Although Machu Picchu was awe-inspiring, this is a review of the tour company called GATE1.
GATE1 uses local people for their tour guides to Machu Picchu/Cusco/Lima tours. Raul F.B.C.was my specific guide.
He was terrible. A local, uneducated native that is completely incompetent. His explanations were disorganized, long-winded and filled with personal opinions and religious superstitions that he imposes onto his guests. He believes that Western society has destined his people to a life of poverty and hopelessness that they can never recover from.
He is constantly asking for tips to help overcome the poverty. In addition, he is slow and disorganized; for example, he spent 20 minutes counting the train tickets repeatedly, over and over again while we all waited to get in the line to take the bus to Machu Picchu. He gets side-tracked and rambles on subjects that have nothing to do with the original topic. He spends too much time talking to friends that he sees around town.
He spends too much time pushing his personal friends businesses onto his tour groups. He gets overly emotional and passionate about what he believes as if he were giving a speech from a Shakespeare production, this sometimes includes tapping on objects in museums, etc. He does not keep up with current events nor does he have an adequate knowledge base for current events.
Also, he will does not believe in honoring any request/deviations made by guests as he believes that everyone is "chosen" to be in the place that the universe has currently given to them. This guy needs to be retired.
Product or Service Mentioned: Gate1travel Tour.