We had a fabulous trip in Peru . The travel agency worked tirelessly with us to fine tune our itinerary , our specific requirements ( Italian speaking guide , dietary limitations and age specific concerns. ) . The travel guide in Cusco and the sacred valley was excellent ( probably the best guide we ever had in any of our trips around the world) . On the Inca trail he would stop regularly to help us catch our breath ( literally) give some explainations and words of encouragement . He was especially good with one member of our group who discovered she was afraid of heights. We were glad we followed the advice of the travel agent and started in the sacred valley and gradually went up finishing the trip on lake Titicaca . We didn't suffer of altitude sickness, just some shortness of breath on the stairs.
We especially liked the two days -one night Inca trail excursion. It is definitely worth it . Without camping out , we got the experience of walking on the Inca trail and saw some of the best sights that the simple Machu Picchu visit does not allow.
We were pleasantly surprised by the small towns around Cusco in the sacred valley (Ollantaytambo, Chinchero...)
We also liked the two days stay on the Isla Suasi on Lake Titicaca . It is a beautiful and relaxing resort.
I would not visit the community in Chichubamba. It felt not authentic and touristy. After seeing our disappointment , the excellent guide Enrique took us to an orphanage in Cusco where we played with the children and left a small contribution to sister Emilia for her excellent work with the children in Cusco and the sacred Valley.
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