- The Explore holiday type fitted with my wishes and I was not disappointed. I had wanted to visit Peru for a very long time. Manchu Pichu being the overriding place to visit. What I had not expected was the wonderful locations we visited before we got there. I concur with other reviews that the visit to the Nazca Lines is not quite as good as hoped, I can see by plane it is probably brilliant, something that needs to be addressed. But during the day we visited two other locations, both fascinating, the pre Inca Cemetary and the Aquaduct.
The overnight bus journey by public bus ( actually double deck luxury coach ), was difficult for me being 1.95m high, but if you are shorter, it seems sleep was not difficult, food was provided and the bus has a toilet too. A picture in the gallery might allay peoples worries.
The slow accent to altitude must have worked for me, as I did not suffer altitude sickness ever!
Arequipa had a great hotel, the town is friendly and full of places to visit. Chivay via the highest point on the tour 4,910m again great hotel and star gazing in the Observatory next door. Colca Canyon, I enjoyed the walk in the canyon and the Condors did fly and give us a special treat.
The hotel in Puno, the Sustiani was of poorer quality to all others, but still functional.
The visit to the Uros islands was a delight and Tequila Island takes you back to basics and was a wonderful visit. Yes there are steep steps, just take your time, the views are well worth it!
Andean Explorer, definately the way to travel, I enjoyed every moment.
And so to Cusco, well worth buying the full tourist ticket, we visited almost all sites and others too. Made use of taxi and local bus to get around, our tour leader Omar Benito a great help with advice and tips.
From here we took the train for Manchu Pichu, again great train journey, carriages with ceiling windows, so you don't miss a thing, refreshment too, it does take 3 hours. I have seen the pictures, but for seeing Manchu Pichu, Omar used his trick of getting us the viewing area with our eyes shut and then to open them - wow!
We did the Sacred valley on our last day, four more well worth viewing sites.
All in all a great holiday. Niggles - nothing worth mentioning here, delay times at airports part and parcel with connecting flights I feel.
Finally, I felt Omar looked after me and the extra guides we had along the way really helped to gives us a better understanding of the Peruvian history, Helmut, Rueben and Percy.
Published on: 10 November 2016