Best of Peru & Bolivia

My daughter and I have recently returned from a World Expeditions Best of Peru and Bolivia tour and I thought that I would give you our thoughts on the tour. The accommodation, meals, transport and organisation were excellent Ė the long-boat trips were just lovely.

After arriving at our accommodation in Cusco (the owner was such a nice woman) we met our main guide, Veronica Illa. There was nothing that Veronica didnít know about this wonderful area around Cusco and she was willing to do anything for us. She is certainly a wonderful guide and we feel privileged that she was our tour leader. Once again the transport,drivers and attractions we visited were excellent. We were always picked up on time and our luggage was always taken care of. Everything ran very smoothly.

The ruins at Ollantaytambo were breathtaking and Veronica explained in detail, the Inca history. We loved our accommodation here! We started off on our 4 day Inca trek and at an early stage got to marvel at our wonderful porters. They are such hard working people who we admired greatly. The tents were always set up for us well before we arrived for meals and sleeping (and the toilet facilities).

But I think everyone was surprised by the quality and quantity of the food that was served up for each meal Ė piping hot and on time, every time. The gear pack and tents were all in very good condition and everything ran like clockwork. We were sad to see our porters leave us on Day 4.

The history of Machu Picchu was explained so well by Veronica and we had a lovely stay at Aguas Calientes before our trip back to Cusco.

Lake Titicaca is a magical place. The floating islands are amazing but the jewel in the crown on the lake was Taquile Island. We had such a wonderful time on this island with the homestay family. The family was very welcoming and we had a fun-filled time with their 3 little girls. They served us lovely food and we could have quite happily spent another night on this island to wander and discover a little more.

Our Bolivian guide, Sandro Diaz and our new driver took us to our lovely Hotel in La Paz.
We felt that Peru was so happy to welcome tourists to their wonderful country.

Overall,we had a wonderful experience in a different culture which we enjoyed immensely. I knew that I would love Peru but I just didnít realise how much !! Thank you World Expeditions.

Lee and Kara Oates | Pacific Pines, Queensland
 
 

High Atlas Trek

A superb introduction to the mountains and traditions of Morocco, this trip combines a trek in the High Atlas Mountains with visits to the medinas and palaces of Marrakesh. Explore the narrow alleyways of the souqs and admire exquisite architecture in one of the country's most impressive imperial cities. Outside the bustle of Marrakesh we walk through traditional Berber villages, following trails to alpine pastures set beneath the impressive backdrop of the peaks of the High Atlas mountain range. We learn to respect the simplicity of life in these mountain villages and are awed by spectacular scenery. An ascent of Jebal Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in Morocco, is something to aim for on our trek. Not to be under-estimated, reaching the summit is a great achievement and a fitting highlight to round out this adventure.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Marrakesh
DAY 2 Visit medinas, palaces and gardens in Marrakesh
DAY 3 At leisure in Marrakesh
DAY 4 Drive to Azzadene Valley, commence trek
DAYS 5/8 Trek through Berber villages
DAY 9 Ascend Mt Toubkal (4167m)
DAY 10 Complete trek at Imlil, drive to Marrakesh
DAY 11 Trip concludes Marrakesh

traveller reviews

We have to give 100% full marks to Abdoul our guide. He was very accomplished. Once he got to know us all, he was very warm and friendly. He was much fitter than we were, of course, and he adjusted the higher route programme to a less demanding route to the summit via Umlil, which was appreciated. BTW, we all thought that the second day was VERY long, and as we were camping, we could have stopped earlier. We all thought that the programme for that day should be changed. The food was MAGNIFICENT. We felt that our muleteers and cook were superb, too. They all worked in quite primitive conditions to make our trek interesting and successful, and how they managed to cook in the conditions they have is beyond us! Top marks to the cook and muleteers. Very pleasant and happy people to be with. I am not sure that Casablanca had much to offer, but Essaoira was superb. We had a great riad there and we loved the visits we made that enabled us to understand the co-operatives and their aims. This was a memorable trip. We NZers are all reuniting in October, and have already swapped photos and notes. I personally appreciated getting to know something of the Berber culture. Thank you - heaps of unforgettable memories of this trek.

Dianne B New Zealand

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Duration:  11 days
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