Peru is a country truly blessed with diversity. Not only in the different ecosystems it has thanks to its privileged location, but also for the different activities that can be enjoyed when visiting. No matter what your interests are, there is something to see in Peru, and it’s no exception when it comes to luxury. Although the Inca city of Machu Picchu is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America and the world, Peru has much more to see.
Machu Picchu is the most important Inca city, and one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 thanks to its more than five hundred years of history. It’s considered a masterpiece in terms of architecture and engineering. The architectural knowledge that is evident in all Inca buildings is often overshadowed by the engineering in construction, in which stones were perfectly fitted together to keep the buildings strong.
The luxury Machu Picchu hotels around the archaeological site are of great variety. There is an abundance of boutique hotels that you can enjoy, from their excellent accommodations to ecotourism tours once you visit the ruins of the Inca city. It’s worth taking advantage of the views of the Sacred Valley to relax and have a moment with nature.
Private pools, restaurants with the best food in the region, luxury rooms, buffet breakfast, as well as various activities to get to know the surroundings.
History is always full of controversies and mysteries. The American archaeologist Hiram Bingham was the one who made public the existence of Machu Picchu, and for a long time, its discovery was attributed to him. Although today it’s known that Peruvian archaeologists found it earlier, it’s Bingham’s name on Peru’s most luxurious train, the Belmond Hiram Bingham.
With a journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu, this luxurious train has Pullman-style cars from the 1920s, with spacious and comfortable armchairs made of polished wood and bronze. After the welcome cocktail, you may enjoy a show of regional dances, as well as live music. The observation car and the bar car are the best places to appreciate the views.
In the luxurious restaurant car, you may also enjoy an excellent breakfast and five-star lunch. During the ride, the staff points out Inca ruins and sites of interest. Coca tea and oxygen are offered for those who resent the altitude of the mountains. There is no better way to travel through the Sacred Valley than on a luxury train full of activities to pass the four-hour journey.
Tambopata National Reserve is located in southeastern Peru. This reserve of the Amazon jungle was created in 2000 with the main purpose of protecting this area of the Peruvian rainforest. It also develops conservation processes with the native population of the place, but above all, contributes to the sustainable development of the region.
This reserve has a Research Center that focuses on biodiversity research in the area. But the best part is that it can be visited and is full of boutique hotels with luxurious villas in the middle of the jungle.
These rainforest villas are one of the best options to experience the flora and fauna of the Amazon while taking enjoying all the luxuries of the facilities. Each of the hotels contributes to the conservation of the area.
Lima, the capital city, was one of the most important cities after the Spanish conquest. Today you can see in its colonial architecture all the history of the city, having also become a gastronomic model for the world.
For this very reason, Lima has been filled with luxurious gastronomic tours that make food a whole experience. Being a coastal city, the best ceviche can be found in Lima, and in many of the restaurants and markets, they are prepared according to taste.
For a truly luxurious dining experience, Central and Maido restaurants are always in the main lists of top restaurants in the world, followed closely by Mayta.
At the tip of the northern Amazon of Peru, lies the port city of Iquitos. A not-so-popular destination, it’s known as one of the most remote cities in the world. This fact does not exclude Iquitos from having a rich history and luxurious five-star hotels.
Being on the banks of the Amazon River, Iquitos features an exclusive luxury river cruise. A huge yacht with large windows to enjoy the macaws, pink dolphins, and various species of monkeys. The trip lasts four days and they spare no expense on the luxury of the huge river cruise.
Make sure to make some time to visit the city before or after the cruise. Bars, markets, the Plaza de Armas and the restaurant at the Casa de Fierro are just some of the most important places to visit.