We had a wonderful time in Peru! All the guides that you set up were very helpful, on time and took good care of us. We didn't have any problems with elevation sickness and it was helpful to start in the Sacred Valley before going up to Machu Picchu. Here's feedback on each place:
Lima : We flew in late and left early the next morning for Cusco, so we didn't do much besides sleep. My complaint about Lima is that the hotel was really far from the airport and we drove over an hour through Lima traffic. We would have preferred to stay at the Vendome Hotel connected to the Lima airport and save the hours of driving.
Sacred Valley : We loved the Sol Y Luna Hotel! The "casita" was really big with plenty of room for a family of 5 to relax. The food and service were great and there was so much to do in the Sacred Valley. We visited Ollantytambo which was very interesting and did the Via Ferrata & ziplining excursion which I would recommend for adventurous people. We could easily have spent another few days in the Sacred Valley and Sol & Luna.
Machu Picchu : Machu Picchu was amazing and we loved the Sumaq hotel. It was fun to stroll around in Agua Caliente and we found a good food and shops. The hike up Wayna Picchu was a highlight and gave us great views. I wouldn't recommend for people who are afraid of heights or not in good shape. My 8 yr old daughter had no problem.
Cusco : We enjoyed Cusco and being back in a "city". We visited the Cathedral, Temple of the Sun and the Chocolate Museum. The Hotel Novatel was a little cramped and dingy compared to the other hotels. I appreciate the historic building with original art, but the doors didn't shut very well and the rooms were spartan.
Puno : We are really glad that we added the two days in Puno! The Hotel Liberator was very nice and fun for families with its bar area with a pool table and foosball. Uros was interesting and unique - the kids loved touring the floating island and riding in the reed boat. We had a wonderful time on Amantani Island too. The only downside it that it took a two hour boat ride each way to get there from Uros. The guides were excellent but the boat itself was so slow - I am wondering if there are faster boats available since Amantani Island really isn't very far from the Liberator. Once we got there, we had a delicious meal and it was fascinating to see how the people live. We hiked up to the Inca sanctuary at the top of the island and had a great view. We saw some small lodges and thought it would be fun to spend a night on Amantani or one of the similar islands.
Thanks for all your help with our trip!
July 2016 - Julia S