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My daughter and I have recently returned from a World Expeditions Best of Peru and Bolivia tour and I thought that I would give you our thoughts on the tour. The accommodation, meals, transport and organisation were excellent Ė the long-boat trips were just lovely.
After arriving at our accommodation in Cusco (the owner was such a nice woman) we met our main guide, Veronica Illa. There was nothing that Veronica didnít know about this wonderful area around Cusco and she was willing to do anything for us. She is certainly a wonderful guide and we feel privileged that she was our tour leader. Once again the transport,drivers and attractions we visited were excellent. We were always picked up on time and our luggage was always taken care of. Everything ran very smoothly.
The ruins at Ollantaytambo were breathtaking and Veronica explained in detail, the Inca history. We loved our accommodation here! We started off on our 4 day Inca trek and at an early stage got to marvel at our wonderful porters. They are such hard working people who we admired greatly. The tents were always set up for us well before we arrived for meals and sleeping (and the toilet facilities).
But I think everyone was surprised by the quality and quantity of the food that was served up for each meal Ė piping hot and on time, every time. The gear pack and tents were all in very good condition and everything ran like clockwork. We were sad to see our porters leave us on Day 4.
The history of Machu Picchu was explained so well by Veronica and we had a lovely stay at Aguas Calientes before our trip back to Cusco.
Lake Titicaca is a magical place. The floating islands are amazing but the jewel in the crown on the lake was Taquile Island. We had such a wonderful time on this island with the homestay family. The family was very welcoming and we had a fun-filled time with their 3 little girls. They served us lovely food and we could have quite happily spent another night on this island to wander and discover a little more.
Our Bolivian guide, Sandro Diaz and our new driver took us to our lovely Hotel in La Paz.
We felt that Peru was so happy to welcome tourists to their wonderful country.
Overall,we had a wonderful experience in a different culture which we enjoyed immensely. I knew that I would love Peru but I just didnít realise how much !! Thank you World Expeditions.
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To celebrate the New Year, cycle enthusiasts and active adventurers will be thrilled to hear that we are offering 10% off selected holidays to get you in the saddle in 2013.
Book before 15 March and SAVE 10% on these selected cycling trips:
Cycle Myanmar, Sri Lanka by Bike, South India Cycle, Yunnan Cycle & Tiger Leaping Gorge, Wild Mongolia Cycle, China by Bike, Backroads to Yangshuo, Hike and Bike China, Cycle Kyoto*, Bike, Hike & Kayak Visayas, Loire Valley Bike and Barge, Croatia Bike and Sail, Blue Danube Cycle, Venice to Florence Cycle, Tulip tour, Alps to Ocean, West Coast & Glaciers Cycle
To redeem this special offer, contact your local World Expeditions office or book online using promo code 'CYCLEJAN2013'. Hurry - spaces are filling quick for many of our cycling trips and offer strictly expires 15 March 2013. Full terms and conditions apply.
World Expeditions pioneered cycle touring in 1978 when we were the first company to launch commercial bike tours in India and China. Today we have a raft of exciting cycling holidays in over 30 countries. We work with local leaders to constantly update our itineraries, ensuring you stay off the main roads while engaging with the local culture.
PLUS don’t miss your chance to learn more from our cycling experts at one of our FREE info nights in your capital city:
Cycling Routes of the World with Dave Turner @ Newport Beach – Wed 6 Feb 2013
Special event! $35 charge includes two course meal
Cycling Routes of the World Wed 27 Feb 2013
Melbourne – Cycling Routes of the World Thurs 7 March 2013
Brisbane – Cycling Routes of the World Thurs 4 April 2013
Canberra – Cycling Routes of the World Wed 10 April 2013
Adelaide – Cycling Routes of the World Wed 17 April 2013
Perth - Cycling Routes of the World Thurs 18 April 2013