Our tour guide, Ronald S., met our family (my husband and our two young adult daughters and myself) at the train station in Aguas Calientes and walked us to our hotel. He was very nice and friendly and offered to take us on an optional tour. Our girls wanted to go so off we went walking to the Machupichuu museum which was about a 45 minute walk away along the roadway adjacent to the river. We had an enjoyable time and then retreated to our hotel to relax before our “big” day the next day to tour Machupicchu! The next morning Ronald met us at 5:30am and took us to the buses. Upon arriving, Ronald led us to a station where we could have our passports stamped with “Machupichuu” (how it’s spelled in Peru) which was very cool. He was the perfect guide. He was very knowledgeable and patient and he did an incredible job at taking us to the perfect picture vantage points/picture spots! We learned so much from him about the ancient Incan civilization. He was very organized and had a binder filled with drawings and diagrams to help illustrate the information he was conveying to us. Machupichuu is simply amazing!!!! He left about 1 1/2 hours before we did, giving us some time alone as a family to explore the remainder of the ruins before heading back. We met in town later and he treated us to lunch at Indio Feliz. (Because our hotel included dinner, and Alpaca Tours also included dinner, Alpaca offered to treat us to lunch instead). As we sat at a cozy round table by the window as it was pouring outside we were served a bounty of delicious foods that looked too beautiful to eat! We gathered around the table, and later, my daughter pointed out it felt like a scene from “Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unkown”. Here we were from the USA sitting down to lunch with a Peruvian of Quechuan decent listening to stories of his childhood, his family and his upbringing & his hikes on the Inca Trail, asking questions & sharing a few laughs while eating Peruvian food. It was life at its best. We loved having him as our guide and we totally loved Alpaca. They were very professional. (Later, when the train accident on 7/30/18 disrupted hundreds of travelers like us, Ronald met us in town to check on us & told us he also was stranded in town as he had planned to catch the 3:30 pm train that day). It was somewhat comforting to see him amidst the turmoil at the train station. Nine hours later, at Ronald’s advice to get on the next train, we squeezed onto the last departing train at 1:30 am and Alpaca Tours met us in the town of OIlaytantambo at 3am and bused us to Cusco on the backroads through the Sacred Valley where we arrived at our hotel at 5am. It was a scary ordeal for us but they were trustworthy and made sure their patrons all made it to their destination safely. They deserve kudos for their professionalism and attentiveness to their customers.) We also loved the fact that the guides are all native Peruvians. It was our pleasure to meet Ronald & our privilege to have him as our guide. We highly recommend Alpaca Tours if you are considering going to Peru or Machu Pichuu!
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