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
 
 

Lobuche East & Island Peak

Lobuche East (6119m) is one of the most challenging 'trekkers peaks' in the Everest region. It is technically demanding and requires greater commitment and climbing expertise than on Mera Peak. Our climb is combined with an ascent on nearby Island Peak (6189m) and Pokhalde (5806m). On our approach trek we appreciate the Sherpa villages en route to Gokyo Lakes before heading over the Cho La to the Lobuche East Base Camp. We plan to ascend the South Ridge to a high snow camp from where we are ideally placed to summit and also gain commanding views of Everest. Following our ascent we trek east to attempt Island Peak (Imja Tse) and Pokhalde Peak to complete this exceptional expedition in the Everest region.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Kathmandu
DAY 2 In Kathmandu, gear preparation, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
DAYS 3/4 Fly to Lukla, trek to Namche Bazaar
DAYS 5/6 Arrive Namche Bazaar, rest and acclimatise
DAY 7/11 Slowly ascend to Gokyo Lakes, ascend Gokyo Ri (5483m) to view Everest
DAY 12/13 Cross Cho La (5420m) to base camp
DAYS 14/17 Establish high camp (5400m), undertake summit attempt Lobuche East (6119m)
DAYS 18/19 To Island Peak Base Camp
DAY 20 Summit attempt Island Peak (6189m)
DAYS 21/23 Ascend to Pokhalde Peak (5806m)
DAYS 24/28 Return trek via Thyangboche monastery to Lukla
DAY 29 Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 30 In Kathmandu
DAY 31 In Kathmandu, trip concludes

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Trip Code: ISL
Trip Grading: Intermediate Mtn Expedition
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Duration:  31 days
Activities:  Mountaineering Trekking
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Next Trip:  28 September 2014
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price: $4,790.00 USD

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Internal flights valued at: $352 USD
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