Each month, we highlight one of our client’s trip stories on our blog so that others can read all about their trip. This month’s “Traveler Tale” comes from Chris Sprague & Meiky, who hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, took a ceviche cooking class in Lima, hung out in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, and more. Great job to Christina, our travel consultant, who organized their trip and won travel consultant of the month for her efforts!
I just wanted to thank you, for an amazing trip. The package you put together for us was perfect and went off without a hitch! Meiky and I truly enjoyed our time in Peru and couldn’t have been happier in the decision to go with you and SouthAmerica.travel. The wonderful and centrally located accommodations as well as the personal attention provided by each of the local guides truly made us feel like royalty!
Our adventures began in Lima. The culinary tour (with David as our guide) was OUTSTANDING!!!! The ceviche class (and provided recipe which we will be attempting to recreate soon) was delicious. We got to see just enough of the surrounding areas with brief historical explanations with a main focus on the food which was exactly what I was looking for! 2 thumbs up there!
On to the Amazon
We then moved on to Puerto Maldonado where we spent 4 days at the Posada Amazonas which was beautiful! The food was really good too! Our guide for the 4 days, Luis, was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. And we can’t say enough about the hammocks on the property and in the rooms! Very relaxing! I would advise you though, to mention to future clients the importance of bringing HIGH socks or something to protect the flesh against the rubber boots you must borrow from the hotel to go on the hikes! Speaking of which, the hikes were really fun too. We were lucky enough one day to end up in the middle of a pack of what seemed to be hundreds of squirrel monkeys jumping from tree to tree in search of food! Amazing!
Cusco, the Inca Trail, & Machu Picchu
From there, we moved on to Cusco. First of all, our “guide” Carlos was incredible! That guy was on top of each and every aspect of our trip. Regardless of time of day or what requests we may have had, he was on it for us. Bravo to him! Casa Andina was nice and the included b-fast is good. The wi-fi was a bit shaky, but suitable. Its location is awesome though, right in the heart of Cusco steps away from the main plaza. The city tour was your basic city tour, but the mountain biking excursion you set up for us was perhaps the highlight of my trip! We got lucky that it was just the 2 of us AND it was the sunniest, cloudless blue day we had the entire trip! Cesar and the driver (Gilmar I think his name was) were very helpful! But the biking trip as a whole (90% downhill) was beautiful and cutting thru the villages and city of Moras and the salt flats was awesome!
And finally, the Inca Trail Hike! Please remind me to never do that again! 🙂 Seriously though, the hike was brutal but rather rewarding. After 4 grueling days, to come over the hill at the Sun Gate and lay your eyes on Machu Picchu is a feeling I won?t be forgetting anytime soon. The guides (Richard, Edwin and Robert) were great and the porters are incredible!!!
All in all we had an amazing time and can’t thank you enough for your prompt assistance throughout the planning phases and choice of guides/accommodations! Rest assured that I will be looking you up the next time I decide to venture down to South America!
chris & meiky