Wow, an amazing and varied holiday with plenty of transfers and locations steeped in the culture and history of Peru. You certainly will not get bored on this trip. Be prepared for the climate change from a temperate Lima, a tropical Amazon rain forest to the high altitude of the lovely Cuzco, Inca trail, Altiplano and Lake Titicaca.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The views were amazing but arriving at the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time was definitely one of those moments you will never forget. We were luck to have glorious sunshine when we arrived, just to make the moment just that more magical.
- What did you think of your group leader?
We had a main group leader that joined us when we arrived at the rainforest and stayed with us until our return flight to Lima. Flaminia was an excellent leader, resolving problems, getting us from A to B and very knowledgeable on the Inca trail and the trip down to Lake Titicaca. In addition, we had guides in Lima, the Amazon and Lake Titicaca with all the specific knowledge of the area.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for lots of travel, transfers and staying in different locations. The trip notes don’t prepare you for the endless packing and repacking, including at airports! We were fortunate that we could get some laundry done at the hotel on the 2 occasions we were in Cuzco, definitely a must if you can, after the rainforest and Inca Trail.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The Inca Trail itself isn’t difficult but the effects of altitude on your body do make it a challenge and you will need to be reasonably fit to enjoy it. If you can, try and compartmentalise your case for the different parts of the trip to save repacking. You really don’t need and can’t take much to the Amazon, and everything gets dirty on the Inca Trail so don’t bother with lots of changes of cloths.
Be prepared for the Peruvian stomach bug, with plenty of tablets. Most of us got it to some degree at one stage of the trip or another and even on the return to the UK! Finally don't expect the Ritz other than the hotels the rest of the accommodation and camping is basic, very basic. I don't think I found one toilet that had a loo seat, not alone any running water. Despite all that it was definately an amazing and wonderous holiday, go for it.