Home from deepest, darkest Peru
The breakfast buffet at our luxurious Sacred Valley hotel, Tambo del Inka, is frankly the best in Peru! Such a wide variety of foods and dishes to choose from, plus extra offerings cooked fresh to order from the kitchen. The staff are friendly and attentive too! We stayed 4-nights, which is twice as long as the average tourist visit, and yet we still didn't manage to taste everything from the breakfast buffet tables. Let's face it, it took 5 minutes just to walk from one end of the buffet to the other!
Duly refreshed, we packed our cases and met our guides for our final journey in Peru. We have the comfortable "big bus" and our careful driver called Royale to escort us back to Cusco. The good weather has stayed with us throughout the tour and the journey across the high plain was beautiful. Cusco soon came into view and we swept down into the city centre and headed for the airport.
Our LATAM Airlines flight was on time and we took off for Lima. On landing we reclaimed our bags and met our local Lima guide, Diana. As anticipated we had to exit the domestic arrivals terminal, walk along the pavement, and then re-enter the airport terminal for international check-in. This hasn't changed since we started escorting tours to Peru, and we doubt it will soon!
British Airways check-in staff were ready for us and we checked in promptly and headed off to the departure lounge and duty free shopping. Bottles of Pisco Sour liquor seemed to be high on the list of must haves. Seems our guests have a taste for the Peruvian cocktail!
We landed back into Gatwick pretty much on schedule. We circled around east and west Sussex a couple of times and Richard and Dawn looked down to see if the office was still there, but didn't quite manage to see it.
Everyone's luggage arrived safely and we all headed off in various directions for the final leg home. From all the hugs and happy goodbye's at Gatwick, it appears everyone had a great time in Peru 2018!