This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today’s interview comes from Kortnee about her 10 day Peru tour. See more about tours and tour reviews here. All photos are by Kortnee except Pinterest image.
Tell us about yourself and your travel experience.
My name is Kortnee and I currently live in Alaska with my husband, Aaron, and 3 fish! After our first year of marriage we decided to make travelling a priority and book one big vacation a year to celebrate our yearly marriage milestones! Collectively, we’ve travelled all throughout India, Peru, Italy, Morocco, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and made short trips to Paris, London, and Canada!
Where did you go on your tour and how long was it?
Last year, Aaron and I spent 10 days travelling around Peru. We stayed in Lima, Urubamba-The Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Puno.
What tour company did you use and why?
We chose to book our tour with Gate1Travel. It’s expensive for us to fly from Alaska, so we really wanted a company that offered airfare in its tour packages. Gate1 offered an inexpensive tour package that not only included roundtrip airfare, but also lodging, accommodations, and most food. We also wanted to experience as much of the local life as we could and Gate1 offered cool opportunities to do so, like eating dinner with a local family and visiting a local elementary school.
Why did you choose a tour of Peru instead of traveling independently?
We’re busy people! When you work full-time and have other life obligations it makes it difficult to find time for planning and trip preparation. Gate1 had pre-planned and coordinated all of the excursions we would have hoped to do independently anyway, including Machu Picchu!
What did you like about the 10 day Peru tour? What was your favorite part?
The tour guide was incredible! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed. The tour group size was fairly nice, too. With 14 or 15 people, we were given a good opportunity to get to know our travel companions and still keep in touch with some of them to this day!
What was the most memorable or eventful part of your trip to Peru?
Even though Machu Picchu was amazing we probably enjoyed visiting the Uros Floating Islands most!
Was there anything you didn’t like about the tour?
Because the tour covered so much of Peru in such a short amount of time, a good chunk of our time was spent travelling on a bus. As fairly active people, we got restless from time to time and would have appreciated more time for walking or hiking.
Did you eat anything amazing on your trip?
All of the food in Peru was delicious, but the most interesting thing we tried was “cuy” (guinea pig)! It’s kind of like eating the dark meat of a chicken leg. It wasn’t everyone’s favorite, but I thought it was tasty!
Would you recommend this 10 day Peru tour? Would you change anything about it?
We would recommend this tour 100 times over! Even though we were with a tour group we really felt like we were given an opportunity to immerse ourselves in Peruvian culture and get to know the people. And even though the tour was discounted, the hotels we stayed in were probably nicer than anything we would have booked on our own. As previously mentioned, we would have preferred less travel time on a bus, but also appreciated getting to see Peru’s varying terrain.
Do you think this 10 day Peru tour would be good for a new traveler? Why or why not?
This tour would be perfect for any new traveler interested in exploring multiple cities within a country, but unsure of how to make the best use of their time. It would also be good for new solo travelers who may be intimidated by traveling alone. Gate1 offers time for group and individual exploration, so there are good opportunities to get away from the group setting as needed.
Author bio: Kortnee lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 fish. When they’re not travelling or exploring the last great frontier, they’re working or binge watching Big Bang Theory. Kortnee works for an Alaska Native tribal organization managing substance abuse and suicide prevention grants and her husband is in his second year of training as an Air Traffic Controller. Their blog Mixed Company was created as a way to document their love for travel and adventure. You can also follow Kortnee on Instagram.
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