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Trip To Peru On DL And Taca (Lots Of Pics)  
User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 16219 times:

Greetings fellow A.Netters. This is another trip report of a memorable trip I just came back from. I wanted to share my experience with everyone. Hope you all enjoy it!!!


I N T R O D U C T I O N

This was a trip that came up completely out of the blue. My travel plans for the year had pretty much ceased and to think I was going to go to see Machu Picchu was completely unheard of. Going through FT, I found an awesome airfare of $378 RT to LIM. After a couple of phone calls and enquiries, I was booked on Delta Airlines taking me from CLE to ATL to LIM. My cousin was a bit late in booking this low fare and thus ended up booking from Chicago instead. Once the tickets were booked, it was time to plan the trip’s logistics. In all, we were a group of 9 people who were gonna go visit Machu Picchu. The itinerary created was simple; however somewhat chaotic. It covered every means of transportation except for by water. After careful planning we ended up with this:

Air: CLE-ATL-LIM-CUZ (with LIM-CUZ on TACA); CUZ-LIM-ATL-CLE (with CUZ-LIM on TACA)
Land: CUZ to Ollantaytambo and back
Train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes & Back

This report will cover all the above and overall experience in the beautiful country of Peru. I would like to mention that Peruvians were probably one of the friendliest & helpful people I have encountered. There were instances when they went out of their ways to help us. It was just spectacular. Now to the report


GETTING TO LIMA, PERU

On September 3rd, it was time to wake up and get ready. Unfortunately, our plan of getting extra sleep was shattered when my phone’s alarm went off. I was dumb enough to forget to turn my phone’s weekday alarm off; therefore instead of waking up at 9 am, we were up by 6:45 am. With nothing to do, we decided to just sit around and finish up our packing. I made breakfast of eggs and tater tots and soon, we were ready to depart for CLE. Getting to CLE is approx. one hour drive from where I live; therefore we had to leave by 10:45 am, to ensure that we were at the airport by noon.

For anyone traveling to Cleveland, I would definitely recommend parking at Airport Fast Park. It’s really convenient as it picks you up from the spot you park, and drops you off at the terminal. Did I mention its covered parking? All for $6.50 a day. That’s quite remarkable.

So after parking, we hopped on the shuttle and made our way to the Delta check-in. We couldn’t use the automated check-in machine as it was giving us an error; however after a couple minute wait, we were with an agent and 15 minutes later, we had our boarding passes in hand all the way to LIM. Now was the time to kill about an hour until it was time to board the flight to ATL. We grabbed some lunch at the Mexican place airside and by the time we were done, it was time to board. One thing I did notice was a fighter jet taking off slowly and then suddenly it gained speed and went sideways. The noise from the engines was truly amazing.


FLIGHT 1: CLE-ATL (DL 4989 OPERATED BY ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES)

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So we walked through the jet bridge and took our seats. I was seated next to a gentleman who probably wished he wasn’t sitting next to me! My friends and I were in the same row, and we sat out to have fun during this flight. As it goes, the flight itself was uneventful. Since the flight was so short, the only thing offered was a glass of your choice of a beverage and the choice between biscoff cookies, peanuts or pretzels. I got the biscoffs and my friends both ordered the peanuts; however the FA gave biscoff cookies to both. Since they weren’t really munching on the cookies, the FA asked if everything was allright and that’s when she realized that they had ordered peanuts. She was a bit embarrassed and apologetic and ended up giving 2 packets of peanuts each   Meanwhile, the cart was sitting right next to me; therefore I got a picture taken showing that I was stealing a can of pop while she wasn’t looking at me. She came to me after the picture and asked, ‘now do you want a picture with me escorting you out of the plane?’ A very nice, sporting lady. Before we got off, she came to us and said, “You guys have been very good”. The flight itself was very smooth, with very little bumps on the way to ATL. We landed and then taxied for what seemed an eternity to our gate. We were in the E concourse and had to make way to the C Concourse for our next flight, a 6.5 hr ride over to LIM on DLs B764. We took the train over the concourse C and met up with the rest of our group, who had flown from Chicago. We met at the food court and by the time we said our hellos etc. to each other, it was already time to board the flight to LIM. We all walked to our gate and just as we got there, boarding had just started.


FLIGHT 2: ATLLIM (DL 151)

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We boarded our flight and made way to our seats. I was seated in row 40. I had the aisle seat with my friends in the same row. This was my first flight on an International DL 764 and this plane was equipped with a personal screen IFE with AVOD. I for one was more interested in talking therefore I barely used the IFE. I had it stuck to the moving map channel to see exactly where we were all the time. Boarding was quite rapid and soon, we were ready for departure. We pushed back and DLs safety demonstration video was played on the screens. The flight attendants were a mix bunch of English / Spanish speakers. For some reason, the Spanish speaking FAs always came to us and started speaking in Spanish. Do Indians really look like Peruvians? The taxi wasn’t that long and I believe we were number 5 in line for take-off. We got the runway and then there was a quick stop before the engines spooled up and the 764 was firing down the runway. It did not feel as powerful as a 777 or a 757 (which seems like a rocket), but it was still nice to see the power of those engines.


The interior of the DL 764


Getting to 10,000 feet, the seat belt signs came off and it was announced that there would be a drink service followed by dinner. Maybe I misunderstood because I never got a drink before the dinner service. It was more like getting a drink along with the food. One of my friends ordered a Corona and he suggested that he did not have to pay $7 for that beer. I was surprised, but not in the mood to drink, I passed on the beer and was happy for my friend nonetheless. Now this is where my experience with Delta is a bit sour. One of my friends had ordered a special hindu vegetarian meal and she got some sort of cauliflower + onions curry with rice. I tasted it and it was just bland. The dessert was plain fruit and the portions just seemed small. I had a choice between vegetarian pasta and chicken. I went with the chicken and boy; this was one of the worst tasting meals I have had. It was served with carrots, spinach & some sort of potato casserole. There was a salad with dressing on the side, some crackers with cheddar cheese and for dessert, and an individually wrapped brownie. Two of my other friends selected chicken as well and they shared my sentiments. We didn’t even finish our food as it was that bad. The brownie probably was the best tasting bit.



The chicken dish served... Photo courtesy of Luftfahrer from the DL Transatlantic Trip Report


One thing that Delta did do right was frequent water runs. The temperature of the flight was just right and since I was sitting on the side where the sun was shining, I not only had opportunities for good pictures but also the warmth coming in with the shades down. I spent most of the flight talking to my friend who was sitting next to me and didn’t even realize how fast the flight went. My friend took a 30 minute nap and at that time, I played the trivia game on DLs system. The landing paperwork was distributed and I filled those out prior to landing. There was also a snack that came a couple hours prior to landing. Again there was the vegetarian option which was just some veggies and a sauce in a bun, or the non-veg option which was an egg-salad sandwich. I personally thought the egg sandwich was decent tasting; although my friends thought otherwise. This was followed by a drink service. The rest of the flight was uneventful and soon it was time to descend into Lima.


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Flying over Tampa


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Sunset


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With a little sun


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Friends playing some cards to kill time


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Sun is almost down


LIMA AIRPORT

We had an on time arrival in LIM and made it to a long circling line of immigration. Although it looked super long, I guess we were in line for about 20 odd minutes before our turn came. Our piece of paper was stamped and we were welcomed into Peru. Just before exiting, I ended up getting some chocolate from the duty free shop for our trip. We made it to the baggage claim area and then had to wait for my sister who was arriving from LA on a later flight. Four from our group went into the departure hall of LIM to find a spot to sit, whereas we 4 waited for my sister. I took this opportunity to snap some pictures.


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The Baggage Claim Area


My sister arrived and we all met up with the rest of the group at 4d cafeteria. I saw plenty of young backpackers sleeping in their sleeping bags on the floor, whereas we decided to camp out the night by having some beers, coffee and having some much required food. My friend and I went for a stroll around the airport to explore the shops and explore LIM in general.


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Taken from the cafe


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Taken from the cafe


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The FIDS


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A shop in LIM


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The International Arrivals Hall


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While walking around


We managed to kill the time, with a couple of us deciding to take naps before checking in for our next flight, which was to depart at 5:40 am to Cusco. Check-in counters were to open 2 hrs prior to departure time; therefore we were waiting for the clock to hit 3:40 am. Little did we know that others were thinking the same and by the time we got downstairs, there was already a big line for check-in. Approx. 20 odd minutes later, we were checked in and with boarding passes in hand, ready to fly to Cusco. We all cleared security, paid the domestic departure tax and then by the time we got done with security, we were almost ready for boarding. Boarding was done via buses. We all boarded a bus which took us to our aircraft.


FLIGHT 3: LIMCUZ (TA 007)

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We boarded the aircraft and then took our seats. I did not have the window seat on this flight; however I still tried to get some pictures between catching some slumber and occasionally waking up. The flight was really short; however quite scenic. There was a small snack service which included a cold muffin along with a drink of your choice. Not bad for a short flight. Overall, TACA was good. On time departure, a comfortable plane, and an on time arrival. We got our bags soon and the next thing for us was to get a van to get us to Ollantaytambo so that we could head on to Aguas Calientes.


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LAN flight heading to CUZ


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Mood Lighting in the TACA flight


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Sun just about rise





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Mountains beneath us


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Interior of TACA plane





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Beginning our descent into CUZ



Some of the visible scenery


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Outside CUZ


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Mountain right next to the airport


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Terminal


R O A D T R I P

We got a van and soon head for Ollantaytambo. I tell you, this was a very scenic drive which marvelous mountains gracing our eyes. One thing I did notice around Cusco was that there were a lot of stray dogs. Is that something very common? I’ve never seen so many stray dogs in my life before. While driving, we were in awe to look at snow peaked mountains in front of us. It was just a beautiful site. I’ll let some pictures talk for me here.

Soon, we were approaching the Sacred Valley area, and suddenly you could see a town in the middle of two huge mountains. This was a spectacular scene as suddenly we were on a downhill going through winding roads. I’m guessing Jeremy Clarkson, James May & Richard Hammond should make a trip to this area of Peru so that they could enjoy the twisty curvy roads.

After about an hour and half of driving through wonderful scenery, we arrived at the train station of Ollantaytambo. Our train wouldn’t leave until 12:30; therefore we had about 3 odd hours to kill. Being hungry and sleep deprived, we headed to a local shop to grab breakfast and also enjoyed some Coca Tea. I read a lot of blogs and websites that suggesting drinking this tea to avoid getting altitude sickness. Frankly I never experienced any of that; however I could tell that the air was definitely thinner in Cusco. We decided to take a stroll towards the town square and then spotted some local markets. Ollantaytambo is a beautiful town and I would have enjoyed staying there longer than just 3 hours.


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Our ride to Ollantaytambo


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First sights of Cusco


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Some of the scenery along the way


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Locals at Ollantaytambo


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The cute local kids


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Stuff from the local market





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EDIT:
For some reason, the HTML code for all my pics was listed so many times. I wanted to do this report in one go. So I will have to split it up...

[Edited 2010-09-15 06:23:46]

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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 16047 times:

T R A I N R I D E


We got back from our little walk and waited to board our train at the train station. I had booked the backpacker train to Aguas Calientes and I ended up sitting in a seat which resulted in me going backwards. Not a fan of this type of seating at all as I feel weird & sick sometimes. But for this train ride, I turned my iPod on and slept most of the way. Occasionally I opened my eyes and was greeted with beautiful and mountainous scenery. I ended up snapping some pictures. The train ride was a bit bumpy and we ended up stopping a couple times for some reason; however I was waken up when we got to Aguas Calientes. We got off the train, grabbed our bags and headed towards the exit. Once outside, I saw my name on a sign. This was the person from our hotel who had arrived to take us to the hotel. I felt bad for the guy, as he managed to carry luggage of 9 people on a cart and was frequently getting tired to give rest to his hands. We tried to help him out as much as we could. Once we got close to the hotel, we realized that we had to go up 80 stairs to the hotel.

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Ollantaytambo's Train Station


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Big Power that will take us to Aguas Calientes


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Some Ruins


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Inside the Train

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Some scenery along the way


A G U A S C A L I E N T E S / M A C H U P I C C H U

For those who want to visit this area, I would highly recommend Rupa Wasi Eco Lodge (http://www.rupawasi.net/ingles/principal.html). This was a really great place and decently priced rooms. Hot water was readily available and the views are very good. Moreover, breakfast is included in the price, and their restaurant is really very good. The breakfast we had was truly amazing in the morning before our hike. Moreover, the location is very convenient to the train station as well as the main square of Aguas Calientes.

I had reserved 2 standard rooms and 1 suite which was on the 2nd floor and had a magnificent view of the mountain straight across. We checked-in, got to our rooms and decided that we would take showers and freshen up and then meet in front of our rooms by 3:30 pm. This would give everyone a couple hrs to freshen up. The plan was to go roam around Aguas Calientes, and then have dinner and call it an early night since the next day, all of us would have to wake up early.

So we all freshened up, met up in front of our rooms and then head out to explore Aguas Calientes. We ended up splitting up with some of us opting to go check out the local market and some exploring what I later called “restaurant row”. The local market was definitely a wonderful experience, as there is a lot of bargaining going on. I would definitely recommend making a trip there as you get to experience the local culture. Being from India, I’m already aware of the bargaining practices as I used to look at my mom bargain; however I got to know that I wasn’t half bad at it myself. Most of the stuff I got, I ended up getting it at a more than 50% discount. I’m sure the markup is already there; however I like to think I did well.


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Outside the train station


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Rupa Wasi


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Had to climb these stairs to get to Rupa Wasi


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The view from the Suite Room on the 2nd floor


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The Main Town Square


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Yup, Quite High...


So during dinner, we all heard some music and suddenly spotted a lot of people walking around the square. Upon asking, we got to know that this was Senor Oscar Valencia's political campaign. Any Peruvian A.netters that could shed more light? It was like a party in the square, with people dancing, frolicking, bursting fire crackers.


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The People


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More


So after dinner, we decided the next morning we would meet at Rupa Wasi's restaurant for breakfast at 5 am. We tried to call it a night; however Senor Oscar's party kept us up till almost 1 am. Being exhausted from the trip to Aguas Calientes, I was knocked out as soon as I hit the bed.

The next morning, my alarm clock was waking me up. The time said 4:30 am. I forced myself out of bed and headed for a shower. I was ready by 5:00 am and found another one from our group already outside. It wasn't until 5:30 that everyone in our group was ready (not bad for 9 people). We grabbed breakfast and then headed to the bus waiting area where we got our tickets to head up to Machu Picchu. We got to Machu Picchu and then decided to do the Wayana Picchu hike as well. I would definitely recommend it, as it is truly spectacular and rewarding. I will let the pictures do the talking until it's time to head back...



The foggy scene early AM

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The line to hike Wayana Picchu

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The mountain hidden by fog



Some views while climbing


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Some of the stairs we had to climb



The mountain we were climbing (now without fog)


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Looking back down at Machu Picchu


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View of Macchu Picchu


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Really beautiful


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Me on top of Wayan Picchu


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One of the many visitors here!!!





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This is where the hike started



The Sun Dial Stone


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Truly amazing


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The stone of Condor


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The infamous Machu Picchu & Wayana Picchu Shot


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What's visiting Machu Picchu without a picture of this!!!


After we were done exploring Machu Picchu, some of us decided to go back to Aguas Calientes and head for the Putucusi hike. I know this was probably pushing us to the limits, but we thought of giving it a try anyways. Our train back to Ollantaytambo was at 6:30 therefore we had almost 3.5 hrs to kill. So we gave it a shot.


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The buses that brought us back



Near Aguas Train Station


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The river that flows along Aguas Calientes


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The town of Aguas Calientes as seen from the hike path of Putucusi



The infamous Putucusi Hike Ladder. (damaged here because of landslides)

That's as far as we could go, as the ladder was damaged. Therefore we headed back to Aguas Calientes and then killed our time until it was time for us to get back to Ollantaytambo.


More to follow....

[Edited 2010-09-15 07:01:40]

User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1037 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 16022 times:

Hi buck3y3nut, nice to see your report online! I enjoyed reading it. How was the loadfactor on the LIM flight? I saw one departing when I was in ATL and it was really packed. During asparagus high season, this flight is even operated by a B772.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
I had it stuck to the moving map channel to see exactly where we were all the time.

That's what I miss the most on aircraft without PTVs. I don't care so much for video, audio etc. but the moving map is a must-have imo!

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
the Spanish speaking FAs always came to us and started speaking in Spanish. Do Indians really look like Peruvians?

So did you answer her in English?  
Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
it was announced that there would be a drink service followed by dinner. Maybe I misunderstood

Probably not, that is the usual policy in my experience. Maybe this is different on shorter flights to South America? If not, I think this was a rather sloppy service.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
$7 for that beer.

Luckily not – only liquor costs that much on DL. Not too bad, but also not exactly great, provided that even spirits are free of charge on some, predominantly Asian, airlines.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
I went with the chicken and boy; this was one of the worst tasting meals I have had.

I'm surprised how much taste (or quality?) can differ. My particular meal was pretty good, honestly! Despite having always been an airline meal fan, I don't give out high ratings just for that reason.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
Photo courtesy of Luftfahrer from the DL Transatlantic Trip Report

My pleasure! 
Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
Sunset

With a little sun
Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
Beginning our descent into CUZ

Some of the visible scenery

Stunning images. Makes me want to visit Perú as well!

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
For some reason, the HTML code for all my pics was listed so many times. I wanted to do this report in one go. So I will have to split it up...

So I am not only one to have issues with this forum software! I complained to the support because of the cluttering months ago, but it seems as though they haven't changed anything yet, despite saying so. My suggestion: Write reports in Word or Open Office and then drag them over here by copy and paste.

Thanks for sharing this report with us!



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 15923 times:

So after a great day of hiking and exploring one of the wonders of the world, it was time to say bye and head back to Ollantaytambo. I booked us on the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo and also had a pre-booked mini-bus waiting for us which would take us to Cusco. In Cusco, we wanted to experience the local culture; therefore instead of booking a hotel, I ended up booking at house from www.homeaway.com. This was a 3 BR, 3 BA house with a kitchen a nice courtyard, a dining room and all the amenities one would need. It was an antique house and we truly enjoyed our stay there. The caretaker, was very very helpful.

The train ride back was different from the train ride to Aguas. One of the major differences was the seats were more comfortable and YES, they all faced in the forward direction. I no longer had to sit while the train was moving backwards. Another difference was that there was a snack service. There were 2 puff pastry type things (one of chicken and one of veggies), and they were pretty good. I ended up trading my veggie pastry for the chicken pastry from my friend. As a drink, I opted for the orange juice and it was very sweet and different. It sort of reminded me of Gold Spot drink from India, only it wasn't carbonated. Another surprise was that the train came with some entertainment. Our Train Attendents (TA) ended up changing clothes and did a fashion show, and some sort of a dance routine. I took some pictures. The male TA was truly a sport. He was modeling with a lot of enthusiasm and truly was entertaining. In the end, it wasn't a surprise when everyone on the train gave him a roaring applause for his performance!!!



Our TA modeling some Alpaca Wool clothing



Our other TA


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Can any Peruvian shed some light on this costume?


We got to Ollantaytambo and our ride was waiting for us. Mario, our driver was the nicest person and we ended up hiring him for the next day for 8 hours to tour Cusco.


C U S C O

We all got up and were ready by 11 am after breakfast. Mario would come pick us up from our rented house and take us on a tour of Cusco. We were to see 4 ruins and then head to the city center to walk around, shop and just explore. One thing I noticed was that the city of Cusco transforms in the night. It become this amazing, and magical place that just looks truly amazing. The pictures I took don't really do justice to the place. You really have to be there to experience it. I will let the pictures do the talking until it's time to fly back to Lima and then back home.

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The City of Cusco


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The first of the ruins - Saqsaywaman (almost pronounced like "Sexy Woman" jamaican style)


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Basically a lot of rocks. I tried to find the 12 face rock, but couldn't


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Impressive


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Some Stadium


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The Main Square


Just while taking pictures, we spotted a LAN flight that would be landing.


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A LAN flight


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Landing


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Touchdown


Then later on we also spotted a LAN flight taking off...

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About to start the takeoff roll


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Rotation


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Liftoff


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The Second Ruin (sorry forgot the name)


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The Third Ruin (sorry forgot the name)



Cusco



The cutest little kid


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A museum we visited. Has a pearl that is shaped like a mermaid... Was quite impressive



The Sun Temple


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Cusco at night





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The cute kid again but with a baby sheep


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A quiet little street


Overall, Cusco was a treat to be in. The people were super friendly, and in fact sometimes went out of their ways to help us.


More to follow...


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1784 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 15888 times:

Great TR!! The photo quality make it seem like you're almost there. And great sequence with the takeoff and landings in CUZ - they definitely depict the mountainous surroundings fittingly.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 3):
In Cusco, we wanted to experience the local culture; therefore instead of booking a hotel, I ended up booking at house from www.homeaway.com. This was a 3 BR, 3 BA house with a kitchen a nice courtyard, a dining room and all the amenities one would need. It was an antique house and we truly enjoyed our stay there. The caretaker, was very very helpful.

Interesting - any tips in terms of making a selection amongst the houses available?


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1238 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 15816 times:

Did the high altitude cause problems especially on the first day?

User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 15773 times:

FLIGHT 4: CUZLIM (TA 010)

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After a wonderful time in Cusco, it was time to head back home. Our flight to ATL from LIM was to depart at 12:20 am; therefore giving us about 10 odd hours in LIM. Mario again was there to pick us up and take us to the airport. We were dropped off at CUZ at around 10 am and already there was a small line in front of us for check-in to TACA. Something different I saw was that there were 2 gentlemen with gloves and before you could check in, they were hand checking every baggage. In essense, my luggage was opened up and checked for and then I could proceed for check-in. Is that normal?

We were in line for check-in and just as it was our turn, a small lady just appeared out of no where and handed the agent about 12 passports for check-in. I was so mad at this line cut. That's another thing I noticed. Even though Peruvians are one of the friendliest bunch, when it comes to queing, they dont' really care about tourists :P they just go and cut them... (kidding). Our turn finally came after about 20 mins in line and immediately were given boarding passes. I tried to ask if our luggage can be checked through to CLE; but the lady said that we were on a domestic flight to LIM; therefore the interline agreements couldn't work. I later found out that DL probably doesn't have interline agreements with TACA (as it's a *Alliance partner).

We proceeded and gave the departure tax and then headed upstairs to the departure lounge. We headed to a cafe and had some much needed breakfast. Meanwhile a couple friends went and bought pisco sour to bring back to the US.

Soon it was time to board and this time, we just walked to the aircraft. I was on the right side of the plane, albeit on the aisle. I ended up giving my camera to a friend who clicked some pictures for me. The flight itself was uneventful. We were given that cold muffin again and a choice of a drink. This time I tried the Inka Cola, and it kinda tasted like bubblegum flavored drink. It was definitely a bit different. TACA was great with an on time departure and an on time arrival. It's a wonderful little airline. I would definitely recommend them.

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After takeoff


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L I M A

We got to LIM, collected our bags and headed straight to see if any DL employee was to be seen. The check-in counters wouldn't open until 4 hours prior to departure but we thought maybe we coudl check-in early and leave our bags with DL. Unfortunately for us, this wasn't possible and we ended up paying 21 Soles to store one bag for the rest of the day. We grabbed a taxi and headed straight to the Miraflores area in Lima. This was definitely a wonderful place to be. Right next to the beach, the ocean, and wonderful drive. Almost reminded me of California. While in taxi we spotted some parachutes and later found out that we could paraglide. I was definitely up for it and decided to give it a go. We then walked around the shopping area and when it was time, we headed back to the airport to check-in. Overall impression of Lima was that it was a cold, foggy place (sort of like San Franciso in Feb); but nonetheless a wondeful city. I definitely would want to come back for a longer stay in the future.

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Paragliders

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The coast line

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The shopping area

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Me paragliding

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Mangos

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The shopping area at night


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Lima at night

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FLIGHT 5: LIMATL (DL 150)

It was time to head back. We proceeded to the DL check-in counter and to our surprise there was a huge line for check-in. After 15-20 minutes in line, our turn came to check-in and finally we had our boarding passes in hand all the way back to CLE. We still had a lot of time to kill therefore we headed back to the 4d cafe and had a coupe Cerveza's to kill time. After that, I went and roamed around the airport to finish some last minute souvinear shopping. I ended up getting a three t-shirts, a bag and a couple postcards. My sister traveling to LA was the only one who had to pay the departure tax, therefore she left us before we had to depart. After finishing the shopping, Cervezas, we proceeded to the security line. I wanted to stop by the duty free and pick up a bottle of scotch; however I was told that boarding had already started and I could not purchase anything.

We got to the gate and people were already in line to board. A person in our group, his name was called up and he had been upgraded to business class on the way to ATL. Therefore he ended up boarding before all of us. While in the jetway, we were given blue bags that contained our in flight meal. Due to the timing of the flight, this was convenient as people could eat right after they got to their seats and then dose off. The bag containted a cold cut ham & cheese sandwich, a piece of fruit cake and a bottle of water. Not too shabby. I was in 23B this time. Boarding continued as I made this seat my home for the next 6.5 hours. I turned off the vents as it was already getting a bit cold and to my surprise, I saw red blankets on some seats. I still had the blue DL blanket. I would find out later why the red blankets were provided.

Everything was set and the safety demonstration video was done. We had an on time departure again and the flight was full once again. I walked around later during the flight and I think I barely saw one or two seats empty. After take-off, the lights were turned off and people went to sleep. Me, having the problem of not being able to sleep on a flight, continued to toy around with the IFE and occassionally closing my eyes, only to wake up again. All I know is that there were frequent runs of water for the Y passengers. Only a handful of people were actually watching the IFE, while the others were catching up on some slumber. This however had to be one of the coldest flights I have even been on. I found out that the red blankets were blankets from the first class and because of the cold temperature were handed out to the passengers. I was in two sweatshirts and that thin blue blanket and was still very cold.

After what seemed to be a long 4 hours, there was breakfast service. The choice was pancakes and eggs. I selected the eggs and it was served as an omelette. This was the most inedible form of egg I have seen as it was almost rubbery. Nonetheless after one bite, I couldn't eat. My sister had the pancakes and she wasn't seen eating more than one and upon asking her how they were, she replied with 'cold'. My friend sitting next to me had a special veggie meal and it was just apples. At least that was good. Two thumbs down on catering for DL again.

By the time the FAs were done collecting the trash from the cabin, we were on a descent into ATL. The immigration / customs forms were distributed out and there was an announcement that said we couldn't take any of the water bottles handed to us in LIM outside teh plane. That they would have to be discarded. A bit weird I thought. Anyone know if this is normal? and why this happens?

We landed in ATL on time and the immigration lines were virtually non-existant. Our turn came wihtin 5 minutes and we were welcomed into the country. We were done with all that in about 10 minutes and headed to baggage claim where our bags had already arrived. Excellente DL  

We collected our bags and then headed through customs to drop our bags off for our connecting flight to CLE.


FLIGHT 6: ATLCLE (DL 5214 OPERATED BY ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES)

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We changed concourses, and headed to the gate for our flight to CLE. The flight back was on a CRJ and I pretty much ended up closing my eyes during this flight. I was extremely exhausted from the lack of sleep. The service again consited of a drink service with biscoffs, peanuts or pretzels. I opted for biscoffs and was given 2 packs instead of 1 with my water. We landed in CLE on time and once again, our bags were there at baggage claim in no time. Kudos to DL for that.

We collected our bags, and then got onto the shuttle towards the car park. We were dropped off there, and I began the 1 hr journey back home.

Overall impressions of DL were that the loads of flights were fairly large on all flights. The flights were pretty much full throughout this trip. DL long haul on a 764 was comfortable; however the catering was less than stellar. The on-time arrival & departure was great. The baggage handling all the way through and back was exceptional.

TACA was a wonderful little airline. It was great that they managed to squeeze in a small service in a short 1 hour flight to CUZ; however I found nothing negative to say about them.

Peru, what a country!!! What a gem of a place. It was one of the best trips I have had yet and Machu Picchu truly deserves to be one of the wonders of the world. It is such a magical place to be and once you are there, you are just struck with awe. It took me a couple days AFTER i got back to sink in teh feeling that I actually visited that place. It was a short trip; however a truly magnificent experience. I am planning to go back next year, for a longer period of time and actually do the 4-day hike of the Inka Trail.

Thank you very much for reading my report and my apologies for breaking it up like this. I had all this written and due to the error, I lost everything and had to re-write this portion.

If you have any questions about Peru or the trip, please let me know  

Cheers!!!


User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 15733 times:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 2):
How was the loadfactor on the LIM flight? I saw one departing when I was in ATL and it was really packed. During asparagus high season, this flight is even operated by a B772.

The flight was jam packed. I don't remember seeing one open seat on the flight to LIM. I didn't know that during high season it is operated by a B772. That would have been great  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 2):
So did you answer her in English?

Haha. yes i did. and the FA gave me a very surprised look.

Quoting OP3000 (Reply 4):
Interesting - any tips in terms of making a selection amongst the houses available?

Yes. I have rented from this website 4 times now. I usually look at the pictures and once I contact the owners with my desired length, I ask for their exact address. That way I google map it and see how far / close it is from the city. Then a little bit of research to see how the area is (safety concerns) and then finally renting it. The choices in Cusco were very little. There was one house here (the one we rented) and another one in Ollantaytambo (which was much cheaper). Both seemed very good houses, but for us, Cusco worked out better as the one in Ollantaytambo wouldn't be rented out for one night. If you have any more questions or need help with this, feel free to get in touch with me. I will be more than happy to help you out.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
Did the high altitude cause problems especially on the first day?

Ooops. I had written about this in my original trip report, but totally forgot about it when I re-wrote it. We had no problems whatsoever in Aguas Calientes. We spent a night there, but still managed to drink (more like try) some coca tea. Cusco on the other hand was higher than Machu Picchu and while walking around the ruins, some of us could definitely feel the thin air. Breathing got more difficult with more strenuous activity and a couple of the girls in the group felt like they were going to get sick. Other than that, no real issues.

My tip would be to drink plenty of fluids and do have some coca tea. It's quite refreshing after a day of hiking and walking  


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 14777 times:

Great trip report!

When spent a summer working in California *EVERYONE* thought I was Mexican...so just take it as a complement that the FA thought you were a "local"!

 

(Actually come to think of it I had the same thing happen to me on my DL JFK-IST flight...they kept talking to me in Turkish...I guess South Asian/South American/Turkish...its all the same! LOL)


User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14160 times:

This is a really good trip report. Loved the photos and makes me more excited about upcoming trip to Peru, Chile, and Argentina. The pics are amazing (especially of Machu Picchu and the locals) and just wanted to know when you went, if it was particularly cold or the weather bearable?

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
I read a lot of blogs and websites that suggesting drinking this tea to avoid getting altitude sickness. Frankly I never experienced any of that; however I could tell that the air was definitely thinner in Cusco

Just wondering if I should get altitude sickness tablets before I leave or get them when I arrive? I wanted to cover all bases just in case I feel the 'altitude' when I arrive.

Do you pay the departure taxes in USD or PEN?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.  

Cheers,

Rob



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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14002 times:

Quoting burj (Reply 8):
When spent a summer working in California *EVERYONE* thought I was Mexican...so just take it as a complement that the FA thought you were a "local"!

Haha. That's funny. I used to get that as well when used to live in Chicago for almost 8 months. But once I moved to Columbus, that disappeared.  
Quoting burj (Reply 8):
I guess South Asian/South American/Turkish...its all the same! LOL

  haha. I guess it happens more than one thinks!!!

Quoting travelR (Reply 9):
just wanted to know when you went, if it was particularly cold or the weather bearable?

Lets see. Weather in Machu Picchu was just brilliant. In the morning I was in shorts + a hoodie. But by the time the sun came out, I was sweating and ended up in a t-shirt. One think I will definitely make you aware of is the mosquitos there. Make sure you get repellent and apply BEFORE you step foot on the premises of Machu Picchu.

Cusco: Weather was a bit unpredictable. It was breezy. While at Saqsaywaman, we were actually hot, and ended up in t-shirts; however when we got to the next ruin, the hoodies were required again. So I would suggest layering it up so that you are prepared for everything. One thing for sure, a winter coat was NOT required. A light jacket was also not required unless you plan to walk at night (even then a hoodie worked just fine).

Lima: probably the coldest places of them all. It was foggy & chilly. Especially at night when we were heading back to the airport, the cab driver had his window down and I had to ask him to pull it up cause I was cold. Of course I was in a t-shirt with a blue cotton jacket on top.

Hope that helped...

Quoting travelR (Reply 9):
Just wondering if I should get altitude sickness tablets before I leave or get them when I arrive? I wanted to cover all bases just in case I feel the 'altitude' when I arrive.

Totally depends on you and your itinerary. If you are heading to Cusco straightaway, then you might require it. But if you do what we did (head to machu picchu first), then you should be OK as Machu Picchu is lower than Cusco (altitude wise) and we had no issues acclimatizing to the altitude there. Like I said, unless you plan to jog outside straight upon arrival, you really won't feel teh 'altitude'. In case you do, just have a warm cup of Coca Tea. It will more than relax you   Worse case scenario, if you really get sick easily, no harm in popping the sickness tablets prior to reaching your destination.
Hope that helped!!!

Quoting travelR (Reply 9):
Do you pay the departure taxes in USD or PEN?

We paid in USD as far as I remember. It was $6.82 departure tax in LIM and $4.28 departure tax at CUZ. That's a conversion as it's a flat rate Sole charge!!! I believe $1 = ~2.8 Peruvian Soles.


User currently offlinexjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2471 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 13324 times:

First off...excellent report!

Two questions you had...

Red blankets: Are delta's new domestic flight and coach international blanket. They are being integrated throughout the fleet as more become available. The folks sitting in J still should have had the tan duvet.

Water bottles: And actually any trash items are not allowed into a country off of an international flight. Granted, stuff does slip by, however, trash from international flights is collected and disposed of properly. Your water bottle from the flight was included in that.

xjr



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User currently offlineFlightlover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13066 times:

Very nice trip report. Loved your pictures fo Machu Picchu. Peru is one of the top destinations on my travel list. Wonderful country!

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13045 times:

Absolutely fantastic report with amazing pictures! I have been planning to visit Peru for a while, now I want to go even more.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
Mood Lighting in the TACA flight

Nice, that's quite rare on narrow-bodies.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 10):
One think I will definitely make you aware of is the mosquitos there. Make sure you get repellent and apply BEFORE you step foot on the premises of Machu Picchu.

Is it really that bad? Is there a certain time when you shouldn't go?


PH



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12935 times:

great report of my current "home country"....

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 1):
Any Peruvian A.netters that could shed more light

yes, the 3rd of october in peru are regional elections...

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 6):
Overall impression of Lima was that it was a cold, foggy place (sort of like San Franciso in Feb); but nonetheless a wondeful city

yes its always, foogy, hence for me it is a terrible place to live... but well right now I do not have any other choice... at least in 2 month the summer will come...

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 7):
The flight was jam packed. I don't remember seeing one open seat on the flight to LIM. I didn't know that during high season it is operated by a B772. That would have been great

the flights out of lima are generally good booked, and beside filled up till the top with freight... there is rar that a DL flight is leaving LIM with less than 20 tons.. in high season when they are sending 777 down here even up to 35 tons. its amazing.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird2025 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12880 times:

Very nice TR! Love the pictures, especially from Machu Picchu.

Thanks for sharing.

--Nate


User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12730 times:

Very nice report. I took a similar trip last November. I flew CO MSP-IAH-LIM. My experience with TA sucked. I spent the night in the LIM airport just like you for the 5:40AM flight to CUZ then about 2 hours before departure TA delayed the flight for 8 hours for technical reasons!! Luckily I had a F ticket so I was able to get on the 10AM flight (i had to fight with the TA staff to get this however) but the rest of the poor people had to wait in the LIM airport for 8 hours. Your experience sounds like it was much better! Your pics of Peru are amazing! It is a wonderful place and hope you have an awesome visit. Great report.

User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 12357 times:

Thanks for your advice Buck3y3nut. Appreciate your time in giving me useful info.  


You can never travel too much in your life!
User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12324 times:

Quoting xjramper (Reply 11):
Red blankets: Are delta's new domestic flight and coach international blanket. They are being integrated throughout the fleet as more become available. The folks sitting in J still should have had the tan duvet.

Cool. Thank you. I did not know that. Although I saw red blankets quite a lot in Y, I still had the paper thin blue blanket .

Quoting xjramper (Reply 11):
Water bottles: And actually any trash items are not allowed into a country off of an international flight. Granted, stuff does slip by, however, trash from international flights is collected and disposed of properly. Your water bottle from the flight was included in that.

Got it. Thank you for the information  .

Quoting Flightlover (Reply 12):
Very nice trip report. Loved your pictures fo Machu Picchu. Peru is one of the top destinations on my travel list. Wonderful country!

Thank You. It is definitely a must visit for everyone. I am planning to go back and do the 4-day Inca Trail Hike.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Absolutely fantastic report with amazing pictures! I have been planning to visit Peru for a while, now I want to go even more.

Thank You. I appreciate the comments. If you get a chance, you should definitely go. It's definitely a special place to go to.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Is it really that bad? Is there a certain time when you shouldn't go?

Well, it can get bad. For example, before we started our hike, we noticed that our legs had these 'bullseye' type red marks. We realized that they were mosquito bites. I was wearing shorts, therefore mine was worse. But after applying the repellent, it was good. I definitely recommend going early to Machu Picchu. You avoid the tourist "rush" that comes in at around 10:30 (there's a train from Cusco that arrives in Aguas around 10). You can definitely beat that rush. And trust me, you want to as you can get some pristine images.

Moreover, watching the clouds evaporating and seeing Machu Picchu getting illuminated by the sun is just something out of this world. Even pictures cannot describe the amazing experience. You really have to be there to experience it. While hiking I had to stop a couple times just to take that experience in. It's almost like the clouds were spread out, then they compact and come in closer and slowly start moving up, giving way for the sun to hit the ruins.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 14):
great report of my current "home country"....

Thank You. I'm glad you liked it  .

Quoting Avianca (Reply 14):
in high season when they are sending 777 down here even up to 35 tons. its amazing.

Would have been spectacular to try out DL's 777.

Quoting Speedbird2025 (Reply 15):
Very nice TR! Love the pictures, especially from Machu Picchu.

Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 16):
Your pics of Peru are amazing! It is a wonderful place and hope you have an awesome visit. Great report.

Thank You. I'm glad you liked the pictures. Peru is truly an amazing country with very helpful & friendly people.

Quoting travelR (Reply 17):
Thanks for your advice Buck3y3nut. Appreciate your time in giving me useful info.

Anytime travelR. If you have any further questions or need help planning your trip, just contact me. I'll be glad to offer you more information  


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 12072 times:

You obviously put a huge amount of effort into this really great report! Some really great photos too, it was fascinating reading!

Thanks a lot.

Andy.



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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11469 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 19):
You obviously put a huge amount of effort into this really great report! Some really great photos too, it was fascinating reading!

Thank you very much for the kind comments Andy.  


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11166 times:
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Great set of pictures!

Peru looks amazing, just a shame I don't have time to tag on a trip when on the continent next year  

I love that pic of the little girl with the baby sheep, that's really cute.

Sounds like your DL flights were a bit of a let down, shame.

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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10844 times:

Awesome report - LOVED the details and insights. Lima has actually grown on me over the years and I find it to be a rather pleasant city. Thanks again for sharing.

Saludos,
A.

PS: I was surprised to see mood lighting on TACA!



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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 10333 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Great set of pictures!

Peru looks amazing, just a shame I don't have time to tag on a trip when on the continent next year

Yes. It is truly an amazing country. With very nice & friendly people. You should definitely plan to go there and check it out  
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Sounds like your DL flights were a bit of a let down, shame.

The flights were ok; however the food was truly disappointing.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 22):
Awesome report - LOVED the details and insights. Lima has actually grown on me over the years and I find it to be a rather pleasant city. Thanks again for sharing.

Thank you Sir. Always nice to hear from one of the best trip report authors on A.net  


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