We just returned from an eight day tour of the Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Machu Picchu, and Cusco (Peru). The trip was expertly planned and executed. Leading up to the trip, my agent listened to the details and expectations of our trip and made sure they were met perfectly. The expert coordination between the travel agency and tour company made the trip transitions and experiences seamless. Every detail was considered and surpassed our expectations. Highly recommend (already have!) this travel agency and will use again for future travel!
The most memorable part of our trip was the one day Machu Picchu hike, to include the lunch stop at the Sun Gate. The Andean Village half day tour followed by the self tour of Urubamba was exceptional and provided a neat perspective to our trip. Lastly, our tour guide MADE the trip! Not only was he always on time, had a great sense of humor, superb English, but treated us like family touring his home country.
The main thing we would do differently is reserve hotel rooms away from the street side. We found, especially in Cusco, our street facing room to be very noisy, thus resulting in a poor night's rest. Perhaps this could be mentioned when making the hotel reservations.
A few other minor things:
The Lima airport is very busy. If travelers have a late/early morning flight (ours was at 0105), the counters do not open until 3 hours prior. We were hoping to check our bags and move freely but couldn't until 10PM. We ended up using the secure lockers, but it was very crowded and only take soles, so important for travelers to keep a few extra (we gave ours all away as a tip, then had to change more).
May be worth mentioning, the water is not potable and travelers will need to purchase bottles of water. We found only one hotel provided one bottle per person complimentary. Water is very cheap so it wasn't a big deal, but may be worth mentioning.
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