Nonnie Trip #2 took grandson Alex and me to Peru. (#1 was last November when I took his cousin Quinn to Egypt.) I have 3 grandchildren to go. A Nonnie Trip (Nonnie is the family name for me, a grandmother) must be
1. to another continent where they don’t speak English 2. hopefully, to a developing or third-world country and 3. a mind-blowing adventure.
The two-week trip started in 11,000-ft-high Cusco,
went even higher to Chinchero, came back down (believe it or not) to the ever-thrilling Machu Picchu, and ended in the Amazon headwaters in a REAL jungle. I can heartily recommend this small, casual-style tour conducted by a most unusual eco-volun-tour outfit called Crooked Trails. They came to our rescue in 2 emergencies, in most compassionate, professional ways.
The highlight of the trip for me – because I’d been to Machu Picchu before – was the Posada Amazonas lodge in the jungle. Hard to describe the hardcore eco-ethics-cum-luxury style of this remote hotel. No walls on the rooms – all part of the jungle. (of course, there are mosquito nets for the beds.) The food was generous, varied, healthy and delicious; the staff fun and knowledgeable; the setting other-worldly. And our exit was yet another adventure!