My husband and I are planning a trip to Peru next month. We have both been looking online for tours in the Cusco area, specifically to Machu Picchu, and we are having trouble compromising. I'm not crazy about hostels with no hot water and shared bathrooms, and I definitely don't want to camp, but he doesn't want to break the budget on hotels. He has already booked flights, and our itinerary so far is this:
We will come into Lima late on May 10 and have a hotel booked. Then, we will travel to Cusco and arrive the morning of Sunday May 11th. Then, we will be there until late that Thursday. After that, we have a tour in Iquitos. We will return to our Lima hotel on Sunday morning and leave for the US on Monday morning.
We are mainly looking for a tour during our time in Cusco. We are probably thinking 3 day trip - or 3 single day trips. He wants to include: *Machu Picchu* (of course), zip lining, great views, hiking, maybe some biking, kayaking, fairly budget friendly. I would like: horseback riding, photo opportunities, and I really want a safe and clean hotel/lodge/b&b with hot water and private bathroom. I will pretty much give in on anything he wants if I can have a relaxing place to sleep at night! It doesn't have be fancy, I just want to take a hot shower and feel safe. We would both enjoy: hiking and we both love to kayak (not rafting). Learning about the local culture, shopping for some local bargains (I think we would really would love Pisac market), maybe spending a morning or afternoon volunteering if possible.
Anyone have any ideas? Should we go through a tour company? Is it safe to wait until we get there and look for a tour agency? We don't really speak Spanish (we struggle, but can catch some basics). Based on some of the other tours we have found, I think my husband is hoping to spend around $500 for the two of us to spend the 3 days in Cusco. He wants to book something right away - if I don't find an alternative to the tour he likes, he's going to book the one with no hot water and a shared bathroom - I'm not ashamed to admit: although it beats camping, I am too much of a wimp for that! Please help!
(Also any recommendations of fun things to do in Lima would be great!)