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Holiday review by Peru Traveller

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Date of trip: 16/10/2016
Number of people: 2
Country: Peru

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "We had a fabulous time and everything went smoothly We had a down night on the home stay, but otherwise it was great - definitely lived up to expectations and more. "
 
Tribes Service: "Paul gives amazingly good service and advice. Even sorted a surprise tour I wanted for a birthday present. Wonderful. "
 
Guides: "Drivers were wonderful. Overall the guides were excellent meeting and greeting etc., including our dash round Lima! obviously some guides are better than others, especially at a social level. See below. "
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Very difficult to know. "

Accommodation

 
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
Perfect for the purpose
 
El Mercado Hotel
This is a charming hotel where we had three nights. Spoilt us for the rest really. Lovely staff. Comfy public spaces. Good position. Good choice of food.
 
Pakaritampu
Also a charming hotel in beautiful surroundings and very convenient for the train.
 
Posada del Inca Puno
Strange place. Felt a bit like being in the Soviet - big and impersonal, although the staff were fine. Because we were outside the town, felt a bit isolated and this is where dinner could have been included, since there was nowhere else to go once you were there.
 
Amantani Island Homestay
This was a big disappointment. It wasn't really a home stay, but a B and B. There was little interaction between us and the family, although Benito did eat with us. But we were not invited into their living room, just the kitchen. Basically, we were in our bedroom and only saw the family to eat. So bed after supper. Meals were not good. Soup, Rice and macaroni for dinner. Pancakes for breakfast were good. We had been told there would only be cold water, but in fact there was no water at all for the whole stay. We learnt very little about the Aymara culture and met nobody else except in a tea shop where we stopped.

TRIBES COMMENT: I'm sorry you did not have a good homestay on Amantani. The homestays on the islands are run by different families, some who have more interaction than guests than others. The accommodation is assigned on a rota so guests are shared out amongst all the different villagers who have opted in.

Our Memories

"We loved Machu Picchu itself. We loved the train journey from Cusco to Puno, despite thinking initially that it was too soon after a train journey the day before. Really a joy. We loved the position of the Casa Andina in Machu Picchu with the train line more or less being our pavement. Great excitement in the morning with armed police with shields out in force - apparently to evict people from a house a few doors down. Seemed like overkill to us, but.... We loved the hotel in Cusco. See below. And we loved Cusco. Great place to explore. Found excellent restaurants recommended by the first guide. We had booked a tour with the Lima gourmet group on the last morning, which was perfect. A fabulous tour with an exceptional guide. To be recommended. We loved the walk down on Taquile and the delicious lunch overlooking the Lake. "

customer rating

5/5 from 58 reviews

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Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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