I am going to do my best to put into words my gratitude for this company and it's owner, Fredy. It was such a flawless and memorable experience!!! Thank you!!!
I have been traveling to a bunch of countries over my lifetime and have taken many tours, and can say Peru Path is the greatest tour company I have seen in any nation!! As a matter of fact, this was my second time to Peru and second time using this company, so I honestly believe they are the best! Both trips I have had the owner, Fredy, as a personal guide. This is where the magic of the company starts. I cannot speak highly enough of the kindness and integrity that this man has. He puts the customer absolutely first, wanting to ensure the customer is comfortable at all times, able to make any adjustments to the itinerary at moment's notice for the customer. To give a small example of his acts of kindness, we went to Machu Picchu and ended up getting soaked by rain which ended up making it a cold the rest of the day. Without a flinch, Fredy offered up his own Jacket to help my fiance be warm. I have gotten to know Fredy, and know he can do all of these hikes and tours with minimum gear, so for him to offer that up on a day like that was really something else.
Of course having a knowledgeable tour guide is important, especially when spending time in such history rich locations. Fredy goes beyond just having a base/general knowledge of the Incas and is very good at speaking English. He has such a large extent of knowledge of the history of the Incas and their sites, but he also can talk for as long as you can listen on the esoteric views and spirituality of the Incas, which I truly loved hearing about. He is a true authority on the Incans and Machu Pichu and will actually be publishing his first book soon. Good luck with that Fredy!!
Peru Path has several preset itineraries on their site and the first visit to Peru I did the multi-day Salkantay Trek which was such an amazing adventure. This trip, We we were so pressed for time having only a 3 nights in Cusco region and there were a few things I wanted to see this time but couldn't fit any of the staged itineraries, so they took my input and quickly made me a custom itinerary. Spectacular!
One last thing I would like to add that Peru Path doesn't advertise, again speaking towards the humbleness of Fredy, is that a generous percent of the revenue goes back to the helping the community. With the percentage of proceeds, Peru Path has a mission to help bring education to the children in Peru who are not able to get it. You will see these types of towns you go through and can see these children who have a life path already set for them and do not have certain educational opportunities for growth. They recently finished constructing a whole school in oneof these locations! Peru Path aims to continue efforts in these locations, but cant do it with out the support from our patronage. Not only is the tour service amazing, but the Peru Path mission is.
We saw the beautiful and mysterious Machu Picchu on this trip and as well as the fantastic Rainbow Mountain, which were my two must sees. Fredy arranged all transportation and lodging for us and even was able to add a couple more stops in our short time window. It was just such a magical trip and one to be remember forever.
If you are considering a trip to Peru, please consider this company as your first choice, you will not be disappointed. I [...read more]"
My fiance and I traveled to Peru and wanted to see Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and Rainbow Mountain but we were limited on time - so we booked a 3 day tour with Freddy - whom my fiance had toured with before and had a unforgettable tour experience with him a few years ago. I heard so many great things before meeting Freddy and was excited to meet him.
Day 1: Chinchero and Aguas Calientes
Freddy picked us up from our hostel in Cusco and immediately I felt like we were meeting up with a good old friend. Freddy told us the history of Cusco and took us to Chinchero where we saw a demonstration on how alpaca weavers create yarn from the fluff, dye it, and create beautiful tapestries - it was awesome! After that, we made the drive to Aguas Calientes where we would be spending the night. Freddy booked us an awesome hotel room (the nicest hotel we stayed at during our 2 weeks in Peru) that had a balcony view of the mountain - Machu Picchu loomed above us in the mist, it was fantastic.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Since we only had a day to do Machu Picchu, we all took the bus ride up to the site at around 5:30 am - to catch the sunrise of course! Freddy sat us down on the first bench within the Incan walls and told us the story of Machu Picchu, and drew diagrams on the sand to show us geographical data, how Machu Picchu's location was no coincidence - and how it lines up with other sacred Incan sites. Freddy's way with words is engaging and mesmerizing. My fiance and I were the only ones touring with Freddy that day, but even some passers-by stopped to listen in to what Freddy was saying! We learned SO much, and I couldn't help but feel like we had the best guide at Machu Picchu that day. It started pouring rain and my rain jacket got soaked during our hike up to Waynapicchu, so Freddy lent me his Peru Path jacket - it was my savior. He told me he was fine and didn't want me to get sick. Since we we're doing Rainbow Mountain the next day, Freddy booked our train tickets for us to head back for the night.
Day 3: Rainbow Mountain
Another early morning, we got up at 4AM and met with Freddy. It was a 3 hour drive from Cusco to the base of Rainbow Mountain, but wow the drive was so scenic and Freddy had so much history to share with us, the time flew on by. Freddy took us to breakfast at little family owned hostel which was simple, clean and yummy. I was getting a little sick with a cold but we wanted to see Rainbow Mountain so we ended up hiring some horses to carry us up the loooong trek up to the mountain top. This hike starts at 13,500 feet in elevation so THANK GOD Freddy had a great oxygen mask because I was feeling weak in all the muscles. Even with the horses I felt pretty drunk from the altitude and at some points almost fell right off my horse (lol). Since Freddy had already hired 1 emergency horse for us, we only had to pay for the 2nd horse (we had originally told Freddy we were going to hike it, but then I got sick).
The views were INCREDIBLE! Again, Freddy came through and told us all about the minerals in the mountains, and how they came to become colorfully striped. Absolutely a MUST if you're in the Cusco area. So beautiful.
After Rainbow Mountain, we made a bathroom stop in Ollantaytambo. We were too pooped to go see the ruins there but we asked Freddy if we could just go roam around for awhile, which of course he was totally chill with. On that note, Freddy is so laid back - we literally changed our minds about maybe 7 times during our tours with him and he was so easy going with everything, and somehow still managed to show us a fantastic time, got us to where we needed to be, hotels booked, train tickets, everything went as smooth as possible! I'm amazed really because I highly doubt any other tour guide would be that easy going when you have such a tight schedule, but Freddy worked his magic and made everything easy for us. Ollantaytambo was fantastic, it was awesome walking among old Incan streets and seeing the old Incan mills in the mountainside. Beautiful town and highly recommend stopping there!
All in all, Freddy was absolutely amazing. Peru has been a life changing adventure and if you're a history nerd like me, you'll love [...read more]"