The trip was a wonderful experience. Virtually everything about the trip was coordinated and worked out perfectly. We had a small group - just 4 of us - and that resulted in a personal experience with excellent service. Transfers were seamless. We only spent one day in Lima, which left us with a desire to return at some point to see more. We could have spent most of a day at the Larco Museum alone! Our guide in the Sacred Valley and Cusco was terrific. He made it so clear that he loved his country, its history and its people, it was impossible not to be drawn in by his enthusiasm. He directed his attention to each of us - our interests, our physical capabilities. At times, when special accommodations were needed for a member of the group, he went out of his way, quietly, to see that our needs were met.
The most memorable part of the tour had to be the trip to Machu Picchu. Long an item on all of our "bucket lists", being there was the stuff of dreams. We could not stop marveling at the sights or the fact that we were there. But, I also have to say that none of us really had any idea of the extent of other ruins, both Inca and pre-Inca, that we'd find in Peru. Terraces everywhere! We've visited Mayan ruins in Mexico and Guatemala, but these were different and fascinating. There seemed to be hidden gems around every corner. The landscape itself, with mountains, valleys, plateaus and glaciers was breathtaking.
If I were to do this over, I'd extend the trip to try to see more - spend a bit more time in Lima, perhaps go to Lake Titicaca or the Nazca lines; unfortunately, work and other scheduling wouldn't allow it at this time. Also, the trip home was long, long, long. Flying from Cusco to Lima, then having a several hour layover before a red eye back to the States made it a very difficult trip. Also, we had not realized that, upon arrival to Lima from Cusco, we could not check in for our flight back to the states for over an hour and there was really no place to comfortably sit and wait.
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