The World’s Best Once-in-a-lifetime Journeys voted Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru at number 4 and was most voted by other travel professionals as one of The World’s 50 Best Once-in-a-lifetime Journeys.
When looking for a suitable trip to keep my 13 year old twins entertained last summer I came across the world of multi activity holidays.
After researching a number of options I finally booked with Undiscovered Mountains and we stayed in Les Olivades hotel in Gap, southeastern France. The activities were less than 45 mins away which gave us ample opportunity to explore the area.
We selected to try:
- High ropes/zip line
- Paddle boarding
- Rock climbing
- Giant Tyrolean
- River kayaking
- River/water rafting
- Canyoning (loved this)
- Horse riding in the Alps
The nearby Lac de Serre-Poncon was a definite favourite where we used our inflatable canoe and the kids enjoyed playing on the Wibit.
Oh…and on the way home we nipped into a local donkey sanctuary.
I’m gonna come straight out and say it. Why are hiking boots so damn ugly? Do you really need them? Surely a semi-stylish pair of well- worn trainers can do the job. I’m not suggesting Isabel Marants but come on.
For our volunteer trip to Peru, my daughter and I have been given a list of suggested items to bring and one of them is the dreaded pair of hiking boots. While we are there, the plan is to go to Machu Picchu and possibly on a jungle tour, so its 50/50 if we are going to need them.
I began researching the damn boots and came across some interesting findings.
First of all, one problem is that is seems the hiking boot suppliers are anti-style. I found one site that confidently names itself ‘Best hiking boots pro’ and recommends NO STYLE to be considered at all. It says:
“The point when looking for your climbing boots, it’s extremely recommended that you don’t go for the stylish one rather than a durable and waterproof hiking boot.”
Did you know that women’s hiking boots are very different to the male boot de la hike?
Here are a few tips and suggestions on travelling in Peru including; where to visit, what you should pay and more. All from an avid traveller and photographer who recently explored the area. Cheers Rav!
The GVN provide a fantastic website for the volunteers with all sorts of useful and interesting information. I continue to be impressed by the efficiency of the staff and the organisation.
One of the activities to cross off the list is of course, the jabs. What do we really need? When do we need to have them? And more importantly, where is that certificate that says what I have already had so I don’t need again!
Here is a summary of the information provided by GVN. Obviously the main point is to consult a doctor first.
You will probably need the following vaccinations:
Just after I booked the Peru trip with GVN, what did I start? A checklist! What do they send me a day later? A Checklist – much better than the one I started. Including checks like: have you checked your passport is valid for travel, let friends and family know how to contact you, written down your goals. I like lists and I’m impressed.
“As the volunteer work in Peru involves working closely with children and other vulnerable individuals, volunteers need to provide a police clearance document before volunteering commences.” – GVN
This will be a new challenge in Dubai. We have been advised to contact the local police station to find out the procedure. We should then expect to be asked to complete an application form authorizing the check to be done, pay a fee and a few weeks later the check will arrive in the mail. Hmmmm.
According to GVN, it should go like this:
If you come from a country that does not issue police clearances, three character references from reputable sources (employer, justice of the peace, landlord, the minister of your local church, teacher, etc) may be substituted. Your character referees should know you well enough to vouch for your character. Please ask them to write a letter stating who they are, how they know you, give a description of your character and how well you get along with those around you, and to judge your suitability to work in the volunteer program.
The police clearance or letters of reference need to be faxed, emailed or posted (copies only) to GVN at least 4 weeks prior to your start date in Peru.
You will also need to take the original copy with you to present to program staff during the Orientation period in Peru. Failure to provide a police clearance or character references may result in you not being able to volunteer in the program in Peru.
Let’s see. I will post the outcome…