Travel Tales: Love Finds Peru
We get a kick out of sharing photos and testimonies from our adventurous travelers. Whether its a lone sojourner venturing through the Inca Trail, a group of students learning about Andean traditions in the Sacred Valley, or a retiree finally fulfilling her dream of swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos, we want to share those moments that make traveling to Latin America so special. In this Travel Tale you’ll learn why the Love family loves Peru.
The Loves’ travel tale of Peru
Last September Dorothy and Scott Love exchanged the heat of Arizona for a South American adventure. Silvana, a travel advisor at Latin America For Less, helped the couple plan a dream vacation to Peru, complete with great views of Machu Picchu and some warm Cusco hospitality.
“For us to say that everything was perfect would be an understatement,” says Dorothy. “We cannot begin to thank you enough for all you did to make our vacation such a wonderful experience.”
“Every driver was on time! In fact, we could have set our watches by their prompt arrival. Our tour guides were friendly, professional, and had a great desire to share their knowledge with us.”
Dorothy and Scott, like many travelers, came to Peru to see Machu Picchu. It’s hard not to marvel at the beauty of these ancient Inca ruins built atop towering green mountain peaks. Dorothy says, “Machu Picchu is beyond description in words. One must see it to appreciate it.”
Some travelers enjoy the ruins of Machu Picchu from a high vantage point atop Huayna Picchu mountain, which was exactly what Dorothy and Scott did. Only 400 people are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu each day and entrances tend to sell out quickly, sometimes several weeks in advance. Silvana reserved them tickets and they took the challenging hike up Huayna Picchu ‘s stone steps and switchbacks. Although sections of the path have vertigo-inducing drop offs, they describe the hike as thrilling. At the top Dorothy and Scott were rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of Machu Picchu and stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding jungle region.
In Peru there’s opportunity to see ancient Inca ruins, beautiful scenery, and to interact with the locals.
“Everyone we encountered in Peru, from waiters, hotel staff, and shopkeepers were unfailingly polite, had a ready smile, and were eager to assist if we had questions,” Dorothy says.
The couple enjoyed a luxurious stay at the El MaPi Hotel Machu Picchu by Inkaterra. Modern indigenous art as well as authentic pre-Columbian artifacts decorate the charming white cottages of this eco-friendly hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley. “We had the most incredible dinner,” raves Dorothy as she recalls eating at the hotel’s restaurant overlooking the Urubamba River.
Cusco is a great place to experience the local Andean culture, visit other nearby archaeological sites and partake in a variety of outdoor activities that can quickly fill up any traveler’s agenda.
“We loved Cusco and would have liked to spend more time there,” says Dorothy. “Perhaps on our next visit.”