Posted January 10th, 2011, 04:00 PM
Thank you Woodley. Do you recall which tour company you used, where you stayed, how long the tour package was, pricing, etc.? Which city did you fly into from the US and which airline(s) service that route? Further info would be appreciated. I suppose one could do Machu Pichu on one's own and then fly to Valparaiso and cruise around the Horn to Rio to make a longer trip. A lot of cruises seem to only go as far as Buenos Aires but I understand Rio is also a 'must do'.
We did not use a tour company I booked it all by internet. We flew from santiago to Lima then from Lima to Cusco as our cruise ended in Valparaiso. We flew a combination Of Lan and another airline which I cannot remember.
We stayed at the Casa Andina Private collection in Cusco and they arranged pick up from airport to hotel. They were waiting for us when we arrived at the airport with a sign.
I booked the train to Machu Pichu on line and then picked the tickets up the day we arrived in Cusco on our way to the hotel. The driver waited for us while we did this.
We left the bulk of our luggage at the Casa Andina in their store room while we went to Machu Pichu. The casa andina arranged a taxi to take us to Poroy to catch the train and also to pick us up the next day late in the evening.
At Machu Picchu We stayed at the The sactuary Lodge (very expensive but very nice and all meals, drinks included). I also had the best massage I have ever had there and there was no charge.
We were met at the train station escorted to the bus by the Sanctuary staff and our luggage was transported from the station to our room, which was very nice as we did not have the hassle of it. On our return our luggage was directly transported to the station where we picked it up just before boarding which gave us the freedom to explore the town.
Many people in the hotels and shops do speak english. Any E mail requests I sent while trying to arrange this trip were responded to within a couple of days.
Cost as I remember was $149 per night at the Casa Andina we stayed 3 nights total.
$800 for the night at the sactuary (there are many other hotels down in the village ranging from $40-300)
Airfare was about $450 each from santiago to Lima on to Cusco and back to Lima.
We spent about $80.00 on Taxis
Train was about $140 each
I cannot remember how much food cost in the restaurants in Cusco but it must have been average price as I do not recall thinking it was either poor or good value.
I hope this is of some help to you.
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