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Lcuy has a lot of Machu Picchu Itinerary questions

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Hi. I'm coming over from the Asia Board and would love some comments on my tentative itinerary for a May 2011 trip. Currently (!!) I am doing my own bookings:

Wednesday night:
Arrive 9:00 PM. Stay at Ramada Costa Sol at the Airport

Thursday:
Fly to Cusco, then drive to Ollantaytampo. Pakaritampu hotel

Friday:
Ollantaytampo. Pakaritampu hotel

Saturday:
Ollantaytampo. Pakaritampu hotel

Sunday:
Train to Agua Calientes. Sumaq Hotel

Monday:
Machu Picchu. Stay again at Sumaq Hotel

Tuesday:
Train to Cusco, Aranwa Cusco Hotel ($232/night) or Rumi Punko ($100/night to balance out Sumaq costs ;-) )

Wednesday:
Aranwa Cusco / Rumi Punko

Thursday:
Aranwa Cusco / Rumi Punko

Friday:
Fly to Puerto Maldonado. 3d/2n at Sandoval Lake Lodge

Saturday:
Sandoval Lake Lodge

Sunday:
Fly to Lima. Hotel in decent area?

Monday:
Lima - Surfing with Surf Peru Guides. (my husband! I'll watch & read or shop)

Tuesday:
Lima - not sure what we'll do.

Wednesday:
Lima touring, then fly home at 10:30 Pm

NOTES: I admit it, I am a baby about riding in cars with unknown drivers on mountain roads. How long and how scary (if at all!) is the drive from Cusco to Ollantambo via Pisac? Is there a better route or should we just take the train?

Is there a guide or comapany that will just set me up with drivers? Maybe train tix to?

I'd like to spend one day touring on horseback. Not sure if this would be from Cusco or from Ollan. Any recommendations?

What do MP guides normally charge? The Sumaq wants $148 for a guide and two entrance fees to MP.

I really hate tiny planes, so the Manu area river lodges are out. The Sandoval seems nice, is close, and has lots of activities, plus we can only be wait-listed at Posadas at the moment. Any reason NOT to book Sandoval Lake lodge?

Lima hotel Ideas needed. $150 range, interesting areas?

Only thing that can't be changed now is the timing for Machu Picchu. All the hotels kept appearing sold out, and the cancellation policies were such that I couldn't do "back-up reservations" elsewhere. It's a splurge, but I got 2 meals a day, and the second night is 50% off.

Thank you in advance!

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