Coming June 3-12, 2017 there will be a tour of culinary, exploration and adventure. Our tour will consist of 2 nights Lima, 3 nights in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 1 night Aguas Calientes, 2 nights Cusco. This is as good as it gets for the mature traveler with joint and other health issues. We will not do the 26 mile trek to reach Machu Picchu. Maybe 30 years ago when we were all so physically fit that would have been the thing to do but not now. Plus consider altitude sickness; no sense in subjecting yourselves to 26 miles of torture and discomfort over a period of 3 to 4 days. I’m just making a point. Those that know me well know that I am Kat “creature comfort” StThomas and definitely looking out for your best interest. Anyone making their way to Machu Picchu must first traverse the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A very fascinating adventure. We fly from Lima to Cusco, vehicle to Sacred Valley, comfortable Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes and from there a 25 minute climb up the hillside to Machu Picchu, one of the seven new Wonders of the World. You will also have a 2nd day to explore the Lost City of the Incas.
Machu Picchu is not really the name for the city —that name is lost forever. When Hiram Bingham arrived in 1911 the locals told him of the ruins between Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain). When Bingham told the world of his “discovery”, the name stuck . How does one discover something that lots of people already know about? Smh
On the roofs of most houses in the Sacred Valley are small shrines that include a cross indicating the family is Christian , ceramic Bulls for strength and fertility, a cask of corn beer to tie them to their ancestors and a vial of holy water to sanctify the house. Yes, I like that very much.
Our Vistadome train ride is about 1 hr 45 mins on the PeruRail which is the 2nd highest railroad in the world and you will view the spectacular Andes Mountain scenery as we make our way up. Oh so exciting, so fascinating!
If you plan to join us, you can arrange your own flights into and out of Lima or we will be happy to assist. Email me for rates and reservation forms at firstname.lastname@example.org This tour is now on the website http://www.kattraxonline.com (click on the Adventure tab).
Until next time……next week, it’s the FIJI ISLANDS. Keep God first place, HE will take you places you’ve only dreamed of.