A well planned, interesting and enjoyable adventure.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
A great group of people - age ranged from 16 to 61 - our Guide Disnarda encouraged a team atmosphere to make a great holiday wonderful.
Getting up Dead Woman's Pass! Up to 4215m, Disnarda paced us so we all got up there together - a real moment of achievement for us all. The third day of the trek is the most scenic - fantastic views.
Sleeping above the clouds and watching the sun rise over the mountains has to my moment where I really thought WOW!!!
Maccu Picchu is amazing and walk there puts it into perspective.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Disnarda Aragon - she is amazing. She is thoughful, humorous, kind and regularly reminds you to wash your hands so you stay healthy! She is very knowledgeable about the history, geography, flora and fauna. She is very well organised and is excellent at making sure everyone's needs are met (usually before you have even thought you might want something). She made us all feel very welcome, cared for and safe.
I was really impressed with her skills and humanity.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Choose Exodus. This is the first trip I have done with them and I was really impressed. The details are amazing - getting woken up with a cup of tea and a bowl of hot water to wash in when you are above the clouds; great food, prepared on a gas ring - made me feel very inadequate but then cooking has never been my thing!
Take lots of layers - it is hot during the day (dry season) but can get down to -3 at night. I slept in 5 layers and a sleeping bag!
Drink a lot of water - Disnarda reminds you of this all the time - and just pace yourself. The walk is tough in places but if you take it slowly and rest regularly (to enjoy the view) it is achieveable by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. The downhill bits can be hard on your knees. Poles are useful if you are used to them.
Take a second camera - I took sooooooo many photos my battery ran out on day 3 of the Trail, luckily I had a spare one with normal batteries.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I loved this holiday / adventure. Exodus are well organised, nothing is too much for their staff and your fellow travellers tend to be just the sort of people you want to hang out with!
Highly recommended - I have started looking at where I can go next (maybe even with kids on one of the family trips) once I have saved up!