Time for some luxury in the Sacred Valley

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
Trip End Aug 18, 2013

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Friday, November 2, 2012

One of the beauties of a trip like this is talking to locals or fellow travelers and getting tips on where to go next. With strong advice to take a few days to recover from Machu Picchu in the lower and lusher Sacred Valley, we started the search for a place to call home. We found an incredible deal on Expedia for $60 per night at a 4 star resort with great review - the Sonesta Pousada in the tiny town of Yucay. 

An hour away and several thousand feet lower than Cusco, Yucay has no stop lights and just a few places to eat, drink or sleep so we spent a lot of time at the Sonesta. The girls had the run of the gorgeous grounds, playing and practicing for a music video they are making. 

The girls had a great lesson here about "rich old people." The place was packed with American tourists on packaged, large bus, tours who were generally unhappy, demanding, and rude. It was the antithesis of the hostel culture

Nevertheless, the staff and grounds were great and we had a fun and relaxing time. The staff gave us tips on things to do and places to go that the front desk wouldn't ordinarily recommend. We went horseback riding, took little tuk-tuk motorcycle taxi's into town for pizza and went off-route on a hike to a little church perched high on a hill outside of town that probably hasn't seen a tourist in many years. 

Halloween is celebrated in the Sacred Valley with kids getting dressed up and trick or treating, but they do it in the town and not around neighborhoods. After our day out horseback riding the girls were tired so I went into town and found halloween decorated mugs filled with candy for the girls. When I returned to our room, I presented the girls with the candy and they were less than impressed. Nothing beats North Capitol Hill in Seattle on Halloween so I felt their pain and we had fun talking about the years of Halloween adventures with the Connor-Byrne's. Sadly, we saw no "Kirsten would love that" decorations though. 

We didn't want to leave Yucay and the Sonesta, but $60 and the cost of food and beverages had us moving South again after a few days. 
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Susie Jackson on

We are really enjoying your updates and all the pictures. Merry Christmas to you four!

Suzanna Westhagen on

I'm so confused all of a sudden. Are you guys a month and a half ahead of your blog entries? I just figured that out with your mention of Halloween!

J P Cook on

Merry Christmas to the four of you. We check to see where you are from time to time and always smile. What an adventure!! Maga and Paga seem to be doing fine after their escapades of a couple of weeks ago. I talk to them often and they are missing you and Bill and Amy at Christmas as we do our children BUT it is good you all are doing "your thing" while you can. Have a great holiday and enjoy all ahead of you in the New Year. We love you all, SUsie and Phil

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