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Sacred Valley, MP, Cusco. Am I missing anything you would recommend?

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Hi All, Boston Harbor here. I had an accident with concussion just a week before my planned trip to MP last spring and had to reschedule. So, now I am headed to MP/Sacred Valley from April 1-9. Via train, not the trail ; ) Based on reviews here, I am using www.peruforless.com to plan the trip. They have been great. I can still make changes, so I'm looking for any additional suggestions. I have never been to MP. I have built my trip based on trip reports that you have posted.

I think I have most things covered, but I'm looking for off the beaten path stuff. I'm traveling with my best friend. We are two active women who have traveled the world together. I am hoping that the altitude isn't going to affect us too badly, but taking diamox just in case. (I have used it before for other high altitude activity) Those of you who know me from the Asia board know that I am an avid photographer--so unique opportunities for photography suggestions would be particularly welcomed.

Here is the plan so far:

Sacred Valley: three days, two nights, Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley. Activities: Pisac Markets, Pisac ruins, Maras & Moray, Ollantaytambo. I have heard there is a 4 Wheeled drive tour one can take to communities that can't be reached via standard vechicles. Anyone ever do this? Worth it?

MP: Two nights: Inkaterra machu picchu (Yes, I know it is expensive, but I'm going to be at MP on my birthday and I'm splurging : ) I will try to climb Huayna Picchu or Huchuypicchu (which might be more my style). Do you need to get a pass for both mountrains or just Huayna Picchu? I know you need to get there by 6 AM or earlier to get one of the 400 passes : (

I have heard the Expedition (old backpacker train) has been renovated and have better windows now. Anyone been on the Expedition? The times are better for me on the Expedition than the Vistadome.

Cusco: Three days, three nights: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco or Aranwa Cusco. Activies In addition to the extensive city wandering, we will visit Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.

What I am looking for are things you might have done that were surprising, gorgeous, interesting, wonderful and that I might not find in my travel guides.

Also, is there anything along the way from the airport in Cusco to our hotel in the Sacred Valley where we should stop? We are in the same time zone and will be landing at 9:30 AM so we should be fine that morning.

Many thanks in advance! Your reports/photos have been great. Happy New Year!

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