Fantastic time, great places, beautiful scenery - but not for those who want a lie in each morning !
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Macchu Picchu is as good as the guide books say - stunning location
Amantani Island stay, especially the night sky, Dancing and the people
- What did you think of your group leader?
Juan Diaz was brilliant - looked after the group, very knowledgeable about Peru and all sorts of other things.
Great sense of humour, lots of stories to tell, fitted in with the group very well.
Produced a birthday cake for me at breakfast in Cusco (at about 5.30 am!)
He even escorted my husband to a dentist in Arequipa.
Overall an excellent guide who was always professional and friendly.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Only take new Dollar notes in low denominations - the Peruvians are very fussy about old notes.
Use bug spray / cream at Macchu Picchu its low enough for mosquitoes.
If you go in their winter it gets very cold at night - sub-zero on Amantani island and no heating thus take some warm clothes.
Changes in air pressure with altitude can cause problems with toiletries leaking - make sure they are sealed.
The trip does invlove lots of long coach journeys with early starts, 5 am is not unusual - but the scenery is worth it.
Do the optional sacred valley tour in Cusco.
Take swimwear for the hot springs the one in Chivay is better than the one in Aguas Calientes.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
We had a group of 10 that was about right, especially as we had a ~30 seater coach for the long journeys.
This trip lets you see a lot of the very diverse scenery and cultures of Peru in a short time.
If you have the time then do the rainforest extension - the lodge rooms are ace and its just so peaceful - just you and the wildlife.
In hindsight we wish we had done a trip that involved doing the INCA trail, we very much enjoyed the walks we did in the sacred valley and on Amantani Island.
Most of the group suffered some effect of altitude sickness, nothing serious just a few headaches, upset stomachs and being tired / out of breath.