“Where’s popular”? That’s a question I get asked a lot and the answer differs year by year: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam. But this year the country I am getting most requests for is Peru. Maybe it’s a hangover from the Paddington effect or the fact that Lima is one of the world’s culinary capitals? Or maybe it’s because people are just becoming wise to what an enthralling destination Peru is, with its beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultures and well-preserved remnants from ancient civilisations.Read More
When you say you’re going trekking in Peru people immediately assume you’re doing the Inca Trail. But, with conveyor-belt overcrowding – 500 permitted trekkers embark on the Trail each day – Julian and I decided for a path less travelled to the Incan Citadel. Instead we took the gloriously scenic Salkantay trail which, over 6 days, saw us trek from flower filled meadows up to the chilly heights of the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range and then down through sub-tropical cloud forest to the steamy jungle; all with hardly another person in sight. We also shied away from ending each night in a freezing cold tent, opting instead for bricks and mortar in the form of four comfy lodges complete with huge squidgy beds (down quilts and hot water bottles as standard), scorching showers and good food.
Each day brought something new and exciting to experience and here’s our story:Read More