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review 8 Aug 2017

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

Rainforest at the end of the trip-we booked 3 extra days

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

Read all reviews for other hints and advice and decide which is relevant for you. Take an iPod with podcasts and/or music for long bus journeys. We don't use walking poles much but we used one for the downward parts of the Inca trail. Be prepared for symptoms of altitude (which abated without any additional treatments other than common sense after a couple of days) and pack loperamide capsules (Imodium)!

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

Not to a big extent but tourism is said to be 2nd most important income generator in Peru after mining.

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

Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Dear David, Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip. Wed like to give you a little more information regarding your comments in question 3. It is certainly the case that tourism is a major contributor to income in Peru. We hope however that saw the specific efforts we make to ensure as many people as possible benefit from such an income as well as the steps we take to reduce our environmental impact. We operate a zero-impact policy on the Inca Trail, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. We take a toilet tent for use in camp and during lunch, removing the need to dig holes at campsites, and we never build fires at our campsites. Our camp staff (porters, cooks and mule wranglers where used) are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food whilst on the trek. They are also encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities - regular training courses are held for all staff to increase their understanding of how to protect their natural and cultural heritage. This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size. We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to Peru one day.

review 26 Sep 2016

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

Flight over Nazca lines, unforgettable Moonstine trek and obviously visit of Machu Picchu! And at last visit of jungles with explore of all new world

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

Amazing trip, rich of adventure, include city, mountain and hiking, jungles and hot weather. So correct packing is essential. Good walking shoes and boots, plenty of warm clothes, layers type. A lot of hiking clothing and equipment you can buy in Cusco

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

Not sure

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

Amazing!!! All in one. I had fantastic time and really enjoyed the time, unforgettable experience in mountains. It was fantastic

review 24 Oct 2013

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

An option within our trip was to trek the little used Moonstone trail. What a good choice it was - amazing scenery, a real physical challenge (highest point 4850m and highest camp at 4300m)and peace and solitude - we didn't see another group during the 4 day trek. The altitude did make the going hard but our guide (Elias) was a great help and the views and sense of achievement upon reaching the highest point were tremendous. Camp 2 was a stunning spot, on a slightly raised area in a huge bowl surrounded by mountains with the 19,000', snow capped Mt Veronica peeping above them and catching the early morning sun - a truely magical place. Waking on the last day to look down into a cloud filled Sacred Vally with the sun throwing long shadows and the same Mt Veronica glinting in the background was also rather fine. Watching Condors soar along the magnificent Colca Canyon, meeting the Uros Indians on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, being the only Europeans in a weekly market where some local people still travel for several days to barter their goods and marvelling at Inca technology have got to be up there too! And I almost forgot, experiencing the sounds and sights tropical rainforest with our local guides. In reality everyday had it memorable moments and somedays were just jam packed with them!

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

This is more a travel experience than a vacation. There are lots of early starts and long days - but if you enjoy discovering new places these minor hardships are well worth it. There can be extremes of weather (sub zero at night on the Moonstone trail - a down jacket would be a good idea here) to the steamy heat of the jungle so be prepared for this and don't be put off by the gloomy overcast weather of Lima - it soon disipates when you move inland! Be prepared for the impact of altitude - most of our group suffered from headaches etc - despite a very sensible itinerary that provided fairly gentle acclimatisation - if doing a high level trek it might be worth talking to your GP about Diamox, not everybody used it but those who did seemed to cope fairly well. If treking make sure that you get your kitbag from the operator before departure! Be prepared to go with the flow and make the most of what ever happens - even the almost total chaos in Cusco airport when a number of flights have been cancled - although that is the sort of thing better appreciated after the event!

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

All the hotels/lodges used during our trip were locally owned, as far as we could tell all managers were Peruvian and there was clear eveidence that local people were employed. During the trek we were able to establish that all staff were from local villages and there was a real willingness to tell us that both the guides and the support staff liked working for the operator because they were paid well by them. During the trek there was an emphasis on leaving each campsite (they were all 'wild camps') as they had been found. We were also taken to vist a number of community projects set up to benefit local people - small scale chocolate producers, dying and weaving, corn beer production etc. The lodge we stayed in in the rainforest has a monkey rescue and release to the wild programme and the 10000 ha area it controls is managed for conservation.

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

This was a fantastic experience, we thoroughly enjoyed it. The country is full of contrasts and the people are fantastic. If you are interested in bird life this is a superb destination. The trip lasts 3 weeks - I could happily have spent double that time in country - and still only scratched the surface. We did have one or two minor admin issues but these were resolved and they didn't really detract from the overall experience of Peru.

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