Machu Picchu is a destination around the world people dream about visiting, myself included. By chance of fate, that travel dream became a reality. Last month I was able to experience Machu Picchu and journey the beautiful country of Peru.
My trip started out the Sacred Valley, at the ever so beautiful Rio Sagrado, Belmond hotel. The sounds of the river flowing and the serenity of the whole property is unmatched. With no televisions in the room (although available by request), you really become one with nature. And between yoga, river rafting, horseback riding and mystic ceremonies, there was never a dull moment.
My journey continued on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Peru Rail train to the base of Machu Picchu. A train known to awe celebrities and the most seasoned traveler, this is one ride not to be missed. From the meals to the service, everything about it screamed first class!
At the base of Machu Picchu in the town of Aguas Calientes, . The town has an abundance of quaint restaurants and local shopping to help prepare and reward you for the journey up and down the Inca Ruins. I overnighted at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, the perfect ecotourist hotel with an outstanding restaurant; as found with all Relis Chateaux properties.
By 6am I was on the bus up to Machu Picchu, being one of the first few tourist at the ruins. There is an eerie and calming feel when you walk through each home and imagine how something so amazing could exist. After a few hours of wondering around Machu Picchu, it was time to hike Huayna Picchu. This is the mountain that gives you a birds eye view of Machu Picchu and is something I’d recommend to anyone. You must purchase tickets well in advance and the hike is a bit strenuous, but the view from the top will leave you in awe.
After visiting Machu Picchu, I took the Vistadome Peru Rail train down to Cusco. This is a city not to be missed! The local markets will excite your senses, museums will interest any traveler, and the nightlife will make you forget how sore you are. I stayed at the Belmond Placio Nazerenas and was absolutely blown away. The rooms were large and had personal butler service fit for royalty.
I ended the trip in the Puerto Maldanado . Just an hour flight away from Cusco puts you in the middle of the Amazon Jungle. I lodged at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica nestled in the jungle, with Villas and dining that screamed luxury. I embarked on several of their offered excursions that included spotting monkeys and wild birds at Lake Sandoval, crossing canopy bridges one hundred feet in the air, and braving the Amazon Jungle at night.
Peru is definitely a trip of a lifetime. It has something for every traveler- adventure, delicious food and deep relaxation. I encourage all to go and explore this mystic part of our beautiful world.