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 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.

Lee and Kara Oates | Pacific Pines, Queensland
 
 

Cycle Myanmar

Few can argue that Myanmar is a gem of a destination. We explore at handle bar level this welcoming land, which until recently, has been relatively undiscovered by westerners. After flying to Mandalay, our cycling adventure starts in earnest with a ride on the outskirts before returning by boat on the Irrawaddy River. Our cycling continues through timeless villages where we observe traditional lifestyles enroute to Bagan, home to one of the finest collection of temples in South East Asia. Exploring at a gentle pace, this magnificent region uncovers ancient pagodas and temples of a bygone era with intricate carvings, murals and astonishing architecture. At sacred Mount Popa the abode of 'Nats', known as 'Spirits of Ancient Ancestors' we leave our bikes and climb the 900 steps for stunning panoramic views from the golden temple at its summit. Last but not least, Inle Lake with its bustling local markets, handicrafts and stilted villages provides a perfect and relaxing conclusion to this inspiring adventure.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Yangon
DAY 2 Fly to Mandalay
DAY 3 Cycle outskirts of Mandalay
DAY 4 Cycle and transfer to Meiktila
DAY 5 Cycle to Mt Popa
DAY 6 Mt Popa to Bagan
DAY 7 Bagan
DAY 8 Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake
DAY 9 In Inle Lake
DAY 10 Drive to Heho, fly to Yangon
DAY 11 In Yangon, trip concludes

traveller reviews

In my mind the trip was in 2 segments. The Yangon part at the beginning. We arrived two days before the tour which was great for us to become accustomed to....well, everything really! Yangon had a lot to offer culturally and our guide Omar was very informative and efficient. The second phase was like another Myanmar world. The riding, the villages and the smiling people, the countryside and the history.The locals all stopped to stare but we felt as though we were part of it all as we viewed from our handlebars, smelled, listened and said the obligatory 'mingalar par'. Our guide Linn was outstanding. Wise beyond his 26 years having previously been a monk, been to university and worked as a chef. He was very engaging and absolutely committed to educating us but he was also able to have fun and share a joke.
I left Myanmar fulfilled that I had tasted a little of the real place.

Sue Reilly Victoria Australia

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Trip Grading: Introductory to Moderate
Duration:  11 days
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