A thoroughly enjoyable and very well organised holiday that exceeded my expectations. I was very impressed by how smoothly it all ran and the tremendous variety of activities that were packed into the three weeks which went by all too quickly.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing the phenomenal birdlife of the Ballestas Islands - as well as seeing dolphins on the way out!
Watching condors in the Colca Canyon.
Learning from 3 delightful native women about their life on one of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
Firstly, conquering Dead Woman's Pass on the Inca Trail and then 2 days later arriving at the Sun Gate at Macchu Picchu - sweaty and tired but thorougly pleased with myself.
Unexpected things like seeing whales off the Pacific coast, visiting an animal fair, dune buggying near a desert oasis and sitting having a coffee and cake on the balcony of one of the cafes in the main square in Cuzco watching the world go by.
- What did you think of your group leader?
I have done a number of Exodus trips and know how much difference a good leader can make. Rene Calancha was one of the best, if not the best leader I have ever come across. He is a total professional and his organisational skills and attention to detail were superb and helped the trip run very smoothly. He did everything he could to make sure that we all had an enjoyable and healthy trip and dealt with patience and good humour with all the questions and problems that we presented to him. He also had a wide knowledge of Peruvian culture, history and wildlife which he was eager to share with us and I was particularly impressed with his tremendous knowledge of birds.
All the other guides and drivers were excellent and very friendly as well.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Listen to what your tour leader says about altitude etc. They are the ones who know what they are talking about!
If you are doing the Inca trail try and get some extra training in before you go. It really helped me and I'm 59 years old! Walking poles are also a great help since there are some very steep steps.
Take plenty of money with you. The trip is quite expensive as regards "extras" and there are loads of places where you can be tempted to buy souvenirs.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you have the time and want to see as much as possible of Southern Peru, go for the three week trip. If you are doing the Inca trail this trip will give you lots of time to acclimatise so that you can enjoy the experience.
Take an Ipod for the long days in the bus.
Make sure you have a good torch for the walks in the jungle.
Be prepared for lots of early starts - this enables you to get the maximum out of the trip.
If you do not want to do the Inca trail there is still plenty to do in Cuzco.