Heady heights in Peru

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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

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