Taking the Family to Cusco’s Machu Picchu Museum

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Cusco is known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. Therefore, it is no surprise that it has an excellent museum containing the world’s largest collection of Machu Picchu artifacts. The Machu Picchu Museum at Casa Concha features a diorama of the ruins, videos, and Incan artifacts found during the restoration and building of Casa Concha. It is the perfect place for anyone who loves history and archeology.

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What You Will See

The location of the Casa Concha house was initially the residence of the royal lineage of Tupac Inka Yupanqui. The house was built on top of these foundations in the seventeenth century as the palace of Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado.

Throughout the twentieth century, the house served as an army barracks and a police station. The government finally donated the house to the San Antonia Abad University. The National Institute of Culture lead the restoration efforts on the home. As an example of these efforts, those traveling through the central patio will first see the glass-covered excavation pit that reveals the buried Inca floor.

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Visitors will see over 300 artifacts and fragments excavated when Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in the early 1900s as well as pictures of the site from that period. Back in 1912, American explorer Hiram Bigham brought a team to excavate Machu Picchu, taking over 4,000 artifacts back to Yale University.

However, the Peruvian government recently campaigned for the return of these items, claiming them as stolen from Peru. After several years, the US government returned the artifacts in 2011. Today, the museum houses the largest collection of Inca objects in the world.

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All of these artifacts are in excellent condition, which is astonishing. Most are complete and in their original form. Also, there are even more fragments from the excavations, but they are not on display so that national and international researchers can study them. However, this does mean the museum may display more artifacts in the future!

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Other Exhibits

Besides the artifacts, there are videos to watch and a real “Inka house” to see. Guests can explore an exhibit room filled with bones found in the excavation, including several skulls and a full human body!

Curious travelers can also look at the “Inka” mummies and observe skulls showcasing evidence of advanced brain surgery for the time. Metallurgy and Metalwork were important to the Incans, and there is also a room that features the different metal tools found.

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Visitors can view the large scale model of Machu Picchu. This model also comes with an informative video from Yale University’s Professor Richard L. Burger. One can explore the ruins virtually in an interactive exhibit. There’s also the Ongoing Investigations Room.

This exhibit shows how modern archeology techniques continue to reveal more about the lives of ancient Machu Picchu residents. Today, archeologists identify Machu Picchu as a retreat for Incan royalty, occupied between the years 1450 and 1540 and boasting plentiful food and no hard labor.

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The top floor features a souvenir shop where visitors can see some buyable “artifacts” made in front of them.

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Location, Hours, and Admission

The Machu Picchu Museum is located at 320 Santa Catalina Ancha.The museum is open Monday through Saturday from nine am to five pm and closed on Sundays.

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General admission is 20 soles. However, there are exclusive discounts for Peruvians and Peruvian students, as well as international students.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The museum isn’t super hands-on, but there are a lot of interesting exhibits and videos to see and some touch screen videos
  • The museum itself has plenty of space for people to walk around and check out the exhibits.
  • Parents should expect to spend about two hours exploring all parts of the museum.
  • The museum is an entirely indoor location with air conditioning.
  • There are benches for visitors to sit down and take a break. Also, the slow paced videos give visitors extra time to absorb the information.


Family Fun at Cusco’s ChocoMuseo

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Most of us associated fine chocolates with Belgium and Switzerland. But as we found out on our last trip to South America, Peru has become a serious contender in the world of chocolates with cacao beans that are turned into artisanal delicacies.

Located just two blocks from the central Plaza de Armas in Cusco, the ChocoMuseo is a must visit for any family or chocolate lover. Part museum, part cafe, it is worth a trip.

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What You Will See

The ChocoMuseo is a chain operating in several Central and South American countries.
In the upstairs area, guests can view an interactive exhibit that details the history of cacao and chocolate. Perhaps most interesting is the history of chocolate in the Mayan and Aztec Empires (it was so valuable it was used as currency) and how they called it the “food of the gods.”
Downstairs, there is a cafe serving delicious hot chocolate concoctions.

But the part that most people come for, and that we most enjoyed, was the section where one can make their own chocolate.

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The chocolate making section is a two-hour hands-on experience that takes guests from the bean to the final delicious result. The workshop also details chocolate’s history to its students.
First, students make and taste drinks prepared with straight cocoa beans. Visitors also roast, peel, and mash cocoa beans. Guests are allowed to get creative with their final chocolate masterpieces, with all the toppings and shapes imaginable.
In the end, visitors leave their chocolates in the fridge to pick up at the end of the day. Those interested in more specific aspects of chocolate artistry can sign up for classes in chocolate sculpting or truffle filling.

Family Fun at Cusco's ChocoMuseo bowl

Our son with autism loved mashing the seeds and observing the process. He didn’t appreciate the instructor’s joke about needing a drop of his blood to get the chocolate cooking. She even brought a needle and pretended to poke him.

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At the end of the day, travelers can go to the cafe and get a table with a view. The cafe serves thick hot chocolate in a bowl that diners mix with warm milk and seasonings. The cafe also offers delicious chocolate truffles and a Mochaccino made with Peruvian coffee beans.

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All the cocoa beans used in this location are grown in a jungle near Machu Picchu. Local Peruvian farmers work with the Choco Museo to provide the best quality beans.

We brought home our self-made chocolate bar as our souvenir for the day.

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Location, Hours, and Admission 

The ChocoMuseo is located on the second floor at Garcilaso Street 210, off of Plaza Regocijo.The museum is open Monday-Sunday from nine am to seven pm, and the shop is open Monday-Sunday from eight am to eight pm. 

Family Fun at Cusco's ChocoMuseo bar

The ChocoMuseo is free, but guests will likely spend some money to bring home their favorite chocolates or souvenirs.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The shop has a couple of seats on a small balcony overlooking Plaza Regocijo. Guests get a great view of the plaza and the surrounding hills, but it might not be safe for children.
  • When ordering hot chocolate, diners get to mix it together themselves by adding the chocolate, milk, and any extras that come with it. The mixing can be fun for kids. However, children with dexterity issues might need assistance. 
  • The hands-on workshops are a great learning experience, but if two hours is too long, the interactive walk-through display is fascinating as well.
  • We recommend signing up for workshops ahead of time.

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  • For clothing, no one in the family should wear clothes that stain.
  • Visitors can see the ChocoMuseo from the plaza. However, they have to go around to Garcilaso Street 210 and up the stairs next to the courtyard to get to the museum on the second floor.
  • Besides the steps to get to the second floor, there are also steps to get to the bathroom. Unfortunately, the area itself is not large. Therefore, it might be difficult for people with physical disabilities to get around.
  • Because the location is also a little café, there are tables and chairs to sit and take a break if necessary.


Exploring Peru’s Machu Picchu with Family


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Machu Picchu
is a well known UNESCO World Heritage Site in Peru, voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. This archaeological site is a must see for anyone visiting Peru. It is a fascinating piece of history for any traveling family to explore.

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Originally, history books stated that American Historian Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu. This fact is not true. Local farmers and Peruvian natives always knew of the site, since they lived and worked right next to it. Bingham just brought attention to Machu Picchu to the rest of the world through his book, Lost City of the Incas.


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The real history of Machu Picchu started in the year 1450. Modern archaeologists think the city was an estate for Emperor Pachacuti. Some theories state the city was a key hiding spot from Spanish invaders since the Spanish never mentioned the city in documents during the Colonial Period.

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Today, the site is a famous tourist destination. Visitors can climb the mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley to see this fantastic site.

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Getting There

While adventurous travelers can try to hike up the Inca Trail as part of a guided tour, most visitors take the train to reach the ruins. The train departs from three locations – Poroy, Ollantaytambo, and Urubamba (which only departs once a day). Travelers can choose from three train companies: PeruRail, Inca Rail, and Machu Picchu Train.

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PeruRail offers various classes for different budgets. The Expedition is the most budget option at $77 each way per person. The Vistadome at $90 per person includes complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The Hiram Bingham is the most expensive option at $475 each way and includes a brunch, dinner, a selection of Peruvian alcoholic drinks, and other fancy additions. All options feature cars with panoramic windows.

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The absolute cheapest way to get to Machu Picchu is via the Ollantaytambo train, with tickets as low as $52 one way.For those who do want to hike the Inca Trail, they will have to reserve a guided group tour costing about $450-$650. The hike is a four-day experience.

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What You Will See

The layout of the city divides an urban and agricultural sector as well as an upper town and lower town. The upper town was where the temples and royalty resided while the lower town was for common folk and warehouses. There are 200 buildings in this city and also three structures, the Inti Wantana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of Three Windows.

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The Inti Wantana is one of the many ritual stones in South America. The stone is positioned and arranged to point directly at the sun during the winter solstice. It is seen as a tool to tie up the sun and is believed to have held the sun in its place along its annual path in the sky.
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Another spiritual section is the Room of Three Windows. This room is considered to be a sacred place that represents the origins of the Inca civilization. Inside the chamber, visitors will see a stone carved with engravings that represent the three levels where the Inca civilization divided the Andean world. These are the levels of the sky spirituality (Hanan-Pacha), the earth surface (Kay-Pacha) and the subsoil or inner life (Ukju-Pacha). In the Room of Three Windows, people have claimed to have felt great spiritual presences as well as clarity.

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The Temple of the Sun sits at the highest altitude in the entire city. It was purposely built this way for the temple to be as close to the sun/heaven as possible. In this temple, the most important and meaningful events of the city would happen here such as sacred rituals, religious sacrifices, and astrological events.

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Location, Cost, and Hours

Guests cannot buy Machu Picchu tickets at the entrance gate and must book them in advance. Visitors can get advanced tickets from the official government of Peru website. The government limits entrance to the ruin to 2500 people per day. We suggest booking early as visiting days frequently fill up two weeks in advance. Guests have to bring their original passport to show at the entrance.


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Tickets to enter the city cost between $50 to $70. There are discounts for children, students with an ISIC card, and Peruvian nationals.Travelers can book packaged tours to Machu Picchu, such as the four-day Inca Trail Hike ($450-650), the half-day Cusco city tour ($10-15) or the Sacred Valley tour ($12-20).
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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Peru can get hot, especially during the summer. Parents of heat sensitive children should pack water, insect repellent, and a mini-fan.
  • Traveling through Machu Picchu involves lots of hiking on unstable slippery  ground. Furthermore there’s hunderds of steps to climb! Parents should make sure everyone wears comfortable and closed-toe shoes appropriate for hiking.
  • Traveling families should be aware there’s no shade or resting areas in the actual site.
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  • Peru sees frequent rains. Traveling families should pack a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
  • Parents should book trains online in advance as they fill up quickly, especially the evening return train.
    Parents need to prepare their kids to the fact the train can get somewhat noisy with a ‘fashion show’ and musicians coming around entertaining the guests.

A Memorable Stay at the JW Marriott Cusco Peru

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Since 1984 when the first JW Marriott opened, the brand has been known for its service quality, exquisite dining and lodging excellence in many countries all over the world.

In 2012, the chain opened yet another luxurious property in Esquina de la Calle Ruinas y San Agustin Cusco, Peru. Over 11,000 feet above sea level, it is the first Marriot to require supplemental oxygen pumped into the air into all its six floors, 146 rooms, seven suites, and lobby and public areas to compensate for the high altitude.

The JW Marriott El Centro Cusco Peru

Roughly an hour away from Machu Picchu, a UNESCO world heritage site, the premises was built on top of ancient Incan ruins and incorporated into a convent from the 1500s. These ruins have been exquisitely transformed into a museum.
The elaborate Spanish décor can be seen throughout the hotel and in the rooms. As visitors walk through the heavy wooden front doors, they will see a magnificent Swarovski crystal chandelier at the reception. Guests can see an archaeological exhibition room with Incan artifacts unearthed during construction of the hotel. There is a sizeable inner courtyard, just the place to take some time to imagine yourself in the past.

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Fellow Guests

You will be sharing this hotel with patrons who have come for sightseeing or business, couples on romantic getaways as well as families who have come to visit this historical capital of Peru. The city is a huge tourist destination with over 2 million people coming to visit every year since UNESCO designated it a world heritage site in 1983.

Our Rooms

Upon our arrival to the hotel, we were enveloped by the feeling of peaceful serenity and we were welcomed with a special Peruvian tea ceremony which was both soothing and relaxing. It also helps acclimate guests to the altitude.
The staff showed us to our connecting rooms that featured durable, heavy doors.We could see the city of Cusco from the windows with the town’s main square nearby and cobblestones. It is quite picturesque.

A Memorable Stay at the JW Marriott Cusco Peru bed

Each room was a feast for the eyes. All the furniture was handmade and the desk, like the beds, featured beautifully carved legs. The rooms had plenty of power sockets for charging some portable devices at the same time. The wooden backboard for both the king-sized and two double beds in the adjoining room with the geometrically patterned rugs on the wooden floors gave the suite an authentic Peruvian feel. Also, there was a living room with a sitting area decorated with local artwork on the walls and colorful tapestries and rugs.

There were coffee makers and an empty mini-fridge in each room which meant guests could store their perishables at will. Both rooms came with ample storage space with chests of drawers, nightstands, and closets, as well as the place to put luggage.

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Both rooms had bathrooms with marble countertops, vanity mirrors, and showers with a recessed overhead rainforest fixtures. Our room, which featured the king sized bed, also had an additional bathtub which made for a relaxing escape after hiking the entire day. The hotel provided an elaborate amenity kit, fluffy towels, and bathrobes, along with slippers for each room.

Dining options

At the hotel, there were three restaurants from which to choose.

First was the Pirqa Restaurant Cusco venue, well known for their traditional Peruvian cuisine.
The second choice was the Qespi Bar, famous for its tapas and Peruvian cocktails.
Finally, there was the Nina Soncco Lounge, which had a fireplace emphasizing a comfortable atmosphere.

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The buffet spread was a wonderful way to start the day!
It boasted cereals and beverages including fresh juices like papaya and pineapple. Following that, we saw various rolls, muffins, and flatbreads made from corn and other grains. We sampled their peasant bread, chocolate, orange cakes, and jams.
One of the traditional stations had a lovely selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and smoked salmon. At the fruit station, patrons enjoyed sliced fruit and different yogurts. The hot food station had sausages, bacon, mushrooms, deep-pork, sweet potato, chicken stroganoff, and frittata.

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The ‘sweets’ area included cookies, pancakes, and waffles served with assorted syrups and traditional sweetened condensed milk. At the egg station, the buffet served sunny-side-up, easy-over, omelet, scrambled and even eggs benedict.
Believe me, everything was delicious, we tried them all!

Spa and Pool

The JW Marriott Cusco staff offers their guests a variety of holistic services and cleansing treatments as well as an indoor heated serenity pool. The spa offers a steam room, massage rooms, and beauty therapies. Since the spa is pretty famous in Cusco, it is important to book in advance as it is not only guests who take advantage of this service but locals too.

A Memorable Stay at the JW Marriott Cusco Peru pool

Cooking with the Chef

We had the opportunity to take part in a pilot program. Here, we enjoyed a private cooking class with Teddy Bouroncle, the hotel chef.

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Before we started on the food, the staff taught us how to make the world famous Pisco Sour cocktail, which was delicious.
We then learned how to prepare a beef dishes like Seabass ceviche, Anticucho, and Lomo Salado.
We also learned how to make Arroz-con-Leche and Suspiro-de-Limena, two of their traditional desserts.
Watching the professionalism and attention to hygiene was impressive. After the making of this grand feast, we got to eat everything at our own private table waited on by the staff.

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There was much we loved during our stay, but there are two things that will be forever etched in our memories.
The cooking lessons turned our kids into Peruvian food addicts, and we now look for Peruvian restaurants everywhere we go. We also loved the fact that the hotel promoted local artistic professionals and featured the different crafts in the hotel courtyard for patrons to see.A Memorable Stay at the JW Marriott Cusco Peru woman

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The hotel takes special needs into consideration and has wheelchair accessibility to the main entrance and registration desk, rooms, restaurants, and lounges.
  • This property is a smoke-free hotel because of the extra oxygen pumped all around the premises. This fact works out well for anyone who is sensitive to smoke or has allergies. In our son’s case, he has asthma, so it helped.
  • The rooms have double curtains to make it dark for those who are sensitive to light.
  • If one of your parties has sensitivities to noise, I recommend that you request an Inca wall room. These rooms are quieter than the Courtyard rooms.
  • Guests can ask for more oxygen if needed. There are also air-conditioning controls for those who are sensitive to temperature extremes.
  • There is complimentary high-speed wireless Internet available throughout the hotel for guests.
  • The mini-fridge in the room is useful for keeping special snacks and medicines for those who have specific medical needs.
  • If your family is unable to make a meal because you are planning a day-trip and have an early start, it is possible to coordinate with the hotel. They can get the kitchen to pack a boxed continental breakfast for you.
  • If you do need grocery supplies or anything else for your trip, the hotel has a convenient mini-market right across the street.
  • There is 24-hour room service which is handy if you need a snack for your special needs child in the middle of the night.
  • There are free evening tours given by hotel staff, perfect for learning more about the hotel’s heritage and history as well as the renovation that led to it being the fantastic hotel it is.


The Family-Friendly Hilton Lima

The Lima Hilton is located in the upscale neighborhood of Miraflores on Avenida La Paz 1099, one of the city’s  gastronomic multiple boulevards.The modern high-rise, eleven miles from the international airport is close by to the beachfront and the Larcomar entertainment Mall in an area filled with restaurants, stores, and public parks kids can play in.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima lamp

The eleven-story building boasts 207 rooms, including 44 executive rooms, 17 suites and a presidential suite. The hotel’s décor is an eclectic combination of Peruvian motifs with modern twists. The Lobby, public areas, and guest rooms all feature artisan lattice woodwork that complements the earth toned colored furniture creating a welcoming ambiance.

Favorite Item to Take Home

The eye-catching unusually shaped crystal chandeliers in the lobby entrance would be the item to pack and take home!

Fellow Travelers

The hotel seems to be a favorite with business travelers though we encountered several families with kids the week we stayed there.

Before We Arrived

I did call the hotel before our arrival to let them know of our feather allergy and ask for a quiet room for my son with autism.
On both our stays when we first arrived from L.A as well as when we returned from Cusco for an additional night our rooms were ready, feather- free and on a top floor facing a nonbusy street just like we requested.

Our Welcome

Check-in was a breeze. We were warmly welcomed by hotel staff and even treated to a morning cappuccino while the front desk staff was filling the necessary paperwork.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima room

Our Guest Room

The Peruvian woodcarvings that ornate the modern hotel lobby and public areas are continued into the room creating an elegant focal point.

The well-lit room we stayed at on the executive floor was sparkly clean and had two queen sized (perfect for a family of four). It also boasted a nice sized desk with chair, a mini sitting area and a stylish small side table. The glass encased 37’’ HDTV in the wall provided the wow factor and gave the room a futuristic look.
The closet with built in drawers, though on the smaller side was sufficient for our clothes and suitcases.  The room safe supplied was large enough to fit our I- pads and a mini laptop and was placed at a convenient height.

For additional comfort, there was a single-serve coffee maker, free water bottles replenished daily, a snack tray and mini bar fridge stocked with drinks.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima amenities
The Pleasant Surprise

The fast Wi-Fi throughout the hotel with no device limitation made our life comfortable and helped avoid unnecessary bickering about who gets to register their device to the room. The room also came with multiple places to recharge electronics including a quad charging station at the desk.

The Bathroom

The marble tiled bathroom was nicely sized and functional with large countertops to spread our cosmetics and sundries.The dual showerhead system made showering easy and comfortable for all us including my son with autism.

The bathrobes and towels were fluffy and smelled fresh; Housekeeping promptly brought up extra ones every time we requested any.We also enjoyed the supplied toiletries and plush slippers that were restocked on a daily basis. Our personal favorite was the massaging soap (my son took two home) and the mini scissors that are useful and can pass even the TSA inspection.


We observed multiple safety features throughout the property that were useful for traveling families including much-needed child proof locks on the balcony doors and the requirement of a room key to take the elevators to the different floors.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima bar

The Executive Lounge

The bright, spacious room on the top floor offering light snacks and beverages throughout the day was my kids’ favorite. Decorated in neutral colors, it boasted several eating spots, workstations and even an area with board games.

Though breakfast was offered in the downstairs dining area, we preferred using the lounge since it was more quiet and intimate environment. The ultra-accommodating staff brought additional omelets, pancakes and French toast daily at my kids’ request from the downstairs kitchen.
Special thanks to Ms. Giannuzzi for was incredibly patient and took the time to answer all my son’s questions.

What we especially liked about this lounge was the plethora of food choices served throughout the day along with the fact that they were regularly replenished. The lounge offers continuous service from 6:30 to 11 pm every day with an honor bar between 5 -10 pm.

The Family -Friendly Hilton Lima pool

Other Amenities

The hotel has a specialty restaurant featuring Peruvian American fusion fare and one of the most mentionable rooftops terraces I seen in the last decade offering hotel patrons stunning views of Lima.


We loved the personalized attention the staff showered upon us and the super-friendly manager who took the time to get to chat and get to know us. We were also grateful for the concierge  Mr. Rivas, who helped in procuring last-minute restaurant reservations as well as recommending sites to see.

Autism Travel Tips

The staff was incredibly patient with our son and even prepared his ‘special’ omelet every morning. We found the saucer shaped lighted mirror helpful not only for bathroom purposes but as a night-light.



Lima’s Magic Water Circuit

Lima’s Magic Water Circuit, located in the Parque de la Reserva, a historic 19-acre city park is registered as the world’s largest water fountain complex in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The interactive aspect of the park’s fountains provides hours of fun for kids and many adults while its exposition tunnel murals teach visitors about Lima’s water sources and conservation efforts.

We were debating whether to visit the park since we had seen other fountain shows and felt this one might be similar. However, our hotel concierge insisted it is one of Lima’s top five attractions, so we decided to give it a try.
Against all odds, we all ended up enjoying the park more than we thought.
Not only could the unique laser show rival any Disney production but walking through the water jets made us return to our childhood for the two hours we were there.

Lima’s Magic Water Circuit

By the end of the evening we even voted our personal favorites:

Most Interactive

The Maze of Dreams( Laberinto Del Ensueño) with its unpredictable vertical fountains shooting sideways or upwards at any given time while you try to make it to the ‘safe’ dry center, this fountain is THE place for those seeking to get seriously wet.

Most  engaging

The Fantasy Fountain (Fuente de la Fantasía) Light and Sound show schedule is Wednesday-Sunday at 7:15 PM, 8:15 PM and 9:30 PM. You might want to arrive on the early side to save a spot since it can get somewhat crowded.

Lima’s Magic Water Circuit

Most romantic

The Tunnel of Surprises Fountain (Túnel de las Sorpresas)  is comprised of a  series of water arches that form a  38-yard long tunnel you can walk through without getting wet.

Most sensory

Walk-in Dome (Cúpula Visitable) sports overlapping jets that create continuous water arch visitors can walk under without getting wet unless they touch and disturb the flow.

Lima’s Magic Water Circuit

Most Interesting

The Harmony Fountain (Fuente de la Armonía) is an orange pyramid shaped fountain whose water jet sides make it look like a continuous structure.

Most colorful

The Rainbow Fountain (Fuente Del Arco Iris) is a series of colored-lit fountains that create a wall of color when viewed from a distance.
Lima’s Magic Water Circuit

Most famous

The Magic Fountain (Fuente Mágica) is one of the park’s highlight with its mention in the Guinness Book of records.The best spot to see its full vertical jet of 87 yards is from the Walk-in Dome area.

The cute factor

The Tangüis Fountain (Fuente Tangüis) is a mini garden with several flower shaped fountains created as a tribute to  Fermín Tangüis, an agriculturist who helped save Peru’s cotton industry in the 19th century.

Lima’s Magic Water Circuit

Autism travel tips:

Consider bringing a poncho, anti-slip shoes and even a change of clothes if your child wishes to run around in the fountains.

For the kids who don’t want to participate in water activities closed shoes are strongly advised as the ground is uneven at times and tricky to navigate in the darkness.

If your child is temperature sensitive, you might want to pack a jacket since the area can get cold at night, especially in winter.

Noise cancelling headphones can be a good option for kids who are noise-sensitive when attending the laser show and the free concerts given on weekends.

Lima’s Magic Water Circuit


Circuito Magico del Agua

Entrance  Fee I: S/.4

Opening Hours : Wednesday to Sunday (and holidays) from 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Location: Parque de la Reserva (between Av. Paseo de la Republica and Av. Arequipa)

Getting  there
A taxi from Miraflores to the Magic Water Circuit costs about S/.7
Minibuses run up and down Av. Arequipa, for S/.1
Lima Metropolitano bus to the Estadio  Nacional stop, S/.1

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Q&A with Gisela Sedlmayer author of ‘Talon’



Q&A with Gisela Sedlmayer- author of 'Talon' mountains


What made you choose a special needs person as the main character in your story?

I love birds, so I wanted to write a story about a girl who flies with birds. However, the girl had to be small enough to fly, so she had to be a special needs girl.We adopted twin girls from Fiji as special needs children when we lived in New Zealand. They are not disabled, but they are schooled as special needs because they can’t be separated. I understand the hardships a special needs child suffers – I was bullied in school because I needed glasses at a very early age – and I wanted to bring that out in my book.

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Why is South America  the background for your story?

I have always loved condors, and they have fascinated me for a very long time. They are also one of the only birds large enough for Matica – the main character – to ride. Peru was the best location because of the condors.

Q&A with Gisela Sedlmayer- author of 'Talon' lakefront

Will your heroes be traveling to other countries or continents in the sequels?

Yes, in the course of my five books Matica will travel. She will go to Australia to see her relatives on holiday where she will receive treatment to grow taller. When she comes back, she will be too big to fly on Talon, the condor, anymore. However, Matica will find out that she loves music, and learns the mouth organ in Australia. She will also go on a church trip to India for a year to relieve another missionary, and there she will encounter tigers and befriend one, as she did with the condors.


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Do you think your book will encourage special needs people to travel?

Special needs children are not sick, so they can’t be cured. They are people like you and me. They have to learn to cope with what they have and to live like normal people do. My book is about gaining self-esteem and not thinking of special needs as an affliction. It’s about being bigger than your problems, looking past them and being normal. The Condors gave Matica the encouragement to be someone in life. She was rejected in the beginning by the Peruvians because they didn’t know better, but soon they learn that she is a person too. They begin to respect and love her, and her parents encourage her to live like an average person. In the second book, there is an episode from another village, where there is a boy with the same condition as Matica, and his parents and brother have to deal with the natives’ request that they kill him.  It’s a heartwarming story in addition to a girl flying on birds.

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Any plans to make your book available as a book on tape or as a read along?

My publisher is producing my book as an e-book for Kindle. I hope it will be soon available; however it is not on tape yet.


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Gisela Sedlmayer is an author, originally from Munich Germany, currently lives on Australia’s Gold Coast.She has written ‘Talon’ the first book of a five book series about Matika a special needs little girl living with her missionary parents in Peru.

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