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Kiki Deere

I have completed numerous guidebook writing assignments for major travel titles including Rough Guides, Fodor’s, Time Out and Dorling Kindersley.

I have seen my travel features appear in a number of print and online publications, including inflight magazines, Lonely Planet online, The Guardian and The Telegraph, among others.

My travel writing assignments have taken me across the globe to Venezuela, Morocco, Peru, Italy, the Philippines, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore and Guatemala.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Italy is one of my areas of expertise - I am half Italian and was brought up in Turin. Having written a number of guidebooks in South America, I also specialise in Brazil (mainly the Amazon) and Peru. The Philippines is also another country of expertise. I co-authored the Rough Guide to Peru and I am author of Journey to the Philippines, a travel pictorial that sheds light on one of Southeast Asia's most diverse countries.

I particularly enjoy writing about food and adventure travel."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first travel writing gig was in Guatemala for Rough Guides. Shortly after I returned from my trip I was commissioned to work on the Brazil chapter of the Rough Guide to South America - and things rolled on from there. I have since updated plenty of guidebooks, and written numerous travel features for magazines and nationals around the world."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Travelling through the Brazilian Amazon to research the Rough Guide to Brazil is undoubtedly one of my most memorable travel experiences. Among the many highlights were piranha fishing on a tributary of the Amazon River, and trekking through the jungle, spotting wildlife and learning about indigenous plants."

Manarola is one of Cinque Terre's five colorful villages
How Many Days Should You Spend in Italy?

Italy has 20 regions, each with its own identity. Landscapes, cuisine, and dialect differ greatly from one to the next, and each merits its own visit. If your time is limited, you’ll be able to see Italy’s highlights in a matter of days—but spending two weeks or more means you'll get to explore multiple regions and fall in love with the authentic Italy.

A quiet moment by the beach in Cefalù, Sicily
Best Time of Year to Visit Italy

When should you go to Italy? Summer is very warm, especially in the south, along with plenty of tourists in pursuit of 'la dolce vita'. Hit the coast in late spring, early summer, or September when weather is warm and crowds are manageable. Autumn brings moderate temps throughout the country and beautiful foliage in Tuscany—this is also a quiet time of year in Rome and Florence, making it ideal for sightseeing.

Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking in Peru
Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking in Peru

In recent years, a number of alternative treks to the Inca Trail have opened up, offering hikers an off-the-beaten-path experience to reach the famed citadel of Macchu Picchu. Treks have also taken on a new face, targeting travelers who are keen on long adventurous hikes but who want all the comforts of a hotel at night. There are a handful of lodge-to-lodge treks available in the Cusco area, offering travelers the perfect balance between adventure and luxury.

Beautiful Andean landscape
Lares Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

The five-day Lares Trek takes you high up in the Andes, hiking during the day and overnighting in luxurious lodges along the way. Providing impressive views of snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes, it’s a relatively demanding hike that will test your fitness.

The Salkantay Trek passes through various terrain types
Salkantay Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

Named after the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range, the Salkantay Trek takes you high in the Andes outside Cusco, providing specular views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, and lush cloud forest. It’s an easy to moderate hike, with some sections of challenging terrain. The trek involves comfortable stays at luxurious lodges in remote locations so that you can enjoy the gorgeous Andean scenery without having to give up your comforts.

Market scene in Pisac.
Top Day Trips From Cusco

Cusco serves as the perfect base to explore the numerous sights of the Sacred Valley. Colonial settlements and ancient Inca towns are dotted here and there, while in remote mountain settlements life has largely remained unchanged for centuries. Use this guide to plan your day trips from the ancient Inca capital.