It’s hard to say what we’re more excited about, the fact that it’s Friday or that it’s Ask the Experts time here on the blog again!
Every week we pit a travel question from one of our blog readers to our Travel Experts Claire and Lucy and see who can come up with the goods. This week Claire steps up to tackle a question about active adventure travel from David in Halifax. What’s your question David?
Hi I’m looking for an adventure that is really active and will get my blood pumping. I’ve been to Everest Base Camp and climbed Kilimanjaro, what do you suggest should be next for me? David, Halifax
Hmmm good question David! There’s a huge number of active adventure tours out there to choose from, the hard part is choosing just one! Claire it’s over to you…
Claire Whittington from STA Travel Brighton says…
The 16 day trip takes in so many of Peru’s top sights, but rather than sitting on a bus to get there, you may be kayaking across Lake Titicaca, hiking along Dead Woman’s Pass or biking through Cloud Forest, a much better way to get from A to B, I’m sure you’d agree!
The trip starts in Lima where you can spend a day or two acclimatising to the altitude before you fly over to Cuzco which has more activities on offer than you can shake a guinea pig at. After taking in the sights of the beautiful Cuzco you then spend 2 days on two wheels cycling through the Sacred Valley and surrounding areas whilst visiting the Inca ruins of Pisaq, Huaypo Lake, the archaeological site of Moray and Las Salineras (salt mines) and finishing in Urubamba. During your time you will get unparalleled views of the Sacred Valley plus a real feel for the more rural Peru.
The Inca ruins at Macchu Pichu.
After a free day in Ollantaytambo, where you choose to put your feet up and relax, hit the rapids for a spot of white water rafting or jump in the saddle and head off for a horse trek, you will be up early the next morning as you start your 3 day Inca Trail hike to the iconic Machu Picchu. After 4 unforgettable days tackling one of the world most famous treks you are back down from the mountains and off to Lake Titicaca where after a chill out day in Puno your 2 day kayaking adventure begins.
During your time on the lake you will visit 3 different islands, not only only taking in the beauty and nature that surround you but also the culture of the people who inhabit the lake islands. You will spend the night on Taquile Island with a host family to really immerse yourself into Peruvian culture at its best before it’s back in the kayak the next morning to visit the unique reed floating islands and the colourful Uros people who live on them.
I am pretty sure your body and mind will be on overload with the array of experiences you have had over the last couple weeks, so your last 2 days in Lima are pretty laid back, just giving you enough time for a drink or two with your new friends to compare aching muscles and favourite stories.