Peru, one of the most diverse countries in the World, offers a lot to see for everyone! It is great for backpacking and budget travels, but for anyone whose vacation is more than a treat can indulge in the countless luxurious experiences. Luxury travel in Peru is feasible wherever you go.
There are countless places worth exploring, from popular ones to hidden treasures. Sometimes we do not have the time to be able to visit all of them, so here are some that you should definitely not miss during your stay and especially not if you plan luxury tours in Peru:
The nation’s capital is huge, though a vibrant city with a beautiful colonial center and lovely places to see, from the beach to parks to the country’s best museum. Lima is also known for its delicious cuisine. Due to its location next to the ocean it is provided with fresh fish everyday which is the essential ingredient for flavorful popular Peruvian dish Ceviche. Therefore, it is a great place for exquisite cooking classes to learn how to prepare ceviche as tasty as they do at gourmet restaurants. Do not just come back with incredible memories of your holiday – let them come alive in your home!
The former Inca capital surrounded by the mighty Andes wraps every visitor into its charming flair with the cobblestone alleys and the countless small shops at every corner. It is one of the main destinations for every traveler visiting Peru. While your stay you get the chance to sleep in a real palace! Both the 5-star hotels Palacio del Inca and Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in the city center give you the opportunity to literally sleep like a king. They are also among the best luxury hotels in Cusco, along with the JW Mariott El Convento, the Belmond Monasterio and the Aranwa Hotel Cusco.
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley is just an around 40-minute drive away from Cusco and had a significant importance to the Incas due to its fertile lands. The tranquil valley with its lush surroundings is perfect to just relax for a few days. For example, the Aranwa Resort & Spa offers relaxation not only through the classic Swedish massage and facials but by incorporating Andean herbs and salts from the nearby salt mines of Maras that have been in use since the Inca times for a treatment based on Indigenous traditions.
There are two main options of how to visit the Wonder of the Worlds: By car or by train, which is the most common option. There are two train companies called PeruRail and IncaRail. Both of them operate different types of trains: regular, panoramic and luxury. For the ultimate experience of luxury travel in Peru take the Belmond Hiram Bingham train with live music, an exquisite gourmet lunch and welcome cocktails. Once there you can enjoy a night in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge right next to the Machu Picchu sanctuary.
When we think about multi-day hikes we often imagine sleeping in a tent at campsites enjoying a shower every now and then. However, it does not have to be this way. There are companies that offer outdoor experiences through the Sacred Valley, Lares as well as the Salkantay trek and Inca Trail for active hikers with great comfort, such as the Mountain Lodges of Peru and the Luxury Inca Trail Tours. After a strenuous day of hiking through the Andes you can relax with outdoor jaccuzis, gourmet food, a spa and comfortable accommodations.
Arequipa and Puno
Both cities in the Andes and easily reachable by bus or by plane from Cusco, Arequipa is known for the famous Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world. In the Colca Valley, at Las Casitas del Colca, the Spa Samay will indulge you with the homegrown native herbs during their treatments. If you are not keen on going by neither bus or nor plane to Arequipa and are looking for the ultimate experience while your luxury travel in Peru, consider the recently in 2017 launched Belmond Andean Explorer, the first luxury sleeper train in South America. It consists of an observation car, a spa, two bars and leather-lined cabins with private bathrooms. From Cusco to Arequipa count with a stop in Puno, a great opportunity to visit the Lake Titicaca which is famous for being the highest navigable lake in the world and the Uros people living on floating islands on the lake.
Peru contains the second largest amount of Amazon rainforest in the world, after Brasil. The city Iquitos in the northern Amazon in Peru is the starting point for your luxury Amazon cruise along the Amazon river. This trip of a lifetime allows you to appreciate the incredible flora of the rainforest and spot the native wildlife along the river banks. There are different companies to choose from, with Delfin Amazon Cruises and Aqua Expeditions as two of the best.
Please note that these are just a few Peru destinations you should definitely not miss out on your journey through Peru. Don’t forget that there is so much more to see on your luxury holiday!.
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