Peru is not only a great destination for backpackers and cheap travel, it is a treasure when it comes to spend your vacation in the most luxurious way possible and pamper yourself a little bit. While Peru is a country of numerous hikes it does not mean one is obliged to sleep in a tent in the freezing night and to do without some luxury. There are several ways of how you can make your holiday an extra memorable one and obtain the Peru luxury tours that you are looking for.
Throughout Peru you will have a vast selection of luxury hotels, mostly in big(ger) cities like Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, etc. There are certain luxury chains that you can find in several cities, such as the Belmond Hotel, JW Marriott, Aranwa, Inkaterra Hotel or the Casa Andina Premium Hotel chains. Especially luxury hotels in Cusco are a sight to see: local mansions and palaces, centuries old, have been converted to hotels for an extra special experience. Examples are the Palacio del Inka and Belmond Palacio Nazarenas where you can literally sleep like a king or queen. Not only can you enjoy an incredible service but also oxygen enrichment in every room (which is great due to the high altitude of about 3,400 m in Cusco), nobly decorated halls and rooms with their own mini-fridges filled with delicacies. Slightly farther outside from Cusco lies the Palacio Manco Capac hotel with a great view over the historical center of the city. Another great choice, located in Lima, is the Hotel B designed in 1914 in the artistic district Barranco.
Depending on where you plan on going you have various options of how to get there. The fastest way is of course by plane, with LATAM and Avianca airlines offering the best service and usually the most frequent flight schedule. However, some destinations might not be reachable by plane. The bus system in Peru is quite advanced and there are bus companies that offer a luxurious travel experience, such as Cruz del Sur with big, comfortable seats with an adjustable back of 180º and served food during your bus ride. For anyone whose bucket list features Machu Picchu will find that you can get there either hiking, by bus or by train. Take a look at the luxury train to Machu Picchu, the Hiram Bingham train in the style of the 1920s. It is operated by PeruRail, a local train company, and includes among others a gourmet lunch, an observatory car to be amazed by the beautiful scenery, typical dances, a live music show and a bar car where cocktails are served. An even more luxurious train and also South America’s first sleeper train is the Belmond Andean Explorer. Launched in 2017 its destinations en route include Cusco, Puno and Arequipa. Along with the first-class service come two bars, a spa, cabins with private bathrooms and an observation car. The train offers four different routes. For exploring the northern Peruvian jungle, what about a luxury cruise on the Amazon? With operators such as the Delfin Amazon cruises or Aqua Expeditions you float for a few days on the water while witnessing the great flora and fauna of the Amazon aboard a high-end ship.
There are, of course, options of Peru luxury tours for any hiking-enthusiasts. You can do hikes while staying overnight at luxury hotels or elegant eco lodges. One of the luxury operators is Mountain Lodges of Peru offering high-end treks through the Sacred Valley, Lares and the Salkantay Inca Trail Trek. After each day relax in an outdoor jacuzzi, taste gourmet menus and sleep in elegant accommodations. Also in Tambopata, in the south-eastern Amazon, luxury lodges take you on a trip into the local rainforest and wildlife. If you are looking for something more relaxed, why not going on a culinary tour? Peruvian cuisine counts as one of the best in the world. Typical food and delicacies vary between the different regions: coast, Andes and jungle. In each of them you can find gourmet chefs that are happy to show you how to prepare the delicious dishes in cooking classes. Or what about pampering yourself in a spa? Not only on a luxury trek you can take advantage of this service, but also during your stay in the Sacred Valley near Cusco or the Colca Valley near Arequipa. Some hotels such as the Aranwa Resort & Spa in the Sacred Valley and the Las Casitas del Colca Spa Samay incorporate native Andean herbs and / or salts in their indigenous treatments.
For anyone who is looking for luxury on a budget in Peru, we recommend to book accommodations and tours well in advance. Furthermore, prices usually decrease in low season which is from November to March. This is also rainy season, but don’t get discouraged, Peru has a lot to offer during this time and nature is incredibly lush and beautiful. Make sure to check out special offers at hotels and for anyone who wants to enjoy a luxurious train ride to Machu Picchu but the Hiram Bingham or the Belmond are not in their budget: the panoramic Vistadome train (by PeruRail) or the 360º Machu Picchu train (by IncaRail) are great alternatives! To make your Peru luxury tours unforgettable hire a knowledgeable and experienced Peru travel guide. They are the ones that will take you to a journey through time for an incredible holiday experience.
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