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“Machu Picchu - Lima - Cuzco - Adventures Within Reach”

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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Just completed spectacular 11 day trip to Machu Picchu with my son including LIma, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. All arrangements were made 6 months in advance with Adventures within Reach (AWR). I contacted AWR through their website and was connected to Barbara Collander, who emailed me all the information I needed. Barbara was extremely attentive to my needs, 2 days Lima (tour), 2 days Cuzco (tour), 1 day Sacred Valley (tour), 4 day hike on Inca trail ending at Machu Picchu + 1 day tour of ruins with climb to Huayna Picchu (highly recommended). All arrangements were made with Barbara to perfection, including transfers and tickets. I only needed to book the flights: JetBlue to/fro Lima and AeroPeru to/fro Cuzco (not recommended, use Avianca instead). Some essentials for trip: At least 2 cameras with extra battery packs, cool Indiana Jones hat with chin strap, Travel Insurance through Smartmouth, I used Trawick, $1M Hazardous Activity with $250 ded for $73pp. 3L Camelback for hike on Inca Trail, money belt to hold passports, Salomon Lightweight hiking boots with sports jel insert, Climacool hiking pants with zippered pockets, underarmor heat shirts, all weather socks (from Cosco), bug proof sleeping bag liner (they provide sleeping bags at $25pp), lightweight sweatshirt with hood and down jacket (both foldable). You should also bring plenty of ziplock bags to protect non-waterproof items (like toiler paper). The hike itself was subcontracted to Explorandes. We had an unbelievable guide, Manuel, plus 2 cooks and 15 porters. There were 7 people in our group. Poles, tents and air mattresses were included. The food and service on the trek was fantastic. Got a Hep A shot for trip and Diamox prescription for altitude (could have used cocoa tea in Peru instead but didn't take the chance). All in all, we were very lucky with the weather, cool summer mornings, hotter sun in the afternoon, a little cooler at night. Everything was blooming in Peru, with beautiful hummingbirds, butterflies and plenty of llamas along the way. I booked the low season (Sept - Dec) to avoid crowds on the trek. All our rain was overnight. Absolutely recommend this trip and itinerary for anyone who wants to see Peru on a fairly limited budget. Also, bring Peruvian soles (about $200 USD pp). They really come in handy.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure to visit Machu Picchu last week. It’s all we hoped for and more, worth every step to reach the top. Our trip was arranged by Metropolitan Tours and included vista dome train and guide. To view the ancient city of the Incas is an experience we won’t forget.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

I was simply in awe! While MP must be the most photographed site in Peru, being there in person was an experience of a lifetime. The official guide, Edward, was also informative and for 160 soles, it was worth getting his services. Don't forget to have your passport stamped of the MP logo near the bus loading area!

So why did I not rate MP as excellent? Because there are improvements that should be made by the local officials to make your visit more hassle-free. Prepare to queue for everything! The bus from Pueblo to MP was $24 round-trip and it took 20 minutes. The queues are long at the Pueblo and when departing MP! The toilet queues are long as well. And prepare to pay for it at 1 sole. They will really squeeze every penny from you (lol). Queues as well for that perfect photo-op going to the Caretaker's Hut. In other words, bring lots of patience when you visit MP and your bucket list will be happily checked like I did :)

Thank BonkersExplorer
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We just finished the most amazing trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. We had our 10 day trip planned and organized by Chris at Uncover Latin America, who made all the planning so easy. Machu Picchu was unreal and we came here to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Our guide Hector was awesome. The good thing about this trip was Uncover took care of everything so we were just left to enjoy this amazing country with Machu Picchu being the big highlight. Really enjoyed our lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge after our tour of Machu Picchu. We stayed a few nights in the Sacred Valley first which was lower in altitude than Cusco.

Thank dougcassell
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

This is one of the bucket list sites everyone should have. The pictures are amazing but the experience is unreal!

You need at least two days. We did a tour of the ruins and the hike to "Sun Gate" - which was too rushed, but we didn't plan well.

I would love to try Huayna next time, but that needs to be booked a year in advance, as they limit the number of visitors per day. I saw other people's pictures and video, which were incredible. Of course that hike isn't for the faint of heart.

Thank Canadian G
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