2 independent reviews for Peru tailor made holiday, highlights

Reviews for Peru tailor made holiday, highlights

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review 23 Jun 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Hiking the Inca Trail

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ask for lots and lots of detail to be written into your itinerary. It would seem that even Responsible Travel companies are yet to fully empower their clients with detail about the experiences and tips on how to make the most of them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our trip across Peru definitely benefitted local communities, because much of our travel was hosted by them, and because we bought souvenirs directly from the makers. However, there were limited opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and support conservation. In addition, the interpretation did not address these subjects unless asked, and in some instances the guides claimed no issues, directly contradicting published research and campaigns in local areas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The overall experience was brilliant, but it did not meet up to our expectations of responsible travel.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much for your review and the detailed trip notes that you have already sent us. As a professional responsible travel consultant your comments and advice are very useful and much appreciated. We are very happy that you had a fantastic time overall, especially with all of the communities that you stayed with. We have taken on board your comments and are looking into how we can improve the information we give to our customers, further minimise our environmental impact and increase awareness of certain issues with our guides in Peru. We are absolutely committed to maximising the positive impact of our trips and, whilst (as you mention) we work hard to share the economic benefits of our holidays with the communities we work with, in depth feedback such as yours really helps us to understand areas that we can improve upon, so thank you.

review 22 Apr 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole experience was superb - but if I had to pick one it was arriving at Macchu Pichu at 5.00pm after a day's hike to find it empty (it closes at 5.00pm so everyone had left). An empty Macchu Pichu was an unexpected surprise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Hiking boots a must (we only decided to pack ours at the last minute) and to factor in the possibility of altitude sickness. We and a lot of people we met were affected. Also...not to eat ice cream off the street - three of us were hit by gastric problems as a result, requiring a doctor and 2 days wiped out.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent. You can never argue that a 12 hour trans-altlantic flight is going to reduce environmental impact, however I think the home stays and community visits would have helped. You perhaps need to make it clearer how much of our money actually goes to the community etc i.e if the cost of a home stay to us is 200 and the family only receives 30 then it's not such a good deal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent.

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