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
 
 

Journey to Mount Kailas

Mount Kailas is said to be the mythical Mount Mera, the centre of the universe. It is revered in both Hindu and Buddhist legends, while its location, close to the sources of the four main rivers that flow across the Indian sub-continent, contributes to its mystique. Our adventure includes a week long journey from Lhasa (via Gyantse and Shigatse) across the vast Tibetan plateau. We plan to reach Mount Kailas at the time of the Saga Dawa festival when many thousands of pilgrims from throughout Tibet gather to pay homage to the mountain. After the festive celebrations we will undertake a three day trek around Mount Kailas before a final night's camp alongside the shores of Lake Manasarovar.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Kathmandu
DAY 2 In Kathmandu, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
DAYS 4/5 In Lhasa, visit the historic Potala Palace, the Norbulingka and the ancient Jokhang
DAY 6 Drive to Gyantse with its historic fort and Kumbum
DAY 7 Drive to Shigatse visit the Tashilhunpo
DAYS 8/11 Rugged drive across Tibetan Plateau to Mt Kailas
DAY 12 At Mt Kailas
DAYS 13/15 Celebrate Saga Dawa festival, commence trek around Mt Kailas to Lake Manasarovar
DAYS 16/18 Drive beneath Himalayan range to San Kosi Gorge, descend to Zhangmu
DAY 19 Transfer to Kathmandu
DAY 20 In Kathmandu, trip concludes

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Trip Code: JTK
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  20 days
Activities:  Trekking Adventure Touring
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