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
 
 

Andes Adventure

The soaring peaks of the Andes and the cultural legacies of the Incas are two of Peruís most compelling attractions. We discover both and much more on this amazing two week adventure. After savouring the historical and cultural highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we commence our trek. We explore the wilderness following trails to 5000m in the Cordillera Vilcabamba and establish camps beneath the spectacular 6270m Mount Salcantay. This stunning trail is much quieter than the busier Inca Trail and is highly regarded by past trekkers. On the final day we join the classic Inca Trail for the dramatic view of Machu Picchu from the 'Sun Gate'. Rather than rushing back to Cusco, we spend a night in Aguas Calientes for a well deserved soak in the hot springs before heading back to Machu Picchu at the best time of day, as the sun is rising.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Lima
DAY 2 Fly to Cusco
DAY 3 In Cusco, walking tour
DAY 4 To Sacred Valley
DAY 5 Day walks in Sacred Valley
DAY 6 To Mollepata and commence trek
DAYS 7/11 Trek to Chilca
DAY 12 Train to KM104, trek final day of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
DAY 13 At Machu Picchu, afternoon return to Cusco
DAY 14 Free in Cusco
DAY 15 Fly to Lima where trip concludes

traveller reviews

We enjoyed the entire trip. All the guides were excellent - Wilson, Pepe, and the guide around Machu Picchu. Cooks and horsemen were fantastic; food was wonderful. The itinerary was great; really got to see a lot of different types of scenery in a relatively small area. Our group was good; we all got on well. Hotels were in good locations and high standard.

M Clune Australia

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Trip Code: AAD
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Trekking Adventure Touring
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