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By: PV Travel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Expensive but nice
Getting to Puno from Cusco will take a lot of time no matter how you do it. For a once of a life time experience, we've decided to put in the extra money and travel in leisure. The cabins make you feel like you are riding the Orient Express and it's a shame you are not surrounded with Brits wearing tall hats. We were pampered but we also had to pay quite a bit (for peru)for extras like 16 bucks for a sandwich. About 4 hours from Puno, the train broke down and we were stuck in nowhere for more than 4 hours!!! From the recorded message in three languages, we concluded it wasn't the first time.by the time we got to Puno, we were more then 15 hours on the train. Australian couple sitting next to us said that it took them that long to get from Sydney to Lima :) Still, the view was lovely, the food was good and indeed a once in a life time.
A Great One Day Tour if the Sacred Valley
This was a full day and really enjoyable. Our guide Jimmy was really helpful and considerate of the English and Spanish languages. The tour is a great chance to see Inca agricultural, royal residence, food storage, and Peruvian textiles.
Fascinating tour with just enough time!
The half-day tour was perfect for learning about both of these fascinating parts of Peru. The Moray agricultural terraces were so interesting and beautiful - we learned so much about Incan capabilities that we never heard about before. The salt flats are a marvel to see - and you can buy all kinds of salt that are mined there, which make for great, affordable gifts to bring home.
London, United Kingdom
The on,y way to travel.
Lovely old carriages bringing back memories of the Orient Express
Wonderful bar and open carriage to enjoy the views
Fun entertainment of singing dancing and fashion parade
Chairs need re padding for a 10 hour journey or take a cushion
Awesome Experience - highly recommended!
We were fortunate the day we went and were able to see several condors. So graceful when they glide on the thermals. I asked my husband how close he thought one of them got to us. He said it was between 30 - 50 feet away - so amazing. I kept thinking the same condor was "making his rounds" and then I looked up above us and had to quit counting after counting 10 of them because the sun was so bright it was hard to count them all. Well worth getting up early to make the trip as you have to get there early to be able to see the condors in flight. Our guide told us between 8:00 - 10:00 is the best time, but he has seen them as late as 11:00 in the morning.
After reading numerous reviews on different websites I decided to book our one day trip to Machu Picchu with Viator "magical Machu Picchu".
As soon as I booked this I got my confirmation of booking as well as a detailed itenery.
Luciana was our port of contact throughout and she could not have been more helpful.
We met in our hotel the night before the trip and discussed our schedule.
She provided us with all relevant documents for the day trip. Our tickets to Machu Picchu included as well as easy to follow train and bus tickets with times highlighted.
Our day was so relaxed as we had every part of the trip organised for us meticulously.
We got the voyager train (Inca Rail) which was most comfortable and included complimentary snacks and drinks.
The organising of this trip was flawless.
A great way to see Matchu Picchu in one day!
A thief dob’t Go near it
I never saw the guide who was suppos d to meet me done everything alone and paid for nothing ! I called the owner many time but she just kept saying he will be there and I was left under the sun for 39 min before deciding to leave
The Belmond Hiram Bingham does not just offer a train ride, that can be had from many of the other trains out of Poroy (near Cusco).
The Hiram Bingham train experience has all that you'd expect from a world-class resort. The porters handle your check-in, provide you with champagne at the station, invite you to experience a traditional Peruvian ceremony, then you disembark on your way to the Sacred Valley while enjoying live music, drinks and a wonderful brunch until you reach Agua Calientes where you unload into another luxury waiting area before your guided tour through the majesty of Machu Picchu, which needs no review, then they treat you to tea at the Sanctuary Hotel on the Machu Picchu grounds as you recover form the exhaustive tour and prepare to be shuttled back to Agua Calientes where you can stay at your local hotel for a little hiking or return to the train and get back to Cusco in yet more luxury, having an exquisite 4-course dinner on the way back.
I'd recommend flying into Cusco and boarding the train as son as possible, Cusco's elevation makes breathing very hard if you're a low-lander and the train quickly descends into much more bearable altitudes. Stay at the Sanctuary Hotel and enjoy Belmond's excellent service as well.
Hiram Bingham is the ultimate experience to round up a visit to Machu Picchu
Can it get any better? NO! The Hiram Bingham Train is the ultimate transportation to and from Machu Picchu. At the Poroy train station (near Cusco) we had a warm welcomed by the train staff as well as a traditional Peruvian band and dancers. After a glass of sparkling wine, just before the train was leaving the passengers made a short Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) ceremony.
Then the train staff showed us our table in the dining waggon where we left all the things we didn't want to carry around. Then we went to the saloon waggon with its view deck and enjoyed the excellent life music. Pisco sour, sparkling wine, beer and any other kind of – also non-alcoholic - drinks were served (free of course). After some drinks went to our table where a wonderful lunch was served. Very good white and red Peruvian wines as well as beer etc. was served with the food. If you wish, there is a wine list with some well-known brands, but these are not included in the package. We were very happy with the Peruvian wines that we included.
After arrival in Aguas Calientes a guide led us to the bus up to Machu Picchu and then guide us through the historical site. The tour ends at about 16:00 with a high tea at the Sanctuary Lodge.
You then have the option of staying for the night at the Sanctuary Lodge which located next to the entrance of the parc or you can take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and stay there for one night.
Or maybe you choose the option to catch the train back to Cusco which is leaving around 17:50.
Don’t buy your tickets from trip advisor or agency
Colca canyon is beautiful.a must see ,to see the condors soar over top your head and experience the canyon and history of the canyon. I suggested you don’t book through a travel agency or trip advisor the charge way to much, through your hostel you can pay 80/s for van pick up and 70/s to get into the park which is half of what the agency and trip advisor is. Works out to be around $60 Canadian.
Wonderful Sights and Wonderful Guides
My friends and I chose this one day tour from Arequipa because it included the ticket to the Colca Canyons and lunch. Not all tours do.
It was a spectacularly long day! Yes, you do get up extremely early but you get to see the sunrise over the mountains if you aren't asleep on the van. (It's a nice van with coach bus type seats and they recline.) They picked us up right at our hotel, however, they did pick up locals from their home. (In case you stay at an AirBnB.) The first stop is about 3 hours in for breakfast in Chivay. I do suggest bringing extra food. Breakfast was light. It consisted of bread with butter and jam, papaya juice and hot water for tea/coffee. I need more food to keep me going through the day, especially, as we found out, lunch is pretty much at the end of the tour back in Chivay. This was the only "negative" thing I have to say. Lunch was buffet style. It was wonderful and filling.
There are a decent many stops before and after Colca Canyon. I was worried about finding places to go to the bathroom but there are plenty. Some stops had bathrooms that you had to pay/donate to use. Don't forget those Peruvian coins! Also, bring toilet paper! Not all places have toilet paper. May want to add Wet Ones or hand sanitizer just in case.
If you are coming from Arequipa like we did, this is the time to get souvenirs. It is much more friendlier in cost, especially for the knitted hats or embroidered hats.
Jennalee (don't know how to spell) and Señor Felipe were our guides. Felipe was the driver. Jennalee has such a pleasant voice and very sweet. She spoke in both Spanish/Quechua and English on our tour.
I would do it again!!
This agency was exceptional in terms of organisation of tours, bus and tickets and even taxi service. They kept in contact with me as much as i needed. All the tours arranged were ontime and we never felt like we wete in a strange place and lost. The tours itself were exceptional with professional bilingual tour guides who were very knowledgeable.
I would definately recommend this agency and would like to complement the agent for all her patience and organisation skills.
Wonderful Time with a Reliable Company
I have always wanted to travel to the Peruvian Amazon. With a trip planned to Cusco I needed to find a company to assist me with my Amazon adventure. PV Travel was that company. They answered all my questions, emails and calls from Florida to Peru! Each step of the way they were so helpful. I speak very limited Spanish and was able to plan my trip while communicating without an issue. I paired online through a secure site. Once I arrived in the Amazon to the river lodge everything was as described. I could not have found a better place to enjoy the Amazon from. It's amazing how connected the world is through the Internet. Hope this helps and encourages others to travel.
Memorable trip - no hassle!
I can't rave enough about PV Travel. I gave them a list of places I wanted to visit and things I wanted to do and they created the entire itinerary for me. It was the most hassle free trip ever. As a solo female traveler, I was a little nervous about traveling alone but once I got to Peru I felt very comfortable. I was always picked up on time and the PV Travel staff is seriously always available to help and is extremely reliable. I even changed my itinerary once I was in Peru and it went very smoothly. My volunteer activities at the Cusco Zoo and in the village of Chincheros were very interesting experiences and things I would never, ever have been able to experience at home. I am very grateful to PV Travel for creating this amazing volunteer and travel trip for me and making me feel very comfortable. I will recommend this company to anyone I know who wants to travel to Peru.
Manchu Picchu booking
Because the official Machu Picchu website has problem accepting credit cards, PV Travel bought the tickets for me and I paid them via PayPal. I later picked up the tickets in Cusco. Worked out very well and reliable.