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“Cusco, Sacred Valey, Machu Picchu with Llama Expeditions - a one-of-a-lifetime experience”

Cusco & Machu Picchu Railway
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Owner description: This three-hour rail journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu takes passengers through spectacular mountain scenery, dramatic canyons and along the beautiful Urubamba River with stops in the picturesque village of Poroy and other colorful small towns in the foothills of the Andes.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

My husband and I took a 14 days custom made tour of Peru organized and guided by Llama Expeditions that gave us a one-of-a-lifetime opportunity to see, learn and enjoy the nature, the people ant the history heritage of this magic land.
We began the tour in the beautiful Amazon region, continued to the amazing Cusco, Inca Valley and Machu Picchu sanctuary, took a train to Puno on Lake Titicaca, reached in the end the interesting Arequipa city.
The special touch, vision and love for Peru of Diane Valenti, the founder of Llama Expeditions, helped us a lot in the wrapping up the tour itinerary and succeeded in revealing to us the real heart and soul of Peru.
The guides the agency arranged for us were incredible, beyond our expectations, spoke English perfectly and their explanations and stories were not only educational but gave us the opportunity to better understand the Peruvians way of life, their concerns, thoughts and dreams. Patricia, Reuben and Alex were the best guides we ever met and it is definitely through them that this tour was one-of-a-kind.
The tour was flawlessly organized and Gustavo, the tour coordinator in Peru, that took care of every tiny logistic detail so all we had to do is to absorb and enjoy every second which we did.

3  Thank Liliana102
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We had Angel as a guide, he was very caring. The food we had at lunch was a buffet and probably the best food (in a beautful location) that I had on the whole trip. It was nice to see life outside of the city and the llama farm was fun. At the end you will need to walkup 260 steps on a monument. The stops in the markets on this tour offered the best prices on my whole trip as well. (Viator and Grayline tours are the same, but check each out because they sometimes had different prices)

1  Thank mightygeo
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

My husband and I, with the guidance of Amazing Peru, traveled to Peru for the first time during the first two weeks of November. At this time of year, sites like Macchu Picchu are less crowded than at peak travel months.

Our trip was something to write home about. We were wise to add a few days before and after the tour because we were so active three days in a row.
The trip was a success because of our various guides and our self guided walks. In Lima, We visited places, but the arranged tour of Lima gave us necessary details.

Raul Castelo, who took our group through the Sacred Valley. was outstanding. He has so much invested in the history of his people that he speaks with an earnestness that goes beyond delivering the facts. He also has a sense of humor.

A highlight of his tour was a visit to a weaving collective where the director of the collective offered a demonstration of the weaving process, from spinning, to dyeing,

Through the travel agency, we had our own guide in Macchu Piccu. If we had been with a large group, I would have had a hard time keeping up because of the altitude. We are in our 60's and in good health, but appreciated being allowed to go at our own pace.

Three restaurants we loved: IndiaFeliz in Cusco and Mezzaluna and Cafe de la Paz in Lima. Except for no dairy, no ice, no ceviche, and no street food, we pretty much ate everything. There is also a really great grape colored juice, made from purple corn, called chicha.

It is Amazing Peru's job to coordinate date, place and time, but I am astonished that every aspect of the trip fell in place perfectly. There was only one hitch and that was the delayed flight to Cusco because it was raining there.

J and J, Boston

1  Thank 189Doublej
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

this archaeological place is one on the best tourist pace in the world, poeple cant imagine how ancient habitants could create a majestic city rising over the mountain

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We travlled as a group of 6 backpackers to Cusco and to Machu Picchu. We were on a relatively tight budget and needed to get the best prices for each aspect of our trip.

To cut the price down, we decided to take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, rather than from Cusco. The train station that is labelled Cusco is outside the central part of Cusco so you have to take anyway to the train station before you've even started.
By taking the train from Ollantaytambo, we were able to cut the ticket price in half.

To get to Ollantaytambo, there are 2 options. You can take 2 bus, which are very cheap (a couple of soles per person). This journey takes about 2 hours or so and you are crammed into the local peruvian bus.
The other option is to take a mini-van (known as a colletivo) from Avenida Grau on the corner with Pavitos. The cost is 10 soles per person, and they leave when the mini-van is full. It takes about 10-12 people. As we were 6 people, and on one of the journey, a few in the group were quite unwell, we paid an extra 20 soles to have the van to ourselves. The journey takes about 1hr 20mins, and it's a very comfortable ride.

The train itself was brilliant. We took the backpackers train to MP, which was a bit rickety, but you still get a little snack and a drink. One the way back to Ollantaytambo from MP, we were on the Vistadome train. This was very comfortable with windows all around and even partly on the roof. This means that the views from the train were indescribable. Half way through the journey, the train stopped for a bit of entertainment (we had a fashion show) and it was well received by all. The food as well on the train was great - a meal and some drinks.

The train is the only way to get to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo - but Peru Rail has made it an amazing experience!

3  Thank rebekahkelk
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