The trek to Machu Picchu is an incredible experience and will be the highlight of any trekkers career! With over 15 years experience of leading trips on this historic trail, we have developed the itinerary and team to make your trip to Machu Picchu a success. Our favorite itinerary is the Classic 5 Day Trek. This trek gives our clients a chance to follow this unique trail with minimal people around! GET IN TOUCH today to talk to one of our expert staff, who have personally completed the trail many times. Below is twenty reasons why we think you need to choose Ian Taylor Trekking for your Inca Trail trek.
1). Our Team in Cusco
We have a full time staff member on the ground in Cusco, who works directly with us. Therefore, this gives us far more consistency in our service on the ground. This also helps us offer you quality treks, food and professional on the ground assistance from our Ian Taylor Trekking staff at all times.
2). Supporting the Local Community
We support a local organization, giving help and support to children in need. Why not join one of our treks and then visit the children and brings books, toys and gifts. We also run treks into the Lares Region to try and support and help as many people as possible in this remote part of Peru.
3). Quality Run Treks
We run quality treks with more staff and better food. Read some REVIEWS from our trips. Our staff are paid correctly and we do not over load them with weight. Furthermore, we do not cut corners on any aspects of our trips. We only run quality treks along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
4). Office Support 5 Days a Week
We offer personal service with training advice 5 days a week. A lot of people underestimate the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. There are some long 10+ hour days covering over 16km/ 9.9 miles, with over 1,000m/ 3,280 feet, of up and down hill on steep stairs while on the trail. We want to make sure you come with the correct training and preparation for the trip. Thus, all you have to do is e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule calls with you as often as needed.
5). Support From Experienced Trekkers
We offer professional advice from staff who have personally made the journey over 10 times. Our office staff have trekked to Machu Picchu many times on our 4 day, 5 day and 6 day itineraries, so they are in the perfect position to get you the correct information on your trek to Machu Picchu. They can assist with the daily training you should be doing and what gear you should be bringing. Also, our staff can help you understand more about altitude, lack of oxygen, elevation gain and distances along the trail to Machu Picchu.
6). Trek With an Everest Summitteer
You can have personal access to Ian and our team so we can answer all your questions. Why not join one of the trips that Ian Taylor will lead himself? Ian has climbed Mount Everest to the top, led 30+ treks to Everest Base Camp, 30+ Kilimanjaro climbs and also led 10+ treks along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Sign up and get access today. CONTACT US.
7). Learning From the Best
Our head guide in Peru has over 20 years experience managing teams on the ground in Peru. Percy has been at the forefront of tourism, along the Inca Trails and in Cusco for over 20 years. He is also well connected on the ground with access to all the key organization and authorities. He is also passionate about his Inca and Quechua heritage and you will learn so much about the ancient ways of these amazing people. We have the team in place to deliver the trip of the lifetime.
8). High Safety Standards
We have oxygen and fully trained medical support staff on our trips. As we trek up to 4,215m/ 13,800 feet on the trail, this is very high altitude. You need to have access to oxygen and team who have additional support staff members available to assist you while you are on the trek to Machu Picchu. Read some REVIEWS from our treks to Machu Picchu.
9). High Quality Gear
We only use high quality Mountain Hardwear tents. You never want to be caught out on the Inca Trail with a hole in your tent or low quality gear. Therefore, we use quality tents on all our Inca trail treks to Machu Picchu and trekking itineraries in Peru. We have single tent options and we have new Mountain Hardwear tents for you to enjoy. Come ready for some great camping.
10). 3 Nights in Hotels in Cusco Included
All hotel rooms are included in the cost of our trip. We include a total of 3 hotel nights in Cusco, 2 nights before your trek and 1 night after your trek. All hotel accommodation on the trek are on a shared basis. When flying into Cusco, you are at 3,400m/ 11,152 feet, which is very high altitude. We want to make sure you have the time to acclimatize before the trek starts in Cusco.
11). Pillows and Hand Wash is Provided Each Day
We provide you with a pillow, for your trek to Machu Picchu. We want you to be comfortable on the trail to Machu Picchu. Sleeping is an important part of the acclimatization process. Likewise, we also have hand wash available for you at each stop on the trail. Staying healthy is extremely important, so we want to help provide you with the tools needed to stay clean throughout the trip!
12). The Best Itineraries
Our favorite itinerary on the Inca Trail is our Classic 5 Day Trek. We have developed this itinerary to give you the best experience on the trail. It will give you more times to explore each site along the trail and also break up the distances traveled each day. This unique itinerary also allows for two visits to Machu Picchu, which others do not do!
13). The Best Food
We will provide you with three, three course meals each day on the trail. READ MORE information about our food service on the trek. We can guarantee quality food throughout the trek. We know we need to fuel your adventure so we only serve professional grade meals each day.
14). The Best Chefs
We have the best chef and kitchen crew on our trips. We have the same chefs on all our treks to Machu Picchu and thus you will not be disappointed with the creative and delicious meals they will create on the trail. The service, food and quality are what is drawing people to our treks in Peru.
15). We Include Porters
Our porters will carry 10kg/ 22 lbs, of your personal gear on the trail. We will send you our 35 page dossier covering all aspects of the trip. We will also have an itemized kit list for you to review are always available to talk if you have questions on the gear you need. Watch our PACKING VIDEO and do let us know if you have any questions.
16). Celebration Meal in Aguas Calientes
If you are on our favorite itinerary of the Classic 5 Day Trek, then we will provide a celebration dinner at Indio Feliz in Aguas Calientes. If you are on one of our other itineraries, we will provide a celebratory lunch here before you get on the train. You will be presented with your certificate of achievement and we will enjoy a beautiful meal before heading back to Cusco for the last night.
17). We Give Back
We support projects in all the areas we operate in. After Climbing Mount Everest to the summit, Ian Taylor and his climbing partner raised enough money to built the Mount Everest Primary school. In the Kilimanjaro area we support an orphanage for children in need. In Nepal we have built two schools and helping the Goli Village Trust which we helped establish.
18). Learning About the Local Traditions
If you want learn about the Quechua and Inka People, who brought new architectural techniques to Peru in the 12th century, then you want to learn from the best. All our tour guides are Quechua and have 15+ years learning and explaining the sites and leading treks along the Inca trail. Come and learn from the best.
19). Small Group Sizes
We only work with small group sizes. The maximum number of people per team will be 10 people. However, most of our groups are between 6 to 10 people, giving you a more personalized experience on the trail to Machu Picchu. You can move as a team and experience more of this world class trail.
20). Small Guide to Client Ratios
We have a ratio of 1 guide to 6 people joining one of our treks. Therefore, this will give you more information about the different sites along the Inca Trail. We also have a large team of support staff to assist along the way to Machu Picchu!