3 independent reviews for Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

Reviews for Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

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review 10 Jun 2012

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

Inca trail and Machu Picchu.

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

Allow some chill time between doing as was well rushed as our programme and we had an extra day in Machu Picchu.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Inkaterra choices certainly seemed to want to be more conscious of the environment.

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

Need a vacation as a lot fitted in - think home stay in lake Titicaca should be re titled as more like a b&b with no heating which we v much enjoyed but think the home stay title gives a different impression.

review 6 Jun 2012

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

The Andean explorer train ride from Cusco to Lake Titicaca was an excellent way to see many aspects of Peru from the city suburbs through the slums then farming communities, through the middle of market towns and past the spectacular backdrop of the Andes. The train ride was a real piece of luxury after the hard work of the Inca Trail.

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

I cannot praise enough the porters and guides who took such good care of us on the trail, on the last night of camping it is something of a ceremony for the porters to gather to say goodbye and receive their tips individually from us, we gave 50 nuevos sol to each porter and 100 to the cook, I don't feel that we were given correct advice on tipping.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The Amantani family that we stayed with (Walter and Vilma) welcomed us with open arms and treated us as honoured guests, I hope that our stay was of some financial benefit to them, we brought all Vima's hats anyway!

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

Our trip went very smoothly after an initial hiccup when our travel co-ordinator wasn't aware that our Andean Explorer train tickets hadn't been confirmed just a few days before departure, somehow they managed to get it sorted I'm pleased to say as the train trip was fantastic. There were no problems with any travel arrangements, the guides and porters were second to none the hotel staff at the Casa Andina Plaza, Cusco were particularly friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this operator to anyone but keep in regular contact with your co-ordinator to make sure everything is happening.

review 17 Jun 2008

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

Difficult to choose as there were several highlights. From a vacation perspective the four days on the Inca trail were very memorable. However, the most lasting memory will probably be our stay on Amantani Island on Lake TitiKaka. We stayed with a family without water and electricity and it was both enjoyable as well as being an eye opener.

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

To get the most out of this vacation put in the work. For example, Machu Picchu is a magical place which inevitably is also a bit touristy. If you arrive by train it will be good, but if you arrive on foot then you will feel how it must have been like to arrive there when it was first built. You also capture some of the excitement that must have been felt when it was rediscovered. Likewise it is nice to stay in the modern hotels and travel on the trains, but let your guides take you to the markets and try and fit in a stay with a local family to get an idea of life in Peru.

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

Definitely. All our guides were both very well informed and passionate about the environment. For our stay on Amantani we were given t he option of staying in either slightly more comfortable or basic accommodation. Our particular host had not had a visitor for 3 years and it was good to know she would benefit. We have also pledged to help the particular individual.

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

The best we have ever had.

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