Experience 'Classic Peru' with Crooked Trails Co-founder Tammy Leland in 2013

by Angela Dollar

Tammy in LimaIn addition to offering custom travel programs year-round, Crooked Trails is featuring select opportunities during the year to take part in a group program led by one of our co-founders. UPDATE: The Peru Founder-led Program is now open and accepting applications; click here!

For 2013, Co-founder Tammy Leland is putting together her Peru ‘dream’ itinerary, highlighting the best of the best in this Andean nation. I asked her to give us a sneak peak.

Tell me a bit about what you are planning for your 2013 Founder-led Travel Program. Where will you be bringing travelers this year, and when do you plan to go?

I am super excited to go back to the beginning of our days in Peru, where I will return to my roots and offer the program that I call “My Classic Peru”. It returns to see some of my most favorite people and places and is not only a true adventure but like staying with old friends the whole way.

What is the specific focus of your trip?
The focus centers around people and places.  We see the best that classic Peru has to offer. This includes the Andes Mountains, The Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the unique Southern Desert.

Tammy in Vicos PeruWhat are a few highlights on the itinerary?
Staying in the community of Vicos with families I have know for over 12 years. We will be living and working with them and it will be like a reunion party! Visiting our dear friend and my Peruvian ‘dad’, Julio Zuniga, in the Southern Desert to explore ancient tombs, petroglyphs, dinosaur footprints, deep canyons, 500 year old bodegas and MUCH more. And of course, hiking the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

What makes this program unique?
This is truly off the beaten path. I believe travelers will fall in love with the true Peru when I am able to show them my favorite places and introduce them to some amazing people.

Who might be most interested to join your founder-led group?
ANYONE CAN DO IT!  People who have been to Peru before but wish to have a more in-depth experience, as well as those who have traveled with me in the past but want to see old friends in Peru. And anyone who would like an insider’s look at this fascinating country.

Tammy is working out the final details for her 2013 Founder-led Peru Program now, which will run over the second half of August. We hope to open up applications soon. In the meantime, send an email to angela (at) crookedtrails (dot) org to sign up for the advance interest list.
UPDATE: The Peru Founder-led Program is now open and accepting applications; click here!

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