Trek with Dragonfly Hostels
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 27, 2013 10:57 AM Last Post By: shacayan
Mar 22, 2013 2:22 PM
Trek with Dragonfly HostelsHas anyone done a trek with Drangonfly Hostels?
This is their website: http://www.dragonflyhostels.com/index.php/hostel-activities-miraflores/trekking-in-peru.html
I would like to hear some feedback! I'm looking to travel in July.
Mar 22, 2013 4:10 PM
Mar 22, 2013 4:53 PM
2OP - the response above is undoubtedly correct. The Lima hostel is not in the trekking business. They are passing you on to a Cusco agency that has been assigned permits for the Inca Trail or which does the Salkantay trek. They probably get a commission of a few percent for doing so.
Why not go to the source yourself - i.e. a company based in Cusco that offers the treks. Here is a good list of choices.
Take one of the top-rated choices and you should be fine.
Also, if you plan on doing the classic Inca Trail in July, you'd better get your permit soon! Here is the situation for July permits three months before we are even there - You'll be shocked!
There are other treks available as the above web site makes clear. Have fun choosing.
Mar 22, 2013 10:30 PM
Mar 23, 2013 9:18 AM
4In the end you usually get what you pay for. A day of trekking in the Cusco area - if the major trekking agencies are any indication of fair price- is in the $100. range. The Salkantay trek - 5 days/4 nights usually goes for about $500.
If the agency that Dragonfly Hostel is using can run the trip with fewer people and still offer it for less than $300. then corners have to be cut somewhere - wages for porters, quality of food or equipment, accommodations, whatever.
Or maybe all the other companies are just ripping people off?
In the end it is your choice.
Apr 27, 2013 10:57 AM
I am the Dragonfly Hostels tours manager. I am also a profesional tour guide experienced in the United States.
I'd like to answer to this thread to most honestly I can to give you more details informations.
As backpacker myself, I've experienced the worst case scenario for booking a trek at low cost in Cusco when I first visit this coutnry. We've booked an Ica Trail to a random agency and the operator never show up the departure day. This lesson cost us $400.
We start to offer free trekking informations at the Dragonfly Hostels when we started in 2009. As almost every travelers starts their trip in Peru arriving in Lima, we noticed we would need to find some accurate informations.
With the time we built a good network of local, licensed and relaible tours and trekking operators.
About Salkantay 5D/4N for example, you'll find offers from $210 to more than $700. We offering it 2013 at $300.
For your information, prices goes up this year as the train ticket rates to Aguas Calientes increased (again!).
I am totally agree that you'll get what you pay for, our job is to get you the best of it. As we book numerous trek during the year, it allows us to get negiociated rates.
We are commited to work with operators who give a fair wages to the guides and porters, good equipement and food ....and don't leave any trash in the trail (this usually happend with some low cost agency in Huaraz).
Last but ot the least, we give assitance before, during and after the trekking. You'll have our direct number, if anything goes wrong, we fixed it with the operator.
We'll soonly open Cusco. We will keep our balance rate/quality at the same rate.
I hope this answer was helpful.
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