I'm looking for some advise about travelling in Peru.
My cousin (from Canada) and myself (from Australia) are planning to meet up somewhere for a holiday together Oct, Nov or Dec 2014 ( not sure which month would be best). I think it would be great to go to Peru, I would love to do the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and so much more. While my cousin loves the look of these places, she is getting extremely worried about Altitude sickness, her fear of it is putting her off going there altogether. I've been trying to find some figures on how many of the thousands of tourists that must go through these places actually end up sick with it....no luck with that so far.
Another thought I had was that if she just can't get comfortable with the fear of altitude sickness, then maybe I could see these places on my own then meet up somewhere else. I was thinking of the Inca Trail tour with a company called Intrepid but was wondering if it would be alright to travel on the buses to other destinations on my own or would that be a bit foolhardy?
I backpacked around a lot of the world when I was (much) younger but travelling might be a bit different these days. I should mention that I am 54 years old, which is why I'm asking about that idea being "foolhardy"???
I would really appreciate some thoughts as I would love to find a way to see these places while I still can.