I, like many of us, researched my trip to Peru not only looking for where and what to see but also which travel agent would best help to plan my trip. Zicasso provided us with three agent. I contacted all three and asked several questions. Our goals were to visit the jungle, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and hike one of the trails, and visit Lake Titicaca. It was a 12 day trip involving planes, trains, boats, etc. I choose this travel agency and am pleased to say the owner did a fabulous job in helping us plan the perfect vacation. He really listened to what we needed and wanted. Being 57 and knowing that dealing with altitude sickness might lead to problems our agent planned it so that we would acclimate and enjoy our trip. The others did not even mention it and planned quite a different trip. From other travelers that we meet, had we taken their advice and started at Lake Titicaca as they did, we would have found ourselves sick like they were at the beginning of their trip! I asked our agent many, many questions and he always responded immediately and gave appropriate advice. I was able to reach him easily by phone or email while in the states and even while in Peru.The accommodations in the jungle and Sacred Valley were the best. As well, in Puno, our agent put us a little outside the city as the city wasn't as pleasant as one would hope! Other reviews complained that it was a 10 minute taxi to the city but my preference wouldn't have been to go there with the conditions so great call! His planning just made sense to take in all the traveling and all required transportation was confirmed by them so we didn't have to worry about anything. As well he worked with a tour company to arrange private transportation to sites and for most of the trip we had private tours. They were all pleasant, knowledgeable and personable. We got to know them and really learned a lot about the culture and people! During our trip there was a teacher strike so they needed to make many adjustments so that we wouldn't be impacted. Again, a great job , we never missed any connections or tours. At times we needed to get up earlier and were tired but all was well worth it! I highly recommend this company and only wish they extended to the other continents for my future travel plans! Thanks tou our agent and his company for the best memories and experience in learning about the wonderful culture and people of Peru! We love Peru and have many family and friends ready to go!! Beautiful people and interesting culture!
Seeing a troop of monkeys at our cabana, swinging on vines and eating fruit. Hearing birds and howler monkeys in the jungle! No connection to the world from 3 - 6 (generators down)! Making it up Mountain Picchu (one of the trails higher than Machu Picchu) at age 57! Let me tell you we were definitely the oldest and most tired but WOW..what a site! Meeting a boy who walked 2 hours to school and 21/2 home at a site and lived opposite the mountain we were on and had to walk home after spending a day at the site selling his bracelets! Also got lucky and saw a festival at Taquile. Learning how to appreciate a simple life without "stuff", working hard and being honest!
Head out on the canopy tour earlier part of day to see more birds and maybe Pisac too (later part of day caused shadows in picture but not a big deal. Less people. Also no time given after Lake Titicaca to finish shopping which was the last part of our trip. Eating cuy from street vendor. Only found it in one restaurant before that! Buy the "good" souvenirs as you see them! You'll know what I mean when you get there.
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