We did a highly customized trip with this agency, taking a large team of older dancers on a tour of Peru to see and learn cultural dances. This agency, with its super-helpful leader, responded to our every need, both during the planning phase and once we were in-country. Their guide team was simply amazing, with a background and depth in Inca culture that made the whole experience rich and fascinating. At every turn, up and down Macchu Picchu, through Chincha and El Carmen, from the deserts of Paracas to the city streets of Miraflores in Lima, these guides were simply wonderful – full of great information, and so accommodating to our unique needs. We got thousands of great photos, loads of wonderful footage, saw dance everywhere, stayed in fabulous places, and took away both contacts and memories for a lifetime. Our dancers were unanimous that everyone loved our guides – so helpful, so kind, and above all so knowledgeable! Most of us are experienced world travelers, and more than one of our group said afterwards, "I've traveled to many countries; this is the best trip and best guide team I've ever been with!!"
Memories? Where do we begin? Machu Picchu was breathtaking by itself, but these guides took it from 'really cool' to completely magical. This team is from the Sacred Valley, steeped in Inca culture, and have been leading people up and down this mystical place since they were teens. The depth and richness of their cultural information made me feel bad for anyone else up there who didn't have our guides for their tour! In Ollantaytambo, we took school supplies to a rural school, and the excited kids captured our hearts as we danced with them and their parents, and ate delicious food they had prepared for us. In Chincha, at Mama Iné's in El Carmen, we had a raucous good time with Mama Iné and her delightful dancers, later returning to the area to see the fascinating Hacienda San José. We relaxed along the seaside at a terrific resort in Paracas, where we were both pampered and learned energetic Afro-Peruvian dances. We could go on and on – all the hotels were fabulous, the food was delicious, and the guides gave everything a depth and detail of knowledge that made all the difference.
Allow more time to get from place to place, so we could have more time in each place. We were a largish group of older dancers. Prior to the trip, we had a rather aggressive schedule planned; once we were on the ground we realized that we needed more time to soak it all in, as well as to take relaxation time at regular intervals. Our wonderful guides were able to adjust our schedule as we went, but in hindsight we would have built in some more realistic pacing that would allow us to go more in depth at key places.
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