Please read the recent feedback from one of our wonderful clients, Lisa Anderson and Janice Cohen who travelled with us in October 2015.
Janice and I returned to Pittsburgh last night, and I wanted to let you know what a fantastic time we had! We both fell in love with Peru, and after about two days there, I started thinking about another trip to that country. There’s just too much to do and see and absorb all at once, and I’ve been telling people that I’d go back in a heartbeat. When I do, I’d love for you to help with the travel arrangements! (I don’t think it will be anytime soon, since fall seems to work best for “big” trips, but it’s fun to contemplate, even now.)
Buenos Aires was also great, and we stayed busy all the time–it felt to me like a cross between New York City (where I grew up), and Paris, which, considering BA’s history, isn’t surprising, but I didn’t know that before we went. We really enjoyed an “off the beaten track” tour of Street Art, as well as the 1/2 day city tour which took us into various neighborhoods, and to Recoleta Cemetery, which was fascinating. I couldn’t understand why everyone was telling us we needed to see the cemetery, but now I understand, and fully agree. We also loved the two Tango shows that we attended, and MALBA.
All of the travel arrangements were perfect; we were met at the airports and train station, the hotels were beautiful (especially the one in Cuzco!) the tours that you booked were just what we wanted, and everyone was so, so nice and helpful. We really liked the location of Casa Cielo in Lima because there were so many shops and restaurants right outside the hotel, and we wanted to recommend it for it’s convenience, as well as for the very helpful staff. ( Well, the staff at every hotel were extremely helpful.)
Machu Picchu was incredible; I’ve wanted to see it since I was a child, and to be there, with a guide who knew so much about it’s history, was tremendously exciting. Also, the train ride to/from Machu Picchu was spectacular, with gorgeous views of the Andes with some snow capped peaks, and the river running alongside the train tracks.
As far as shopping went, Janice and I both did well; she bought a lovely wall hanging in Cuzco, and I added a little guinea pig to my stuffed animal collection (no, it was never alive), and a lovely baby alpaca sweater, and a baby alpaca scarf for my husband; then we got to the jewelery factory in Pisaq and that was hard on our wallets! They had the most beautiful silver, and we both indulged.
I couldn’t leave Buenos Aires without some leather goods, so I got some ankle height boots, a purse, and a wallet, and all sorts of smaller items. Needless to say, Janice had to buy an extra bag to get her purchases home, and I expanded my medium sized suitcase to the max.
Lastly, the food was out of this world. We found wonderful restaurants in Peru and in Buenos Aires, and in between running around to museums and art galleries and archaeological sites and shows in both countries, we had a great time planning our meals. We were rewarded for our efforts with fantastic restaurants, large and small, with the best wine and delicious food that we could imagine.
Thank you, Laura, and Stephanie, too, for all of your suggestions and planning and effort to create such a memorable trip for us. It was truly amazing!
I look forward to being in touch with you again, hopefully in the not too distant future.
With thanks and best wishes,