Last year at this time I was getting ready for my Adventures by Disney experience to Peru. I was nervous and excited. This was my first trip out of the country. I have been to the Bahamas and Canada but this was quite a bit further and just a little different in every other way, too. I did reports on my first few days of the Adventure here:
In this article, I’ll get to the day everyone waits for: Machu Picchu day. It is day 5 of the adventure, and it’s a long and exciting day. We started out in the wee hours of the morning as we needed to take the bus to the Ollantaytambo train station and then take the train to Machu Picchu.
Breakfast at the hotel and then off to the train station we went. There was a wait at the station and the locals will were there and prepared if we wanted to buy any souvenirs. There is a bathroom and a snack area at the station that you can use while you wait. Once the train arrived, the Disney adventurers had our very own private first class train car.
We were able to enjoy the scenery along the Urubamba River where we went rafting a few days before. as we followed along the river, the rapids changed from our leisurely rafting to wicked, fast rapids. The train ride was about 2 hours, and they fed us a snack onboard. upon arriva, we went through the small village to catch a bus that carried up to the site of Machu Picchu. We had lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge right outside Machu Picchu (included in the tour price.) It is a huge buffet lunch with all sorts of options. We finished lunch and entered into Machu Picchu together. TIP: take your passport to the welcome area and stamp a Michu Picchu stamp on one of your pages.
Once inside, I found myself asking, “Am I really here????”
Our guides toured us around the site to get the pictures and give details about the history of site. After the guided tour, we had time to explore on your own. No words can describe its beauty and awe. It is something you have to see to experience.
Then down on the bus to wait for the train. We had a little time to do some local shopping. Once on the train, we got another snack and a little surprise. I will not ruin it for you ; >)
Dinner was a little later than normal as we got to the hotel around 8pm, but–again– we got to order off the menu, and it was all paid for by Disney.
started a little later, breakfast at the hotel but this morning our luggage had to be ready for pick up as we were departing for Cusco later in the day. Shopping is on the agenda for today. The Pisac Market is where you can shop for local crafts, jewelry and alpaca sweaters. You can use your negotiating skills here to get some bargains. You are here for about 90 minutes so make sure you check for the hidden Mickey here too. Then back on the bus to the Awana Kancha Camelids Center to get up and close to some Alpaca and Llamas. See how the soft wool is used to make beautiful woven textiles. They have a beautiful store on site and you get some more shopping time before you are off to the city of Cusco. Lunch is at a local Cusco restaurant, and its a lovely buffet with a lot of options. I think the desserts were the big hit here. After lunch, a short walk to the Libertador Palacio del Inka Horel Cusco that we will be at for the next two nights. We were on our own for the evening. We decided to just stay at the hotel and relax. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant,t and it was very good. It’s nice to have the option, right?
Breakfast at the hotel, order off the menu and it was included, then a bus ride over to Sacsayhuaman. Massive 200 ton stones moved miles to this site without the benefit of modern machinery. The chiseled stonework resembles perfectly interlocking puzzle pieces that barely a human hair or blade of grass can pass between. After the tour and taking pictures of the city there is an optional walking tour back into the city or a bus ride back into the city for an afternoon on your own. Tonight is the goodbye dinner at the hotel with a little twist, I won’t give away all the fun things.
Departure day back to Lima, so suitcases must be placed outside your door at a certain time so they can be whisked away and waiting for you at the next location. Breakfast at the hotel, ordering off the menu and its included. A bus ride to the Cusco Airport and a short plane ride back to Lima. Back in Lima you are treated to a farewell lunch at the Casa Aliaga. A colonial mansion as old as the city itself. This was our final time with the group and you got to review our Adventures by Disney Peru tour and say goodbye. After lunch in Lima, we had a day room before departing at the Casa Andina Lima Hotel. We got back to the hotel around 4pm, and our departure time to the Lima Airport was at 7p for our return flight home. We were able to use the day room to freshen up and relax.
Now that it’s been a year since our adventure, I have to say I have stayed in touch with a lot of people from this adventure. I even got to meet up with a few over the year. You truly do become like one big family on the Adventures by Disney tours. I have been on two and they have both been a bonding experience. It sort of just happens on its own. You do not have to go out of your way to engage in conversations or act any different than who you are, it really just happens. It’s a great way to travel.
I wonder where I’ll go next with Adventures by Disney. Any suggestions?