Written by SeenThat on 11 Jun, 2010
Roughly 115 kilometers from La Paz, Desaguadero makes an interesting site, combining natural views with cultural borders.Taxis, vans and buses to Desaguadero, leave from La Paz main cemetery - roughly half the way down from the Andean High Plateau to the downtown area (which here…Read More
Roughly 115 kilometers from La Paz, Desaguadero makes an interesting site, combining natural views with cultural borders.Taxis, vans and buses to Desaguadero, leave from La Paz main cemetery - roughly half the way down from the Andean High Plateau to the downtown area (which here is literally "down"). The vehicles leave from the Asin Street, near the Cemetery main gate (from the market to the right if looking toward the impressive wall of the plateau). Buses and vans cost 10 BOB, while taxis cost 25 BOB. I strongly recommend choosing the taxis, also for security and visibility of the way. The small, old and beaten taxis carry one passenger in the front, up to three in the back and one or two extra passengers with the luggage. I strongly advise against sitting next to Bolivians or Peruvians, though I’ll refrain from giving specific descriptions. During rush hours the trip can take more than two hours; early in the morning it’s the best time for the adventure.The taxis leave from here towards the Ballivian Plaza, a secondary access point connecting between La Paz and its twin city, El Alto, which already is on the Andean High Plateau. Once we reached this point, the driver asked from the people sitting in the luggage area to hide, so that the many police in the plaza won't spot them; even here traveling in such a fashion is illegal. After this point was reached, the driver followed a highly irregular route through El Alto, until it reached the narrow two-lane road leading westwards. The road is paved, but in bad conditions, and local drivers simply don’t know how to drive under such circumstances. Apparently they think the horn provides safety while blindly bypassing other vehicles. Avoiding travel after dark is advised.At the Rio Seco Junction - near El Alto’s west end - the road splits in a "Y" shaped pattern. The right side leads to Copacabana, roughly at the center of the Titicaca shoreline, while the left side leads to Desaguadero, at the very bottom of the lake. The last name roughly means "the place where the water spills out," and refers to the small river taking excessive waters from the lake into the plateau; the river evaporates in the Oruro Department. The first road – to Copacabana - is more popular with tourists crossing the border to Peru. Beyond the bonus of Copacabana and the Inca islands in the lake, this road offers awesome views of the Cordillera Real. The sights include the Illimani, Mururata, Huayna Potosi, Condoriri and Illampu mountains. Yet, it passes so close to the last three that it's not possible getting a good view of the whole range. However, the road to Desaguadero offers the same views but from a greater distance, letting the traveler enjoy views of whole chunks of this range. Moreover, on this road, the traveler has a better feeling of how the Andean High Plateau looks; the other road is too close to the mountains delimiting it. The plateau is not exactly flat; it contains undulated hills and slightly tilted: El Alto is higher than the Titicaca shore and that Oruro. Designing the trip so that the two roads would be explored is a good idea.A few kilometers after leaving El Alto, Laja is reached. This small town is the foundation site of La Paz. Later on, the city was moved to its actual location in the hope its actual location would provide a hotter climate and more gold. Yet, a beautiful colonial cathedral can be still seen here from the road. This is also where the "Pan de Laja" (this is a pita-type of bread popular in La Paz) is produced. A toll gate causes a minor delay here; drivers collect the names of the passengers and hand them to the police manning the spot. There is no privacy here. Shortly after, Tiwanaku can be seen on the right side; unluckily, the ruins cannot be seen from the route.The next major even along the way is Guaqui. The vehicles stop here for an inspection by the army. Passengers are requested to leave the vehicles and show IDs to the soldiers. Guaqui was in the past the largest port along the Bolivian side of the lake and a railway connected it with La Paz. Nothing is left from that, except for the awesome views of the lake. From here until Desaguadero, the lake can be seen all along the way. The broken line of its shore is breathtaking, especially due to the deep blue color of its waters. Totora creates a spiky separation between the shore and the waters; brownish barren hills allow differentiating between the waters and the skies. Soon a small town that strangely seems to be located partially over the lake appears. Houses looking like large cubes of Lego-bricks cover the adjacent hills. "Welcome to Desaguadero, the Bi-National City," a sign in Spanish says. Close
Written by Owen Lipsett on 03 Feb, 2010
Although it's easily the most pleasant place I've spent time in Southern Peru, my purpose in coming to Arequipa was to improve my Spanish rather than to sightsee. Indeed, the two can be mutually exclusive to a certain degree. Cuzco attracts far more…Read More
Although it's easily the most pleasant place I've spent time in Southern Peru, my purpose in coming to Arequipa was to improve my Spanish rather than to sightsee. Indeed, the two can be mutually exclusive to a certain degree. Cuzco attracts far more English-speakers visitors (a fair number of whom come to study Spanish) and as a result its economy revolves around tourism. It's quite easy to function there without speaking much if any Spanish. By contrast, while every other building in Central Arequipa appears to be a travel agency, its relative paucity of visitors and status as Southern Peru's economic capital means they're absorbed into a much more authentic milieu. I was aware of this phenomenon and it was one of the primary reasons I chose to study in Arequipa.
I'm very glad that I did as it's afforded me much more of an insight into Peruvian life and culture, especially middle class culture (since Arequipa has a more sizable middle class than other Peruvian cities) than I'd experience in a prior visit to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima. Much of this has come directly from my classes at Llama Education, the Spanish school where I've lived and studied in a quiet area approximately 15 minutes by bus from the center of Arequipa. However a great deal of it has come from simply the experience of living here
The school itself has been an outstanding experience due to the efforts of the owner, Maria Huaman Enriquez, an economist who previously worked at a bank before opening the school and also a mystic travel agency (she's always happy to discuss and explain Andean religion to students). Her career change illustrates an important point about Peru's economy - tourism appears, even in Arequipa, to be the most consistently profitable business. Furthermore, tourist enterprises don't have to pay taxes, a far cry from the high hotel taxes that appear to be the norm throughout the rest of South America and the world. I specifically chose Llama Education because it offered more of a personal touch than others, which appear content simply to offer the four hours of daily classes and perhaps arrange a homestay, but not to offer advice or emergency assistance of any kind.
By contrast, Maria accompanied both me and other students for nearly every errand imaginable, regardless of whether they are staying at the school itself. (The school occupies one floor of her house, the student quarters another.) The quality of instruction has also been excellent, and when I felt that one teacher did not teach in a manner that fit with my particular learning style, Maria insisted on teaching me personally, which has been quite a pleasure in it as it's afforded me the opportunity to hear her considerable knowledge about various aspects of Peruvian life.
I couldn't recommend the school more highly, while Maria is extremely accomodating I would recommend booking far in advance if you'd like to stay in her home (at the school) as the rooms tend to fill up quickly. Also, in the spirit of Maria's helpfulness I'd like to close with two safety tips that she tells every student. First, only take radio taxis that have been called by phone in Arequipa - I know of both visitors and locals who have been kidnapped by unscrupulous cab drivers. Second, don't walk around the center of the city alone after dark.
Although it's justifiably growing in popularity abroad, too often Peruvian food either calls to mind either inexpensive pollo a la brasa (spit roasted chicken) or expensive (outside of Peru) ceviche (raw fish "cooked" in lemon juice sometimes mixed with aji). In honor Arequipa's status…Read More
Although it's justifiably growing in popularity abroad, too often Peruvian food either calls to mind either inexpensive pollo a la brasa (spit roasted chicken) or expensive (outside of Peru) ceviche (raw fish "cooked" in lemon juice sometimes mixed with aji). In honor Arequipa's status as Peru's culinary capital (home to its best and most original food as opposed to most famous restaurants), here's a brief list of some typical Peruvian foods you may (or may not) have heard of.
Cuy: Okay, I'll get this one out of the way first. Peruvians eat guinea pigs. But keep in mind that they were dinner for thousands of years before they became pets, since they're easy to raise and relatively nutritious. The sight of one cooking, particularly the claws, isn't too appetizing and they're relatively expensive, particularly considering how difficult it is to get what little meat there is off their bones. As the saying goes, they taste like chicken.
Chancho asado: Chancho is the Peruvian word for pig (known elsewhere as porco, puerco, or cerdo) and like its smaller namesake it's easy to raise. I'm not usually fond of pork in the least, but unless you have religious or hygienic exceptions to eating pigs it's worth trying this dish, which is the flesh of a spit roasted pig cooked in spices. What are known as "pork rinds" (fried pork skin) in North America are sold here as the hugely popular chicharrones.
Rocotos rellenos: At its best, Peruvian food can be quite spicy and no dish is quite spicy as one involving rocoto peppers (which are also offered in slices to spice up soups). The best of them is this traditional Ariquipeñan delicacy which involves cleaning the peppers of their spicy seeds and filling them with seasoned chopped beef (and sometimes vegetables).
Arroz chaufa; Peru has a huge ethnic Chinese community, descended from laborers who came in the 19th century to build the railroads. (However, ex-President Alberto Fujimori is of Japanese, not Chinese descent, despite being nicknamed "El Chino.") While chifas (Peruvian Chinese restaurants) are more ubiquitous than their North American counterparts, their most famous dish, a Peruvian take on what's known as fried rice in North America has become so mainstream that many traditional Peruvian restaurant offer it as well. It' tastiest with a dab or two of aji (Peruvian hot pepper sauce.)
This is only a small selection of Peru's rich traditional cuisine that I've come across in Arequipa. If you'd like to try a range of these dishes at once, it's best to visit a picanteria (literally a "spicy spot") and order a doble, triple, or Americano platter which contains portions of several. Be sure to wash it down with a traditional Peruvian beverage such as chicha morada (a drink made by soaking purple corn in water with sugar and spices) or chica jora (a fermented version of chicha morada made with mashed corn and fruit). It'll set you up nicely for a nice of imbibing Pisco sours or Peru libres (Pisco and cola) - if this leaves you with a hangover, well that's what ceviche was (literally) invented for or you could try a spicy adobo soup for the same purpose!
Written by LenR on 07 Sep, 2009
We spent some hours at the Inti Wata Cultural Complex which is controlled by the Transturin destination management company. In some ways this is entirely artificial and is nothing more than a tourist trap but it does give you some cultural experiences that we didn’t…Read More
We spent some hours at the Inti Wata Cultural Complex which is controlled by the Transturin destination management company. In some ways this is entirely artificial and is nothing more than a tourist trap but it does give you some cultural experiences that we didn’t have elsewhere. For this reason I can’t be too critical of the place.The complex is located a few meters from the Inca steps, fountain and inside the Inca Garden. It demonstrates a variety of Andean crops, medicinal herbs and Andean fauna and is the only reserve of its kind available to tourists. The most interesting parts of the visit were the ancient Kallawaya ceremony, the Ekako Underground Museum, a visit to the Aymara House which a typical islander structure, and sailing in a replica reed vessel to the Pilkokaina Inca palace.At the far end of the complex there is an authentic altar from the Tiwanaku era where we participated in an ancient Kallawaya ceremony. Kallawaya people are an itinerant group of healers living in the Andes of Bolivia. They are members of the Mollo culture and are direct descendants of the ancient Tiwanaku culture. Kallawaya doctors are known as the naturopathic healers of Inca kings and as keepers of science knowledge, principally the pharmaceutical properties of vegetables, animals and minerals. Most Kallawaya healers understand how to use 300 herbs, while specialists are familiar with 600 herbs.In the Sun Island Kallawaya Ancient Ceremony, witchcrafts, natural medicine, art, magic, and millenary traditions are part of the mystic world of the Kallawayas heritage. The purpose of this mystic ceremony is to purify the souls of the Chinkana holy temple visitors. The Ceremony takes place by an Inca altar at the top of the hill facing the temple and overlooking the lake.The new Ekako Underground Museum was quite impressive. The large underground museum contains the best collection of Sun Island's archaeological items, Andean mummies and the Ekako abundance God, found on this island.Travelling in the replica reed vessel to the Pilkokaina Inca palace was a different experience. While the traditional vessels depended on sail power with the help of rowers, this vessel is supplemented by a motor which was necessary for us to get to the landing where the catamaran was waiting. They still raise a sail and two rowers toil at the front but most of the effort comes from the motor. Amazingly, most of the other passengers didn’t seem to notice. Close
Just off the northern tip of the Copacabana peninsula, Isla del Sol has been attracting visitors for many hundreds of years. The island was one of the most important religious sites in the Andean world, revered as the place where the sun and the moon…Read More
Just off the northern tip of the Copacabana peninsula, Isla del Sol has been attracting visitors for many hundreds of years. The island was one of the most important religious sites in the Andean world, revered as the place where the sun and the moon were created and the Inca dynasty was born. It is covered in a complex of shrines and temples that attracted thousands of pilgrims. Unfortunately, after the Spanish conquest the islands became a looting ground for treasure hunters and church builders on the mainland.You can visit the island on a day or half day trip from Copacabana and can also stay overnight on the island. If you stay, you can walk the length of the island from Challapampa in the west to Yumani in the east. Full and half-day tours leave Copacabana each morning from 8am until midday and they can be amazingly cheap.We didn’t do this because we were booked on a hugely expensive hydrofoil trip from Copacabana to the Sun Island but this didn’t visit any of the main towns, rather it went to a company-controlled complex. This was interesting but it really didn’t show us much of the religious shrines that were established when the island came under Tiwanaku control or later when under Inca control. Frankly the local trips sound more interesting.The Incas believed that the creator god Viracocha rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca and called forth the sun and the moon from a rock on the island. They also claimed that the founding fathers of their own dynasty were brought into being here by Viracocha before travelling north to establish the city of Cusco. You can visit Pilco Kayma, a well-preserved two-story stone structure with classic Inca trapezoidal doorways, and the sacred Titikala rock, a weather beaten lump of sandstone on the summit of the island. Beyond this is La Chincana a curious complex of interlinked rooms and passages that is thought to be the dwelling quarters of the Virgins of the Sun.We had a buffet lunch while we sailed from Copacabana to the Island of the Sun. The boat was comfortable and the food quite good. The boat was specially designed to enjoy Titicaca and is equipped with outdoor decks for picture taking and mountain range viewing. On arrival at the island we visited the Inca Garden, steps and fountain then the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka reed shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, and a handicraft center. The island micro climate provides the ideal location for the Inca garden that during Inca times was full of Andean flowers, water and trees. The Inca Stairs were built by the Incas in order to reach the Inca water spring, a natural spring with 3 different openings of different tastes. This Inca-made water fountain is supposed to be a source of eternal youth. Naturally we drank from here but it is far too late for me. Close
The pleasant little town of Copacabana is just a few kilometres inside Bolivia from the Peru border. It is a good base for exploring the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca and is also the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in Bolivia because it is home…Read More
The pleasant little town of Copacabana is just a few kilometres inside Bolivia from the Peru border. It is a good base for exploring the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca and is also the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in Bolivia because it is home to the revered Virgen de Copacabana. Copacabana is also the jumping off point for visits to Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna, Titicaca’s two sacred islands.We found Copacabana to be a fairly untidy collection of red-tiled houses and modern concrete buildings nestling between two steep hills. Naturally there is a Copacabana beach and this is a fairly pleasant place for a lakeside stroll but you wouldn’t want to swim here. You can rent paddle boats and there are several restaurants suitable for a beer and fried trout. A highlight here was the Chlitas in their distinctive billowing skirts and bowler hats going about their daily business without noticing the tourists.The focal point of Copacabana is the imposing cathedral set on the Plaza. It is sometimes known as the Moorish cathedral because of the clear Madejar influences in its design, with whitewashed stone walls and multiple domes decorated with deep-blue tiles. It was originally started in 1589 but has been extensively modified over the years. Between the plaza and the cathedral is a broad-walled courtyard with a minor chapel in each corner. When we went inside the bright vaulted interior we found a door beside the massive gold altarpiece which leads upstairs to a small chapel that houses the Virgen de Copacabana. The image is surprisingly small but is dressed in lavish robes embroided with gold and silver thread and crowned with a golden halo.The plaza near the cathedral had several cars decorated with bright coloured rosettes and flowers. We discovered that they were waiting to be blessed with holy water by a priest to help ensure their future safety along Bolivia’s hazardous roads. In contrast the mysterious Inca ruins within easy walking distance of the town show that this was a site of great spiritual importance long before Christianity reached the Andes.There is no shortage of restaurants in the town, many catering to Bolivian and Peruvian pilgrims. Most offer unexciting set almuerzos menus. Undoubtedly the best local dish is the delicious Titicaca trout cooked in a variety of styles. All restaurants offer this and the food-stalls on the waterfront also have it. The market just off the Plaza has really cheap local meals and fresh fruit juices. There are many travel agencies in town offering tours to the Island of the Sun and elsewhere. When we checked the prices we were horrified at what we had paid for our ‘organised’ bus and catamaran trip. Close
South America is not like Europe in that each country still religiously controls its borders and crossing between countries can be a time consuming business. Even though things were quiet when we were there the crossing still took us half an hour.The final Peruvian town…Read More
South America is not like Europe in that each country still religiously controls its borders and crossing between countries can be a time consuming business. Even though things were quiet when we were there the crossing still took us half an hour.The final Peruvian town is Yunguyo which is built on Tiahuanaco and Inca remains. The 16,000 residents eke out a living in what is a fairly harsh environment. There are the remains of Inca resting houses, granaries and storehouses and also some carved stones and monoliths with various symbols dating from Tiahuanaco times. The bus seemed not to care as it lurched towards the border.As we approached the Peru – Bolivia border we saw a number of small stores offering currency exchange services. Our bus driver chose one of these and everyone disembarked to change Peruvian currency into Bolivian. We had no idea what the correct exchange rate was supposed to be so we, and everyone else, just had to accept what the shop said. Fortunately, we had little to change so didn’t worry very much but there were arguments with other passengers and general confusion. We were then told to go to Peruvian immigration, which was a relatively organised affair, then walk to the border and cross on foot.I had seen photographs of a bustling market along the road on the Peruvian side of the border but there was no sign of it when we passed through. In fact there was little sign of any street life. The border is marked by a wall and gate so we dutifully did as instructed then posed for photographs at the actual crossing. It was not immediately clear what we had to do on the Bolivian side but we eventually found the immigration office where we queued for permission to enter.The immigration office was small and even though there were only about 25 people on our bus, when we all tried to get our passport stamps there was chaos. Eventually an officer appeared and demanded that we all form a line which stretched far out the door. After some time we emerged with permission to enter Bolivia and with Copacabana just nine kilometres down the road a new set of adventures were about to commence. Close
The bus left Puno early morning and fortunately it was not full. As we were the last to board, due to the operator forgetting to pick us up on time, we were forced to the back of the bus because the bus operator had let…Read More
The bus left Puno early morning and fortunately it was not full. As we were the last to board, due to the operator forgetting to pick us up on time, we were forced to the back of the bus because the bus operator had let a 15 member Chinese tour group occupy the front 30 seats and most were now asleep. That was not a great start. Zero out of 10 to this guy.Chucuito (18 km south of Puno) is the first of three towns along the road to Bolivia known for their colonial churches. The town is surrounded by hillsides crisscrossed with agricultural terraces on the southern shores of Puno bay. The main plaza has a large stone Inca sundial as its centrepiece. There are two Renaissance-style 16th-century churches, La Ascuncion alongside the Plaza and the Santa Domingo on the east side of town.The most well-known feature of the town is the Temple of Inca Uyo or Temple of the Phallus. This turned out to be not a conventional temple but an outdoor area surrounded by a high stone wall that blocks the view of the ‘garden’ of anatomically correct phallic stone sculptures from the nearby Santo Domingo church. In ancient times it was visited by females who would sit there for hours, believing it would increase their fertility.Acora (33 kilometres from Puno) is the next interesting town. It has some strange geological formations in the surrounding area which seem to resemble animals. In town, there are several important churches from the 16th and 17th centuries.Some 50 kilometres further, we reached the town of Juli. At one time this was an important Aymara religious center and it served as a Jesuit training centre for missionaries. The town is sometimes called ‘The Small Rome of America" because of its four great Renaissance and baroque churches. Work is underway to restore all three with San Juan de Letran probably being the most interesting because of its 80 paintings from the Cusco school and the huge windows worked in stone.Pomata (105 kilometres from Puno) is one of the most picturesque towns on the lake. Its church of Santiago Apostol is considered one of the most beautiful in South America. It was built in the 18th century with pink granite and has paintings from the Cusco and Flemish schools. Its mestizo baroque carvings and translucent alabaster windows are spectacular. Its altars are covered in gold leaf.Then it was to the border and our final minutes in Peru. Bolivia would turn out to be quite different. Close
Written by LenR on 27 Jul, 2009
This is where the tourist trains for Machu Picchu terminate. The town is not great but the setting is magnificent. Aguas Calientes lies in the valley below Machu Picchu and is situated along the roaring Rio Urubamba where it intersects with the Rio Aguas Calientes.…Read More
This is where the tourist trains for Machu Picchu terminate. The town is not great but the setting is magnificent. Aguas Calientes lies in the valley below Machu Picchu and is situated along the roaring Rio Urubamba where it intersects with the Rio Aguas Calientes. Being at a much lower altitude than Cusco and the Sacred Valley, this area is very lush and tropical with green mountains surrounding the town.There are basically only 2 main streets in Aguas Calientes; the street with the old train tracks running through, and another which extends up from the Plaza to the thermal springs. There are numerous places to stay and eat in Aguas Calientes and the town is used to catering to tourists. You'll find most of the town's hotels and restaurants on these streets. Many of these have upgraded in recent years and now there is good choice and some with excellent standard.The town's economy is based around tourism so it has its fair share of souvenir shops and stalls. I’m not convinced that there are any particular bargains here but my wife bought some stuff anyway. Of course it's Machu Picchu that people have came to visit and Aguas Calientes itself has little to offer the tourist apart from its thermal springs believed to possess curative powers. The outdoor thermal pools can be found 15 minutes walk out of town and costs US$3 to enter. There are changing facilities, showers, luggage storage and a small cafe selling snacks, cold drinks and beer. There are several pools of varying size and temperature including one filled with ice cold mountain water. The springs have been recently refurbished and are a good place to relax, especially after completing the Inca Trail. They are open from 5am to 9pm. If you're feeling adventurous and have plenty of energy left, and 4 hours to spare, you may consider climbing the breathtaking trail to Putucusi. Putucusi is the mountain on the opposite side of the river to Machu Picchu. The views of Machu Picchu from the top are spectacular but it's the trail up that you'll remember most. It's an Inca Trail that has only recently been discovered and cleared and involves ascending some pretty hair-raising vertical ladders along the way. The trail starts only 10 minutes walk outside town but it’s not for the faint-hearted. Close
While doing a four-day trek along the Inca Trail may seem exciting to some, most visitors to Machu Picchu travel by train. This is still a spectacular way to travel as you follow the increasingly narrow Urubamba Valley towards Aguas Calientes.There are several train options…Read More
While doing a four-day trek along the Inca Trail may seem exciting to some, most visitors to Machu Picchu travel by train. This is still a spectacular way to travel as you follow the increasingly narrow Urubamba Valley towards Aguas Calientes.There are several train options for visitors. The Backpacker trains are the most economical. They depart from both The Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo) and Cusco (Poroy) each day. The standard is similar to second-class travel in Europe. Snacks are served at an additional cost and additional storage space is available for backpacks. The Vistadome trains are a step up from here and are the most popular with visitors. This was our choice and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The trains have wide panoramic windows offering unsurpassed scenic views and photographic opportunities. It is a great way to experience Peru's remarkable landscape. Entertainment on board, snacks and hot and cold refreshments are included on the journey. The viewing windows give great views of the valley and surrounding peaks and the carriages are spacious and comfortable. One Vistadome service starts at Poroy near Cusco while others depart from Ollantaytambo. The first takes several hours while from Ollantaytambo it is a 90 minute ride to Aguas Calientes. In the peak tourist season there are trains leaving Ollantatambo at half-hour intervals in the morning.Most people were tired on the way back to Ollantaytambo and several had started to nod off before the unexpected entertainment started. They instantly woke as the music and loud yelling signalled a visit by a local spirit. This was followed by an entertaining fashion parade. Most people thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace.The Hiram Bingham train is the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The train is named after the explorer who discovered the fascinating remains of Machu Picchu in 1911. The carriages are painted a distinctive blue and gold while interiors are luxurious, warm and inviting with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920's Pullman trains. The train consists of two Dining Cars, an Observation Bar Car and a Kitchen Car, and can carry up to 84 passengers. In the morning en route to Machu Picchu a brunch is served as you watch the stunning landscape unfold. At Machu Picchu a guide shows you the highlights of the Machu Picchu citadel. Cocktails and a gourmet dinner are served on the return journey to Cusco. Close