I was very apprehensive as this was my first experience with Zicasso and this travel agency, but I was worried needlessly. The whole experience was just wonderful. Our travel company was very organized, our guides and drivers were very knowledgeable, punctual and capable. (Our driver navigated the narrow and steep streets of Cusco with amazing skill). When we landed in Cusco, there was a one-day transportation strike and it was a bit tense, but our hosts made sure that we got to our hotel without any problems.
The travel company thoughtfully attended to many details during our trip. We had requested local hotels (rather than US chains) and the hotels they booked for us in the three different locations were exactly the types of places where we were hoping to stay. They remembered that this was a trip to celebrate our anniversary and had wine and chocolates waiting for us in our Lima hotel room. Two members of our party arrived late as their plane had an emergency landing. The travel company staff were able to modify the itinerary and meet them at the airport at the new arrival time.
We had a culinary tour in Lima that was a lot of fun. Moray agricultural site, Maras salt mines, wool dyeing and weaving demonstration in Chincero, the changing landscape we saw on the train to Machu Picchu and of course, Machu Picchu itself, were the most memorable parts. Also memorable was the two-hour climb to the summit of the Waynapicchu the "Young Mountain" across Machu Picchu for the two 60+-year olds in the group!
In each location our guides provided a lot of background information which made the visit much more meaningful. We also had a chance to do some exploring on our own in both Lima and Cusco and enjoyed the restaurants we found.
I would add the rain forest, Nazca, Rainbow Mountain and Titicaca lake to the list of place to see. The more we learned, the more we realized that there was a lot more to do and see in Peru.
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