Family Gallivanting Through Peru: Machu Picchu and Beyond

This family group of five just returned from a customized version of our 7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train. Read on to hear about their adventure!

Machu Picchu at Sunset

“We used AWR last year for our Galapagos trip and we were blown away by the service and the results. Once again we were thrilled with the results!  My sister and her husband were also impressed.  We’ll definitely be using your service again for other trips – both together and individually.  You make it really easy to get exactly the trip we want.

Winay Wayna, Inca Trail Express Hike

Winay Wayna, Inca Trail Express Hike

All the hotels were outstanding!  The JW I expected (I worked for Marriott hotels back in the day), but the other 2 hotels were also outstanding.  The Casa Andina in Ollantaytambo was beautiful, the food was outstanding and as a bonus they had a presentation on astronomy where I got to see Saturn and it’s rings (as well as other planets) through a telescope in the on-premise observatory!  It was $15 US but well worth it.  We all wished we had time for a second night there at that hotel.  The Sumaq in Aguas Calientes also had an outstanding menu and the room was very comfortable.  The only minor issue with the hotel was that there was some traffic noise if you are at the front of the hotel.  We all discussed how thrilled we were with the quality of the hotels and the food service.

Spirit on Vistadome Train

One fun experience we had was on the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo one of the train staff dressed up as an Incan spirit and danced and whistled.  It was very entertaining.  On the last morning in Cusco there was an Incan parade around the main square – kids and adults dressed as warriors and the king and queen being carried.  It was a wonderful surprise that we stumbled on.

Cusco Plaza de Armas

Our favorite memory was I think arriving at Machu Picchu as the sun was setting, which provided an amazing view of the site.  We got really lucky and it was amazing.  The Inca Trail Express hike was fantastic and we all worked really hard to get to Machu Picchu and that made the experience even more memorable I think.  We also had a beer one night in Cusco overlooking the square from a balcony which I doubt I will ever forget.  From start to finish we loved everything!”


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Your friendly Peru experts,

Gretchen and Barb



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