Happy National Lipstick Day! In honor of this day I thought I’d share a really interesting lipstick moment from my trip to Peru! In between Cuzco and Machu Picchu lies the Sacred Valley. While you won’t see a Sephora on the drive I did learn the secret to 24 hour kiss proof lipstick!
Due to the high altitude, when we first flew into Cusco, we left immediately for the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and we were excited to explore it on our way back. Cuzco is a magnificent city which dwarfs anything around it and is filled with great architecture, history and food. Being so high above sea level means having to watch your physical activity, but since we had already acclimated in the Sacred Valley for a week we felt pretty good to go.
A few days into our trip through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu we headed about 10 minutes away from the town center of Urubamba, went up an unassuming dirt road and arrived at the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba hotel. Traveling through some local farms and ranches, the hotel is located in a secluded nook of the Peruvian highlands, with postcard views all around. Being that the hotel itself is so new and the area so private, it was hard for our cab driver to figure out where it was. I see that as a great feature and luckily, I printed out step by step directions.
After our arrival to the Sacred Valley of Peru, we headed straight to Urubamba to acclimate at the famed Tambo Del Inka hotel. This award winning resort that’s included in the Libertador, Starwoods, and Luxury Collection Hotel portfolios is conveniently located halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Spending your first night in a luxury hotel when entering this high altitude region is a godsend. This was the perfect place to acclimate, even with our precautionary prescriptions, we were starting to feel heavy and short of breath in the high altitude.
Well kids, it’s been an exciting 3 weeks in Peru! I’ve traveled all over the country through Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Huacachina, Trujillo and so much more that I can hardly believe this trip is coming to an end. While I’m putting together all of my travel guides for any of you planning a future tips, here’s a quick peak from a shoot James and I did while traveling through the Sacred Valley.