The February 2007 issue of Travel & Leisure magazine has nice write up on the two Inkaterra villas www.inkaterra.com inPeru's Sacred Valley (page 44). LL frequently offers auction packages in Peru from Inkaterra. The article also mentions two new villas scheduled to open the Summer of 2007. Anyone interested in possilby bidding on one of the LL Peru auctionsmight want to pick up this magazine.
Thank you for the information. I am still confused as to which option to consider to Peru. How would you compare the Inkaterra trip and the Orient Express trip? Does Inkaterra seem more like "group travel" properties? Any assistance between the two would help. I have been watching both on LL. I am leaning towards OE however, it concerns me to coordinate transfers between the hotels. (unless they assist/recommend drivers, air connections, etc.)
bonniejoy03...when we visited, webought the LLOrient-Express package (Lima,Cuzco, Machu Picchu & Colca Canyon) and found the experience to our liking. We used private guides as well as "meet & greet" services provided by the ground operator...no problems. We ate at the Inkaterra property in Aguas Caliente and used their spa....however we really can't offer a first-handcomment on their other services or hotel rooms.Following is a post I have copiedfrom another LLCommunity member whotraveled withInkaterra....you might want to send them an private message and see if they can provide additional information:
We have just returned from 8 days in Peru, using a Luxury Link auction package connected to the Inkaterra group. My husband and I bought the package at auction: three days in the Andean rainforest at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, one night in a villa (one of several owned by Inkaterra) in the SacredValley, and two nights at the Inkaterra Macchu Pichu hotel in Aquas Calientes. Friends of ours bought the same package (on a "Buy Now" offer) and we traveled together. I cannot begin to say how fabulous it all was. Inkaterra is an organization dedicated to eco-tourism. The Reserva Amazonica is on the Rio Madre de Dios river, about a 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Maldonado (which is about a 1 1/2 hour flight from Lima, usually via Cusco.) They describe the lodge as rustic, but I'm saying, if that's rustic, give me more! Every room was an individual building. There was a central lodge for dining and another which served as a base for the nature outings. We were up most mornings at 5; we took a canoe trip on Lake Sandobal (we swam); we canoed down a tributary; we fished (I caught a fish...); The guides who were with us all the time were the most amazing young people, so knowledgeable and so dedicated to preserving the rainforest and advancing ecotourism. One young guide is writing a book on traditional medicines used by the rainforest people. Others are working on their theses for their university graduation. I really can't say enough about the amazing experience. Our visit to Cusco and the SacredValley was equally wonderful. Our guide and driver met us at the airport; they were both highly knowledgeable and personable. Our villas had our own cook/housekeeper. The food was fabulous. The setting magnificent. I think my only regret was that we only had one day in the SacredValley. On to Machu Picchu and the beautiful, beautiful Inkaterra Machu Picchu hotel and our trip to the ruins. I will recommend Inkaterra to all my friends--along with Luxury Link. We met other people along the way who were on similar packages. Maybe we'll meet up with them again on this thread!