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Trip Report First stop: Lima

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My husband & I are still trying to wrap our minds around our recent trip to Peru. We are a healthy, retired & adventurous 60+ yr olds who realized we weren't getting any younger so went to the top of our bucket list (Machu Picchu) & said "Let's do it". Why Machu Picchu? We were watching "Where in the World is Matt Lauer" & there he was on Machu Picchu & said it was the most amazing place he'd ever been & wanted to go back. He mentioned how mystical it was & we were enchanted.
Our trip was between April 27-May 12. We covered lots of ground, from the Amazon to Lake Titicaca. After doing much research on Fodor's, I picked Percy Salas as our main guide. What a great choice we made! He took care of us each step of the way even though we only had him as our guide for 7 days. He planned our itinerary & had someone to meet our plane, boat & arranged our bus trip to Puno. He made our trip the most amazing history lesson & was so knowledgeable beyond what the guidebooks say.
Our itinerary looked like this:
2 nts Lima
3 nts EcoAmazonia
3 nts Ollantaytambo
1 nt Aguas Caliente
2 nts Cusco
1 nt Puno
1 nt Amantani island homestay
1 nt Puno
I'll break my trip into each destination so it won't look like a book.

We flew from MIA-Lima on LAN ($399+tax $501) We got a LAN Pass since we had 3 interPeru trips (ea cost less than $128) They were comfy, prompt & fed us snacks. We arrived in Lima at midnight so were very happy to have a free shuttle from our hotel, San Antonio Abad (one of the main reasons for picking them). So glad it wasn't us driving. That's a big & crazy city. Our hotel was an older colonial hotel in Miraflores. The staff was very friendly & helpful. Our room was clean, neat & comfy (not fancy) & located in a nice area. After a good breakfast, they gave us directions to Larcomar. It took us about 20 min to walk. We found a bank on the way & changed money. Larcomar is a modern shopping center overlooking the ocean. It has lots of shops & restaurants. We ate lunch at Pardo's & enjoyed it. It's a good place to people watch but definitely overpriced shops. By afternoon, our hotel set up a city tour for us. It was very informative. We stopped at the San Francisco church & monastary & went through the eerie catacombs. There was a service going on in the church so we couldn't go in but the corridors had some beautiful paintings. Lima has lots of beautiful buildings & parks. Wished we had more time to spend there. One of the couples on the bus showed us their video of the fountains at La Reserva Park which were lit up at night & set to music.
The next morning we were up at 3am ready to catch our flight to our next destination-Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon jungle. The staff at the hotel asked for our flight information & got us preboarded & boarding passes. Can't say enough nice things about San Antonio Abad.
Now if I can just remember how to attach photos from Shutterfly. Might need some help.

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