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Format of G Adventures Tours

Postby mjdanowski1 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:01 pm

I am wondering if anyone could describe the format of G Adventures tours in regards to how activities, meals and exploring different sites are concerned.

In the past I have always traveled independently, either by myself or with a small group of friends to destinations all over the world. I like to have a "loose" structure when I travel, in that I like to know where I am going and staying, but am able to explore at my own pace once I get there. I don't mind tours, but I hate tour buses and being corralled around if that makes any sense.

I have always lurked Gap Adventures, but I have never actually been on one of their trips. However, I am not considering signing up for an "Inca Trail SPIT" departure and am looking into what to expect.

Ultimately, my ideal condition would be to have a company or tour take care of transportation, lodging, permits, trekking logistics and organizing a bunch of people to travel with. However, in regards to exploring Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and what not I have the option of being left to my own devices. How close to this does G Adventures run their tours?

Also, what is the average age demographic and group size for an Inca Trail trip? Does G Adventures use a local outfitter or are these treks independently run? If the prior, what outfitter do they use?

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Re: Format of G Adventures Tours

Postby IncaTrail50 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:31 pm

You will have free time however, the G guide will be leading the group. In Cuzco you can have an organized tour or you can wander by yourself. The hike to Machu Picchu is with the guide but they aren't necessarily walking by your side the whole time. Our group of 16 had two guides, one stayed with the last in the group and one floated between the rest who were going at their own pace. When you get to Machu Picchu they do a guided tour for the first hour or so and after that you are on your own. They give you instructions on how to find your way to the train station in the town below.
Most G groups are mixed age ranges. When I went the youngest was 22 and the oldest was me at 50. Remember that most people who choose this type of trip are like-minded people and age doesn't matter so much, everyone has great stories of other trips they've done so it makes for great conversations at the end of the day!
You'll find group size under "What's included". G doesn't use tour buses for this Peru trip because the groups are small. The Inca Trail hiking tours are usually 16 so it's a van that's used for transportation. Don't forget, a lot of this one is walking so no wheeled transportation is needed!
G is the outfitter used. They employ locals to guide you on the trail, locals to carry your extra gear, and locals to cook for you. The people are all trained thoroughly by them so you'll find them very friendly and professional.
My vote would be to book it and go enjoy yourself! A lot of people on this forum have traveled with G more than once. That's a pretty good endorsement!
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Re: Format of G Adventures Tours

Postby Zuleika » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:25 pm

G does different styles of trips - you need to check out the 'Independent' style ones for what you want.
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Re: Format of G Adventures Tours

Postby TravelFun » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:47 pm

There's also the option to have a trip customised for your needs:
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