Category Archives: Trip Reports

Trip Report: JFK to San Juan on Delta

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I spent the weekend in Puerto Rico for some much needed alone time, and a little birthday present to myself.  It was exactly what I needed. Delta Flt 301,  Dep. JFK 7:00 am, Arr. SJU 12:30 pm, Boeing 757 Delta’s nonstop to San Juan leaves unnecessarily early at 7am (for… Read more »

Trip Report: Miami and the W South Beach

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Delta Flt. 1771 JFK to MIA Dep.  10:40 a.m.       Arr.  1:45 p.m. Delta Flt. 1771  MIA to JFK (yes, same flight number) Dep.  2:37 p.m.      Arr.  5:28 p.m. I spent the weekend in Miami at the W South Beach.   The genesis of the trip was a friend’s free… Read more »

Trip Report: Lima to New York on Copa Airlines

After a short, nothing-much-to-report stay in Lima, it was time to head back home.  I arranged for a car through Green Taxi, who had given us a fine ride from the airport, in order to avoid being gouged by the Westin’s fleet of overpriced cars.  The ride was about $20… Read more »

Trip Report: The Westin Lima – m’eh

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Although we were scheduled to stay at the Radisson in San Isidro, one of my travel partners discovered that the Westin Lima, a relatively new property, had sudden SPG cash and points availability for our night in town. So we made the switch. In the end, I don’t think the… Read more »

Trip Report: Cusco and Back to Lima

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When our train arrived in Ollantaytambo, there were many taxis waiting to take passengers back to Cusco.  We had left our luggage at the Tambo del Inka for the day though, and figured we’d ask if we could use the showers in the pool area to get out of our… Read more »

Trip Report: Machu Picchu and PeruRail

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Getting to Machu Picchu is hard.  From Lima, it requires at least four modes of transportation  (unless you’re doing the Inca Trail, which is another kind of hard journey).  For us, that meant: fly to Cusco, taxi to Urubamba, taxi to Ollantayatambo train station, train to Aguas Calientes, bus up… Read more »

Trip Report: Urubamba and the Tambo del Inka

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Wow. Just wow. As I noted in my previous post, the drive to Urubamba from Cusco was simply breathtaking, as we drove through the hills and towns of the Sacred Valley.  The roads were well-paved and it was an idyllic way to start 20 hours or so of pure relaxation.  … Read more »

Trip Report: Lima to Cusco on Star Peru and the Drive to Urubamba

StarPeru Flt. 1181,  LIM –> CUZ,  BAe  146-200A,  Dep. 10:10 AM; Arr. 11:30 AM After a 30 minute drive from the Sheraton and an uneventful check-in at the Lima Airport, I made a quick stop at the VIP Lounge using my Priority Pass membership to use the internet and charge… Read more »

Seen from the Road: Cusco Airport, November 4, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011: We are sitting in the Lima airport waiting to board our flight to Cusco. There is a Peruvian girl of about 8 years old waiting at the gate as well.   All of a sudden we hear “Place the sterile drape around the knee.”   Turns… Read more »

Trip Report: Quick Night in Lima: Sheraton Lima

One of the downsides of being in row 34 of an international flight is that you are one of the last to get to immigration.  Particularly annoying at 11pm after a delayed 6.5 hour flight.   But given the fact we arrived around the same time as a Delta flight from… Read more »