Lares trek to Machu Picchu with the Tour Operator "SAM Travel Peru"
My wife and I did the Lares Trek in December, which was the highlight of our entire holiday. We left things till late (less than a few days before going on the trek) to book the trip but Saul was quick to reply and help organise everything for us. The pre departure meeting with Saul and our guide was very useful to go through the details of the trip and also to prepare for the trek.
When we started the trek our guide recommended that we buy some sweets, coca leaves and bread for a few soles to give to the children and elders that we saw along the way. Seeing the joy this simple gesture brought to them was in my opinion even better than seeing Machu Picchu for the first time. We were also impressed that SAM Travel were organising a special Christmas treat for the kids in the Calca area the following week. They seem to be giving back to the community and practising responsible tourism.
Our chef was making miracles with a simple gas stove. He even made us a cake to celebrate our recent wedding (no idea how he managed that!!!) with hardly any equipment. The food was fresh and excellent throughout.
We got to know our crew very well and it was an incredible experience. I can't recommend these guys enough. Thank you SAM Travel Peru, Saul, Alex, Jamie and Benito!