Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2013

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More than Machu Picchu Palacio Nazarenas Tourism is a well-oiled machine in Peru ��� demonstrated by the massive assemblage of taxi drivers and sign toting tour operators just outside the terminal in Lima. Tis is the moment that always makes me hold my breath in anticipation and just a bit of worry. In this instance it was just a split second as I easily spied a smiling man holding a large printed sign with my name on it in a sea of handwritten ones. After exchanging pleasantries, Christian Chang whisked us across the street from the terminal to the Hotel Costa Del Sol Ramada. We convened briefy in the lobby to go over our welcome packet with all of the tickets we���d need over the course of the next eight days before turning in for a very brief rest. Like many airport hotels, this one was spare but clean and comfortable. I wouldn���t want to spend a week here, but it was easy for our early morning fight to Cusco the next day. Even though he���d left us at 2am the night before, Christian was back at the hotel by 6am with our boarding passes in hand to walk us back across the street to the terminal. Prior to takeof, we took his advice and had a cup of mate de coca tea; an 40 herbal tea made using leaves of the coca plant and purported to help ward of altitude sickness. Te historic capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the southeastern Peruvian city of Cusco receives nearly 2 million visitors each year. We were met outside the tiny airport by Meliton, our contact in Cusco who related points of interest and places we���d be wise to avoid, en route to our hotel, Palacio Nazarenas, the newest member of the Orient Express hotel portfolio in the Peru. Located in a quiet, cobblestone plaza behind Cuzco���s central square, the Plaza de Armas, and next to another Orient Express property, the opulent and lauded Hotel Monasterio, the architecture of Palacio Nazarenas, a former convent and palace, is simple, austere, and elegant. Notifed in advance of our impending arrival, we were greeted at the door by our personal butler who presented me with a bouquet of local flowers and ushered us to our room to complete the check-in process. A foating wall with a fat-panel television mounted on either side separated the living room and bedroom in our Grande Suite.

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