- A thoroughly enjoyable trip, every aspect well planned to maximise the time we had and ensure we saw all on offer. Peru is such a beautiful country full of contrasts very well highlighted by the trek followed by the trip to the rainforest.
The fabulous jaw-dropping beauty of the Andes, the Inka ruins, the people, the animals and birds, the warm days and cold nights. Followed by the heat and humidity of the rainforest and the animals and birds (parrots, Macaw, monkeys, insects, caiman, oropendolas, frogs (two in my bathroom).
I can't do a review without mentioning our Cusco and trek tour guide, Pavel Perez who was excellent and really made the trip. Knowledgeable, gentle, funny, patient, and honest - we couldn't have had a better guide.
The trek is hard work in places but the views and experience make it more than worth the effort. An unbelievable 4 days walking by day and sleeping under the stars. The porters and cooks did a fantastic job carrying all of our stuff, setting up camp and providing 3 good meals a day (plus snacks). I can't thank them enough for their hard work, smiles and encouragement. There is so much to see and appreciate on the trek it's worth taking time to stop and look around and take it all in.
The rainforest accommodation, Nape lodge, was newly opened in January 2016 and is lovely. We each had a simple wooden bungalow with beds, mosquito nets, shower room and a veranda with a hammock. The rear of the room is open and you 'share' with the local insect population so insect repellent is a must. The dining area and bar is open and can be used at anytime by guests. Meals are plentiful and tasty. 4 days in the rainforest is a lovely way to chill out after the trek - led forest walks (day and night), a trip on the oxbow lake and river trips to see the clay licks. We saw loads of parrots and Macaw swooping and flying around, cuddling on the branches of the trees and eating the clay - I can't describe the feeling of seeing and hearing it all.
My tip is to take dry bags/plastic bags to store clothes and equipment in the trek bag and not to take a separate bag for the Amazon - the bag we were given for the trek was used for both.
I'd thoroughly recommend the trip and Explore - everything was excellent. A fabulous trip.
Published on: 05 October 2016