Vanessa and Keith’s Peru Itinerary 8/28-9/9/03

Thursday, August 28


Victor Hostal, Manuel Mattos; N°. 325, San Amadeo de Garagay, Lima

(51 1) 568 9541

Friday, August 29


Pisac is a small town in the Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley of the Incas). There are some ruins there, but mainly we are going there to avoid altitude problems (it is at 9500 ft vs 11000 for Cusco)

Hotel Royal Inka

Carretera Pisac "Ruinas"

(51 84) 262 699

Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31


Ollantaytambo, also in the Sacred Valley, is home to more ruins, and is also billed as the closest thing left to a real working Inca-style town.

El Albergue

 near the train station

(51 84) 204 014

Monday, September 1


Cusco is the provincial capital and a sprawling city of nearly 300,000. It has lots of cathedrals and other colonial architecture but mainly will be our transportation hub.

Hostal Amaru

 Cuesta de San Blas 541

 (51 84) 225 933

Tuesday, September 2 - Thursday, September 4

Inca Trail

We are doing the 4-day trek, starting from Km 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway (nearest town is Llaqtapata). The Inca trail starts at 8200 ft and goes up over a 13500 ft pass on the way to Machu Picchu at about 8000 ft. Part of it are still the original Inca stonework (steps in some places). See the site below (including the Inca Trail map & movie links) for more details on where we will hike & camp each day.

Andean Life

 Calle Plateros 372

 Plaza de Armas, Cusco

(51 84) 221 491

Friday, September 5

Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes is the small town at the foot of the hill that Machu Picchu is on. There is also a hot spring there (not surprisingly since the name literally means hot springs in Spanish). We will spend the night so we can see Machu Picchu at sunset and return the next day as well.

Hostal Machupicchu

Avenida Imperio de Los Incas, Aguas Calientes

(51 84) 211 078

Saturday, September 6 - Monday, September 8


Saturday we return to Cusco via the tourist train from Machu Picchu (a 3 ˝ hour trip). We will spend Sunday and part of Monday seeing the sights and relaxing in Cusco.

Hostal Amaru

Cuesta de San Blas 541

(51 84) 225 933


Tuesday, September 9


We leave Cusco at 4:30 on Monday and Lima on the red-eye at 1am Tuesday. Lan Chile flight 600.