A very good and diverse mix, Amazon, Inca trail and lake Titikaka. However I think the walking rating of moderate was a little underestimated, I found it quite hard.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Camping above the clouds on night 3 of the inca trail, having walked through some stunning cloud forrest on the way up to camp.
Although I did not think it was my kind of thing beforehand the stay with locals on lake Titikaka was very good, exceeded my expectations.
- What did you think of your group leader?
He was very good, managed to deal with all situations and issues within the group very well. Very knowledgable on a wide range of subjects and also knew when to leave it to the local guides.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I think the tipping guide in the trip notes is quite a bit under what was actually required, budget for more than the guidance shown.
Be prepared to be Ill, almost everyone was, which makes hikking at altitude that bit harder, deconjestant would be good, blocked nose at altitude is not easy (as I found out).
Also dont buy any duty free from Lima, unless you are flying direct to your home airport. Even though they seal items any connecting flight in the EU will cause it to be confiscated.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I know on a hikking holiday you are supposed to rought it a bit but some of the hotels were not as good as other Exodus holidays we have had. In Lima they did not produce breakfast before we had to leave the first morning. In Cusco the hotel had no hot water the first night, which would have been nice after 5 days in the Amazon (which was very cold) with only cold water, the same staff seemed to be doing everything, they seemed a bit under staffed.
I am not sure why but all accomodation seemed unable to get the beds correct, single poeple got double beds and couples were given twin rooms every time. They only seem to have 2 options, single (1 bed) or double (2 beds), it would be good to introduce the difference between a double bed and a twin room where possible.