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Julio & Francisca inspect Cusco area facilities


Julio Massa and Francisca Peña, owners and directors of Panorama Perú spent time in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.  They inspected hotels, facilities and restaurants and are pleased to share their findings with you.

Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express

"The former 16th-century Seminary of San Antonio Abad, now Hotel Monasterio, remains as pretty and enigmatic as ever.  With its 108 rooms and suites, it is perhaps, by history and size, the most impressive hotel in town.  We also visited the works being done by Orient Express at the adjacent 55,000 sq.ft. Convento de las Nazarenas where a new 56-suite luxury hotel is under construction."

Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco

"This hotel maintains its high quality and exquisite service in the impressive surroundings of what was once the residence of conquistadors in the 1500's."

La Casona, Cusco Hotel  - Member of Relais & Chateaux

"This 11-suite hotel is a former 16th-century manor house, where Inca legacies and colonial furnishings reflect the blend of cultures combined with contemporary comforts and impeccable services."

La Cicciolina

"We recommend this restaurant in Cusco - it is one of our favorites. It is run by Argentinian Chef Luis Alberto Scilotto (of La Gloria fame), and the menu combines Mediterranean tradition with products from the region.

"We also recommend these restaurants in Cusco: Limo, MAP Cafe, Inka Grill, Incanto, Piskuo and Chicha."

The Sacred Valley has several excellent hotels mentioned in previous newsletters - Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection, Hotel Sol y Luna and Hotel Rio Sagrado by Orient Express.  During their visit last month, Julio and Francisca especially enjoyed Ticllabamba Maison de Charme. It was originally a Royal Inca estate that is now a private home owned by English-Peruvian, Susy Dyson, that is available for FIT visitors.  It has three very simple but elegant suites and a staff to make your clients' stay memorable.

One of the main reasons for the visit to the Sacred Valley was the inauguration of the new Machu Picchu Train, owned and operated by Andean Railways.  Brand new trains are now running between the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.