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Peru Photos – Day Six

Today is the last day of our photo blog through Peru.  We hope you have enjoyed it.  We left the Sacred Valley to return to Cusco.  On the way though we had a couple stops.  The first is the Pisac Market.  The views on the way were great as usual.

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Peru Photos – Day Five (Machu Picchu)

When many people think of going to to Peru, the first thing they think of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.  And after much anticipated wait, it was our turn to go to Machu Picchu!  To get there, you need to take a train for a portion of the trip.  The train follows the Urubamba River to the town of Aguas Calientes.  From there we took a shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu.

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Peru Photos – Day Four

We continue our photo blog of pictures from my Adventures by Disney trip to Peru.  This morning we woke up to rain.  We had some sprinkles before this and the rain and hail while at the weaving demonstration.  We received a magical surprise this morning. Rain ponchos for all!  This would come in handy.

We were to go to Moray to see the concentric circles.  When we arrived there, we were the first buses to arrive.  We walked down to the first platform and then had to make a decision — proceed further down to the bottom of the circles or return to the bus.  It was still raining and there was a lot of mud.  I was worried not only about footing going down but also that we would have to climb back up.  Unfortunately, I chose to go back to the bus.  After seeing all the muddy and tired folks coming back, I was glad I did.

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Peru – Day Three

After river rafting and lunch, we started our first ruin tour.  Ollantaytambo.  This by far was the most continual climbing that we did all week.  It certainly made the rest easier, but all the while thinking how much worse could it get!

Looking up from the bottom.

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Peru Photos – Day Two

I should start out today saying the days noted are not the actual day one, day two, etc.  Today is day two of photos.  Over the course of the 8 day journey, I took just under 3000 photos.  Some weren’t so good, but a lot of them are great pictorials.

On to today’s photos!

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Peru Photos – Day 1

At long last, I am adding some photos from our Adventures by Disney® trip to Peru!  I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with too many at once so I’ll add more each day.

View of the beach and Pacific Ocean as we were driving to our first hotel.  Our first day we just relaxed after a long day of flying.

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The Disney Difference

Over the last week, many of you have followed along with me on my journey to Peru with Adventures by Disney®.  I was offered this opportunity by Disney to learn more about what Adventures by Disney is and offers its clients.

On the first day we were asked what we were most excited about on the adventure.  My answer was to find out more about the Disney difference.  Let’s be honest, an Adventures by Disney trip is not a cheap vacation.  Many of my clients have asked why they should pay so much for a trip. I have learned about Adventures by Disney and the Disney difference in online workshops and brochures, but experiencing it makes all the difference.

Over the week, some of the travel agents attending discussed the difference in prices between Disney and some of their competitors.  We found that you cannot simply look at a tour of the same number of days/nights and even maybe the hotel choices to decide which is better.  You need to look at all aspects of the tour.  While some will offer the same quality hotels, same touring options, it’s the extras that really make up the difference.

Some will also say “I can do this for less on my own”.  Again, I will say look at everything to see if it really does save you.  My guess is that you won’t save much, if anything, on your own and the hassle you will experience will not be worth the savings.

Every day we had a bus, driver and tour guide for our group.  Since we had 38 people on our tour, we had three vehicles except when in Lima.  We always rode in the same vehicle so we got to know our guides, driver and other participants very well.  It made us all feel comfortable and we had a great time.  One morning we were touring and the vans got very muddy.  By our afternoon tour, less than two hours after getting dropped off for lunch, the vans were clean again, inside and out!

Each time we got in the van, we were offered bottled water. The first day it was raining, we were each offered a poncho.  We got to know our guides as well as our other adventurers.  At the end of the trip, we all shed a few tears, remembering everything we experienced – the joys, the triumphs, the pain and some sorrow.  We all felt like we made some new friends.  At the end of the tour, we exchanged business cards and email addresses.  We’ll be sharing a Shutterfly site with all of our pictures.

There were little extras that we noticed everyday.  When we went to Ollantaytambo, there was no one at the ruins when we got there.  We climbed to the top without fighting the crowds.  We found out later that this was because the ruins were not open when we arrived but Disney is allowed to enter the park early.  When we left there were hundreds of people there.  When we went to Moray, there was only one other bus there.  Many times we were the only ones at places or there were very few others.  It certainly gave us the feeling of being exclusive!

Other Disney differences included our visit to Seminario.  We had the opportunity to meet Pablo Seminario.  While this is never guaranteed that he will be there for every ABD tour, Pablo will not meet with other group tours, only Disney.

Every day there was an example of how Disney does it better.  I was thoroughly impressed.  Please ask me about your favorite destination with Adventures by Disney and I will be happy to talk about the Disney difference for you too.

Over the next week, I will be doing more photo summaries of this trip and we will be offering some special discounts on select trips to Europe and Costa Rica, plus some special incentives for booking with your favorite agent at Travel On A Dream.

In the interest of full disclosure, nearly all expenses associated with this trip were paid by Disney. 

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