Just Back From … Cusco & Machu Picchu
It’s on everyone’s bucket list. We recognize the picture immediately. Then most of us struggle to remember the names. Cusco & Machu Picchu. They’re definitely unforgettable and bucket list worthy.
What intrigues me even now is that my trip occurred with international meeting planners from big incentive houses, like Maritz, and to hear how few had ever done an incentive travel program here. It’s so popular with individual tourists, but few companies have hosted their club trips here.
Here’s my journal in pictures which speak for themselves with little commentary from me.
This is the bucket list stop for sure!
HIRAM BINGHAM TRAIN
If you come this far, incentive groups must take this luxury train from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
HOTEL – PALACIO NAZARENAS
This is the newest Peruvian hotel from the Orient Express family. It is sure to be on T+L and Conde Nast award list soon. It is one of my top 5 hotels ever!
HOTEL – HOTEL MONASTERIO
This is the reigning champion of Cusco hotels in the Orient Express family. Nazarenas and Monasterio are next door to each other. You cannot miss with either. Nazarenas is newer and mostly suites. Monasterio is the long-time award winner.
HOTEL – JW MARRIOTT CUSCO
The upscale JW brand within the Marriott family will make Americans comfortable with this luxurious choice. It recently opened to rave reviews too. Fun facts: 6 years to build, $57M cost, building was a church convent, and highest elevation of any Marriott hotel! Personally, I prefer the more localized feel of the Orient Express hotels, but this is an incentive quality hotel and brings peace of mind to US incentive buyers.