Since coming back from our wonderful trip to Columbia and Peru, I was quite busy. Sorry to have taken so long to add to Tim’s comments on our trip.
Transfers: This is one of the great pleasures not having to negotiate with taxis etc... What a pleasure to be met by our guides who were all good and efficient.
Hotels: You always choose hotels in good, central areas. However, in Lima, the Lot Hotel was a bit disappointing, although its position was good. We walked along the escarpment to Barranquilla which looks trendy with Boutique Hotels. We had a delicious meal at Rosa Nautica Restaurant on the Pier where I picked up a brochure for The Ficus Hacienda. We booked a tour for the next afternoon and really enjoyed visiting the hacienda where they breed Peruvian Paso horses and fighting cocks.
The choice of destinations in Columbia was great: I particularly like Cartagena, the Salt Cathedral and the Coffee region. We had a great little Hotel in Pereira and a very entertaining guide called George.
The hotel in the Sacred Valley was fabulous. We had great day trips to the different Inca sites. Of course, Manchu Picchu was impressive.
Cusco has a lovely city centre and enjoyed our stay at The Marriott. We found a nice small restaurant; Baco, just down the road from the Hotel.
The train journey from Cusco to Puno was very scenic specially for the first 5 hours.
We liked the hotel in Puno situated outside of town and we were able to to walk round the Peninsula where is located the Belmont Hotel. The day trip to the floating Islands and Taquilla Island was beautiful.
The Jungle: we were lucky as we did not have too much rain. The lodges were great and were happy to have our own plunge pool. I was a bit disappointed not to see more wildlife.
General comments: people were great in both countries. Towns were clean and the central squares very attractive, the museums ( Gold in Bogotá, Larco in Lima) incredible, the archeological sites amazing... this holiday was an education for us as we discovered so much.
The next trip: What about Southern Brazil(Curitiba), Route Romantica, the wine region, the Falls in Argentina, Mendoza, Antarctica ????
Thank you for organising our 2 visits to South America, both were wonderful holidays.
Janine and Graeme.