Best of Peru & Bolivia

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 – 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 didn’t 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 – 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 didn’t realise how much !! Thank you World Expeditions.

Lee and Kara Oates | Pacific Pines, Queensland
 

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Take an adventure holiday in ETHIOPIA with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.

One of the world’s oldest nations, Ethiopia is located in Northeast Africa bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the east and Djibouti to the northeast. Contrary to popular belief that Ethiopia is predominantly a desert landscape, most of the region is mountainous due to faults resulting from the Rift Valley, with the highest peaks in the Simien Mountains of northwestern Ethiopia.

Many years ago World Expeditions identified Ethiopia as the perfect haven for those desiring to trek in dramatic mountain scenery, where it is still a novelty to be a westerner. Our treks in Ethiopia are based around the more fertile highland plateau of the Simien Mountains, where we walk through the small villages and terraced fields of the lower valleys before reaching a series of dramatic cliffs and escarpments. We descend into the lowlands to gain an amazing perspective of scale of these mountains and another opportunity to interact with locals in the villages below. The Simien Mountains are home to many endemic species eg. Gelada Baboon, Walia Ibex and Simien Fox. A visit to Ethiopia would not be complete without acknowledging its ancient history and so we visit some of the world’s greatest ancient churches and monasteries such as the amazing 12th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.


Featured Adventures

Ethiopia Explorer

Explore Ethiopia's unique cultural heritage and spectacular mountain scenery
11 days |

Hidden Tribes of Ethiopia

Visit the fascinating tribes of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia
7 days |

Highlands of Ethiopia

Combined with the rich culture and history of Ethiopia, trekking in the Simien Mountains will take your breath away with its stunning scenery and dramatic escarpments
17 days |

Great Ethiopian Adventure

Visit the fascinating tribes of the Omo Valley in southern EthiopiaJoin in the Great Ethiopian 10km run in Addis AbabaRaise vital funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
 
17 days |
Moderate | Charity Challenges | Multi Activity

Women on the Run

In Ethiopia, obstetric fistula is the common outcome of prolonged, obstructed labour that causes permanent internal damage and incontinence. Many patients become social outcasts and their suffering is life-long if untreated. As part of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia's holistic approach to treatment, patients are provided with education, training and employment opportunities.
 
11 days |
Moderate | Day Walking | Charity Challenges
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The Weather in Ethiopia

Although almost on the equator, Ethiopia experiences temperate climate and sometimes temperatures below freezing (in the Simien Mountains) due to its high altitude. Throughout the highlands, where we will be travelling for the majority of this trip, the climate is moderate and daytime temperatures rarely exceed 25˚C. Particularly in December and January, the temperature drops at night to around 10˚C. The hottest months are April and May, just before the main rains.

Despite the moderate climate, the sun’s rays beat directly down and is not effectively filtered, hence its rays are quite vicious and there is the likelihood of sunburn and sunglasses are advisable. Although Ethiopia has its famous slogan of “Thirteen Months of Sunshine " a year - referring to the thirteen months of the Julian calendar - there are two rainy seasons a year : the irregular short rains from late January to early March and the long rains that stretch from June until mid September. In the highlands, especially on the escarpment, you must also be prepared for quite strong winds.

One of the most ideal times to visit Ethiopia is between October and January, when the rains have ceased and most of the plants are green from having received a large amount of moisture

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