My clients had a great trip. Here is some feedback for you...
Condor Travel is FANTASTIC. Flawless execution – I can see why Central Holidays uses them as their in-country resource. We had the same tour guide all through Lima, then another tour guide all through Urubamba/Cusco/Machu Picchu. That meant we were able to develop a meaningful rapport with both of them that turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip.
With regard to our hotels – they were all AMAZING.
We were VERY glad we ended up at the Hotel Sumac in Machu Picchu Pueblo. The Inkaterra MAPI is in the center of the pueblo – surrounded by hostels, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, narrow streets, and every tourist and backpacker in the area. I hope the luxury includes thick soundproof walls! And the Belmond Sanctuary is “at the entrance to Machu Picchu” which means at the top of the hill where the buses drop off, turn around, and line up – John and I said, “it’s basically a luxury experience at Port Authority.” Sumac is at the edge of town. That distance (and by that I mean a tiny distance, it’s a 5-7 minute walk to get to the center of the pueblo) makes you feel like you’re not even in a town, more like it’s plopped down off by itself at the foot of Machu Picchu mountain.
I’m also glad that the Hiram Bingham was able to be arranged one-way (both ways was a bit too much $$). It was a unique experience and a wonderful evening. If you have clients who are leery of the cost, I would definitely recommend doing what we did – the Vistadome on the way there, during the day with the big windows so you can see the valley as you journey to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Then, the Hiram Bingham back down in the evening – you don’t miss seeing outside, because you already did that, and you can relax and have a lot of wine – we avoided drinking alcohol in MP Pueblo because of the physical exertion of climbing around the ruins, and felt deserving of it on the way back to Cusco!
Thanks for your extensive help in planning this trip!