CUSCO, Peru -- Mountain Travel Sobek's Andean Explorer itinerary
spends eight days in Peru -- the shortest and the easiest of its
Peru offerings -- and appeals to busy professionals.
The itinerary enables them to visit to an exotic destination on
an active, walking vacation and return home with just a little over
a week out of the office.
The operator has scheduled 12 Andean Explorer departures in
2000, one each month. Land cost starts at $2,190 per person,
double, which includes hotels, transportation, services of a guide
and nearly all meals.
For information, contact the firm at (888) 687-6235 or visit the
Web site at www.mtsobek.com.
Here are some tips for booking clients on walking trips in
Peru:Remind clients about the altitude. Although Machu Picchu is
comfortable at 7,000 feet, Cusco is at 11,200 feet and takes some
getting used to.
When I got off the plane from Lima at Cusco, a sharp ache in my
right foot flared up (at the place I had broken the foot six years
before) and the foot swelled a bit.
Mountain Travel Sobek helps ease the adjustment to the attitude
by planning a three-night stay in lower-altitude Urubamba Valley
for the first nights in the Andes.Remind clients that hats, sunglasses and strong sunscreen are
critical when spending time in the sun at this altitude.Despite the precautions taken -- drinking only bottled water
and avoiding raw fruits and vegetables -- many in our group came
down with stomach aches and diarrhea. Those who brought Imodium
were glad they had done so.