This was the first time we've been on an Adventure holiday and the first time that we've ever used Exodus. Superb communication and assistance from Exodus HQ throughout, from booking to arriving home. The customer service and assistance we've received from this company is genuinely the best I've ever experienced, even when flights home went slightly awry due to bad weather!
The trip itself exceeded all our expectations - by a long way! As first-time 'Adventure Travelers', we were a little apprehensive about what we might have signed up to, but the user reviews on the website and the patience of Harriet at Exodus in answering some rather inane questions quickly put these to rest. Don't just think about it, do it, you won't regret it!
Yes, you could fly to Cusco and get the train up to Machu Picchu, but you won't truly appreciate this amazing place unless you've walked the trail and understand just how remote it would have been back in the day together with why the Incas thought of it a such a special place. You would also miss out on many other stunning ruins that cannot be reached any other way, incredible wildlife, the physical challenge and the chance to be humbled by the amazingly quiet, resilient and proud Quechua people, many of whom make up the porters and crew that care for you on your trip and make your dreams come true.
Machu Picchu is a very special place, Cusco is charming and the Peruvian countryside stunning, but the most precious thing that my wife and I have taken away from our trip is a sense of profound respect and fondness for the Peruvian people and the Quechua in particular.