I took my youngest son, who just graduated from high school, and his 24 and 28 year old brothers to Peru as a celebration and bonding experience. Like most people arriving in Peru from the U. S we flew into Lima where we spent a night detoxing from the flights. Flying into Cusco from Lima entails about a 12,000 foot altitude adjustment that shouldn't be overlooked or under estimated. I chose the Best Western Los Andes de America because of it's location (just a few blocks uphill from the Plaza de Armas) and the fact that I am a Best Western Rewards member. If you email them prior to arrival they will pick you up for free from the airport. Anarosa, the hotel representative was lingual, informative, and friendly. The breakfast buffet which ran from 5 to 10 was ample and varied with fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, and a host of home made pastries.
The older boys were put in a room on the 3rd floor, which left me huffing and puffing to get up the stairs at first, but it gradually improved. Give yourself a couple of days to acclimate to the higher environment. we chose to do a city tour on our second day that cost us less than $200 total and took us into the main Cathedral (started in 1559 and completed 100 years later). Words cannot describe the ornate grandeur of the second largest church in the new world. Besides the guided tour of the church, the city tour visits a museum downtown and several Inca ruins - including Saqsaywaman.
After a couple of days of getting our legs under us we took the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Pichu. What a magical place. Visit in the afternoon when it's not so crowded. Either way it is a bucket list event. My 24 year old son said it was better than he expected, and he expected it to be great.
Besides visiting Cusco and Mach Picchu, the four of us took a trip into the Manu Biosphere Reserve with Manu Expeditions. This was truly the trip of a life time, despite the cool weather brought on by a weather pattern called a friata. It was 105 when we left Washington DC and 50 degrees in the amazon basin, which was a surprise. We saw 2 different jaguars (one for over 20 minutes from our motorized dugout, basking on a river bank of the Manu River), giant river otters, nine different species of monkeys, and more birds than I could count.
It was the trip of a lifetime. I'm glad we made the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Western Los Andes de America is a hotel located in the historic center of the city of Cusco in Peru. Develop and promote sustainable tourism, taking care of nature and minimizing the impact to the environment, promoting cultural interaction between our visitors and our community and helping to improve the welfare of the city of Cusco. We offer our visitors a comprehensive view of Andean culture integrated nature. ... more less
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