An excellent trip, so amazing, the exodus team are all true professionals and couldn't look after you better, I would recommend this to everyone and anyone who likes walking and can appreciate amazing scenery
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Finding myself on my own walking a long a path with a huge drop, surrounded by amazing scenery, the beauty of a guide at the front and the back means you can change between the two dependant on your speed and the terrain, this meant on several occasions of going between the two I was on my own, which meant I could enjoy the outstanding beauty in silence - amazing.
In the jungle, seeing the animals in there natural habitat, takes your breath away, we were lucky and saw so many animals, which for a second didn't see us, it was amazing, monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caimans in the river, wow.
- What did you think of your group leader?
The group leaders were brilliant, we had Ceasar at the front and Wilson at the back, I spent more time with Wilson who was great, no matter how slow we went, he never pushed us, looked after us at every step, his knowledge of plants, the country, the people was great so I learnt a lot from him, we created a team Wilson within the group and I think he may lead groups in the future, which I hope he does as he is a great asset to the team.
Ceasar was also wonderful as were all the Exodus staff, they look after you so well, you wouldn't think you were camping at times.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Definately do some walking before you go, but a general fitness is OK. Take sanitiser hand gel, andrex on a roll toilet paper, factor 50, a bladder, a hat and some snacks. I didn't require any of my first aid kit but gave most stuff away so take a small one including dehydration sachets.
And most importantly don't push yourself, I took my time and spent most of it at the back with 'Team Wilson' but none of us were ill, those at the front were. Its not a race, I loved the slow pace at the back and learnt more from our guide.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I didn't really want to go on this trip (as get bad travel sickness) but went for a friend, and had an amazing time, it wasn't as hard as I thought and although tired, the amazing scenery made up for the many steps, its definately a once in a lifetime and worth every penny. The team look after you really well, including food, accomodation, travel etc. In regards to the travelling it wasn' that bad, I used tablets and sickness bands.
We did the jungle after the Inca as an add on, and it was definately the right decision, although very hot and humid we were lucky and saw a lot of animals, including a anaconda, sloth, caimans, racoon, wild boar and many monkeys, spiders etc. The jungle also gives you plenty of time to catch up on your sleep as you can't do anything in the heat in the afternoon, except sleep, I highly reccomend it after the Inca Trail.