During the month of September, I’ll be enjoying the big perk of life as a travel professional on a fam trip to Peru. I wrote about the anatomy of a fam trip after Ecuador in 2012. To summarize: “fam trip” is tradespeak for familiarization trip. I’ll be getting familiar with elements of our upscale itineraries at Southwind Adventures.
To my delight, I’ll be offline and unplugged for two portions of the trip – during a river cruise in the Amazon rainforest and while hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. My American cellphone will be disconnected for the month, and I may be a little belated on email responses. But I’ll have a notebook, a pen, and a stack of postcards ready.
When I was in high school, I had to answer three questions for my parents before leaving the house. Where are you going? Who are you going with? When will you be back? Since said parents represent about 20% of my readership, I’ll outline my itinerary below. It takes me all over Peru, and I’ll be traveling solo. Hopefully I’ll be back in time for peak foliage in Colorado.
September 1-3: Lima
Stay in the Miraflores district, visit Pachacamac, Barranco, Huaca Pucllana, colonial Lima, Larco Museum
September 3-7: Puerto Maldonado (Amazon rainforest)
Stay at Hacienda Concepcion, Reserva Amazonica, and Sandoval Lake Lodge, day excursions around the ecolodges
September 7-8: Lima
Hotel and restaurant site visits
September 8-12: Iquitos (Amazon rainforest)
5-day cruise aboard the M/V Aria
September 12-16: Cusco
Airbnb homestay at Casa de Carlos, hotel and restaurant site visits, free time, aimless cobbled street wandering and market browsing
September 17-20: Inca Trail
Trekking the classic four-day route, three nights camping, covering 26 miles and several high mountain passes to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot
September 20-21: Machu Picchu
Stay at Inkaterra Pueblo, tour citadel ruins, hike Huayna Picchu, Intimachay, hotel and restaurant site visits
September 21-24: Sacred Valley
Train to Ollantaytambo, Stay at Aranwa Sacred Valley, hotel and restaurant site visits, Inca Trail alternative hike to Cochayoq
September 25-27: Lake Titicaca
Andahuaylillas, Racchi and Pucara en route to Puno, Taquile Island, Uros Islands, hotel site visits
September 27-28: Lima, USA
Flight to Lima and onward connection home
This post is August’s addition to my Ambassador series for VacationRoost.com