Back from their first private guided experience with Kensington Tours, Sophisticated Living’s Editor-in-Chief, Bridget Williams and husband Eric Williams filled us in on their unforgettable journey to the heart of ancient Incan civilization, Peru. From the colorful historic capital of Cusco, magical Sacred Valley & timeless treasures of Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca and its surrounding floating communities, Bridget and Eric’s epic odyssey is packed with exhilarating thrills, first class pampering and iconic Orient Express properties.
Here is a sneak peak of their 8 Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Adventure.
Bridget and Eric started their adventure in the Incan capital, Cusco where they were welcomed by Kensington private guide and driver for a taste of ancient Peru. Our travelers from Kentucky continued their journey towards Aguas Calientes with a dramatic train ride which offered breathtaking views of canyons, rivers and hillside villages. En route to Machu Picchu, the couple enjoyed a private guided tour of the Sacred Valley while immersing in cultural encounters at the ruins of Ollantaytambo, Miras Salt Mines and colorful Pisac Market.
(Left) Eric testing his strength by lifting a sack of salt at Miras Salt Mines
(Right) No Kensington Tours experience is complete without heart-pulling encounters with the locals.
While many travelers were left wondering how to tackle the sheer magnificence of Machu Picchu, Bridget and Eric were able to enjoy the most out of this ancient wonder by unraveling its many hidden secrets thanks to our local private guides. “I don’t know how we could have done Machu Picchu without our guide,” explains Bridget. “Some parts of the climb were rather steep and terrifying, but our guide was really helpful in guiding us with the trek. He made sure we experienced everything we wanted to experience and more!”
(Left) Kensington Tours private guide made sure Bridget and Eric made the most out of their Peru adventure.
(Right) A rewarding point of view after Bridget’s intense, yet exhilarating climb up Machu Picchu
After crossing off Machu Picchu on their travel bucket list, Eric and Bridget set for another spectacular journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca. A surprising highlight to end their adventure, Bridget and Eric wrapped up their tour with a unique island hopping experience with a visit to the floating Islands of Uros (which is made out of Totora reeds), home to one of the oldest surviving communities in the world.
(Left) The world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca
(Right) A cheerful smile from a local weaver on a village along Lake Titicaca
Among the remarkable places we stayed at, the Orient Express Palacio Nazarenas stood out for its opulence and outstanding hospitality. The restored private residence-turned-convent blended ancient features of Inca walls and colonial frescoes with 21st-century indulgence. Situated in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square, it features a fabulous spa, stylish restaurants offering delicious local cuisine and an outdoor pool. (See pictures below)
Stay tuned for more, as Bridget goes into more exciting details of this Peruvian adventure on a feature piece on Sophisticated Living.
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(Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco)
The aroma of the dense surrounding forest hangs in the thin mountain air as you stroll among the ancient stone ruins of the famous Incan fortress at Machu Picchu and connect with a lost civilization and its millennia-old ghosts.
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