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

Réunion Island Trek Adventure

Réunion is part of the Mascarene islands; a small archipelago of volcanic islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Unlike its closest neighbour Mauritius, with its beautiful beaches, Réunion cannot boast the same, but what it lacks at sea level it more than makes up for in its wildly dramatic mountainous interior. The volcanic mountains and gorges offer a spate of trekking possibilities so if you have enjoyed Nepal or New Zealand, you will also enjoy Réunion, which has similar high quality trekking but with a tropical twist. This trek consists of two major cirques, Cilaos and Mafate, with an opportunity to ascend the highest peak on the island - Le Piton des Neiges at 3070 metres, and to explore one of the most accessible and active volcanoes in the world - Le Piton de la Fournaise. Our trekking route reveals a virtually undisturbed wilderness with sunken peaks and scarps surrounded by steep lush walls of vines, figs and palms with a cluster of mountains that rise to almost 2700 metres. With some luck we should spot Papangue (local hawks), white-tailed tropic birds, panther and chameleon completing this superb back to nature experience.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join St Denis, transfer to Hell-Bourg
DAY 2 Transfer to Le Col des Boeufs and trek in Cirque of Mafate
DAY 3 Trek to Cilaos Village
DAY 4 Trek to base of Le Piton des Neiges (2479m)
DAY 5 Climb Le Piton des Neiges (3070m)
DAY 6 To La Saline Les Bains (West Coast )
DAY 7 Volcano trekking on Piton de la Fournaise (2354m)
DAY 8 Free day in La Saline les Bains
DAY 9 Transfer to St Denis airport, trip concludes

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Trip Grading: Introductory to Moderate
Duration:  9 days
Activities:  Trekking
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