We just returned from a 12 day tour organized by Valencia Travel (Peru/Bolivia) and we LOVED IT! It was our first group tour and we absolutely LOVED that every thing was planned and taken care of. Our only job was paying attention to pick up and meeting times.
Literally we bought the package and showed up for the unknown. We were pleasantly surprised and realized there is absolutely NO WAY that we could have organized visits to all the places we saw and all the local experiences we had.
Our guide Claudio Andia was AWESOME! He made the trip so memorable by sharing his in-depth knowledge of the area, country, culture and history of the Incas. We had 32 members of our group from 11 to 85 years and his ability to manage this large group so successfully was excellent. Every person received personal attention and care as Claudio ensured everyone was able to enjoy the experience at their own level of capability. His attention to detail was really impeccable and helped our trip go smoothly.
TIPS: This tour is very active, it involves walking (and some light hiking) to see the sites. Due to the altitude adjustment this was not as easy for even me and seemed difficult for the older members of our group. Be prepared for INTENSE altitude adjustment during the first three days....i highly recommend taking this seriously and following ALL the advice given to avoid altitude sickness.
Bring CRISP new bills for use in Peru...vendors would flat out NOT accept bills with creases are that looked aged.
Plan for TIPS----there are LOTS of people to tip EVERYDAY. (servers, guides, drivers, bell boys etc)
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