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Reviews for Peru and Galapagos active holiday

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review 29 May 2015

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

The bus ride to Machu Picchu.....hair-raising but not to be missed.

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

Try to prepare for the difference in altitude, especially if staying in Cusco. All hotels provide coca leaf or tea which is very helpful, or purchase coca sweets. A light diet is essential.....and don't drink too many "pisco sours"..... Alcohol at altitude will ruin your holiday !

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

I think the local people benefit in many ways from visitors to their countries, apart from economically they form friendships . I am not sure that the environment of the Galapagos Islands is being sufficiently protected, the resident population should be encouraged to learn more about conservation.

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

It was the culmination of lifetime dream.......top of my 'bucket list'..... Definitely NOT to be missed......Fabulous !!

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Sandra, Many thanks for taking the time to write your review of your recent holiday to Peru and Galapagos. To hear you had such a great time on your top bucket list trip is absolutely wonderful. I'm very glad that our efforts in working closely with local people were apparent to you. Forming a connection with the people who live in the destinations we work with is something we hold as fundamental to all of our trips, we believe travellers should come away with a clear sense of each destination, more than anything that means getting to know the locals. Regarding your point on the protection of the Galapagos, while I'd absolutely agree much more is needed, there is a good deal of work being done to encourage their conservation locally. Much of this is in fact funded by visitors to the islands, for example with the national park tax, (although it's true that this is not always in a very visible way)! Thanks also for sharing those tips for other travellers, hopefully many others in our holiday information proved just as useful. Once again, thank you for taking the time to post your review, and I hope we can tempt you to another trip of a lifetime soon! All the best, David

review 30 Apr 2015

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

Standing at the sun gate looking down upon MP exhausted but elated after completing the Inca Trail hike

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

The Inca Trail hike is not a walk in the park! Whilst there is not much pre-work that can be done to overcome the altitude issue, plenty of walking with poles beforehand will be very helpful

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

Yes definitely. Wherever possible our guides made sure any benefits went back to the local community.

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

Very well structured between 3 South American countries and 3 very different experiences. Apart from flight delays which were out of anyone's control, the whole holiday went extremely smoothly

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Bruce & Kerry, Many thanks for taking the time to post a review on the RT site, we're delighted to hear you had such a great trip. I'm so pleased that it was apparent that the holiday benefited local people, this is something we work hard to make sure is the case with all our holidays. Having put this trip together myself though, I'm conscious that it was a journey with particularly close ties to local communities, both in terms of the Inca Trail and on your land-based Galapagos experience. It sounds like you found the Inca Trail about the right mix of effort and reward. Hopefully our different way of pacing the trail helped make that difference with acclimatising to the altitude. Lovely also to hear that your arrival at the Sun Gate was the highlight - having hiked there 4 times myself, I couldn't agree more that it's a magical moment. We look forward to having you travel to one of our other destinations soon, I understand that you might be looking to explore some of Spain… All the very best, David

review 28 Jun 2014

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

It is hard to pick out any particular part that was any more memorable than any other, given that there was an almost endless supply of sights and experiences that were breathtaking. It was incredible to be surrounded for eight days by a pure and unique eco system seeing all birds/creatures that have adapted to their surroundings.

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

The boat was quite bumpy when going between islands which tended to be at night, so sleeping can be awkward, maybe wear ear plugs (engine can be noisy). But to travel to so many islands this needs to be done. Would recommend to take collins galapagos book to help identify birds etc.

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

I felt that all crew and guide on our boat were very environmentally conscious and made us aware of any action we could take to reduce impact. I feel that our holiday did benefit local people ie crew/guide.

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

It was truly the holiday of a lifetime with unique experiences that i will treasure. That was helped by a very well organised crew and an inspirational guide who was in love with his islands.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday on the Responsible Travel site. We're absolutely delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time in Galapagos, it sounds like you really appreciated it for the unique place it is. We always want our clients to come back from holiday feeling refreshed and reinvigorated - but 'reborn' is truly a testament to a great trip! Thanks again for the review, and for choosing to travel with us. All the best, David

review 22 Oct 2011

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

The utter fearlessness of all the animals -birds, mammals and amphibians in the Galapagos -nothing had prepared us for this. There is nothing like standing eyeball to eyeball with a fluffy white Booby chick and it doesn't try to run -or fly-away. All other wildlife viewing will be ruined forever after that!

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

We also went to Machu Picchu and walked the Salkantay trail prior - we recommend that you ensure a full day at Machu Picchu and/or the local town of Aqua Calientes at the end of the trek in order to have an opportunity to visit the local museum and see the spectacled bears and vist the Sacred Valley and maybe even take in a bit of a shopping -we never had time to do any of thse things with only half a day to visit Machu Piccu and then the train journey back to Cusco.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Absolutley -some barely spoke english, and those we communicated with were clearly from the local area. One of our most memorable and sublime meals was on a hillside looking across the steep valley to Machu Picchu. We ate at the table of a local farmer who had no electricity and no running water. We were served an entre of avocado with some vegetables, a main of trout caught in the river in the valley below with potatoes. And for desert a perfectly ripe banana grown near by. We hear a lot about 'food miles' and using local produce in trendy restaurant guides -but these local people live the dream and have been doing so since time immemorial -it is time we all looked at our priorities.

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

Fantastic -it was everything we expected. Sometimes reality does not meet expectations but not so this time and we are both fairly well travelled. Everything went like clock work -we were met by guides at the airport and it was refreshing to stay in stylish, locally run and owned small hotels and not the big hotel chains. However -the clincher for us and what separates the men from the boys in any business is what happens when something goes wrong. Due to a volcanic eruption in Chile a lot of flights to Buenos Aires were cancelled and it appeared I would not make my connection back to Australia. It was difficult to try and rebook flights over the phone with recorded messages in Spanish! However the tour operator of this holiday stepped in and organised new flights and the connection was made after all.

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