We took a moment to catch up with Mai, one of our recent travelers to Peru to learn about the highlight of her trip. Read her travel story below!
"Acanela’s Peru Expedition exceeded our expectations! We arrived in Cusco the day before the tour started because our flight from Lima was canceled the previous day due to weather in Cusco. Our guide Domingo was waiting at the airport. He met us in the evening to take us to dinner and made alternate arrangements to visit a textile cooperative instead of the horseback ride for the next morning due to the weather forecast. Lunch later at a private home was delicious."
"The train ride to Aguas Calientes was picturesque. Machu Picchu the next morning was breathtaking. Our train ride to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon was beautiful and our tuktuk ride to the hotel was fun."
"We loved Ollantaytambo and the view from our hotel was fabulous. Domingo suggested that we drive into the mountains in the morning to see how the native Quechua lived and witness a llama blessing ceremony. It was one of the highlights of our trip, as the mountain vistas were beautiful, the llamas and alpacas adorable and the native Quechua were very friendly. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon shopping the markets and artisan shops around the town of Ollantaytambo."
"The next morning, after visiting the Ollantaytambo fortress, we drove back to Cusco through the sacred Valley with a stop and walk to the beautiful Inca fortress at Pisac. The scenery was magical. We had a quick stop at the Pisac markets for more shopping and returned to Cusco for a late lunch."
"On our last full day, we had a morning tour of Cuzco with Domingo and were sorry to say goodbye. In the afternoon we were taken shopping to the San Pedro market by Xavier, who also gave us a wonderful cooking class. Dinner was the ceviche and a delicious quinoa dish that we learned to make. We were also taught to make the Peruvian national drink Pisco sour."
"On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give it a five!"
"I have taken many wonderful trips, including Kenya and Egypt with A&K, India with A&K, and Ecuador and the Galapagos with Audley Travel, all of which were much more expensive. I enjoyed this expedition just as much!"