1 independent reviews for Peru tour, small group
Reviews for Peru tour, small group
Caroline Sawyer review 23 Jan 2020
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?Visiting Machu Picchu, the chocolate museum, making new friends with my fellow travelers.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?I booked the Inca Trail Express from Lima. Don’t bother with the part that starts in Lima, just go for the Inca Trail Express. Your time will be much better spent going to altitude and acclimatising before the tour starts. In Lima as long as you book a hotel in the Miraflores district, get the hotel to arrange your taxi transfers and follow the guide book rules you shouldn’t have any problems. I was the only person on the tour in Lima which felt odd and the hotel choice was very basic and unwelcoming. Of the 16 people in my group three required medical attention due to altitude sickness. Two were unable to take part or complete the quarry trek due to it, including me and it is horrible to feel that unwell on vacation. It is so dangerous and so important to give yourself a few extra days in Cusco (or elsewhere) acclimatising to the altitude beforehand. All 16 people felt some effect. Go to Lima afterwards and enjoy the beautiful city.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?We did engage with and spent a pleasant afternoon with a local community. All the hotels were locally owned, Independant. All guides were Peruvian, very knowledgable and helpful.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?A wonderful, friendly experience somewhere that I felt safe as a solo female traveler. Go to altitude early to give yourself the best chance of not getting really bad altitude sickness. This was my first experience with this operator and I was pleasantly surprised. Phone support before was helpful. The guide and all arrangements were well organised. I spent a few days solo before and after the tour and they were thoroughly enjoyable and safe too.
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