Peru is a hugely diverse country and this trip is a great way to see a lot. I couldn't believe some of the scenery I got to see and felt very lucky to have the opportunity. There are some long drives on the bus but so much to see along the way. Although the trip is billed as 'leisurely' I'm exhausted now I'm back because we crammed so much into two weeks, complemented by a lovely group who made for brilliant travelling companions. Another excellently organised trip by Exodus!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Machu Picchu! How could it not be?! We were taken there early in the morning so we got the best light and less tourists. Just wandering around it was amazing and walking to the top of the steps from the entrance gate, the trees breaking apart and seeing it properly for the first time - wow!
We also had a keen bird-watcher in our group so by the time we got to the Colca Canyon we were all equally excited and nervous. When five condors rose out of the canyon, it was just incredible.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Juan Diaz was excellent. He managed to keep smiling for two weeks while trying to get us to keep to specific times when we were coo-ing over alpachas instead of doing what we were meant to! Despite having been to some of the sights over 100 times he was still really enthusiastic and eager for us to have a great time while learning lots.
He came across very calm and relaxed even though when the group were off exploring he was glued to his phone organising the next thing for us - I didn't pick my suitcase up for two weeks because he made sure they were taken to the right rooms in hotels.
He took good care of us when we got altitude sickness, made us laugh for two weeks and bascially made sure we really loved our time in Peru.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Pack light - the washing facilities in Cusco are cheap and excellent.
Don't underestimate altitude sickness! Although it is easily remedied make sure you get plenty of rest, drink the coca tea and do as your guide says.
Take memory for your camera!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Be prepared for some long drives - take something to entertain yourself but make sure you spend hours gazing out of the window at the amazing views.
Other than that, just be open minded, be prepared for traffic jams at 3,000m (weirdly brilliant experience) and just book it and enjoy!