A big part of your experience on the Inca Trail is influenced by the company you trek with. The best Inca Trail tours are run by licensed companies with years of experience. These experts all but guarantee an unforgettable hike to Machu Picchu
With sites like TripAdvisor, google reviews and travel forums, it is easy these days to get unbiased feedback on a good trekking company. It is worth a 5-minute search to check the reputation of the tour operator.
This is true even if your friends or family had a great experience with a particular company. Consistency is key. Companies with 95%-99% good reviews are generally considered a safe bet.
Orange Nation has been a Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator since 2018. All companies managing the Inca Trail must be certified and have an Inca Trail operator’s license. This license is issued annually each December and Orange Nation is license for the up-coming year of 2023 and 2024
Our licenses as an Official Travel Agency (DMC) & Inca Trail Operator is under the name of Orange Nation E.I.R.L. We are registered on the official Government web site: www.machupicchu.gob.pe.
Getting licensed by the government is a complicated and stringent process for the protection of tourists and our archeological sites. The government evaluates the entire business operation and office site and if all taxes were paid. They also check the tour guides, porters, chefs, camping equipment, first aid equipment and preparedness and if we are we part of the union. Companies that do not have one, its because they cannot meet the standards required by the government.
The amount of registered directlocal tour operators that run, sell, and operate their own Inca Trail packages is limited! Orange Nation is one of the primary companies that is able to do this.
The most important thing is that not all agencies are licensed tour operators. Thus their operation and quality of services has not been evaluated by the government because they cannot meet the standards.
There are two types of companies that will try to sell you an Inca trail package: registered tour operators and middle men, otherwise known as endosars.
If you book with a company that is a middle man, you will pay higher prices. There is no way to know the quality of the service being provided by the third party servicers that they use because they normally do not tell you which tour operator will conduct your tour.
A licensed tour operator can guarantee 100% of their services because they are providing all of the services directly with their own guides, chefs, porters, and drivers etc.
If you book with a licensed tour operator, the sales consultant that you speak with are the ones you will be working with directly, so if you have any concerns you can go to them and get your needs met quickly.
Please feel free to search our website: www.orange-nation.com We do have the most competitive prices and unique tours and packages in Cusco!
Orange Nation Peru believes in community upliftment and ethical tourism. Building and strengthening ties with isolated villages that have limited resources and employment opportunities. It was created with the intension to create long term growth and sustainability to the previously disadvantaged communities we trek through. Some of our porters, cooks and horseman own a small share of the company and benefit from profit sharing at the end of each financial year.
SAM Corporations is a family-owned tour agency based in Peru, which provides personalized attention to each client’s needs from the very beginning to the very end of our treks and tours. We want you to feel that your needs and desires are important to us. We work hard with all the details because we want you to have the best travel experience possible.. They rated as the #1 Tour Operator on TripAdvisor.
The following tour operators are on our watch list too. Those companies have mostly good reviews on trip advisor, but their prices are cheaper and we didnt get much information from them that is why we dont give them a full recommendations.
We recommend seeing their reviews on trip advisor, google and other platforms before booking your trip to the Inca Trail. Each company offers a different type of service. Some lead large groups others lead small groups. Their price varies on the size of the group they bring.
Note: Believe it or not, all travel agencies offer the Inca trail, even though they do not have a permit. Those who do not have permission, only pass their passengers to companies that have permission. It is not advisable to book with them.
Now you know about the Inca Trail operator, are you ready to take up the challenge with Orange Nation Peru?
Contact us, and you could soon be enjoying one of the world’s most iconic and remarkable walking trails to Machu Picchu!
10/10 Amazing experience
If you’re thinking about which agency to use, look no further- Ray and Jimmy went well above and beyond and made this a memorable, safe, fun, and professional experience.
Ray is the most knowledgeable guide I’ve ever had in any country for any excursion - during both the Short Inka Trail and the actual tour of Machu Picchu, Ray’s expertise shined through in his ability to give us a detailed background on every aspect of the history, climate, nature, flora, animals.. anything!
Likewise, Ray and Jimmy were truly the friendliest, kindest hosts that I could have imagined our group having.
Thank you both so much and I will definitely book with you again if (when) I come back!
Did the 2 day Inca trail with Ray and Jimmy they were great and knowledgeable. Ray not only guided us along trail to Machu Picchu but also was an excellent photographer and taught us the history. It was a group of 10 and we had a great time. Even everything going on in Peru, we always felt in good hands.
Short Inca Trial (2-Day)
This tour was the perfect experience for our (group of 10) short trip to Peru. The trail was sometimes challenging, but the views and history made it all worth it. Ray and Jimmy were our guides and imparted sooo much knowledge about the history of Peru, Inca, and beyond. I would definitely recommend!
It was perfect! On the first day we had a great time exploring the Sacred Valley and see the main attractions and learn about the history of this beautiful place.
I would definitely recommend the short Inka trail, I think it was the best way to get to know Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. We arrived at Machu Picchu when most of the crowd was gone and it felt really special.
You won’t regret booking with this tour company, especially if Liz Montesinos is your guide. My boyfriend and I did the 4 day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (private) tour. The tour covered everything; from transportation, hotels, meals, tickets and entrance fees, to stops at local places we would’ve never known to go or check out. We did a private tour because for us we felt this would help us get the most out of our time and experience in Peru
Best mix of adventure, history and nature: Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
4-day trekking option seemed too intense for us, but we still wanted to experience the entrance to Machu Picchu through the ancient Inka trail, so we opted for Orange Nation’s combination of Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I couldn’t be more happy about our decision.
We booked and paid the deposit to Orange Nation / Sam travel for the 4 day Inca Trail and Machu Pichu trip back in 2019. But we couldn't travel in 2020 and 2021 - but the company honoured our agreement and so we came back in 2022.
You won’t regret booking with this tour company, especially if Liz Montesinos is your guide. My boyfriend and I did the 4 day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (private) tour. The tour covered everything; from transportation, hotels, meals, tickets and entrance fees, to stops at local places we would’ve never known to go or check out. We did a private tour because for us we felt this would help us get the most out of our time and experience in Peru. This tour had so many incredible things and places packed into 4 days.
My girl and i did the Machu Pichu trek tour with Orange Nation. It was seriously the most amazing experience that we'll never forget. Gorgeous views! The long trek was worth the amazing view. The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We considered other tours but chose Orange Nation because we liked the idea of smaller groups and this was definitely worth it. I will be using Orange Nation again next year when I come back to Peru!
Wow, what a wonderful trekking experience! My trip to Peru was amazing thanks to this awesome tour that i took with Orange Nation. I did multiple tours with this company. I'm a solo traveler and everyone in my group was always still friendly and did not make me feel left out. I loved going off the beaten track with this company. It's much better to pay extra to go off the path for the quality experience of this amazing guided tour They definitely helped guide us and gave us a quality experience with a small group and paid special attention to each one of us. I highly recommend using Orange Nation for your next tour in Peru!