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We had been wanting to go see Machu Picchu for a number of years and our dream finally came true in February, 2014; on the 18th, to be exact. Machu Picchu, often mistakenly referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley, which we also toured. Geographically, Machu Picchu is located in the Southeastern section of Peru, near the city of Cusco.
Originally, many years ago, i had planned to vist Machu Picchu by hiking up to it on the Inca Trail, but now that we are in our seventies, we decided to visit it using commercial transportation -- a train and a bus.
So, we decided not only use commercial transportation, but also a professional tour guide for our trip. We had heard many good reports of an outfit named "Overseas Adventure Travel" and decided to hire them to guide us. Now that it's been done, we found OAT to be an excellent choice, and we're already planning to contact them and go for our next tour. We are now contemplating between Cambodia and African Safari - or both - and when we decide, we will do it/them with OAT.
We began our trip by taking our car to Orlando where we picked up a bus to Miami. We arrived at the Miami airport about four hours before our plane was scheduled to depart, so we had to find things to do to pass the time. Most of the time was spent on reading our Kindles or iPad. Surprisingly, the time passed quicker than anticipated and all of a sudden we were on out plane, a LAN airplane which took us directly to Lima, Peru's capital.
We arrived in Lima at about midnight and went directly to our hotel, as assigned by OAT.
The morning was open time and, after breakfast, I took a walk a few blocks in different directions from the hotel. Below find a couple of photos of interest.
Later in the morning Corina, our wonderful tour guide, gave us a briefing on what to expect during the upcoming days. I must say that Corina is a super guide, giving us an experience well worth every dollar spent. She is the most knowledgeable, informative, personable and just plain fun -- in other words, the best guide we have ever had.
|Corina, our guide, introducing herself as well as us to each other, giving us details about what to expect in terms of altitude, etc. I was surprised to learn that one of our stops was over 11,000 feet above sea level. No wonder she was concerned about our acclimation to those altitudes.|
After the orientation briefing, Corina took the group for a walk in the hotel's nearby areas.
The first stop was in the John F Kennedy Park. Yes, that's right - the park was named in honor of our past president.
Our first stop after Kennedy Park was a very busy (read: popular) sandwich shop, "La Lucha Sangucheria" where we ate lunch.
I must say that this was a very nice place to eat lunch. Although I've called it a sandwich shop, it's a little more than that - almost a restaurant. I highly recommend dropping by La Lucha Sangucheria if you are looking for a bite to eat. Below are a couple of photos of the outside which I added because I reviewed this restaurant on-line.