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Ten Days in Peru

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An August 2005 trip to Peru by xine

Abras La Raya Photo, Peru, South America More Photos
Quote: My husband and I took a 10-day trip to Peru and visited Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno and Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu.

Ten Days in Peru

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Overview

Abras La Raya Photo, Peru, South America
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Roaming around the catacombs of San Francisco monastery and church. Café-hopping and people-watching in the Miraflores section of Lima. Visiting the Monasterio Santa Catalina in Arequipa. People-watching from the balcony of our hotel, the Sonesta Posada del Inca, and overlooking Plaza de Armas in Arequipa. Taking a private guided tour of Colca Canyon. A boat tour on Lake Titicaca to visit the Islas Flotantes and Taquile. Hiking up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Roaming around the vast grounds of Machu Picchu. A romantic dinner at the Hotel Libertador Restaurant in Cusco. Quick Tips: Altitude sickness is a pr...Read More

Sheraton Lima Hotel and Casino

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Hotel | "Sheraton Lima Hotel & Casino"

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The Sheraton Lima Hotel & Casino is centrally located in the heart of Lima. The rooms were immaculate and very modern. Our room on the Club Level of the hotel had an entryway with beautiful hardwood floors, a marble counter with a minibar, and a marble bathroom. The bathroom was complete with a bidet. The room also had a small balcony overlooking the city center. Rooms are equipped with cable television, alarm clock, and hair dryer. The hotel has a karaoke lounge where you can take your complimentary welcome drink, the Pisco Sour, and listen to the staff attempt old tunes translated into Spanish and Portuguese. There is free Internet for 30 minutes at the Business Center, but...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2005

Sheraton Lima Hotel and Casino
Paseo de la Republica 170
Lima, Peru
+51 (1) 3155000

Hotel Libertador

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Hotel

Hotel Libertador Photo, Peru, South America
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The Hotel Libertador is part of the Summit Hotel chain and is one of the nicest hotels in Cuzco. The hotel is palatial, with rounded doorways; marble floors; and beautiful, majestic furniture. Staying at the Hotel Libertador has the feel of staying in a castle or palace. It is worth splurging for a night or two at the Hotel Libertador, especially after trekking the Inca Trail or hiking up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes. The hotel staff is very friendly and attentive and will go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Immediately upon walking into the hotel, we were greeted by several staff members. While checking in, one of the hotel staff brought us each a cup of tea to sip as ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Hotel Libertador
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 23 1961

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca

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Hotel | "Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa"

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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The Sonesta Posada del Inca is part of the internationally-recognized Sonesta chain of hotels and has several hotels in Peru. The Sonesta Posada del Inca in Arequipa is located right on Plaza de Armas and is the best hotel location in town. It is right in the heart of everything and an easy walk to all the sights in Arequipa. We stayed in a suite with a balcony overlooking Plaza de Armas. The room was very clean and smartly decorated, although not luxurious. The suite had a living room with two couches, a minibar, and a dining table. We enjoyed having the extra room to spread out into. The suite would also be a great choice if you are traveling with children. The highlig...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca
Portal De Flores 116
Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 21 5530

Sonesta Posada Del Inca Puno

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Hotel

Sonesta Posada Del Inca Puno Photo, Peru, South America
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We stayed at the Sonesta Posada del Inca in Puno. It is part of the international Sonesta chain of hotels. The Sonesta Posada del Inca is 5km from the center of Puno and sits right on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Our room had a wonderful view of Lake Titicaca and the Yavari steamship. The room was comfortable, with two double beds and a clean, spacious bathroom. The ceilings in the bathroom were very high and made soaking in the bathtub very enjoyable. The room rates were reasonable at $70, with a 10% service charge added for each day. Rates include a breakfast buffet at the hotel's restaurant, which was quite good. The hotel staff is friendly and accommodating....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Sonesta Posada Del Inca Puno
Sesquicentenario 610
Puno, Peru
+51 51-364111

Hatuchay Tower

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Hotel

Hatuchay Tower Photo, Peru, South America
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Our stay at Hatucahy Tower was disappointing. Although Hatuchay Tower is supposed to be a "high-end" hotel, the rooms were very basic and of average cleanliness. No mini-bar or hair dryers in the rooms, and the only channel that worked on the TV was a German station. The carpet was threadbare and in need of replacement. My husband had booked a double, but to our dismay, we received a room with two twin beds. The staff told us that a double in Peru meant two twin beds and did not try to accommodate us. The lighting in the hotel was virtually nonexistent, and in the evening, the place felt rather spooky. The buffet breakfast included with the room rate was not very palatabl...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Hatuchay Tower
Av. Hermanos Ayar M-24
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 211-201

Inti Raymi Restaurant

Restaurant | "Inti Raymi"

Inti Raymi Restaurant Photo, Peru, South America
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Dinner at Inti Raymi was the best meal we had in Peru. Although the meal is expensive for Peru, it is well worth it and rivals the service, quality, and atmopshere of top restaurants in New York and Los Angeles. The service at Inti Raymi is superb and the food is delicious. The waitstaff is very formal, dressed in tuxes and address each guest by "Mr." or "Mrs." The waitstaff is very attentive and pleasant. My husband had one of the specials, roasted lamb, and I had the "Mar and Tierra", which was a sirloin and trout combination. The entrees were beautifully presented and were very tasty. Portions were more than adequate, and were accompanied vegetables. The cuisine is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Inti Raymi Restaurant
Hotel Libertador Cuzco
Cusco, Peru

Turko

Restaurant | "El Turko"

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El Turko serves traditional Turkish dishes as well as a few Italian entrees. The restaurant is cozy, but is nicely decorated and has a nice atmosphere. I had a traditional Turkish chicken dish that was delicious. The chicken was tender and full of flavor. The entree was accompanied with Turkish rice and mixed vegetables. Very filling and very tasty. My husband had the penne arrabiata. It was unliked other penne arrabiatas either of us had tasted before, but was still spicy and had a little kick to it. My husband was pleased with it. To end our meal, we each had a cafe con leche and split a piece of baklava. The cafe con leche was quite good. The baklava was very syru...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Turko
San Francisco 315
Lima, Peru

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El Gaucho Parrilladas is the place to go if you are craving meat, and is a place where vegetarians should steer clear of. For lunch, we took advantage of the Menu del Dia at El Gaucho and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. For only 19.20 soles each, you get a glass of sangria or wine, all you can eat salad, large steak, french fries, and dessert. It is definitely a bargain and you will not be disappointed. The steak is marinated in a special sauce and grilled to perfection - tender, juicy, and flavorful. They do not skimp on portions here so come hungry. The atmosphere of El Gaucho is very lively. The decor is nice, and there is lots of wood. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

El Viñedo

Restaurant

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El Viñedo is known for its Argentine steaks and grilled meat platters, but has an extensive menu, including typical Arequipian and Peruvian food. We opted to try typical Peruvian dishes at El Viñedo. I had the suckling pig and my husband had the lomo saltado. Both were ok, but we also decided that we preferred other cuisine over Peruvian. The menu also has an extensive drink list, including fruit juices, daquiris, and coffee drinks. The hot chocolate here is particularly good as was the specialty cappucino with chocolate and cream. El Viñedo had a romantic atmosphere, with candlelight dinners. We sat in the smaller upstairs portion of the res...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Truffa

Restaurant | "La Truffa"

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La Truffa is nestled in a cute passageway connecting Santa Catalina and San Francisco streets, and serves Italian and Peruvian food. As this was one of our first days in Peru, we opted to sample the local cuisine. I had the rocoto relleno, which was stuffed peppers filled with spicy meat and cheese. It was very tasty and filling. My husband had the trout in garlic sauce, which was nicely done, and served with salad and french fries. We sat outside the restaurant, which was a good place for people-watching and listening to local musicians. The drawback of sitting outside is that you will be the target of persistent locals wanting to sell you things, but I suppose that's l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Truffa
Pasaje la Catedral 111
Arequipa, Peru
+51 (54) 242-010

Macchu Picchu

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Attraction

Machu Picchu Photo, Cusco, Peru
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A trip to Machu Picchu is well worth the expense and the hassle of getting there. The views from Machu Picchu are breathtaking and amazing and live up to the hype. Make train reservations from Cuzco to Machu Picchu in advance if you can. We arrived in Cuzco around 6:30pm the night before we wanted to go to Machu Picchu without making reservations. The train station had closed at 5pm, so we went to the station at 5am to see if there were any tickets available. There are a limited number of trains going from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes. Usually there is a 6am Vistadome train that leaves Cuzco for Aguas Calientes and a 6:45am backpacker train. During peak season, Perur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 15, 2005