Last year we gave away a series of trips in honor of our 30th Anniversary and the last to be awarded was a trip to Peru. Karliss Robinson was the lucky winner and we were thrilled to send him and his wife to experience our Machu Picchu Lares Trek. Peru is the perfect destination to get off the beaten path and be immersed in the spirit of the Pachamama (the goddess/mother of the earth). The Robinsons returned refreshed from the intimate settings and beautiful surroundings and an avid photographer, Karliss shared some of his incredible photos with us and highlights from the trip.
"I was fortunate and lucky enough to win this trip through Wildland's contest. While I didn't know about Wildland prior to this trip, I will definitely travel with you guys in the future for trips such as these. In general, the overall experience was amazing. The things I enjoyed the most were the hikes between the lodges; they were beautiful, remote, and challenging. It was refreshing to be in nature and not be surrounded by other tourists and to be off the beaten path.
"Our guides, Carlos and Slivia were both amazing and so helpful, friendly, and warm. They added so much to the overall experience. They were so knowledgeable and helpful. They taught us so much, made us laugh, and kept us safe. As a person that likes to make my own plans and paths, I normally shy away from being led by others on my travels. However, to my surprise and to their credit, I enjoyed every moment and our guides made it so special."
"All of the lodges were terrific. They exceeded my expectations. The quality, amenities, and staff were top notch. At every lodge we were pleasantly surprised every time. Although I wouldn't classify myself as a foodie, we found the food to be very good. Our favorite meal was dinner at Inkaterra. Every aspect of that meal was delightful."
"It was great to learn about the culture of Peruvian people both today and historically, it made the trip very special. Our group and guides were fantastic. Spending the day hiking or doing other activities then coming back to the lodges to spend time with the group was a great balance. One of the best things about the trip was bringing fruit and bread to all the children along our journey. It was so meaningful to see their reactions and appreciation. We were grateful to be able to give something back and show our appreciation." - Karlis Robinson (All photos by Karliss Robinson)