- The highlight has to be the day spent at Machu Picchu, exploring the streets, temple and terraces in warm sunshine, but the day-long (optional) train ride from Puno to Cusco came a close second for its fantastic scenery, good food, live entertainment and luxurious facilities. I also thoroughly enjoyed our visit to a mountaintop community on Tequila Island - eating fresh trout next to a hedge of gladioli full of hummingbirds, in glorious weatherâ€¦ heavenly Pabel was outstandingly good. Every part of the tour ran smoothly and was superbly organised. He explained everything we needed to know the night before - what to pack, what to wear, carry, when to meet ... everything! Throughout the tour, he explained the significance of local architecture and customs, describing the demise of the Incas as he showed us around forts, temples and remote abandoned mountainside towns. His command of English was exceptional - weâ€™ll never forget his explanation of the route ahead ... not least the bifurcation in the path!!!.. He was a fantastic host at all times. On the trek, he helped to serve our meals and in the cities, he showed us the best places to eat - with great menus, value for money and good facilities. He also helped with finding places to change money, get medication and take laundry. On the trek, he did everything to make sure we were OK, encouraging the fittest, shepherding the slowest, and minding bags and cameras. Thanks to him, we were always well prepared for the weather, the wildlife and the challenging walks. He was also a great photographer! He was cheerful, funny and very good company, spending time with everyone along the way. His knowledge of the history and culture of Peru was absolutely fantastic. He was clearly a proud citizen and shared stories and legends all the time. I donâ€™t think we could have had a better tour leader - he was MUCH appreciated!
Published on: 12 March 2016