I full filled a childhood dream of traveling to Machu Picchu –the lost city of the Incas- in Peru this past month. Yes it is a phenomenal head rush & the pictures do not do justice. You must experience it.
I took the opportunity to travel with a Tropical – Adventures & Tours (Burbank CA,) FAM trip to Lima, Cuzco, the Scared Valley & Machu Picchu. Traveling with a small group of travel agents is always fun & educational. We take in the historical sites, critique hotels & excursions while deciding which hotels & tours are worthy of our clients.
Traveling in a small group 6 – 8 people is a great way to visit Peru. Group travel affords you the luxury of a private guide & driver. This is a huge asset. Our guides were very knowledgeable & traveling by van versus a large bus was convenient.
The city of Cuzco is steeped in history that precedes the Inca civilization. At 11,000 it is one of the highest cities in the world. . Coca tea which is served as a welcome drink as you enter many hotels gives the needed lift at the high elevation & also helps with digestion. I loved coca tea and will recommend drinking it to all my future clients traveling to Peru.
I was amazed by some of the luxury hotels available to those who can afford to splurge. The Hotel Monastero by the Orient Express is a gem off the main square in Cuzco. Character abounds in this 5 star hotel built from a 300 year old monastery. Tambo Del Inca Resort & Spa in the Scared Valley (the area between Cuzco & Machu Picchu) is the place to relax & acclimate.
The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel at Machu Picchu, is the place for the ultimate experience. My last client who stayed here told me the food was almost as good as the view.
For information & travel itineraries to Peru call Time Travels Inc. today – 651-771-5666
Andre’ Leavitt, Owner Time Travels Inc.