Heady heights in Peru
Specialist tour operator Distinctive Americas invited eight agents to Peru this summer, on a trip which saw them climb 400 metres up a sheer cliff face on the first day – a bonding experience for sure!
Over the course of a week the group also cruised the world's highest lake, Titicaca; biked around the capital, Lima, and snacked on ceviche; sipped cocktails and spotted lamas from a train; and toured a chocolate musuem in Ollantaytambo.
Distinctive Americas host Daniel
Benians said: “Peru is one of our top selling destinations but its geography and infrastructure means planning an itinerary can be challenging, with logistical considerations like acclimatising to altitude and trekking permits. Having reassurance from an agent who’s been there is invaluable, and the agents got to experience the unexpected elements of Peru: the incredible food, the genuine friendliness of the people and the otherworldly atmosphere of its spectacular landscapes."
In the Sacred Valley agents tackled a via ferrata climb and zipline before enjoying a Champagne lunch at Skylodge – an eight-bed boutique hotel hanging precariously from the rock face.
Joanna Hay, from Spear Travels in Leyburn, said: “It was the scariest experience of my life but well worth it and I'll definitely recommend it to adventurous clients. The views of the Sacred Valley were spectacular."
The group entered Machu Picchu in the mid-afternoon to avoid the crowds.
Dallal Benromdhane of Travelwise in Muswell Hill commented: "I didn’t think that such a popular tourist site could be so peaceful and powerfully affecting. I'll tell all my clients to do it the same way so they can have the same amazing experience”.
Karen Cooper from
Sovereign Travel in
Wimbledon said the
Titicaca train was the most spectacular rail journey of her life, while Camilla
Somerton of Nomadic Travel,
Exeter picked seeing condors fly through the Colca Canyon as her abiding magical moment.
Paul Dayson of Spa Travel, Boston Spa, summed it up: “We packed so much in! It was the trip of a lifetime and an insight into an amazing country with so much to offer – adventure, culinary delights, stunning scenery and history. I can’t wait to share it with my clients.”
Main picture: The whole group at Machu Picchu. Other pictures, from top: larking around at Machu Picchu; rock climbing in the Sacred Valley; cycle tour of Lima;shopping in Cusco; locals in Titicaca