the rough days. It was also a pleasure to have Nely (Percy's wife) on the trek with us as well, so sweet and kind ! The timing for our arrival at Macchu Picchu was planned perfectly as we avoided the huge crowds. We felt like we had our own private viewing :). William was a wealth of knowledge about the Inca history, the vegetation and we enjoyed so many stories from his years of experience. We were so fortunate to have both Percy and William as they were born and raised in the Cusco area and were both very passionate about their culture. The food was spectacular! So amazing what these talented chefs can do with just a few supplies in the mountains! The porters were so encouraging as they cheered us on as we arrived to our camps at the end of the days, we truly appreciated all their hard work. We'll always remember our trekking family on our journey to Macchu Picchu, thank you for everything, xx
Pelayo R
2020-03-21
Huaran-Lares Ha sido una Aventura increíble. No es una ruta típica pero es 100% recomendable. Percy es un guía excelente, sabe muchísimo acerca de la cultura local y organizó el viaje a las mil maravillas. Viajamos durante 4 días por unos lugares alucinantes acompañados por un chef y su ayudante (mención especial porque hacían una comida exquisita) y con dos arrieros para el equipaje, además de Percy. Todo fue estupendo. Muy recomendable.

Choquequirao Trek 4D / 3N

The Choquequirao trek is a truly spectacular hike that plunges down into the Apurimac canyon and then up again to the fascinating ruins of Choquequirao. While this is a tough trek, you are rewarded with spectacular views the whole way. The ruins of Choquequirao, perched on a ledge high above the Apurimac are not as extensive as Machu Picchu, but probably more fascinating and much more remote. This is a very unique trail in the high Andes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Capuliyoc – playa Rosalina

We depart Cusco early in a private car for a four hour drive to capuliyoc. We will visit the village of Cachora, (2909m / 9543ft), a last minute opportunity to buy supplies., to Capuliyoc It’s half an hour more by bus (2915 metres/ 9561 feet) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below as well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. From here it’s a steep downhill descent for approximately 4 hours to our campsite. Distance Travelled: 19 km / 11.80 ml/Approximate Walking Time: 4 hrs Accommodation: Camping at playa Rosalina (1550 m.sn.m. / 5085ft).

Day 2: playa Rosalina – Choquequirao

Departing early on the established trail. We the begin our steep climb to Santa Rosa (2095m / 6873ft); where we can take a refreshing break, rest and buy water. We continue upwards, towards Marampata (2913m / 9557ft), a flat place where we can rest in similar conditions to Santa Rosa; enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao. This spot also has bathrooms and we will have lunch here. The climb from the river takes about 5 hours and is tough. From our lunch spot we can see the ruins of Choquequirao, from here we have two hours more hike to the ruins. (3110 metres/ 10120 feet) We will spend the late evening in the ruins, where we will watch the sunset and have the chance to see condors. Accommodation: Camping at Choquequirao campsite (bathrooms and cold water showers) Distance Travelled: 14 km / 8.69 ml Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hrs

Day 3: Choquequirao – Santa Rosa

We have a chance to more fully explore the ruins and have a little rest in the morning. In the afternoon we return along the edge of the Apurimac canyon, descending to our tropical campsite at Santa Rosa. (5 hours hiking) Accommodation: Camping at Santa Rosa (2095m / 6873ft) Depending on the progress of the group, the guide may elect to camp at Chiccisqa (1836m / 6023ft).

Day 4: Santa Rosa – Cachora – Cusco

Early in the morning, in order to escape the heat of the canyon of the Apurimac, we descend to the raging river, and then begin an arduous climb that is rewarded with spectacular views. We climb for about four hours, and have lunch in Capuliyoc (2915 metres/ 9561 feet).. Our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cusco (4 hours drive). We will arrive in Cusco between 5 and 6 pm.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to and from capuliyoc
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Afternoon Snacks and 2 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit

Not included:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 4
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What you need to take

  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries
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