Cusco Hotel – Palazzo Nazarene

This is an old nunnery with 55 rooms, which are all suites.

There are Junior suites, Inca Wall suites, and View suites. Rooms have an espresso machine, minibar (free), butler service, 2 kinds of robes, pillow menu, and 1 king bed or 2 twin beds. Roll-away beds are available for kids.

There are 2 courtyards. One is a “secret” courtyard filled with herbs and white cedar that was planted from a seedling of the Monasterio next door.

The outdoor swimming pool is the only heated and uncovered pool in Cusco. There is also a full spa with steam room.

This is a great 5-Star hotel option for your trip to Peru!

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Cusco Hotel – Inkaterra La Casona

The boutique hotel has 11 suites — Patio Suites on the 1st floor, Balcony Suites on the 2nd floor, and 2 extra large Plaza Suites.

Rooms have double sinks, bath robes, slippers, safe, minibar, fireplace, and either 1 king bed or 2 twin beds.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is no bar, but a lovely lounge where they will serve drinks.

The front door is always locked — just use the knocker!

This is a great 5-Star hotel option for your trip to Peru!

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Cusco Hotel – Monasterio

The Monasterio is a historic seminary. Inside and to the left is the chapel with original art and spectacular gold leaf. There is a large and beautiful central courtyard with a 330 year old white cedar tree.

It has 122 rooms, and they are all different but with original floors and doors. Superior rooms may have a terrace. Deluxe rooms have a desk. All rooms have a safe, robes, and slippers. Oxygen is pumped into 82 of the rooms.

Breakfast is a buffet from 5am to 1:30am. Dinner is served in the monk’s dining hall. Opera singers perform during dinner on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

There are two massage rooms. Check-in is at 11am and check-out is at 3pm.

This is a great 5-Star hotel option for your trip to Peru!

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Cusco Hotel – Marriott

Built in 2012, the Marriott is a converted convent. It has 153 rooms with oxygen, express, minibar, safe, robes, shower, and tub. It is about 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas and right next door to the Novotel hotel.

The Classic Inca Wall rooms are on levels -1 and -2. Deluxe rooms are on floors 1-4. They all have different views. Some family rooms for 2 kids under 12 years old. Terrace (Superior) rooms have a private terrace, king bed, and face the courtyard (no twins or roll-aways). Suites are 2 rooms together.

Buffet breakfast 6am-10am. Happy hour every afternoon. Check out the Inca Wall exhibition area.

The spa has an indoor heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and massage rooms.

There are daily activities including photos with a baby llama, cooking class, and making pisco sours.

This is a great 4-Star hotel option for your trip to Peru!

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Cusco Hotel – Casa Andina Premium

The Casa Andina has 6 courtyards. Rooms have 1 queen or 2 double beds, robes, slippers, tea, mini-fridge, hair dryer, safe, and reading lights.

Breakfast is a large and interesting buffet, including omelets made to order. There is a bar, lounge, ATM machine, and massages.

It is an extra $45 for a late check-out at 3pm.

This is a great mid-range option for your trip to Peru!

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Things To Do in Entebbe, Uganda

If you have an afternoon or day to spend in and around Entebbe, there are several areas we can recommend visiting.

  1. Botanical Gardens
  2. Uganda Wildlife Education Center
  3. Mabamba Swamp Visit

1) Botanical Gardens

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens, which border the shore of Lake Victoria, are home to an impressive collection of indigenous forest, shrubs and plants. Laid out in 1898, these expansive gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

The highlights are its pockets of thick rainforest, which locals claim some of the original Tarzan films were made in, and excellent bird-watching with 115 species. You’ll see plenty of monkeys, including black and white colobus, and tree squirrels too. There is also a superb array of birdlife here, ranging from species endemic to the Lake Victoria area (such as the grey kestrel, Jackson’s golden-backed weaver and yellow-throated leaflove) to more widespread species (such as the red-chested sunbird and black-headed gonolek). If you’re lucky, you may even spot a great blue turaco, which are truly magnificent, in the forest areas!

The gardens are also home to tree squirrels and vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys. This is a lovely place to stroll for a few hours.

It is a 15-minute walk from the hotel and costs about $10/person.

2) Uganda Wildlife Education Center

Another option is the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, commonly misconceived to be a zoo, but actually an animal orphanage that is home to wild animals which have been rehabilitated but cannot be returned to the wild. It’s a good place to see some rare and endangered species, including a pair of black rhino, giant forest hog, chimpanzees, grey-cheeked mangabeys, lion, shoebill and serval.

There is a good curio shop here if you’d like to buy some souvenirs, too.

It is a 15-minute walk from the hotel and costs about $15/person.

3) Mabamba Swamp Visit

Around an hour outside Entebbe is the Mabamba Nature Reserve. You’ll have a guided boat ride in either a traditional canoe or small motorboat. The main attraction is the fiendish-looking shoebill, a member of the stork family that stands over a meter tall. As you negotiate the papyrus waterways, there is also the opportunity to see a number of other birds, such as the blue swallow, the yellow warbler and the papyrus gonolek. There is also the opportunity to go on a guided walk at the reserve to see wildlife that lives closer to the shore.

It is a 45-minute drive from the hotel and costs about $150/person.

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Patagonia W-Trek Mountain Huts

You can stay at mountain hut refugios while hiking on the W-Trek. Here are the available huts:

  • Central Sector
  • Frances (French) Sector
  • Paine Grande Sector
  • Cuernos Sector
  • Chileno Sector

Central Sector

Offering mixed dormitory rooms with bunk beds for 6 people, shared bathrooms, and hot showers. Curl up at night in a warm, fully made bed, equipped with sheets, a pillow and a bed cover.

Strategically located close to the stunning Lake Nordenskjöld and at the beginning of the trail that heads to the famous Las Torres Mountains. This is the primary base to reach the Las Torres Base Viewpoint.

Alternatively, stay at Hotel Las Torres (self-guided treks) or EcoCamp (guided treks).

Open September 12th (camping) and October 20th (mountain hostel).


Frances (French) Sector

Offering mixed dormitory rooms with bunk beds for 6-8 people, shared bathrooms, and hot showers. Sleeping bag required.

This is the primary base to reach the French Valley. The stunning 360 degree views from the outside of this hostel will be beautifully ingrained in your memory forever. Looking around at Lake Nordenskjöld, Mount Paine Grande, Mount Ferrier, Mount Tenerife and the Balmaceda and Chacabuco Mountain Ranges is a humbling and inspiring experience. You’ll likely also see the famous “foehn” winds zipping like little tornadoes of water around the lake, and hear the sounds of avalanches from the Francés Glacier.

Open September 12th (camping) and October 20th (mountain hostel).


Paine Grande Sector

Our refuge has capacity for 100 passengers daily in private rooms with 2, 4 and 6 bunk beds (with mattress cover, pillow and pillowcase). Sleeping bag required.

On the shores of Lake Pehoe there is an incredible refuge, with beautiful views of the Cuernos del Paine and Cerro Paine Grande. It is the starting point of the route to the French Valley and the path to the Grey Glacier.

Paine Grande refuge is open from October to April.


Cuernos Sector

Offering mixed dormitory rooms with bunk beds for 6-8 people, shared bathrooms, and hot showers. Sleeping bag required.

It’s hard to pick favorites in Torres del Paine, but this camp is truly stellar. The Cuernos Mountain Hostel sits under two epic mountains, next to the Lake Nordenskjöld and not far from a powerful, cascading waterfall.

Open December 1st (camping and mountain hostel).


Chileno Sector

Offering mixed dormitory rooms with bunk beds for 6-8 people, shared bathrooms, and hot showers. Sleeping bag required.

Being the closest camp to the Las Torres Base Viewpoint, you can relax at the end of the day and get a good night’s sleep, making sure you’ve got your internal batteries recharged for the highly anticipated next day. This camp is perfect for those who want to wake up before dawn, hike in the dark, and arrive in time to watch the iconic red sunrise over the Las Torres Mountains.

Open December 3rd (camping and mountain hostel).

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5 Options for the Ultimate Luxury Fly-in SkySafari in Tanzania and Kenya

Loisaba Star Beds

There are now 5 amazing luxury fly-in safaris in Tanzania and Kenya to choose from:

  1. 8-day / 7-night Tanzania (Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti)
  2. 10-day / 9-night Tanzania (Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti)
  3. 8-day / 7-night Kenya (Meru, Loisaba, Masai Mara)
  4. 10-day / 9-night Kenya (Amboseli, Loisaba, Masai Mara)
  5. 13-day / 12-night Kenya + Tanzania Combination

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#1) 8-Day Tanzania SkySafari

VISITING: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti

  • DAY 1: 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge (suite)
  • DAY 2-4: 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops
  • DAY 4-6: 2nights at the Manor at Ngorongoro
  • DAY 6-8: 2nights at Serengeti Migration Camp (Jun-Dec) or Pioneer Camp (Jan-May)

#2) 10-Day Tanzania SkySafari

VISITING: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti

  • DAY 1: 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge (suite)
  • DAY 2-4: 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops
  • DAY 4-7: 3 nights at the Manor at Ngorongoro
  • DAY 7-10: 3 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp (Jun-Dec) or Pioneer Camp (Jan-May)

#3) 8-Day Kenya SkySafari

VISITING: Meru, Loisaba, Masai Mara

  • DAY 1: 1 night at Hemingways in Nairobi
  • DAY 2-4: 2 nights Elewana Elsa’s Kopje
  • DAY 4-6: 2 nights at Loisaba Tented Camp in Laikipia
  • DAY 6-8: 2 nights at Sand River Camp in Masai Mara

#4) 10-Day Kenya SkySafari

VISITING: Amboseli, Loisaba, Masai Mara

  • DAY 1: 1 night at Hemingways in Nairobi
  • DAY 2-4: 2 nights at Tortillis Camp in Amboseli
  • DAY 4-7: 3 nights at Loisaba Tented Camp in Laikipia
  • DAY 7-10: 3 nights at Sand River Camp in Masai Mara

#5) 13-Day Kenya+Tanzania SkySafari

VISITING: Amboseli, Loisaba, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

  • DAY 1: 1 night at Hemingways in Nairobi
  • DAY 2-4: 2 nights at Tortillis Camp in Amboseli
  • DAY 4-6: 2nights at Loisaba Tented Camp in Laikipia
  • DAY 6-8: 2 nights at Sand River Camp in Masai Mara
  • DAY 8-11: 3 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp (Jun-Dec) or Pioneer Camp (Jan-May)
  • DAY 11-13: 2 nights at the Manor at Ngorongoro
Tarangire Treetops
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Dolomites: Hiking Cinque Torri

The Cinque Torri (or “5 Towers”) is between Corvara and Cortina. It can be visited in a day trip or spend the night at one of the 4 rifugios in the area.

The views are amazing, and the Cinque Torri is very striking at different times of day in different light. It is very popular for rock climbing and doing a via ferrata.

There is also a WWI outdoor museum which is fascinating to explore.

Rifugios are 50-70 Euros per person per night including breakfast and dinner. They have 2-person, 4-person, and dorm rooms.

  • Rifugio Cinque Torri — This is
  • Rifugio Nuvalau
  • Rifugio by the chairlift
  • Rifugio in the saddle

The Rifugio Nuvolau is one of the oldest rifugios. It is up at the top of the mountain. People who spend the night can enjoy an amazing sunrise and sunset. They grill up hamburgers outside on the deck, and it gets very busy at lunchtime. There is also a popular via ferrata circuit.

There are multiple ways to get to Cinque Torri, including a chairlift or hiking from short to long routes (2-4 hours one-way).

One possible hiking circuit is to park at Rifugio Col Galina, then hike up the short trail, spend the night and hike back down a longer trail.

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    Dolomites: Hiking in Colfosco in Alta Badia (from Selva or Corvara)

    This hike can be from Selva to Colfosco, or can be based from Corvara. You either go

    1. From Selva up the Dantercepies cable car to Rifugio Jimmi, lunch at Rifugio Puez and down to Colfosco
    2. Up the gondola, over to Rifugio Jimmi for lunch, and down the red and yellow gondolas to Colfosco (taxi/bus from Corvara or San Cassiano).

    You can do this hike on our 8-Day Dolomites Three Valleys Hiking Traverse or on a custom trip.

    Up the Gondola


    Hiking near Rifugio Puez


    Over the Pass


    Rifugio Jimmi


    Down the gondola

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