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Unmissable Peru

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Journey Highlights

Peru is almost a continent in itself and perfect for those passionate for adventure. From the soaring unspoilt Andes to the desert coastal plains, and home to a rich array of celebrated archaeological sites, this itinerary idea takes in some of Peru’s most famous destinations and includes two exceptional train journeys. Complemented by stays in beautiful Belmond properties throughout your journey, guests are assured of outstanding service, along with a true 'sense of place' at every location. Delve deeper into to the Peruvian culture with private tours and expert guides, cook local specialities with fresh produce, plus become fascinated with historical sites, customs and sacred archaeological sites. With dramatic scenic backdrops, such as the Andes Mountains, combined with remarkable visits to The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, this journey delivers incredible scenery with a plethora of Inca treasures.

Luxury City Breaks Culture & History Dining & Gourmet
Perfect for:

Those seeking a cultural adventure

Guide Price:

Prices from £5,960 per person. The price includes flights, transfers and car hire.

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Your journey at a glance

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    2 nights Lima, Peru
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    2 nights Stay at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
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    1 night Stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
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    2 nights Stay at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel
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The Peruvian winter, between May to September, is the driest season and therefore an ideal time to travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco region and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The summer, December to March is the wettest season with frequent heavy showers.

Fly from London to Lima

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Lima, Peru

Staying at

Belmond Miraflores Park

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Arrive into the capital of Peru, Lima, and settle into Belmond Miraflores Park in the leafy and affluent Miraflores district. Spend the rest of your day relaxing at the hotel, with its lovely rooftop swimming pool, and Zest Spa, where you will soon feel refreshed after your flight. If you prefer, explore the city a little or wait until the following day and discover Lima with a Guide on the ‘Into The Past’ excursion where you will discover some of the city’s secrets and landmarks. Founded in 1535 by a Spanish conquistador, the city comprises an eclectic mix of Colonial architecture and modern buildings. Visitors should certainly explore the historic centre, cathedral and Government Palace. One of the most notable fascinating sites is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial church and convent of La Iglesia de San Francisco, in the historic heart of Lima. Within its catacombs are the skeletons of over 25,000 Lima people, believed to have been buried here between the 16th and 19th century, while underground vaults and an ancient library, stocked with beautifully rustic and oversized books, antique texts and mysterious spiral staircases, can also be explored.

Peru’s spectrum of culinary fragrances and flavours can be discovered via the colourful markets, as well as a plethora of restaurants and vibrant Penas (folk and Creole-style bars), where local cocktails, including sweet Pisco Sours, can be sampled for an authentic taste of Lima living. Why not grab a ceviche (made from fresh, white fish and cooked in lime juice), which is a national delicacy? Belmond’s ‘Lima With Zest’ excursion explores the destination through a hands-on experience that gets everyone involved, from searching for a variety of local and seasonal ingredients from vendors at a local market, to the preparation and cooking of local cuisine that is based on ancient traditions and long-established culinary styles. All cooking is done overlooking the Pacific in Chef, Penelope Alzamora’s apartment in the Barranco District that is known for its bohemian character with colourful homes, a contemporary art museum, restaurants and lively bars. In the evening, why not venture to the Circuito Magico del Agua, ‘The Magic Water Circuit’ comprising interactive water features, including illuminated water fountains, multi-coloured water displays and a fusion of music, art and fantasy. Depending on what time of year you visit, Lima will either greet you with a dense curtain of mist or bask you in glorious rays of sunlight. Visit between the months of December and April and you can expect blue skies and radiant sunshine whereas between May and October, prepare for a low, albeit majestic grey fog. Being the capital of Peru, Lima is large, gritty and densely populated with both people and infrastructure.

Modern high rises inevitably shadow the city’s colonial architecture and pre-Hispanic heritage, although they do exist and historic Peruvian sites still prevail. Visit the colonial church of La Iglesia de San Francisco and discover the skeletons of over 25,000 Lima people in its catacombs, believed to have been buried between the 16th and 19th century. Explore underground vaults and an ancient library stocked with beautifully rustic and over-sized books, antique texts and mysterious spiral staircases. Return to the modern-day and venture to Circuito Magico del Agua - an open area comprising various interactive water features including illuminated water fountains, multi-coloured water displays and a fusion of music, art and fantasy. Best visited at night, combine this with traditional Ceviche at one of Lima’s many dining establishments. Made from fresh, white fish and cooked in lime juice, this national delicacy is one of many regional dishes putting Peru at the top of the international food charts; Peru even gained the title of Gastronomy Capital of the Americas in 2006. Complete your visit to Lima with bike tours and excursions to local markets followed by sweet Pisco Sours in vibrant Penas (folk and Creole-style bars) for an authentic taste of Lima living.

Highlights

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial church and convent in the historic heart of the capital, Lima.

Staying at

Belmond Miraflores Park

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Belmond Miraflores Park is a contemporary-style hotel set in Miraflore - a fashionable, leafy district of Lima - and is just moments away from the city's Colonial architecture, museums, galleries, upscale shopping opportunities and glamorous restaurants and bars. Boasting an enviable cliffside location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a park, the hotel’s Junior, Deluxe Junior and Presidential Pool Suites have recently been elegantly refurbished and all boast bay or floor-to-ceiling windows and luxurious marble bathrooms - some even have their own private terraces. Ascend to the eleventh floor at the top of the hotel for a spectacular heated rooftop swimming pool (with pool service in the summer), fitness facilities and classes in the gym and pampering massages and treatments at Zest Spa – do make sure you also arrive there as dawn breaks for a sumptuous buffet breakfast and jaw-dropping sunrises at The Observatory Restaurant. For the ultimate treat, request the services of the Bath Butler and enjoy a heavenly bath experience. Combine this with Pisco Sour cocktails at the effortlessly stylish Belo Bar, followed by dinner at the hotel's trendy Tragaluz Restaurant, one of the most stylish dining establishments in the city.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A stylish Belmond hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Feature:The rooftop pool and restaurant offer formidable ocean views
  • Rooms:82 rooms & suites
  • Location:Peru
  • Nearest airport:Lima International Airport
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Fly from Lima to the Sacred Valley

Transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cuzco. You will be met by your Guide and escorted on a scenic drive by private vehicle into the Sacred Valley.

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Stay at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

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On arrival into Cuzco Airport, you will enjoy a scenic drive into the Sacred Valley, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, stopping at the town of Pisac, which is well known for its colourful market. Items including silver jewellery, wall hangings, figures carved from semi-precious stones and bags can be purchased − but be prepared to haggle as it’s almost expected and, for many, it’s part of the fun. Pisac is also known for its Inca ruins − widely considered to be some of the best outside of Machu Picchu − which stand out amidst spectacular green terraces that hug the contours of the hills. Continue to your accommodation, Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, set against a backdrop of mountains and the Urubamba River. It’s the perfect base for exploring this stunning part of Peru, which is hallmarked by striking lakes, gorges, traditional towns and views of the Andes Mountains. A guided tour will take you to the town of Ollantaytambo, which is one of The Americas’ oldest settlements that has permanently been inhabited, where there are fine Inca ruins of one of the civilisation’s most important fortress and temple. Hacienda Huayoccari is another ‘must see’ attraction of The Sacred Valley and here you will have lunch and also discover a superb collection of Colonial and folk art. Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado offers a variety of hikes, mountain-biking and horse-riding to explore your surroundings even further, but if you prefer to unwind, how about the Sacred Valley massage or feeding the hotel's baby alpacas? Many find spending time with these adorable animals can be very therapeutic. Or, settle in a sun lounger overlooking the river, cool off in the swimming pool or take a tour of the hotel’s grounds with the Head Gardener.

Travel on board the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Transfer to Poroy train station and board the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train for a comfortable, luxury train journey to Aguas Calientes that takes around three hours and fifteen minutes. As you pass through the Sacred Valley and its traditional Andean villages, you'll enjoy a gourmet brunch. On arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus to Machu Picchu.

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Stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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The only property located within the Sacred Valley, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge affords incredible views. Guests here, are often left mesmerised and spiritually moved by their stay. Your first day includes a privileged private guided tour around Machu Picchu, in advance of any of the other tourist visitors, and your second day is free for you to relax within the scenic splendour. The well-preserved Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is the pinnacle for most visitors to Peru and was found by the American historian, Hiram Bingham, who stumbled upon it in 1911 while searching for Vilcabamba, the last Inca refuge of the Spanish Conquest. Known as The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu is not visible from below, due to the shroud of mist and dense tropical jungle of the montane forest that envelops it. It is widely thought to have been utilised as a secret ceremonial city and is completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population and watered by natural springs. Approximately two-hundred meticulously planned structures, set on a steep mountainside, are divided into lower and upper sections, which separated the farming and residential aspects of the site, with a square connecting the two. Of immense biodiversity, the area is hugely important and home to endangered species, including the Andean Condor, the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (regarded as the national bird of Peru) and the Spectacled Bear. In 2002, Stephen Fry travelled to Peru to film a programme for the BBC that followed the footsteps of the much-loved children’s storybook character, Paddington Bear.

Board the Vistadome Train from Machu Picchu to Cuzco

Spend today in Machu Picchu at leisure, then take the bus to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to Ollantaytambo where you will board the Vistadome train for Cuzco. From your seat, gaze out through the large panoramic windows, or up through the sky lights, for an all encompassing view. The dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful scenery melds together glimpses of lush fields, colourful villages, the Urubamba River and the Andes. For your comfort, the train has air-conditioning, heating and comfortable seating.

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Stay at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel

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Cuzco is an historically fascinating city that can easily be explored on foot and your hotel, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel, is an excellent base from which to make the most of all it has to offer. There is a fabulous mix of Hispanic influences, alongside ancient Incan foundations, and a guided tour will help you to learn more about it all. You'll begin your visit in Plaza de Armas, which was traditionally Cuzco’s main centre and is still the city’s largest square, then you'll visit the Koricancha complex, where the Sun Temple was once the central worship site for the Incas, the Renaissance-style cathedral and San Pedro market which is the ideal place to pick up souvenirs such as ponchos, gloves and alpaca wool jumpers. Cuzco is an historically fascinating city that hasn't yet been gobbled up by modern high-rises and metal infrastructure. Home to a multitude of ancient treasures, Cuzco was once the capital of the Incan empire, later conquered and partly destroyed by the Spanish. As a consequence, the city hosts a fabulous mix of Hispanic influences alongside ancient Incan foundations. We recommend you visit the Qoricancha, or Sun Temple, once the central worship site for the Incas. Although many of the temple’s walls and chambers remain, a great deal has been crushed beneath the relics of a Spanish church. Much of Cuzco is like this – an intertwining jumble of Incan versus Spanish remnants. Of course, it's the Incan ruins that hold the biggest pulling power. Thousands of visitors descend on the city every month to walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, while other ruins (such as Moray and Pisa, the latter involving a one-hour trek to a mountaintop temple) are also very popular. However, visitors should be aware that Cuzco sits at 11,000 feet above sea level and as such, decreased oxygen levels may result in altitude sickness. Rather than ascending further, why not stay in town and visit The Plaza de Armas, which was traditionally Cuzco’s main centre and is still the city’s largest square – well worth a meander, with stops at various restaurants, bars and coffee shops. For family fun, visit the Chocomuseo and book yourselves onto a chocolate-making workshop or cacao farm tour; this museum and factory makes for a tasty alternative to Incan exploration.

Fly from Cuzco, via Lima, to London

Fly from Cuzco to Lima and onward to London.

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Our expert Travel Consultant, Gill says ...

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Peru is an extraordinary destination, blessed with dramatic natural scenery and rich with ancient history. The Inca Trail is simply breathtaking and the Belmond properties are wonderfully unique.

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