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review 10 Dec 2012

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

This was my first time in Peru and to the Amazon region. I loved the journey from Cusco down to Manu. We got to see so many different types of communities, habitats, scenery, weather. The contrast of the stark upland farms to the lush river basin. The birds and sounds of the rainforest were memorable. Our guide was excellent and I learned so much about the area and culture. The tour operator staff shared their passion for the projects and research.

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

Bring layers. It was cold at the highest elevations and very hot in Manu. A long-sleeve light shirt was helpful to keep sun and bugs off and neutral colored clothes were preferred for the clay lick morning. I was very glad to have brought my good binoculars, the birds were amazing.

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

Yes. Our guide talked to us about how the environmental impact of tourism is lighter but financially supports the communities better than industries like cattle ranching or mono-culture banana plantations. It is a delicate balance. The trip also supports the projects which are helping teach people in this remote area raise their quality of life and health. The research is helping to prove that second-growth forests contribute as much biodiversity as old-growth forests and need protection. Living, if only for a few days, so far off the grid and in such an incredibly rich area reminded me that my own energy use and food choices make a difference to the planet's health.

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

Wonderful and worthwhile.

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