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Machu Travel Peru vs Young Pioneer Tours - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Thanks for the excellent stay in Cusco, Peru!

5.0 August 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thanks for the excellent stay in Cusco, Peru! Everything was fine, from the very first to the last minute; from all the guides, who were always kind and positive, to the drivers. I would highly recommend Machu Travel for its professionalism.
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A magic experience in Peru

5.0 August 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I lived a magic experience in Peru, touring in Cusco, Arequipa, and Puno. We saw very beautiful landscapes in many amazing spots, thanks to the expert guides who led us there. We really want to thank the Machu Travel agency, very professional work!
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I cannot tell you how incredible our trip was!

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just returned from our trip to Peru. I cannot tell you how incredible our trip was! We could have done it without them, but I am so incredibly glad we didn't. You could not ask for a better experience! All of our guides were so helpful and educational! Thank you all! I know I am missing someone but great thanks to Deslie for her quick and informative responses to all my emails. Thank you to Sol for helping us and telling us what to expect while we were in Cusco and Puno. Incredible thanks to our guides: Guilermo, Percy, Eddie and Juan. Huge thanks to all the drivers we had... no way we would have been able to pull off what they did. Truly... if you are ever going to Peru... going through Machu Travel Peru should be your go to organization.
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Enjoyed my time in the DPRK with these guys

5.0 September 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Enjoyed my time in the DPRK with these guys, the guides are excellent and really know their stuff, would use again for sure

Tour Young Pioneer Tours Company Reviews

Had a very special time

5.0 February 2014
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had a very special time in the DPRK! Will cherish the memories...It was a roller coaster of emotions and activities.

Some of the things I will never forget: bowing to statues, playing with hundreds of kids, dancing with hundreds of students at a mass dance, visiting a lot of museums and monuments, eating dog..., splashing around in the water park with the locals, getting stared at :-) and having a lot of fun with the group!!!

All thanks to the North-Korean people, our YPT guide and the local guides.

YPT makes sure they have very good relations with the guides, which translates into them being more relaxed toward us than I expected and us getting to see and do a lot of cool stuff. So thanx for everything guys ;-)
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Tour Young Pioneer Tours Company Reviews

Tours 13 Trips 4 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 422 $ 177
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Luxury Budget
Regions
  • South America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Train & Rail
  • 50+
  • Train & Rail
Headquarters Urb. Kennedy A, Las Esmeraldas Street E 23, Wanchaq, Cusco, Peru Xi'an, China
Year Established 2011 2008
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Machu Travel Peru

    Founded in 2011, the relatively new Machu Travel Peru is dedicated to providing sustainable travels through Peru.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They create customized itineraries suitable to numerous travel styles. Their guides are passionate and knowledgeable about Peruvian culture and this enthusiasm becomes a part of your tour. You will make your way to Machu Picchu learning of Peruvian history and customs. 

    Who Travels With Them?

    Travelers interested in learning about Peru from a historical and local perspective. Many of their trips go to Machu Picchu - for which it is advisable to be in generally good shape. 

    Where Do They Operate?

    They focus in Peru, with emphasis in Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

    Why Travel With Them?

    Peru is quickly becoming a champion of responsible travel, and Machu Travel Peru is no exception. They work with local rural communities, and are involved in numerous social projects.

    About Young Pioneer Tours

    Founded in 2008 by Gareth Johnson, Young Pioneer Tours was created after his years of living as an expat in China. He realized there weren’t enough tour companies catering to the young adventurers, nor at a budget rate. With his friends - who also have a love for being on the road - they’ve created an opportunity for young people to see just how much fun you can have in outlandish and exotic parts of the world. 

    What Makes Young Pioneer Tours Stand Out?

    • Tours to unique (and often controversial) destinations
    • Budget tours
    A chaotic street in India filled with people and a large truck at the market

    Young Pioneer Tours strive to challenge the media’s perception of controversial destinations. Their travel theme is to bring you to places that are considered “dark tourism” - destinations associated with unsettling politics, saddening history, eccentric celebrations, and the like. Visiting a “Dictator’s Playground” or camping beside a fiery crater in the Middle East are not uncommon parts of the itinerary for Young Pioneers tours. 

    Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Young Pioneer Tours?

    • All ages 
    • Budget travelers
    • Social and open-minded travelers
    These tours typically attract young adults in their 20’s who are interested in exploring places and cultures that are typically labelled as dangerous, weird, or off the wall. If a day wandering through bazaars in the Middle East before partying all night with your newfound friends sounds like fun, then Young Pioneers will be right for you!
    four friends wrapping their arms around each other outdoors

    They also aim to keep all tours at a low budget rate, making it possible for more people to join their tours. Those on a shoestring budget who don’t mind staying in a hostel will fit in perfectly. Think of it like a backpacking trip - without having to organize the activities yourself.

    Most Young Pioneer tours require you to walk approximately 1-3 hours per day on mostly flat terrain. Unless you’re booking one of their ski trips, your days will be spent walking through museums, cities, and markets, so it generally isn’t too strenuous. Just be sure not to wear flip flops!

    Top Destinations

    • North Korea
    • China
    • Middle East
    • Africa
    • Soviet Europe
    • Central Asia

    Young Pioneer Tours refers to their chosen destinations as “countries your mother would rather you stay away from”. As they continue to expand, they’ve also added tours to some of the least traveled countries in the world (that you’ve probably never heard of). Many of these countries are difficult to get into due to the visa process, but Young Pioneer Tours make it possible!  

    A mosque from the outside in the daytime

    While they do cover some of the main attractions in some of these destinations, don’t expect your day to consist of photo-taking at tourist spots. Their itineraries are generally a blend of sightseeing and dark tourism. An afternoon of exploring the grand city of Ashgabat might be followed by wandering around a completely deserted beach resort. Or a visit to Persepolis, a UNESCO heritage site, after posing with an AK47 in the sacred town Lalesh.

    Young Pioneer Tours Travel Style

    three african girls walking on a dirt road

    These are “group tours for people who hate group tours.” With a large focus on having fun, they cater to those who find tours to generally be too dry or educational. Their definition of fun ranges widely from exploring natural landscapes, brewery visits, and historical monuments, to cultural immersion, photography, and high adventure. Whatever it is, you’re guaranteed to have an incredibly unique and wacky adventure to tell your friends back home.

    two beers clinking with the sun shining through

    Since many of their travelers come alone, the tours tend to create a social atmosphere, where you’ll soon find yourself amongst friends. Groups are a max of 24 people, but they mention that they like to keep it at 10 people on average.

    Expect accommodations to be at hostels, 3 star hotels, and homestays with local communities. This means very basic amenities, no elevators, and a simple mattress. You’ll be driven around in jeeps and vans. If you’re a simple guy or gal that isn’t too picky, and don’t require luxury for getting from point A to B, then you’ll fit it just fine.

    Why Choose a Tour With Young Pioneer Tour?

    If you want to be at the forefront of all the action in lesser known destinations, you’ll love traveling with Young Pioneer Tours. As they continue to expand, they remain true to their travel style in the search for all the weird and wonderful things to exist around the world.

    You get to first-hand experience what these places and people are really about. With Young Pioneer Tours, you gain a better understanding and appreciation for places before writing it off as a danger zone.

    You may have heard of Young Pioneer’s incident with an American citizen while traveling in North Korea, where a young man was detained for stealing a propaganda poster. It is true that unforeseen circumstances do occur, and the fun can get out of hand when alcohol is involved.

    Be sure to do your own research ahead of time, and understand that these destinations do come with risks. If you decide to travel with Young Pioneers, you are responsible for respecting the do’s and don'ts that your tour guide tells you to follow. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, be aware of your surroundings, and don’t abandon the group during your trip.   


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