What Is Your Favourite...
It must be Lima where I was born. With a vibrant and culturally diverse history what really stands out for me is the fabulous cuisine on offer. Being right on the coast the seafood is super fresh and exquisite and then the Andean and Chinese influences make a great fusion.
Hacienda Zuleta close to Otavalo in northern Ecuador sums up the notion of supreme comfort in a truly historical setting. Get an insight of this fabulous property by the owner himself and then enjoy wonderful days out on their fabulous horses or hike to their condor rehabilitation sanctuary close by. Their home cooking is amongst the best I have tried.
I never got round to doing the classic Inca Trail but a few years ago I trekked to the alternative Choquequirao Inca site – stunning scenery, amazing views and only eight other people on the 4-day excursion – truly fabulous!
Top Travel Tip
Avoid peak travel dates if you can. Visiting the southern Andes of Peru in April and May is ideal as the weather is great, the mountains are green and lush, avoid the crowds and take advantage of low season deals often on offer – a win-win outcome!
Top Packing Tip
Pack as light as possible (remember you will be bringing souvenirs home) and layered clothing is best. In the Andes the temperature drop can be quite rapid after sunset so go prepared. And don’t forget your refillable water bottle to avoid unnecessary plastic waste. Many properties now offer purified water stations to fill up on.