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
 
 

Coast to Coast Guided Walk

Covering 190 odd miles and traversing three national parks, this classic hike offers magnificent scenery with rolling hills bordered by dry stone walls and charming little villages with a sprinkling of houses and cosy pubs. From the tiny Cumbrian seaside resort of St. Bees on the Irish Sea the route heads east with the wind into the Lake District with options to extend days with peak ascents. In the Yorkshire Dales we cross the mystical Nine Standards Rig, before following the beautiful River Swale for a couple of days into the old market town of Richmond. There follows a marathon section to link up with the North York Moors National Park from where we roller coaster around to the North Sea Coast to make a triumphant entrance into RobinsHood's Bay where a celebratory cheers is in order. Accompanied by an experienced guide and staying at carefully chosen B&B's, this really is one of our favourite walks in Britain.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive St Bees
DAY 2 Walk to Ennerdale Bridge at the edge of the Lake District National Park (6hrs)
DAY 3 Continue walk to Borrowdale (7hrs)
DAY 4 Classic lakeside scenery enroute to Grasmere (5hrs)
DAY 5 Another great walking day to Patterdale via Grisedale Pass (5.5-7.5hrs)
DAY 6 Walk to Shap over Kidsty Pike, the highest point on the route (7-9hrs)
DAY 7 Easier terrain to finish this stage in Kirkby Stephen (8hrs)
DAY 8 To Keld and taxi back to Kirkby Stephen (6hrs)
DAY 9 Taxi to Keld and continue across wild moorland to Reeth (5hrs)
DAY 10 A walk through pretty Swaledale to Richmond with its ancient cobbled market square (5hrs)
DAY 11 A flat walk between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks to Osmotherley (9hrs)
DAY 12 A strenuous walk in the Cleveland Hills to Blakey (8hrs)
DAY 13 Walk to Egton Bridge or Grosmont (4hrs)
DAY 14 Last day walk to Robin Hood's Bay (7hrs)
DAY 15 Trip concludes

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