I couldn’t capture the luxury of living in Peru until I got to see the bits and pieces and the broken and restored inches of beauty that still rest upon it. Although I live most of the time in Orlando, Peru is my second home and I tend to stay here a few months of the year. Last week my boyfriend and I decided to go on a spontaneous getaway to visit Machu Picchu on his days off to just have some time to relax, spend time together, and do something .
I have been to Cuzco a few times and I’ve visited everything you could possibly visit. I’ve been to all the archeological places, done all the sightseeing, and visited all the museums, the shops, and gone out for more than a few drinks around the plaza. We didn’t want to do any of those things. Before deciding where we’d go we knew we wanted time to just relax and not worry about having to see everything there was to see. The only place we were going to visit was Machu Picchu. It’s on our list to visit these world wonders together and We wanted to share that breathtaking experience with each other even though we had both visit before.
Our hotels were booked with Inkaterra and they took care of planning our stay at hacienda urubamba and Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. They also helped us book our private tour to Machu Picchu which cost us $150 dollars each but it was totally worth it because having a tour guide like Joseph (from Inkaterra) will make your visit unforgettable. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing and we got to see parts of Machu Picchu we had never even seen before.
If you’re going to visit Peru I’d suggest to spend at least a week in Cuzco and make sure to stay a night or two in Urubamba at Hacienda Urubamba. Please do it! Do the excursions and enjoy one of the most amazing trips you’ll ever experience. Also, ask about the picnic at the Lagoon because I’m definitely coming back for that.
The only other place I really wanted to visit was the rainbow mountains but it takes an entire day to visit and we just couldn’t make the time for it. BUT we are definitely visiting before I head back to Orlando.
Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
The stay in Aguas Calientes was absolutely stunning. Our suite had a private jacuzzi, an outside shower and a courtesy bottle of Pisco to have a taste or make a toast. We cheered good night and I sneaked a bit into my morning cup of coffee. Each hotel includes a few activities and tours that you can sign up for such as bird watching, a tea making tour, and a twilight walk but we were so drained after the hike up to Machu Picchu we fell asleep for them and decided to stay in the jacuzzi all night!
Urubamba was magical. It was probably the most peaceful hotel I’ve stayed in. Our first night we got to the hotel pretty late because we missed our first flight and greeted us with pisco sours and kept the kitchen open a little longer so we could get something to eat before bed. We went on a few hikes, shared some great drinks and ate the most amazing food. We almost went horseback riding and on a private picnic but we decided to skip out and stay in bed all morning. We were also going to drive to the city a little earlier to grab something to eat but went on a hike instead. There are so many places to visit such as the Sacred Valley and so many tours our hotel offered but we didn’t have time to do all of it. We were only at this hotel for one and a half days. The picnic will be first on my to-do list for next time. We also booked a trip to Punta Cana later this month and we’re going on another trip in October so I didn’t want to splurge too much on this one!
If you’ve never been to Cuzco you’ll want to stay a few more days and book your sightseeing tours in advance. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with that special someone, then I encourage you to take this trip! Visit Inkaterra’s website for all the details and hotel information! This post is in no way sponsored. I simply wanted to share one of the first and most beautiful trips my boyfriend and I have done together.
For 3 nights and 4 days I packed a pair of jeans, one pair of sports leggings, 2 tennis shoes (one for hiking, the other for traveling), 4 t-shirts, 2 jackets (a packable coat and a loose fit windbreaker), a chunky scarf, and a small backpack. This all fit in my carry on (with room to spare!) and bought these traveling pouches that refuse to travel without! Of course you’ll need bug spray, sun block, and other travel essentials to have on hand when you’re hiking around. By the way, most of my traveling gear I buy on amazon or Nordstrom rack because I know I know they’ll just be collecting dust in the back of my closet. Also, the puffer coat I’m wearing is Michael Kors and found it on sale at Macys! It is packable and one of the best jackets I own. I cannot stress how amazing it felt to just tie it on to my backpack while we were hiking while the sun was blazing down on me. I only paid $40 and cannot find it at that price anywhere else so I suggest you take a look around Macy’s if you ever get the chance. By the way, yeah you’ll probably want hiking boots rather than regular nike’s.