Catching the first of three flights in several hours and will be posting as soon as I get net access again in Peru, which should be in a couple of days. For those interested in the current itinerary (subject to change from delays etc.), I’ve pasted a summarised text version, below.
All is well for the final result of booking with Refugio Amazonas. I woke this morning, to no less than three E-Mails, each from the different people dealing with my booking. All three now confirmed the booking and payment, and just need my flight times when I get them confirmed. They of course, still get marked down a point, for not having one of those nicely arranged itinerary confirmation E-Mails but, hey, if everything went my way, life would be boring, right?
I’ll be booking two other parts of the trip soon; Inca trail and Titicaca/Uros islands. I’m *still* waiting to get quotes (or any kind of response) for the first and last section of the trip. Lima to Ballestas/Nazca/Ariquepa and the last leg of Chiclayo and Trujillo.
I’m getting both a little nervous and excited. Today I finally began the physical embodiment of my Peru yearning by making a payment on part of the trip. All is not without a sweat-less brow however, as I’ll explain shortly. First, I have to detail the actual agenda that was booked.
After bouncing back and forth between tour operators, I eventually came across the actual owners of the Refugio Amazonas, who, as luck would have it, take their own bookings online. While I realise that it’s another country with a different language (and by my own beliefs, I don’t see why they *should* supply anything but their own language), their website was a properly constructed English translation, as opposed to something that had been run through Google translate and dumped on a page, without any thought for grammar or structure.
I ultimately settled on the four day, three night offering and after some E-Mail conversation, added a canopy climb into the mix. I feel the need to point out that the E-Mail see-saw was quick and clear; nary a misplaced word and thusly a painless process.
The jury is out on round three, until I get the next E-Mail response. After reading the final E-Mail, which noted to fill out the online forms via the link, I navigated to the page which provided a link to both the Client info form, and the payment link. I filled out both, supplying my reservation number on the payment link and had confirmation of transaction receipts. I *think* that I was only supposed to fill out the client info forms and wait for the confirmation, before I made the payment. The original E-Mail wasn’t overly clear on this but I take responsibility that I could have read it wrong and, more importantly, didn’t ask them if I needed to make the payment at that point. Still, the payment is now made and I have a reference number to associate with it. Hopefully it will all fit into place over the next day or so.