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July 05th, 2016

Q&A: Caroline Maber in Peru

Caroline Maber

By Caroline Maber
Travel Consultants

Where have you been?
I recently went on a familiarisation trip to Peru with my colleagues Lina and Annerys.

Have you been before?
Yes, I last visited Peru 12 years ago.

If so… notable differences?

So many places have changed: it was interesting to see how much some of the towns and cities have spread out, most noticeably Cusco and Puno.

How did you get there?
We flew out via Amsterdam with KLM and came back on an Air France flight via Paris. The Air France flight in particular was really enjoyable with great service and good food.

How long were you there?
I was away for 16 days – it was a very busy trip!

General route?
Lima, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco,
the Sacred Valley and the Amazon.

Which was your favourite…
Place: The Sacred Valley. The scenery is fantastic with mountains towering over you and rivers and fields in all directions so you’re really spoilt for stunning views.
Hotel: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco – this has to be one of the nicest high-end hotels I’ve stayed at. With personalised service and a real attention to detail, this is a great choice for a luxury experience in Cusco.
Excursion: A trip out on Lake Tres Chimbadas in the Amazon, where we saw Giant River Otters.

Appeals to which type of traveller?
Peru can be suited to everyone: it’s perfect for active people, families, and those with an interest in scenery, history or wildlife.

What did you pack?
A real mixture; layers are important as it can be hot in the day but pretty chilly at night when at high altitude. I took lots of insect repellent for the jungle!

Any good food, drinks, restaurants or bars recommendations?
We ate in MAP café which has a great location in the courtyard of the Museo de Arte Precolombino and is a lovely spot for a treat.
El Limo restaurant was also excellent for Peruvian cuisine and a pisco sour or two.
Uchu serves delicious steaks, alpaca and fish on sizzling volcanic hot stones.

Room for improvement?
I would have loved to have had longer in each place – but we were working and whizzing around!

How would you sum up your trip in a sentence?
A beautiful and active trip taking in lots of local culture and stunning scenery.

Any top tips?
If visiting the Uros Islands or local homestays on Lake Titicaca a bag of fruit is a great idea for a gift (you can pick this up in Puno) – with a limited number of dentists here it’s much better for the kids than sweets.

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