“Peru has been a country I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. When the opportunity came to travel with Collette Tours, I jumped at the chance! The one word that best describes my experience is breathtaking.
It was magnificent and the mountains and valleys were so green and so full of life. Picture driving through rolling emerald hills dotted with farms and adobe villages with snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance. Every day was a new adventure filled with hiking and exploring, meeting the local people and experiencing their daily life.
Though you don’t have to be in “ironman shape”, you do need to be able to climb stone steps, walk on dirt and rock paths, and be ready to embrace the differences other cultures have to offer. You won’t be disappointed. I would recommend drinking a cup of coca tea every morning and an oxygen shot in the evening to help with the high altitude. Move slow and just take it all in.” – Lauren Baxter
“This destination has been on my bucket list for quite a while. Once I had my tripped booked and started talking about it, I was amazed at how many people felt the same way about visiting Machu Picchu and the other incredible Inca sites in this country. There was always a reason they didn’t go: It was too far, the altitude was an issue, there was a language barrier, it was too expensive, it was too hot, mosquitoes, no time, and so on.
I found all of these ‘reasons’ nothing to worry about. The flight from Miami to Lima is only 5 ½ hours and a direct flight from Los Angeles is just 8 hours.
I was concerned about the altitude and was anxious to see how that would affect me. Cuzco is 11,500 feet above sea level. Our guide told us we would feel the difference as soon as the plane was depressurized and how to handle it. We all could tell a little difference, just a little unsteady for a minute. We took deep breaths and that helped a lot. Oxygen was available in all of the hotels but I didn’t have to use it.
Climbing Machu Picchu was absolutely incredible! I had no idea it was so enormous. Our guide walked us all through the area and explained what they believe each area was used for, how they constructed everything and why it is still in such perfect condition. This is a place everyone should experience and the only way that can be done is to go there. All in all, this was truly a trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to go back!” – Mary Curtis
Mary and Lauren will host a presentation about their tour on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard. To learn more, call 435-628-3636.