In one month we begin our 10 day tour along the Camino Portugues. The colours of early summer make a pleasant backdrop to enhance our walking experience on ancient paths to Santiago de Compostela. Each day participants will choose the distances they walk, carrying only a small backpack. Those who walk only part of the way will be transported to our next hotel, allowing more time to explore our varied destinations.
Before beginning this Camino adventure we are presently conducting our inaugural Peruvian tour. Earlier this week participants met in Lima where we did a walking tour with a resident historian who has extensive knowledge of the local architecture. He introduced us to the significant sites in the old colonial centre.
The next day we participated in a one day visit hosted by a small non-government organisation to meet residents living in a barrio on the outskirts of the city. We learned about initiatives being undertaken by migrants from the rural areas who have established small income generating enterprises. After hearing about the valuable community development programs being undertaken to empower women and children, a group of senior citizens invited us to join in their traditional dance.
In the last few days we have been staying in an ecolodge 45 kilometres by boat from Iquitos along the Amazon River. Our expert local guides have introduced us to the wonderful sights and sounds of the rain forest and we have had a chance to learn a little about the lives and culture of people who live in this incredible, isolated region.
Today we head to Cusco high in the Andes mountains. This will be our base for several days. From here we plan to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The final stage of our tour will take us into Bolivia where we will stay on Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca.