Peru is not only a great destination for backpackers and budget travel. It is a treasure when it comes to spending your vacation in the most luxurious way possible and pampering yourself a little. Although Peru is a country of many walks, that does not mean that one is forced to sleep in a tent on a freezing night without giving up some luxuries. There are several ways to make your vacation more memorable and get the luxury tours in Peru that you are looking for. And precisely for that reason, together with the Cusco Peru Travel team, we have prepared a small article about how to choose from the different luxury tours in Peru. For this, we will give you an idea of those luxury services that you can enjoy in Peru.
All you need to know about choosing a luxury tour in Peru
Throughout Peru, you will find a wide selection of luxury hotels. Especially in big cities like Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, and Puno, among others. There are certain luxury chains that you can find in various cities, such as the Belmond Hotel, JW Marriott, Aranwa, and Inkaterra Hotel. You will even find Casa Andina Premium hotel chains. If you plan to enjoy some of the many luxury tours in Peru, you have to know this place. We mainly recommend appreciating the luxury hotels in Cusco. These are a sight to see. From centuries-old local mansions and palaces, they have been converted into hotels for an extra special experience.
Examples are the Palacio del Inka and Belmond Palacio Nazarenas where you can sleep like a king or queen. Not only can you enjoy amazing service but also oxygen enrichment in every room. This is great due to the elevation of around 3,400m in Cusco. You will also find lounges and rooms decorated with nobility. They all include their mini-fridges full of delicacies. A little further from Cusco is the Palacio Manco Capac hotel. This has a great view over the historic center of the city. Another great option is located in Lima, we are talking about Hotel B designed in 1914 in the artistic district of Barranco. If you are looking to plan a luxury vacation, you have to find out about the different establishments available. Make sure you book in advance so you don’t miss out on staying at your chosen places.
Depending on where you plan to go, you have several options for how to get there. But if you are looking to enjoy luxury tours in Peru, the fastest way is, of course, by plane. You can do it with LATAM and Avianca airlines that offer the best service. Besides, the flight schedule is more frequent. However, some destinations may not be accessible by air. For this, you can choose to travel by bus. This is the most common way to travel between locals, and it is usually considerably cheaper. If you are looking for the Peru trip cost not to be so high, the bus is the best option. The bus system in Peru is quite advanced and there are bus companies that offer a luxury travel experience. Among them is Cruz del Sur.
If your bucket list includes Machu Picchu, you will find that you can get there by walking, by bus, or by train. Take a look at the luxury train to Machu Picchu, the 1920s style Hiram Bingham train. It is operated by PeruRail, a local train company. This service includes, among others, a gourmet lunch, an observatory car to be surprised by beautiful Peru´s landscape, and typical dances. You’ll also enjoy a live music show and a bar car where cocktails are served. An even more luxurious train and also the first sleeper train in South America is the Belmond Andean Explorer. Launched in 2017, its en-route destinations 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.
And if you’re looking to explore the jungle of northern Peru, how about a luxury Amazon cruise? With operators such as the Delfin Amazon or Aqua Expeditions cruises, you float for a few days on the water while witnessing the great flora and fauna of the Amazon aboard a high-end boat. One of the best alternatives for vacations for kids.
Like everything in Peru, there are luxury alternatives. And of course, you will find luxury tours in Peru for any hiking enthusiast. You can hike while spending the night in luxury hotels or stylish eco-lodges. One of the most recognized luxury operators is Mountain Lodges of Peru. It offers high-level treks through the Sacred Valley, Lares, and the Inca Salkantay Trail. After each day, relax in an outdoor hot tub, sample gourmet menus, and sleep in elegant rooms.
In the Peruvian jungle, you can also enjoy comfort, luxury, and exclusivity. In Tambopata, in the southeast of the Amazon, you can enjoy luxury cabins. These will take you on a trip to the jungle and local wildlife. Many of the exclusive lodges offer excursions in the middle of the jungle that you have to take advantage of. But if you are looking for something more relaxed, why not take a food tour? Peruvian cuisine counts as one of the best in the world. The food and typical delicacies vary between the different regions that exist in Peru. The coast, the Andes, and the jungle. In each of them, you can find gourmet chefs who will be happy to show you how to prepare delicious dishes in the cooking classes.
Or how about indulging in a spa? You can take advantage of this service 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 offer traditional Spa services. In Las Casitas del Colca Spa Samay they incorporate native Andean herbs and/or salts in their indigenous treatments. A great way to know the culture of Peru.
ENJOYING LUXURY WITH A BUDGET
For anyone looking for luxury tours in Peru on a budget, we recommend booking accommodation and tours well in advance. In addition, prices tend to drop in the low season, which is from November to March. This is also the rainy season, but don’t be discouraged. Since rains are more common in the high Andean regions and they do not occur all the time. Peru has a lot to offer during this time and nature is incredibly lush and beautiful. Be sure to check out the special offers at the hotels. And for anyone who wants to enjoy a luxurious train trip to Machu Picchu without having the necessary budget, don’t worry.
It is true that the Hiram Bingham or the Belmond can cost a lot, but they are certainly worth it. The Vistadome panoramic train (by PeruRail) or the 360º Machu Picchu train (by IncaRail) are excellent alternatives. You will find that there are many reasons to visit Peru, and train travel is one of them. To make your luxury trips in Peru unforgettable, hire a knowledgeable and experienced Peru travel guide. They are the ones that will take you on a trip back in time to live an incredible vacation experience.
“THE FUTURE IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE LUXURY IN THE WORLD.”
We believe that if you follow these little tips, you may enjoy some of the best luxury tours in Peru. The Cusco Peru Travel team has a lot of experience in luxury travel. And we know very well what tourists are looking for when it comes to enjoying exclusivity and privacy. Therefore, if you want to know more about our different luxury tours in Peru, you can consult with our advisors. They will be happy to help you fulfill the trip of your dreams. We hope that our article has been able to guide you a bit. If you want more information, you can always check all our articles on our blog.
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