My wife and I love to travel and have made many trips to several countries. One of my favorite trips was when we went to France and Italy for three weeks, while one of my favorites, I think this was also one of the most exhausting trips, as we were constantly on the move.
One of the things that I hate to do on vacation is to have to pack and unpack, which during our Europe trip I think we must have done at least 6 or 8 times. This of course was necessary as we had a lot of ground to cover. If you are visiting Cusco and plan to visit Machu Picchu by train instead of doing a trek, you may be confronted with this same decision. While the most common option tends to be a one day tour, 2 day tours are also available. As there is a lot of ground to cover in Machu Picchu, we usually recommend taking the two day tour, if time permits.
Recently while helping a guest plan their Itinerary, I made the recommendation of a two day Machu Picchu tour and I realize that, here I am recommending something that I really dislike doing myself i.e. repacking their bags to be gone for one night. Typically for a guest to take the 2 day Machu Picchu tour they would usually have to choose between packing up their bags and leaving them with the property (most properties offer Bag Storage), or paying for a room they won’t be in so that they don’t have to pack.
Here at GringoWasi we have decided to make our guests vacation a little less stressful by eliminating the need to make this decision, and offering to hold their room without charge (for one night) so that they can visit Machu Picchu without worrying about what to do with their luggage. This service would be available, providing the guest notifies us in advance of the Machu Picchu trip, and they are planning to return for at least one night after.
We would appreciate any feedback from the travelers out there as to whether you see any value in this; additionally what would you call it? We have not added this to the website yet as we are unsure how best to describe the service. Do we simply call it a ‘Room Holding Service’? Any suggestions would be appreciated.