We were deciding between Peru Treks and Llama Path as we know people that have been with, and enjoyed both tour companies. Also both companies had been named in the "Top 5 Inca Trail operators" on numerous websites.
From the million and one reviews we've read both these companies seem to treat (and pay) their staff the best. The way the staff are treated and paid is really important to us when booking a company, both from a selfish point of view and a humane view. If the staff are paid and treated well they are more likely to treat us well, and give us a thorough and safe experience. It is also nice to know that the locals putting in the hard work on the ground are being paid adequately and not being ripped off by their managers. Many tour agencies can be run by foreigners who take a large amount of the profit and do not pay the local staff sufficiently.
In the end, after much deliberation we decided to go with Peru Treks, however that being said we would have happily gone with either company.
Stay tuned for our review of Machu Picchu and The Inca Trail, we cannot wait!
At the time of writing this post Peru Trek's cost $595US per person for the 4 day, 3 night Inca trail trek all inclusive.
We got it for $585 per person as you get a $10 discount per person when booking in a group of 4+.