Planning was so easy, Johanna answered all of...
Peru | May 27 - Jun 6, 2024

Michaela
Michaela S.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024

Planning was so easy, Johanna answered all of my questions and adjusted the itinerary many times to fit our schedule. Amazing family trip in Cusco, Machu, Titicaca and Lima. Every guide (Emilia, Jose, Carlos) was amazing, knowledgeable and so passionate about their country. The hotels were just what we wanted - loved the Palacio (a gem) and the small/more modern unique ones (Casa de Sol and El Auberge were so lovely). The drivers were always there, on time, helpful and without a glitch - amazingly oiled machine. The tours were well organized - absolutely loved the Lima food one to end our trip. A few tiny glitches with the hotel reservations were quickly resolved and we even got an upgrade! Highly recommend Johanna and her team to organize your trip!

Hotel Reviews
Palacio del Inka Cusco
Cusco

This is a top notch hotel, in an amazing building, feels like a museum - staff is amazing and always there when you need anything. The family suite was great for us (king + 2 doubles) - breakfast was the best part of the stay - great choices from all around the world + a la carte menu. The courtyards were a nice touch and the bar for sports super fun for watching the Champions league, spa really nice and relaxing after the flight and altitude readjustment.

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El Albergue Ollantaytambo Boutique Hotel
Cusco

This was our favorite hotel the entire trip - small but so quaint and in the middle of a botanical garden, sort of - the flora in the hotel was just spectacular. The rooms were just right with great shutters to get a great night sleep. The location, first a bit odd in the train station, but on second thought perfect to get on the train to MP and back to pick up bags. Staff, amazing and super helpful.

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Helen was particularly helpful and so was the gentleman at the reception
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Casa del Sol
Machu Picchu

Small, cute and great views in this hotel - location is perfect a few steps from train station and the bus to MP. Staff sweet, tries hard but still has some things to figure out - especially in the restaurant or the spa. Overall, excellent experience though.

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Casa Andina Premium Puno
Puno

Great location to the pier to get to the islands. Staff very friendly, especially in the bar and restaurant. A bit chilly in the common areas but I think that is the nature of the hotel. The views from the patios in the morning were truly exceptional. Getting to the restaurant in the early am is a bit cold (different buildings and through outside) but not a big deal. Appreciated the games by the fireplace!

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off the center and nowhere to walk but close to the lake to get on it
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Activity Reviews
Sacred Valley Tour: Chinchero - Maras - Lunch at MV
Sacred Valley Tour: Chinchero - Maras - Lunch at MV
Peru

The salt mines, Chinchero with the weavers and the Corpus Cristi celebration was so much fun - the lunch at the lodge with the alpacas and lamas was out of this world - excellent food in the middle of nowhere (literally) and the lamas walking into the restaurant were so natural.

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Lake Titicaca Tour: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca Tour: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island
Puno

This was by far the best, felt authentic (while clearly targeted for tourism to support the islanders) - Jose, our guide, was so knowledgeable, proud and ready to share. The lunch on Taquiles was the best fish we had in Peru and the view could be confused with Positano in Italy. The Uros islanders interactions were fun and real - and something we truly enjoyed.

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can't beat a huge private boat!
Lima City & Food Tour
Lima City & Food Tour
Peru

Amazing end of our trip - while we thought we ate it all, Carlos sure had some aces in his sleeve. The food and the setting in the restaurants (Limara and the one by the ruins) were true gems, as was the market - we were worried we are not going to be able to eat anymore as the tasting menu was a lot of food. Really loved the variety, the interaction - make your own ceviche and the pisco sour demonstration and tasting. Truly well done - and we got to see a bit of Lima too!

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Welcome to Puno: Free day
Welcome to Puno: Free day
Puno

The 10 hour train from Cusco to Puno was unique and the train definitely quaint - however, 10 hours in a sitting position was a lot (half would have been enough) - but I get it - it's the geography :-) The food and service were top notch though.

Local specialist: Johanna Fabian
Johanna
Johanna Fabian
Local specialist in Lima, Peru | Replied on Jun 11, 2024

Thank you for your wonderful Michaela! I'm so glad to hear your family had a wonderful time in Peru. Happy to help plan your next trip to South America!