Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
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We arrived very late to our hotel in Cusco, truly exhausted from our day at Machu Picchu – the great news: our hotel, Palacio Nazarenas, had oxygenated rooms!! So we slept very well. We watched just a few minutes of the Olympics and fell over!
In the morning, Jimmy came to pick us up late – 10: …
We departed the hotel in Cusco after a quick breakfast this morning at 7AM for a breathtaking ride through the Urumbamba Valley to Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley of the Inca's.
We saw many fields at various altitudes where quinoa, corn and potatoes were grown. We reached a peak altitude on the drive of about 12,900 feet, where …
... The ride was off-road but nothing too technical, mostly smoothish dirt roads past villages and farmland. It was lovely to see how Peruvian people live close up, although lovely in the sense that I can return to my own modern existence soon. I don't know if anyone has come up with a term that means glamping (glamorous camping) for bike touring but that's definitely what we've been doing. While we are riding with our MTB champion, our driver and tour ...
... spent far more time than any other part of the tour. When we finally departed the store, we went to the nearby temple of the moon which was hugely interesting - a cave containing carvings in the wall, a sacrificial table (for black llamas) with a slit in the ceiling for the solstice moon, and a doorway carved in the shape of a llama - but then had to make a long walk from here back to the city. Unfortunately, we found that the tour was again rushed, exploitive of tourists, and ...
... of night.
Once we got back to our room, we did most of our packing, only leaving out the things we would need in the morning. We then enjoyed a few drinks, me with my bottle of cava and Trevor with some Cusqueña beer he’d bought earlier. Then we watched a bit of telly and settled down for our last night in Peru. :-(
We had a lie-in until 8.00am tomorrow as the bus wasn’t coming to take us to Cuzco airport until 11 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBelmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco
Love it! Great rooms and appointments. Our room is strikingly beautiful and overlooks a beautiful garden terrace. Highly recommend.
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