I have never used a travel company but with planning my own wedding, I thought this was the best for my sanity. Paul from our Peru travel agency gave us an excellent itinerary and made adjustments for us for budget and timing. There were destinations/lodging that we were put on the wait list for which we later were able to secure. Things like that showed that Paul was actively working on our trip and it wasn't just an autopilot exercise for him.
We typically don't mind getting lost a little on our adventurous vacations but this was a vacation I wanted to squeeze every minute out of. Some of the destinations we were going to were 1-2 hours from the airport or train station but every time, there was a representative from the agency waiting for us with a wonderful driver. At no point did I feel lost, forgotten or stressed out.
Every guide we had was very friendly and so passionate about the history- loved listening to everything they had to say.
Macchu Pichu citadel is the obvious highlight. Our guide gave us a thorough explanation of every detail and it only made us want to learn more about the fascinating Incas. We couldn't help but hum the Indiana Jones theme as we walked through the historical grounds.
On a smaller scale, I was absolutely in love with the stop we made on the way to Yucay to learn about the Alpaca wool and weaving. We were only there for about 20 minutes but got a demo on how the alpaca wool is cleaned, spun and dyed using ancient techniques. It wasn't the normal crowded market so it was nice to sit and learn without being bombarded by vendors. We sipped tea and browsed the available wears- it was lovely.
I would probably try to pack an even smaller suitcase so we wouldn't need to check bags. The airlines we used was delayed on 4 out of the 4 flights we had with them so I would have liked to use air travel less and trains more. There were baggage size restrictions on the train we took (which I would not have known about if not for the agent!) so we couldn't bring our roller board bags anyway.
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