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Inappropriate / Inaccurate? Alex the Arriero

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Alex is an arriero. He's also a school kid (final year, aged 17), working all hours to save up cash to go to university in Cusco. He can find you pack horses for treks starting from Ollantaytambo, and work as your arriero to keep these horses under control. He could also guide - he knows the local hills - and I'm sure a future beckons for him as a guide.

Contact Details:

Walk from Ollantaytambo down the Rio Urubamba to Cajicata. Go past the football pitch. There's a group of houses on your left, about 250yds distant. Go to the furthest and ask for Alex. Locally he seems to be known as Tony. We found taking a picture of him really helped track him down, when we went to say hi to him after our trek.

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Uploaded by Simon Friday on Oct. 7, 2008.

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Overall
8 / 10
1 review

Simon Friday (recommender) (8 / 10)

reviewed Oct. 8, 2008, 12:01 a.m.

Simon Friday spent 2-5 days with Alex the Arriero.

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Description

We went on a 12-day trek from Ollantaytambo to Choquequirao. We took a horse for the first 3 days to help get our food store into the mountains. Then we were our own pack animals... Alex returned to Ollantaytambo, solo. He was friendly, professional and willing throughout.

Expect to pay Alex 25 soles per day, and pay up to 30 soles per day for a horse. He can probably procure his own tent and sleeping bag, but if you can bring one, the better. And of course remember to plan food for him, too.

Best bits: Friendly, professional, willing
Worst bits: None

Ratings

Overall experience: 8 / 10
Value for money: 9 / 10
Eco impact: 5 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Not sure