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Group Escort Report - Peru, Land of the Incas

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Machu Picchu is truly spectacular! No wonder it is now one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.

We had the most special day here on our November 2016, Craig Travel trip to Peru. All parts of the day were wonderful. We rode in a luxurious train with panoramic windows for 1 1/2 hours up into the Andes seeing snow capped mountain peaks and rushing mountain streams at every turn. Then we travelled in small mini buses for the last 1/2 hour as we did hairpin turns climbing ever higher into the mountains. We arrived mid-morning and entered the UNESCO World Heritage Site and there it was - right in front of us - Machu Picchu. It is just like in the pictures you have seen, except that it is much bigger than I anticipated and more spectacular. We had a full day here to explore, wander and learn about the advanced Inca civilization that built this incredible site high in the clouds. It was the highlight of the trip.

But… there is so much more to this trip and many more highlights. As our guide pointed out - we saw all of the best parts of Peru - many sites that Peruvians never have a chance to see.

We flew in small planes over the Nasca Lines, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wondered what do these line drawings on the ground signify and how did they get there? These markings were only discovered in the 1940’s.

We took a boat ride to visit the floating island of Uros on Lake Titicaca and experienced the native culture of the inhabitants, a culture that is quickly fading with the influence by the outside world. The islands really do float and after 30 years they must be replaced and rebuilt as they begin to sink!

We got up early to see the mighty Condor birds, who have one of the largest wing spans in the the world. They fly in the up drafts in the spectacular 10,000 ft deep Colca Canyon, which is also one of the deepest canyons in the world. All very awe inspiring.

We visited Moray to see one of the most visually stunning Inca sites where concentric circles of Inca terracing form a deep bowl where experiments in agriculture occurred. The forward thinking Incas grew crops at different elevations to see where the crops grew best.

We took a high speed boat ride to the Ballastas Islands to see great varieties of wildlife including boobies, sea lions and penguins and we also saw the mysterious, gigantic Candelabra markings on a nearby hillside. And still there was more - colourful markets with local people in their traditional costumes, fabulous meals with Peruvian flair (including a gourmet cooking class), and wonderful accommodation in unique haciendas and boutique hotels.

This trip offered a new adventure every day and is well thought out and carefully planned. You will be immersed in the culture, history and the beauty of Peru. This is a definite "must see" on anyone’s bucket list! The next journey is just around the corner on November 7, 2021.

More incredible moments captured, see Janet's Facebook photo album here!

Colourful fabrics - credit Janet Williams,Wayra Ranch - credit Janet Williams,Macchu Picchu - credit Janet Williams,Macchu Picchu - credit Janet Williams,Photo credit Janet Williams,All dressed up!  Credit Janet Williams