One of the best holidays/experiences I have enjoyed to date.Perceived Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail to be over hyped and becoming commercialised. A pleasant surprise to find exactly the opposite. Peru is a beautiful country, the Andes mountains and High Plains are spectacular viewing. A packed holiday adventure, get up and do it. You will have memories which last forever.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Ending the Inca Trail and first views of Machu Picchu were incredible. The approach through the sun gate and looking down on the city is one of the most marvellous sights in the world.
Viewing the Nazca lines from the air in a small aeroplane (it's the only/best way to see them). This optional trip is currently advised by the British Foreign Office as a "do not do", due to a crash a few years ago. But I have to say I found the experience fine in all aspects (pilots, aircraft, service). You make your own choice.......... Definitely a fantastic experience.
From a fun perspective, you cannot keep a smile (or scream) off your face on the dune buggy experience.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Words are not enough. I have been on several treks/experience holidays, Fabrizzio was the best!!!
Patient, caring, supportive, friendly, just keep applying the adjectives.
Can I please have him on all my future holidays?
A few examples: he served all our meals on trek, he was always first up, he listened to everyone (never mind how insane their question), he helped everyone, he made sure everyone had what they wanted, when they wanted it. He didn't try and control the group, but he made sure the group functioned.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Most of it has been said in other reviews.
Take at least one pair of shorts, swimwear, a good sunhat.
Take good walking gear, prepare for all weathers (a problem I know, but we had all weathers on the trek and through the rest of the holiday.)
Some hotels struggle with the provision of hot water, plugs for sinks, towels are rarely in great supply. But generally they are clean and functional.
Take currency in a mix of Sols and US dollars. My advice 20/80%.
The food in Peru is very good, both local dishes and regular international dishes are always available. You will not starve!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Be prepared for a lot of travelling!
The basic journeys to and from Peru are long and tiring.Even more so if you are unfortunate enough to fly with United Airlines (my advice DON'T, ask for alternative routes/carriers)
Overland journeys in Peru (Cusco to Nazca, Paracas etc ) are long, coach journeys. I think we covered 650KM in 2 or 3 days. Take a good book (Kindle).
Exodus management of the logistics involved is superb.
BUT it's all worth it. This is an opportunity to see MOST of what Peru has to offer. You can sleep back home!