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CUSCO, PERU I ’ve never been one to subscribe to “Bucket Lists” or places that must be seen before succumbing to old age and senility. However, having recently returned from a week in Peru visiting Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman may have been onto something. ArrivingattheJWMarriottElConventoCusco,theuniqueexperience begins with coca tea to help guests acclimate to the 12,000 foot Andean elevation. This five star resort in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere will provide every amenity and service to make this a trip you will never forget. A tour of the Sacred Valley

Qespi, offering fine dining at its best, each dish inspired by traditions and native ingredients enjoyed and cherished by the people of the Andes for centuries – think quinoa, kañiwa (a cousin of quinoa), local herbs and antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables. And that also applies to the cocktail menu. If served in NYC, this culture-to-table approach would require reservations months in advance. While enjoying the food, festivals and lively culture of Cusco, you will have an opportunity to shop (with Chef Heivel) at the indoor food market and sample a plethora of fresh produce, cheese and local foods you have never seen or tasted. Travelling to new places should bring with it new and exciting

will be custom tailored to your needs and preferences: touring the salt mines, riding horses through the Andean hillside, a picnic on the shores of a tranquil lake with mountain backdrop, participating in a Shaman ceremony (renewing wedding vows) or just experiencing this historic region inhabited by warm and friendly indigenous locals.

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Your journey to Machu Picchu will begin before sunrise with a 3-hour luxurious train ride through the Andean Mountains. Your hosts at the JWMarriott Cusco will make sure you’re well nourished on board with plenty of food, snacks and beverages. The most famous archaeological site in South America, this mystical city is a must see destination. The incredible architecture of the massive Inca stone structures, the surreal backdrop of steep sugarloaf hills and the Urubamba River below have earned its place on the “New 7 Wonders of the World” list. Arriving back in Cusco, dinner will prolong your day’s unique experience. Overseen by executive chef Heivel Bedoya Schwartz, this and all of your meals at the JW Marriott Cusco will be a most memorable component of your trip to Peru. Its signature restaurant is

experiences; the opportunity to learn about different cultures and people; to hike, climb and ride majestic valleys and mountains; to witness wonders that make our planet so magical; to taste foods that you’ve never tasted and want to make them a part of your life forever; to move out of your comfort zone at times while always returning at the end of the day to five-star luxury and service. All of this and much more await you in Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley in Peru. Your base at the JW Marriott Cusco will ensure that your mornings, days and nights are planned to your personal desires. This will be a journey of a lifetime and one that will become a part of you forever. marriott.com –Barry Himmel

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