My friend and I just returned from a 2 week trip to Peru, which involved a tour of Lake Titicaca, an overnight homestay on Amantani Island, tours of the Sacred Valley, Puno, Cusco and Lima ending with a 4 day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. All was handled by Chris at Uncover Latin America. We were most impressed with the superb organization of the trip. There was a message at our hotel each evening about the next day's itinerary and what time we would be picked up. We were met before each excursion (even if it was just a transfer to the airport) by a driver and guide. Uncover booked flights for us inside Peru and the guide escorted us through check-in and to the security entrance at each airport to ensure we were exactly where we needed to be. Nothing was left to chance. We were in contact with Chris often throughout our trip and he answered every request quickly and professionally. He even took us to lunch in Lima before our flight back home. As two women traveling alone, we felt extremely safe and well cared for the entire time. Uncover also provides travel services in Argentina and Brazil and I plan to use them for our first trip to Argentina next year.
Machu Picchu is truly an experience and was the highlight of the trip. While the weather on the trek was rainy, we still felt a great sense of accomplishment at completing the trail. The porters were heroic and we loved our guide "Jimmy". It was much harder physically than we expected but worth every step! The best months to go are apparently April and May, as the dry season has started but the weather isn't too cold. We were unable to see MP from the Sun Gate as it was clouded over, so next time would go a little later in hopes of getting a clear day to see that magnificent site.
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