Extending from the Cordillera Blanca to the Amazon basin, Peru is a country of great beauty and diverse geography where stunning Inca and Colonial architecture remains largely unchanged. Peru’s most sought-after drawcard is its connection to the ancient Incan people. Follow in the spiritual footsteps of the ancestors on a luxury journey into the mesmerizing and awe-inspiring country of Peru. From the Andean range to Amazonian lowlands, fine cuisine to incredible culture, Peru has something to offer every avid traveler.
CUSCO | SACRED VALLEY | MACHU PICCHU | lima | arequipa & Colca canyon | amazon puno & Lake titicaca
• Sample some of Peru’s culinary offerings on a tour of local markets in Lima. This is one of the best places in the world to eat ceviche.
• Renew and recharge in the gorgeous Sacred Valley. A few days here are recommended to prepare you for the coming altitude.
• Adventure in the Sacred Valley with adrenaline pumping activities such as biking, hiking or by native Paso Horse.
• Enjoy a ‘pachamanca’ local Peruvian dinner. For the Incas, this rustic yet highly symbolic dining ritual named for the Quechua words pacha “earth” and manka “pot” represented a celebration of the cycle of life. Digging an earthen oven and cooking food underground pays homage to Pachamama, the Incan fertility goddess.
• Indulge aboard the Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu.
• Hike the incredible Inca trail and explore the Andes on a Multi-day trek. Should you prefer, you can also do the lodge to lodge trek as an alternative way of reaching the Incan Citadel.
• Delve deep into the rainforest on a luxury amazon expedition cruise.
• Search for pink river dolphins along the tributaries of the Amazon River.
BEST TIME TO GO
APRIL TO OCTOBER
1 to 2 weeks in Peru is recommended, and longer if you’re combining with the Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
O. Peru is the same time as in Toronto, Canada.
Tucked in-between Cusco and Machu Picchu is the flourishing Sacred Valley, guardian of a number of prominent ancient sites, and a destintation that completes the Incan circuit. Our favourite hotel, the Sol y Luna Lodge boasts a stable of Paso horses for meandering alongside the Urubamba River. Or the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is another great option for the Sacred Valley.
Then there is Macchu Pichu, the sacred site chosen by the great Inca ruler Pachacuti in 1450. Built at 8000 feet to be close to the Gods, it was ruined by the Spaniards in the 16th century, and rediscovered only 1911 by explorer Hiram Bingham. Our favourite hotel, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is the perfect compliment to a visit to MP where local guides are on hand to lead thematic nature walks. Another option is to stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
The bustling city of Lima has become one of South America’s largest cities. Museums, ancient archaeological sites, beautiful beaches, nature reserves, vibrant nightlife, and the thrill of adventure sports, give Peru’s capital an authentic and unique personality. A few favorite hotels include the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel along with Hotel B. The city is also known for its outstanding cuisine, from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. This sprawling metropolis promises travelers an unforgettable experience that is rich in culture.
AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON
Arequipa, a city known for its volcanic white rock churches, monasteries, and mansions, is also the gateway to 62-mile long Colca Canyon (twice the depth of the Grand Canyon) it is one of the deepest canyons in the world, and the river valley features some of the most magnificent natural scenery in Peru. Choose between the Belmond Las Casitas or Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs. Here you can observe herds of vicunas grazing in the valley and spot the Andean condor, the mighty symbol of the Andes, soaring up above…
PUNO & LAKE TITICACA
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at over 3,800 meters above sea level! The city of Puno sits on the edge of Titicaca and is the gateway to launch a visit out to the famous Floating Reed Islands of the Uros people. Titilaka Lodge is a luxury 5star boutique hotel (also a member of Relais & Chateaux) is off the beaten track on its own private peninsula, and offers spectacular culinary offers with opportunities to explore the beauty of Titicaca – a place “where the sky, the land and the waters all meet”.
Finally, there’s the option to explore Peru’s Amazon jungle at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica or aboard a the Aria Amazon, a luxury small ship that explores the remote region of Peru’s Amazon. Breathtaking scenery, luxuriant forests, natural life at its finest, and the endless expanses of the river come together with our first-rate service to create a magical environment, an experience never to forget.
Handpicked Peru hotels by bespoke travel design
sol y luna, sacred valley
Each of these forty-three casitas is surrounded by gardens filled with flora native to the Sacred Valley and all face the Andes Mountains where the Incas believed their gods dwelled. Within each private sanctuary, an outdoor terrace leads into the high ceilinged living space with terra cotta tile floors, Peruvian textiles and some of our favorite Sacred Valley artifacts, Spanish colonial style furniture, a plump king size bed or two double beds made with goose feather duvets and top quality Peruvian pima cotton sheets, and a spacious marble bathroom with deep soak bathtub, just as you might have at home. This is the perfect resting place before taking on the Inca Trail hike. View hotel website.
inkaterra Machu Picchu pueblo
Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel perfectly compliments a visit to Machu Picchu by providing guests with a deeper understanding of why the Incas chose this hidden location in the Andean cloud forest to build their marvelous citadel. Nestled among 12-acres on the outskirts of the backpacker town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, it’s also a peaceful haven away from the tourist crowds that are inevitably a fixture of any visit to MP. The lodge is laid out like a traditional Andean Village; guests follow stone pathways, within a cloud forest full of exotic orchids and buzzing with colorful hummingbirds. After a long day of hiking among the Incan citadel, a soothing treatment at the Unu Spa provides the perfect rejuvenating experience. View hotel website.
inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an award-winning eco-lodge situated along the steep banks of Peru’s meandering Madre de Dios River in a private ecological reserve. The Amazon immersion begins almost immediately; guests travel to the lodge in comfortable outboard dugout canoes, leaving civilization behind on the 45min river journey. Tree-trunk boardwalks wind through the property and pivate thatched-roof cabanas, built on raised platforms in the indigenous style, surround an open-air main building and dining room that blend seamlessly into the jungle. Accompanied by expert local guides, you will explore the surrounding Amazon Rainforest on jungle hikes, canoe trips to wildlife-rich oxbow lakes and along the Canopy Walkway. After an immersive day in nature, guests can soak in a sunset over the river while awaiting a rejuvenating massage at the Spa. View hotel website. View hotel website.
inkaterra la casona, cusco
Inkaterra La Casona was the first boutique hotel in Cusco, and in our opinion, remains one of the best. Located in a carefully restored 16th-century Spanish Colonial mansion, the opulent period interiors are discretely closed to the curious public behind a heavy, intricately carved wooden door facing the flower-filled Plaza Nazarenas. This quiet area of Cusco, which today is a highly coveted locale among discerning guests, was formerly reserved for the homes of Inca elite, the warrior class and institutes of higher learning. With just 11 suites that surround a central garden, La Casona provides an intimate residential feel, capturing the sense of privacy and privilege experienced by those who once lived here. All guests are treated to top-flight service and cuisine, as La Casona was the first property in all of Peru to be incorporated into the prestigious Relais & Châteaux community. View hotel website.
belmond sanctuary lodge
As the only hotel located at the entrance to the mysterious Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers guests exceptionally easy access to the world famous ruins from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors have left. After an unforgettable day exploring Machu Picchu, guests can look forward to fine Peruvian dining, such as stuffed alpaca, creamed sweet potatoes and fish ceviche at the serene Tampu Restaurant, as well as great fresh food and salads at the Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant and lively pisco sour tasting sessions at the bar. Guests also have the opportunity to relax in the lodge garden, which features an impressive array of orchids and birds, or indulge in a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments based on ancient Inca techniques. With its delicious food, outstanding service and simply one-of-a-kind location, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the best place from which to enjoy the wonders and mysteries of Machu Picchu. View hotel website.
belmond miraflores park
Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel is renowned for its beautiful garden location alongside the Pacific Ocean. The 89 stylish suites offer an indulgent sanctuary after a busy day in the Peruvian capital. With stunning views of the exclusive Miraflores district, the beautiful garden, or Peru’s infinite ocean and relaxing beaches. Along with the sweeping views, guests can look forward to a lavish breakfast spread, accompanied by a panoramic ocean vista at the rooftop Observatory Restaurant, traditional pisco sours in the avant garde Belo Bar, and the best of Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian flavours at the trendy Tragaluz Restaurant, which is the place to see and be seen in Lima. A visit to the luxurious Zest Spa, with treatments incorporating indigenous products from Peru and the Amazon, is the perfect way to relax after an unforgettable day exploring the exclusive neighbourhood and the vibrant city. View hotel website.
inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, sacred valley
Surrounded by spectacular Andean vistas and located halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is the perfect home base for travelers to explore the heart of the Incan Empire, the Urubamba Valley. Often referred to as the Sacred Valley, this lush strip of fertile farmland is replete with ancient terraces, indigenous markets and towns where Quechua-speaking people have lived since Incan times. The rich cultural treasures of this land are often condensed into a day trip from Cusco in the rush to get to Machu Picchu, but travelers in the know will appreciate a few days in the Urubamba Valley where authentic immersion in the Andean heritage is possible. Nearly everyone comes to Peru for Machu Picchu, but it is the pause to hike along ancient, untrammeled Incan pathways with a local guide, drop in on a local chicheria, visit a market or weaving cooperative in the early morning or learn about the traditional crops and medicinal herbs grown on the Hacienda’s 10-acre organic farm that often end up being the surprise highlight of a trip to Peru. View hotel website.
hotel B, lima
Lima was once considered just a quick stopover on the way to Machu Picchu, but the city’s evolving reputation as a center of Peruvian heritage, colonial architecture and culinary excellence has impressed upon sophisticated travelers that Lima is a destination in and of itself, worthy of more than a one night stay. Hotel B, a luxury boutique property located in the bohemian seaside neighborhood of Barranco, serves as a comfortable and intimate home base for exploring the city. The historic Belle Époque manor home was built in 1914 as a seaside retreat for Lima’s elite and was recently restored to its former glory after an extensive 2 year renovation. An eclectic blend of museum-quality artwork is highlighted throughout the hotel, celebrating Peruvian and international artists. Famed chef Oscar Velarde designed the restaurant’s menu, highlighting fresh Peruvian ingredients complimented by Med flavors, but other great dining options abound within walking distance; Barranco is currently the best place to stay in Lima for access to the city’s vibrant art & dining scene. View hotel website.
Hotel spotlight ~ titilaka, lake Titicaca, peru.
titilaka, lake titicaca
Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, boasts hundreds of miles of shoreline, dozens of inhabited islands and is home to an astonishing collection of indigenous customs, festivals and languages that are all rooted in the immediate environs of the lake. However, most visitors to the mythical birthplace of the Incas never get to experience these wonders. Instead, they travel a heavily trodden path to observe sometimes contrived cultural programs on just two main islands, experiences that do not do proper justice to Lake Titicaca and the region’s rich indigenous heritage.
Titilaka was created to provide an alternative for visitors seeking an authentic and intimate encounter with the cultural nuances and natural splendor of Lake Titicaca. Located an hour east of Puno on a remote portion of the lake shore, Titilaka houses just 18 suites, categorized as ‘sunrise’ or ‘sunset.’ Each suite has radiant floor heating, extra large soaking tubs and oversized daybeds beneath panoramic windows overlooking the lake.
However, more so than the luxury of the property, it is the unique experiences that allow guests to interact with the local indigenous populations in authentic ways that really sets Titilaka apart. A visit to the floating islands of Uros and to the charming Island of Taquile are of course offered, but the magic begins when exploring the neighboring communities and landscape around the hotel itself, which, due to the hotel’s location & local partnerships, are virtually exclusive experiences for Titilaka guests.
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“It was great to be together with the family to experience Machu Picchu in such a special way. I think the hike was the favourite part of the trip vs. seeing the amazing site of Machu Picchu. The hike was just amazing, tough, but amazing. Experiencing sunrise at Winay Wayna or the site of Intipata were just fantastic. And the food along the hike, first class. We really liked that our guide in Cusco was also our guide on the Inca Hike. It was really nice keeping with the same person throughout the main portion of our trip. And the porters and cook were amazing and very kind. I agree with the saying, it is the journey that is the adventure than the destination. Machu Picchu is extremely special but I felt that it was the cherry on top of the whole adventure. “Sofia Harquail, Christmas & NY December Family Trek to Machu PIcchu. Destination: Peru, South America.
“Thank you SO much for the amazing job you did planning our recent family trip to Machu Picchu, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. There were lots of things we wanted to see and do in a short amount of time, so couldn’t afford to miss a day, along the way. You listened to our ‘wishlist’, made great suggestions of other things we should see and do, and managed to fit EVERYTHING IN. Our trip to Peru and Ecuador ending up being one highlight after another.”Micheal Meltzer, Large Family Summer Break. Destination: Peru, Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.
“MF was great and was available 24/7 while we traveled in Peru, South America. She made our trip so easy and stress free. We didn’t have to worry about booking tour guides, transportation, or accommodations. She even gave us lots of restaurant recommendations. Our holiday was a breeze!”S.Kim, June Family Holiday. Destination: Peru, South America.