We very much enjoyed the services included in our Peru tours. Every step of the way we had a member of the tour company pick us up and drive to and from our day trip excursion. Along the way our guide provided us with local history, showed us how some of traditionally dressed peruvian women made clothing and blankets from alpaca and llama hair.
We stopped in a local silver jewelry store where the clerks showed us how they crafted silver ore into Incan style jewelry.
The memorable part of the trip is the crazy driving done by the people in Peru. I have witnessed a lot of crazy driving but peru is by far the worst driving i ever seen. Vehicles constantly passing and squeezing by other cars and trucks with horrible road condition, no stopping what so ever for lights, people walking in between speeding cars and buses, nothing seemed to matter but destination. Was certainly an adrenaline pumping experience constantly wondering when our last breath of life was going to be expelled.
If we could do something different it would be to make Machu Picchu a day trip and take the train back that night. We didnt find it necessary for a second day. Suggested that future hikers taking the Huanapicchu hike wear something other than jeans, rather hard to move around when sweaty.
TRAVEL COMPANY COMMENTS:
Thank you for submitting your review about your trip to Peru. Yes, the driving standards in Peru are interesting to say the least, but strangely the driving test is incredibly difficult. After 20 years of driving (3 in Peru), I actually failed my Peruvian test (passing the second time). It is worth noting that in this instance the client is referring to the general standard of driving in Peru. For those clients that travel with us, be rest assured that we only use modern high quality vehicles. All of our drivers are trained to drive responsibly, and all of our vehicles are satellite tracked so we can monitor location and speed.
Regarding the feedback about a second day in Machu Picchu. Typically most of our trips would include an overnight near Machu Picchu. We do this for a couple of reasons. The first is that this allows our clients sufficiently enough time to visit the vast site of Machu Picchu, both with a guide and also independently. Another reason is that from Cusco it takes nearly 4 hours to travel to Machu Picchu; so travelling there and back in 1 day can really make for a long day. Finally, the opening time for the Huayna Picchu trek is only in the morning, so the second day would be needed should clients wish to include this trek (as was the case for these clients). Of course we are always willing to discuss the various options for customizing trips, and we strive to offer the exact trip that our clients are looking for.
We are glad that overall you enjoyed your time in Peru. Should you be heading back to South America or any other part of the world, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us directly or through Zicasso.
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