Peru was a monumental trip in that it was actually our honeymoon. Well at least a belated one. Actually, it was supposed to be a trip to Morocco but somehow we decided to go to Machu Picchu and thus a trip to Peru was born.
Planning the trip seemed difficult at first since there is a slight language barrier. After surfing the web for about a week, we found Pentagrama Tours in Lima Peru. A wonderful woman by the name of Aida planned our trip for us.
Trips to Peru to see the common sites are canned packages and the agent works to place the tourist in each of the mini tours and then handles other aspects like hotel pick up and drop off and one on one evening or morning meetings with a contact from Pentagrama.
Unless you rent your own car or hire a private driver, you will end up on the mini tours. One tour we took included ruins in the Cuzco area. Our agent provided us with the tickets that morning and made sure the tour bus picked us up at our hotel. The English speaking tour guide took care of us for the day, the tour provided lunch on the way, and the bus returned us to the hotel or in the town center if we preferred. Understanding the history of the places we were visiting was the greatest benefit for going on these tours.
Another example of a tour was when the representative picked us up at the hotel in Lima and brought us to a bus station. We took a bus for 3 hours to Ica where we were dropped off at Las Dunas Hotel. From there, no one really spoke English, but those who got off the bus were either there to stay or to take the minibus to the airport to fly over the Nazca Lines. After the flight we returned to the hotel and requested a private city tour at the front desk. They returned us in time to catch the return bus back and our contact picked us up at the bus station and brought us back to our hotel.
If we went back there are a few things we would still like to do. There is a train that travels between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. This is the only way to get to Machu Picchu (no road leads there) unless you take the helicopter which is the cause of the endangerment of the condors in the area so take the train. The train can drop you off part way and you can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A visit to Manu rain forest would also be a nice trip.