Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the highlight of Peru. But for Luxury Travel Advisor Felicia Ingwer’s clients, the journey itself was most extraordinary, as they embarked on a horseback riding adventure with exceptional stays at mountain lodges.
Fly into Lima and continue to Cusco to start the adventure! Felicia recommends spending a couple of days to acclimate to the altitude (approximately 11,200 feet) before continuing deeper into the Urubamba Valley. Once the capital of the Incan empire, Cusco offers plenty to keep you busy including a variety of historic sites, an up-and-coming gastronomic scene, and even white-water rafting excursions.
Often referred to as the “Egypt of the Americas,” Peru is rich with preserved history. Machu Picchu may be the crown jewel of archaeological sites, particularly in the Andes, but the lesser-known Choquequirao, Ollantaytambo and Pisac sites are also quite interesting.
There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu – by luxury train from Cusco, private driver, and even trekking. For a more adventurous trip, Felicia worked with a local outfitter to arrange travel by horseback; she accompanied twelve women on this unforgettable journey.
Felicia truly believes the journey is one of the most important parts of a travel experience.
As if Machu Picchu isn’t magnificent enough, traveling across the 15,100-foot Salkantay Pass to access the route to get there completes the journey. Amazing horses, an experienced guide, and spectacular views made this expedition truly unforgettable.
After hiking to the Sun Gate to view Machu Picchu from across the Valley, you will know you have arrived. Felicia always arranges a private tour through the ruins and beautiful scenery of the area to avoid the throngs of tourists.
Stay in Aguas Calientes for a couple of nights to experience the hot springs, local culture, and delicious cuisine. One of Felicia’s favorite places is the picturesque El Mapi by Inkaterra.