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Hello everyone -

We are planning a trip to Peru from the US with my family (8 adults and 3 kids) at the end of Dec. We are flying into Cusco on the 27th of Dec. We want to stay in the Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley for a couple of nights.

Wanted to ask veteran travelers a few questions-
1. Opinion on the hotel
1. What would be the best way to get from the Cusco airport to the hotel
2. How do we get to the train station on the 29th to take the Vistadome to Machu Picchu?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    With a family that big, I would strongly urge that you hire a respectable tour company and have a private program designed for you and all the minutia as well as the wonderful pieces put together by experts. You are your own group and should be able to work with someone who specialized in this to help you get it done. Not pushing myself here but XMAS holdiay season is also rainy season in the Andes and understanding the logistics and having some "wiggle" room and such would be helpful for you. Casa Andina Private Collection is okay. Sol y Luna is nicer in my opinion and Sonesta Posada in Yucay is good for families also as you are in a village and can see real life going on around you. There are some excellent companies who cater to private, custom travel programs for families. I am only one of them.

    Make sure you do go straight to the Sacred Valley when you arrive to Cusco and not stay in Cusco. That really helps with the altitude. And bring your rain ponchos.

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    We just returned from Peru and stayed four nights in the Casa Andina Private Collection (3 before our Inca Trail trek and one afterwards). It is a nice hotel and the location is good. I will say that the rooms vary quite a bit. Our first room (a suite) was very quiet - room 301 - it backed up to a residential area and was not near any of the courtyards. Our second room - room 207 (also a suite) was extremely noisy and we got no sleep at all the night we were in it - it was right next to the road and there was no soundproofing - it was also near one of the courtyards. If we had had this room to begin with - we would have been very disappointed and might have had to move hotels to be quite honest. The breakfast here is good and the common spaces are quite nice. They did try to scam us a bit when we first got there - they offered us an "early" check in for $50 - we were there at 10:00 am and check in was noon. We told them we would wait in one of the courtyards until noon. Sure enough about 11:00 am they finally let us in our room (without the $50 charge!).

    They have a shuttle that leaves the airport to go to the hotel on the :45 after each hour. Just email them to let them know you will need to use the shuttle ahead of time. For some reason there is not shuttle service on the way back to the airport - a taxi for two of us took about 15 minutes and was 10 soles (the front desk called it for us).

    Just take a taxi to the train station - the hotel can call one for you - and it is fairly cheap (even if you take multiples to fit everyone in).

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