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Ski surrounded by the Italian Dolomites' jagged peaks. Departures December through to February.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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This was a great tour of Peru. Seeing the giant river otters at the ox bow lake next to the Tambopata River was very special. The Inca Trail was everything I had hoped it would be and a lot more as well. I was really pleased that our schedule on the Inca Trail was much more relaxed than some of the others on the trail at the same time as us. We were able to enjoy the trek and not have to get up at a ridiculous time on a morning to try and rush to Machu Pichu on the last day. We arrived at Machu Pichu at around 4.30pm and it was really quiet, with only around 20 other visitors there. We then stayed in the little town at the bottom of the mountain and were able to go back to Machu Pichu the next morning to have the full guided tour. The Peruvian people we met were friendly, the tour was pretty packed with lots to do, the hotels and lodges were nice and I would certainly go back again.
Making it to the top of Dead Woman's Pass on the second day of the Inca Trail. I am quite a slow walker but our guide gave some excellent tips on how to climb up to the top of the pass at a steady pace and it worked a treat. About 15 metres from the top I finally realised that I really would make it and got a huge sense of personal achievement.
Bobby was an excellent group leader. His specialty is the Inca Trail and we were the 609th time he had completed it. He had lots of enthusiasm and an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Peru. He also had a lot of time and patience with me when I was on the Inca Trail and it is partly down to Bobby that I actually made it all the way to the end. Bobby was very well known amongst the other guides that we met and was able to keep us up to date with all the recent discoveries of new branches of the Inca Trail and discoveries of Inca ruins elsewhere in Peru. The was a small problem with a ticket for the Inca Trail that could have been a much bigger problem but it was all solved in less than 10 minutes when Bobby just printed out a new ticket at the park office (after he recognised one of the gate keepers as his former assistant guide!).
When in the Amazon rainforest there is plenty of wildlife there but sometimes you have to be patient, quiet and listen to the local guides to help look for it. The altitude can hit you quite hard in Cusco, in my case within 2 minutes of the doors opening on the plane at the airport. Listen to your guide and do what they tell you to help deal with the altitude. The guides can also give excellent advice at trekking at altitude on the Inca Trail, slow and steady is best almost like you are walking through treacle, but it works a treat. It is possible to get sol in the UK and I am glad that I did. If you live in London then you can get some good rates for collection or one of the national supermarkets does a good rate for postal. This saves getting sterling converted to dollars first all the time, instead you can take a mixture of dollars and sol from the start.
This was a fantastic trip. I have done quite a few wildlife trips previously and this time wanted something that had wildlife, culture and a bit of adventure thrown in too. I hit the jackpot with this trip.
The Moonstone Trek
If Inca Trail permits have sold out, or you fancy a more remote and challenging trek, we offer the Moonstone Trek on all departures of this trip - click here for full details of this spectacular trek
**More 2015 dates to be released soon**