3 independent reviews for Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation

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review 4 Nov 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Reaching Machu Picchu after 4 days trekking!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Travel light as there is a lot of packing and re-packing as you leave one place for the next. Have some Peruvian Sol in small denominations as change is very hard to find

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, there were a large group of porters with us that worked so hard for the money they earned and tips. We also visited a local farm, small museum, the floating islands and numerous markets selling souvenirs etc which all relied on tourists spending some money or on tips

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Extremely enjoyable. There was a lot of travel involved and a fully packed itinery but well worth it as we seen so much and so many great experiences.

review 10 Aug 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The Inka Trail and the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for lots of traveling and fatigue. Also. it would be advisable to do some kind of physical training in readiness for the trail. Be prepared to shell out a

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Most definately.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The overall experience was very good. However, there were certain areas I think that need addressing. Firstly, there was far too much emphasis on tipping and group members sometimes felt under pressure to tip the most insignificant contributor. Secondly, there was a bit too much structure with the vacation and a lack of opportunity for people to think for themselves or do their own thing. Some of the tours were a bit too commercial and felt a bit 'tacky' i.e the Reed island on Lake Titicaca. Lastly, the vacation could benefit from a few more free days, especially at the beginning of the vacation where everyone is jet lagged and tired.

review 25 Nov 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Machu Picchu.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You have plenty of time to get clothes washed in Cusco after the rainforest section - so you don't need to take a full fortnight's worth of clothes with you. This will give you a chance to load some kids colouring books and soft toys in your case that you can leave at the Rainbow Centre.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It did as much as possible in both respects. An optional visit to a farm in the rainforest was real eye-opener. The Libertador Tambopata lodges were excellent and gave you a real feel for the rainforest without having monkeys on a chain or snakes in a tank as you might see in other uncaring developments.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was the best vacation of my life so far.

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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