Background: We are in our very early 60's. I am asthmatic and can walk for miles but need to stop to rest now and then when going up steeper hills. (I've been to the Grand Canyon, and although I could tell the air was thinner, I wasn't bothered by the altitude there.) My husband rides his bicycle 25 miles every day and has no medical issues.
Additionally, I have a vestibular condition which causes equilibrium issues. I often use a walking stick or a cane to help my balance. I have a rubber tip for it. I've read that these aren't allowed, and I've read that they are for those who need them for medical reasons, as long as they have a rubber tip. I'm hoping someone can verify the accuracy of this for me.
Sunday morning we will take an early flight and arrive at Cusco around 6:30. We will take a taxi to the San Pedro train station and take the 8:25 PeruRail train to Aguas Calientes. Spend a night there--leaning towards Inti Punku Machupicchu Hotel & Suites. The plan is to take it easy and acclimate that day. We'll go out and do some exploring, but it will be at a relaxed pace.
Monday mid to late afternoon we will take the bus to the Citadel and spend the night at the Belmond. We will enter the Citadel around 7:00 am Tuesday, and spend the morning, spending Tuesday night at the Belmond.
Wednesday we will revisit Machu Picchu and take a different route. I am wondering which would be the two best routes to take--preferably with the smoothest terrain and less steep hills. We would also like a recommendation for a guide. One reason we want to go two days is to hedge our bets on weather, as we know that we will never get back there.
We will take the Perurail train Wednesday afternoon back to Cusco and will spend two nights there at the Hilton Garden Inn (we are HH Diamond).
We will take a late afternoon flight to Lima and spend a nights there before our onward travel to Santiago.
Do these plans sound doable, and is there anything you would change? Any comments are welcome.
Is there left luggage at the Lima airport? We will need some different types of clothing for the remainder of our trip (which includes some more formal restaurants) and are hoping we can just leave it in left luggage until we return.