This year one of my business goals was to work with a new travel partner and experience the way they travel. The partner I picked was G Adventures as their passion for adventure travel and sustainability resonated with me and how I enjoy traveling. G Adventures is also a preferred partner of my host agency Gifted Travel Network as well as a member of Virtuoso, my consortia. The value of these partnerships is the high touch my clients receive when we work together.
G Adventures is an adventure travel company offering a wide selection of small group tours, safaris, and expeditions to more than 100 countries across seven continents. G trips support local communities, giving travelers meaningful experiences with people, cultures, landscapes, and wildlife while offering you the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own. When looking for a G trip look for its ‘Ripple Score’ assessment which measures how many traveler dollars stay in the local economy.
I had never experienced group travel before so this intrigued me. I picked a trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail ending at Machu Picchu. After my body tried to deceive me the past few years I intended to show said body that my heart and mind are in control of this vessel and hike for four days covering 26 miles and over 13,000 feet in elevation.
“Sometimes your body tries to trick you into thinking you can’t do the hard stuff. Don’t listen. Do the hard stuff.”– J. Goff
I started my trip to Peru with a Peruvian food tour in Lima. I was so impressed with the rainbow of produce available. Did you know there are over 4,000 varieties of potatoes in Peru? After the tour of the market, I enjoyed a cooking lesson in which we made Pisco Sours, a Peruvian alcoholic cocktail, and ceviche (cebiche), Peru’s national dish.
Check out an overview of the day on Instagram.
Food is my love language and I love to try new and often exotic things when traveling. I enjoyed alpaca which tasted like stew meat and prickly pear which is the fruit of cactus. I sampled, not enjoyably, Cuy which is a traditional Peruvian dish of Guinea pig.
Read about hiking the Inca Trail here.