Machu Picchu has always been on the list of places to see, so that will finally happen on this cruise, since we spend a total of 5 days in Peruvian ports. The shore excursions offered by Holland America were fully booked by the time we decided to take this cruise (last month), so we booked a tour with a third party travel company with experience sending clients to Machu Picchu. Bestway Tours and Safaris is a travel company based in Vancouver, Canada who is well-established and has the experience to provide us with a customized tour of both Machu Picchu itself as well as the Sacred Valley.
The second day, we do a full day tour of the Sacred Valley, which will give us lots of time to see the sights without rushing around, and take in some of the local colour at the local markets. The third day we take the 3-hour scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes from where we take a coach transfer to South America’s most famous World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. We will have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, and have plenty of time to look around before we return to Cusco on the train in the afternoon. This should be the highlight of the whole trip! The following day we fly back to Lima and then drive down the coast to board the Rotterdam in Pisco.