Peru Trip Report

Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon

Author: The Traveling Professor/Tuesday, November 18, 2014/Categories: Peru & Machu Picchu

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On The Traveling Professor's small group tour to Peru, we took 10 adult travelers to Peru in order to check off some of the items on their bucket list.  Here is a summary of the trip:

Cusco:  We met up in Cusco and stayed in the comfortable Terra Andina Hotel.   Our guide, Arecely, knowledgeable and engaging, did a full day tour of this city of stone.   Peru is known for its cuisine and Chi Cha, a restaurant close to our hotel did not dissapoint.

Machu Picchu:  Of course the highlight of any tour to Peru is Machu Picchu.   We took the scenic train in luxury right to Machu Picchu village and stayed in the very comfortable El Mapi hotel.   In our first afternoon there, we took a guided tour of the citadel.  The next morning we were up at sunrise to walk the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate for a spectacular sunrise at Machu Picchu.  We spent the night at the El Mapi talking about our adventure.

Sacred Valley:  On our way back to Cusco the next day, we took the train to Ollantaytambo for an escorted tour through the Sacred Valley.   After a delicious lunch at a hacienda on the river banks of the Urumbamba River, we visited the Pisaq Market.  A surprise visit to an animal sanctuary let us get up close and personal with pumas, llamas, and exotic birds.   The condors put on a wild aerial show for us.

Amazon Basin:  This was new on The Traveling Professor tour and I think everyone on the tour will say it exceeded expectations.  We flew into the Amazon and then took a boat to the super luxurious Inkaterra Amazonica lodge.  It is hard to believe that something this authentic and luxurious exists in such a remote part of the world.  We were catered to in every manner with great accommodations and meals.   The excursions into the jungle were something I am sure no one will forget.  We saw monkeys, macaws, birds, tapirs, and all kinds of fascinating butterflies, insects, and plants.

For photos of our small group tour to Peru, see:  https://plus.google.com/photos/113830373689007047481/albums/6082724963951612033?authkey=CLaT5enltby6-AE

For more on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Peru, see www.travelingprofessor.com

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