Luxury South America Food and Wine Tour
Dine, taste, sip and savour your way through Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil with the finest food and wine experiences
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Internal flights
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private ground transfers
- All tours specified in the itinerary description
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
For food and wine lovers, South America has some of the best culinary offerings; from high-end restaurants to mouthwatering street food, there is incredible diversity. This 20-day adventure takes you on an amazing journey through vibrant cities and peaceful vineyards, and promises gastronomic delight every step of the way.
It’s not just the food that ignites the taste buds. South American wine is considered some of the best in the world and couple that with caipirinhas and pisco sours, you’re always guaranteed the perfect tipple.
We’ve selected a sequence of destinations, regions and experiences that expose you to the incredible food and drink scenes, as well as the finest accommodation renowned for their famous kitchens, chefs or cellars.
You’ll start off two days relaxing at one of Uruguay’s oldest wineries, before hopping over the River Plate to Buenos Aires. Explore the culinary scene of this vibrant capital before heading to Mendoza followed by the Chilean Wine Region for a first-hand comparison of these two very famous wine producing areas.
You’ll then dip into Peru and head to the misty mountains of Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham train, known for its fine cuisine. After spending a night in a luxury lodge you’ll catch the train back to Cusco where you’ll explore its cobbled streets and bustling markets, and learn how to make delicious Peruvian food yourself.
Your next stop is Lima, ‘the culinary capital of Latin America’. This is your chance to dine at some of this city’s finest restaurants such as Astrid y Gaston. It’s then onto the irresistible Rio de Janeiro and cosmopolitan Sao Paulo to get a taste of Brazilian culture and explore its amazing restaurants, bars and street food stalls.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Montevideo airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Carmelo
Accommodation in Carmelo
- Five rooms
- Swimming pool
- Bodega restaurant
- Access to El Faro Beach Club
One of Uruguay‘s oldest wineries (established in 1909), Finca Narbona was built by the 18th-century entrepreneur Juan de Narbona who was instrumental in the construction of Buenos Aires’ Recoleta district. You’ll be greeted with an overall feeling of enchantment and a well-worn atmosphere acquired by a 100 year history. Reminiscent of a traditional French farmhouse and delightful in its rustic character, there are only five rooms at the estancia, meaning that any stay feels intimate, informal and special. A fantastic experience for foodies, Finca Narbona is a member of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux hotel collection. The bodega-style restaurant specialises in pasta and there is an on-site bakery, wine cellar and a farm which produces its own cheeses.
One of Uruguay's oldest wineries and vineyards, a stay at this charming bodega and working wine estate offers one of the most authentic wine experiences you can have in this country. Spend your days discovering the elaborate process that goes on behind the cultivation, picking, processing and maturing of the grapes they grow. Vineyard picnics, dining at its rustic Italian restaurant, touring the old and new winery, tasting its homemade cheeses to more active pursuits such as walking or horse riding - life here is slow and sweet.
Private transfer to Colonia del Sacramento
Fast, first-class ferry to Buenos Aires
Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
- Two restaurants
- 2 restaurants
- Full Spa
- Indoor Pool
- Lobby bar and cafe
- Cigar bar
The Alvear Palace Hotel opened its doors in 1932 and has remained one of the city’s most iconic hotels ever since. Located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood, everything about the Alvear is incredibly well thought through with lots of little touches that make it a really special place to stay. The hotel’s 192 rooms and suites are impeccable designed with a mix of Empire, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. Sumptuous fabrics and elegant furnishing are complimented by decorative arts and paintings by Argentinian artists. The larger lounge suites offer butler service so you can make the most of your stay. Enjoy sophisticated French cuisine at La Bourgogne, and a decadent afternoon tea in L’Orangerie before sampling an expertly mixed cocktail at the lobby bar, which has long been a meeting place for well-known members of Buenos Aires society. Enjoying a tipple at the rooftop bar is also not to be missed, with its spectacular views over Alvear Avenue. When you’re not out exploring all that the Argentinean capital has to offer, relax and unwind in the spa, wellness area, fitness centre and rooftop pool with adjoining pool bar.
- Two restaurants
- 2 restaurants
- Outdoor pool
Perhaps the best luxury hotel in Buenos Aires, the Four Seasons is really very suited to the luxury traveller. With beautifully decorated and well equipped rooms and communal areas, the sense of quality and refinement is pervasive throughout the hotel. They also have by far the best pool area in the city which has a strict guests only policy. Service, as you might expect, is absolutely first class making this the hotel of choice in Buenos Aires for many visiting dignitaries and celebrities.
- 88 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Library bar
- Fitness centre
- Outdoor pool
- Cabaret show
The Faena Buenos Aires is a striking design hotel in the waterside neighborhood of Puerto Madero, the brainchild of local empresario Alan Faena and designer Philippe Starck. The hotel is located in the restored El Porteño building, an enormous silo built in 1902 that produced grain for post-war Europe. The decor encapsulates the grandeur of the belle epoque that characterised Buenos Aires at the turn of last centrury. A red, black and white colour scheme runs through the hotel teamed with exposed brick walls and concrete pillars that hark back to its industrious past. Rooms and suites are filled with eye catching touches such as hand embroidered throws and filifree mirrors and feature huge windows which look out over Ecological Reserve, the parks, Río de la Plata and the quaysides of Puerto Madero. Eating and drinking at the Faena is a real treat. Enjoy fine dining at Bistro Sur where the menu is inspired by the finest seasonal Argentinian produce, or opt for something more casual at El Mercado which is inspired by the country’s famous cantinas and the open air markets of Europe. The Library Lounge is an intimate space filled with antique books and crysal chandeliers, while El Cabaret, inspired by the city’s 1920s tango clubs, is where you can catch the award-winning show, Rojo Tango. The hotel also features a spa, fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
Like its sister hotel in Buenos Aires, Legado Mitico Salta is a boutique hotel with style, service and culture. Each of the amply sized rooms is themed on a different Argentinean historical figure. Decoration is a tasteful blend of dark woods, paintings, antique feature pieces and the modern comforts one expects in a luxury boutique hotel. Service is prompt and friendly and the hotel boasts very pleasant communal areas including a solarium, breakfast bar, patio and a well-stocked library.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.
Remember we can always organise one of our privately-guided tours (history, culture, art) to more specialist excursions such as personal shopping trips, helicopter tours, wine tasting and tango lessons. Feel free to discuss your options with your travel designer.
Buenos Aires today offers both visitors and locals a broad choice of opportunities to enjoy its artistic and cultural heritage. Its 57 museums house permanent and visiting collections of classical and contemporary art, not to mention its many cultural and educational institutions to see.
With your private guide you will begin your cultural tour with a visit to the Colon Theatre (Teatro Colon) before exploring the historic Recoleta Cemetery, then the National Museum of Decorative Arts, followed by the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA). Your tour will then conclude at the Fernández Blanco Museum of Spanish American Art.
This exclusive gourmet experience showcases the culture and identity of the Argentine capital. The day begins with an introduction to Argentine cuisine during which you will learn about the city's culinary heritage, its influences and development into a new food movement, 'La Nueva Cocina Argentina'. Enjoy a tasty lunch with your culinary expert at Il Matarello, a traditional Buenos Aires Parilla, in the vibrant La Boca district.
Following lunch you will spend time with Dante Liporace, the head chef at Tarquino, as he shows you his new cooking techniques during a demonstration of his signature dish. Then, you will explore the wonderful world of Argentinian wine with an expert sommelier, tasting wines from Salta to southern Patagonia. The day ends with a delicious tasting menu at a top city restaurant. Choose from Tarquino, El Banqueaneo or Arambu, all of which boast amazing dishes from the exciting Argentine food revolution.
Private transfer to Buenos Aires domestic airport
Flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Private transfer to your hotel in the Mendoza area
Accommodation in Mendoza
- 22 villas (one or two bedrooms available)
- Francis Mallmann Restaurant Siete Fuegos
- Bar & Cava
- Infinity Pool
- Hot Tub
- Fitness Centre
A chic and highly anticipated addition to Mendoza’s collection of boutique properties, the assuredly stylish Vines Resort and Spa packs a lot of substance in with its cool elegance. A contemporary, low-lying structure, the hotel seems to have been built so as not to disturb the uniform horizon of the Uco Valley’s perfectly combed vineyards. The smart collection of twenty-two villas echo this style and with their exposed interior stone facades, wall-to-ceiling windows, earthy tones and simple elegance combine for an aura of modernistic calm. There are one or two bedroom sizes available, and each comes with its own modern kitchen, sitting areas and private patio. And there’s more. The hotel has additionally modeled itself on being a culinary resort as well, managing to secure a restaurant designed by the internationally renowned chef, Francis Mallmann. There is a Winery on the estate for tastings, wine making tours and activities, not to mention a full spa for expert pampering. Try some horse riding in the morning through the vineyards and high blue skies, followed by breakfast and a swim in the infinity pool that drops off into the combed lines of twisted vines beyond. In the afternoon, maybe some wine tasting with lunch and a spoiling treatment at the spa.
- 14 rooms with private pools
- 35 acre vineyard
- Wine cellar featuring 250 wines from the Mendoza region
- Spa with wine therapy treatments
Cavas Wine Lodge is one of the most luxurious and romantic accommodations from which to explore the Argentinean wine region. Each of the rooms has its own private plunge pool and impressive views out across the vineyards to the Andes. The hotel also has an excellent spa facility and is one of the most luxurious and romantic accommodations from which to explore the Argentinean wine region. The Cavas restaurant offers a superb seasonal menu using organic products. There is also a spacious underground cellar showcasing 250 carefully selected wines from the Mendoza region. Guests can enjoy wine tasting with the resident sommelier upon request. Both bed and breakfast and full board options are available here.
- Fifteen rooms
- 15 rooms
- Hammam § Spa
- Cigar Lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Wine Cellar
Certainly standing out from most other Mendoza hotels, EntreCielos is very much on the contemporary cusp and bravely looks ahead to luxury wine lodges of the future. In-keeping with the minimal modernist design, the exterior is non-descript and inside takes the mould of a concrete bunker. However, don’t let this discourage you because the décor of soft, sparkling floor and ceiling lights as well as the rich textures and inviting soft furnishings gives it a stylish and luxurious warmth. A total renovation of the property was completed in May 2011 and the rough bare walls interrupted with sheer glass playing out the beyond scenery of vines, mountains and skies makes for a pleasant journey of contrast when walking the maze-like hallways. There is a large spa modelled on the traditional Hammam, where you can get a massage, facial, sit back in steam rooms, or plunge yourself between hot and cold pools. Five categories of rooms are grouped and styled to the different ages of wine, and all have private terraces, iPod docks, air con and free WiFi. The ‘Young’ or superior rooms exude a fun vibe and are good for families. ‘Classic’ or superior deluxe rooms are slightly bigger, come with a four-poster bed or twin and have bright, vibrant bathrooms with a freestanding bath tub. Next up is the ‘Reserva’ or junior suites with similar amenities to the Classic yet is 50m² and at 85 m² is the ‘Gran Reserva’ or Duplex suite (of which there are 4), which enjoys two levels and unique views of the Andes, vineyards and surrounding gardens. At the top is ‘Grand Cru’ or super king with 95 m² to roam about in, a private terrace with Jacuzzi, rainforest shower and coffee machine. Currently uncompleted but soon to pip the Grand Cru is the exclusively private vineyard loft. With a good range of activities and a helpful team of staff, the food served in the in-house restaurant is very good and well matched with the wine from their cavernous cellar.
Spend your time enjoying the beautiful Mendoza region. Visit wineries, enjoy the restaurants or simply relax at your hotel.
You will be collected from your hotel after breakfast by your local expert guide and begin a private full-day tour of the best wineries situated in Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu valleys. This tour will be tailored on the day to your preferences, as there exists a nice variation of larger to more boutique and family-owned wineries. At each winery there will be a tour and a tasting session. Lunch will be at a restaurant or bodega of your choice, with helpful recommendations made by your guide.
Located an hour south of downtown Mendoza, the Uco Valley spreads between the towns of Tupungato, Tunuyán and San Carlos. It is formed by the drainage network of the Tunuyán River and is protected by the striking Cordón del Plata mountain range. This is one of Mendoza’s most imposing landscapes and also one of the most fertile ones. The region is covered by more than 10,000 hectares of vineyards as well as fruit tree plantations. The altitude of the Uco Valley is the highest altitude at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza (up to 1,400 meters above sea level).
You will embark on a scenic drive with your guide along Los Cerrillo Route which takes you from downtown Mendoza to Tupungato. On clear days the silhouette of the Tupungato volcano (6,635 mt.) stands out between the mountains. Two of Mendoza’s most architecturally advanced wineries with award-winning facilities are located in the Uco Valley.
Bodega Salentein is built in the shape of a cross and has four wings, each housing a small winery with two sections: a stainless steel tank at ground level and an underground area for maturing the wines in oak casks. The four wineries come together in a beautiful central chamber that resembles an amphitheatre.
Lunch will be at Salentein's restaurant followed by a tour of the winery itself. You will be driven back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Private transfer to Mendoza airport
Flight from Mendoza to Santiago
Private transfer to your lodge in the Chilean Wine Region
Lodges in the Wine Region
- Set in 450 acres of vineyards
- Outdoor Pool
- Four rooms
Clos Apalta Residence is one of the most luxurious (and modern) wine lodges in Chile. The accommodation here is really first class. There are just four private ‘casitas’ as well as lodging within the guesthouse itself. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern style and the casitas have an added element of privacy as well as verandas with stunning views out across the valley. The Clos Apalta Winery itself is also constructed in a very modern style and produces some fantastic wines, which you’ll have a chance to sample. There is also a large infinity pool and spa area to make the residence an extremely comfortable and relaxing place to stay.
- 22 suites
- 4 rooms
- Wine shop
- Restaurant/ Lodge Chef
- Heli Port
- Disabled Access
The extraordinary sophistication and contemporary chic of the Vik Chile is quite simply unparalleled in Chile’s wine region. Fresh from an extensive refurbishment, this 22-room avant garde luxury boutique hotel is set within the 4,400-hectare Millahue Valley and Vik vineyard, just two hours south of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley area. Each suite is individually themed and decorated, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows which allow guests to take in the majestic views of the region. A newer addition to the hotel, guests can now choose to stay in one of the separate Puro Vik glass pods, providing an incredible vantage point for overlooking the valley. The lodge is decorated in keeping with the vineyard’s holistic and ecological principles and it’s almost as if the exterior’s inconspicuous minimalism was intended to touch the hillside on which it perches. This spectacular sense of floating is further emphasised by seamless glass windows-for-walls in the rooms. Yet the insightful use of dark heavy woods, rough natural materials, functional furniture and a minimal elegance also makes the lodge feel contrastingly very solid, grounded and stylishly real. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of the vineyards and lake and there is a cosy sitting area with a fireplace, patios with sofas, and a well-equipped and elegant dining room where excellent traditional Chilean cuisine is served. Plenty of activities and expeditions can be arranged to suit guests according to their time and preferences, especially with immediate if not exclusive access to the vineyard and winery.
- Outdoor Pool
- Seven rooms
- Living room
- Honesty Bar
Set around 50 miles from Santiago in the Casablanca region, this boutique vineyard produces entirely organic wine. This is a traditional wine ‘Estancia’ and was originally built at the beginning of the 20th Century set in it’s own San Antonio Valley of around 27,000 acres. The main building housing the accommodation blends traditional style with plush furnishings and was entirely refurbished in 2004. Rooms are spacious and have their own private terrace. The winery itself is an advanced gravity-flow facility producing excellent Syrah (judged to be among one of the world’s best). There is an excellent restaurant on site and a good number of activities to keep guests occupied including horseback riding and harvesting, as well as relaxing in the beautiful gardens.
South of Santiago lies Chile's rich central valleys and numerous vineyards. Your choice of daily activities and excursions will depend on the hotel or lodge chosen, but just speak to our Latin America travel designers about selecting the best one for you.
To give you an idea; there's horse riding, wine tastings, vineyard tours, fine dining, hiking and much more...
Drive along the foothills of the Andes and stop by some of the top wineries in the Maipo Valley. Chile’s most traditional wine valley is also one of the most internationally recognized as it is home to such famous wineries as Concha y Toro and Cousiño Macul. Maipo produces many of Chile’s finest red varieties. Maipo is also capturing attention for the exciting new boutique wineries emerging in the region known as the “Alto” Maipo for its vines grown at higher altitude.
Private transfer to your hotel in Santiago
Accommodation in Santiago
- 196 rooms
- Tea Library
- Three restaurants
- Beauty Salon
- W Lounge Bar & Rooftop Bar
- Rooftop Infinity Pool & Spa § Fitness Centre
- Business Centre
- iPod docks § LCD TVs in rooms
In keeping with its worldwide siblings for contemporary luxury design and snazzy urban style, it’s no wonder that the W Santiago is now the trendiest hotel in the capital with a phenomenal rooftop pool and bar that boast the best views over the city. Accompanying a kaleidoscope of colours and ultra-modern sophistication designed by Toni Chi and Sergio Echeverria, W Santiago is a fantastically well-equipped hotel with three restaurants specialising in French, Asian Fusion and Chilean cuisines. There’s a beauty salon, bar lounge, tea library and business centre not to mention its superb location but a few steps away from the best bars, restaurants and shops in Santiago. The rooms are sleek, modern and spacious and the staff are aplenty and very helpful in fulfilling the ‘Whatever, Whenever’ motto.
- 28 Rooms
- Courtyard garden
A charming boutique hotel set in the heart of the relaxed Providencia district of the city. The hotel has an elegant, French style to the decoration of the rooms and communal areas combined with modern comforts. Service is personal and attentive making this a relaxing and enjoyable place to stay and explore the city from.
- 62 rooms
- Restaurant & Sky Bar
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Spa, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam room
The Singular Santiago is a luxury hotel in the Lastarria neighbourhood of Santiago. A sister hotel to The Singular Patagonia, The Singular Santiago is located in one of the artiest areas of the Chilean capital, Lastarria: the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Visual Arts, and the Gabriel Mistral Center are all within walking distance of the hotel. It’s not just the location that’s appealing: the rooftop pool provides a scenic setting in which to both cool down after a day exploring Santiago and take in the view; the spa offers post- or pre-long-haul flight massages; and the Singular Restaurant serves French dishes alongside local specialties, such as Guanaco and Penca, to keep the flavour decidedly Latin. The ninth-floor Sky Bar is the perfect place to polish off a day in Lastarria. There are 62 rooms: the Patio Rooms and the Classic Rooms overlook the Plaza Mulato Gil, and the Deluxe Balcony Rooms have views across the Parque Forestal. All rooms at The Singular benefit from stylish decor and all the mod-cons you could wish for, including wireless internet, LCD TVs, large and comfortable beds, and well-equipped, spacious marble bathrooms.
- 14 rooms
- Deli lounge bar and restaurant
- Swimming pool with solarium
- Small gym
- Beauty salon and walled garden
- Business centre and wi-fi
Folded into the bohemian heart of one of Santiago’s prettiest neighbourhoods, the Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel (formerly known as the Lastarria Boutique Hotel), really reflects its stylish environs and is a superb little place to stay or stopover in the capital. Housed in a restored mansion dating back to 1927, the 14 spacious bedrooms reflect a more contemporary era for more modern tastes and demands. Divided into four separate categories, each is beautifully decorated and well equipped, while some feature terraces and two interconnecting rooms for families. A lovely garden terrace and outdoor swimming pool give a sanctuary sort of feel away from the bustle of the city, but the immediate district is such a pleasant one, filled with galleries, antique stores, restaurants and shops, that you might be tempted to do some local exploration (being so well placed for it).
Enjoy a night in Santiago, you'll have our list of recommended restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.
With your expert local guide you will explore Chile’s capital, nestled in the central valley right below the imposing Andes. This city mixes the country's “Mapuche” legacy (the natives that inhabited this land during the Pre-Columbian era), Spanish colonial past and the modernity of any thriving city of the world.
Explore the city's downtown district, Santa Lucía Hill - where the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city - the Lastarria Neighborhood, La Moneda Palace, and the Plaza de Armas. The tour will be tailored to suit your interests and can include museums and galleries as well.
Private transfer to Santiago airport
Flight from Santiago to Lima
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Accommodation in Lima
- Five king bedded rooms, eight king two twin bedded rooms and four contemporary queen bedded rooms
- Restaurant, bar and lounge
- Living room
- Rooftop sun deck and patio
At last a hotel with lots of Limeño character and heritage. Combining intimate and modern boutique hospitality, with stylish, historical elegance, Hotel B offers both a polished and decidedly local stay to your time in Lima. Located in the city’s bohemian district of Barranco and housed in a historical Belle Époque mansion, once the palatial, ocean view residence of the Peruvian president Augusto Leguia, its architectural features and flair captures Peru’s colonial past in 21st century luxury. In fact, the Arts Hotel renovation team included sculptors from the Fine Arts academy and a host of talented carpenters under the direction of an Italian master woodworker. Each of its 17 rooms (coming in three different categories) all display chic furnishings and modern amenities, with contemporary style and smart design blended together in a very refreshing and unique way.
- 82 guestrooms
- Observatory Restaurant
- Rooftop pool
This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru. The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to one of the most exclusive residential areas and commercial districts of Lima. Miraflores Park prides itself in offering outstanding personalised service and a home away from home atmosphere. With 82 rooms, the amenities include three massage rooms, a rooftop heated pool, state of the art gym and a special observatory restaurant with sea views while dining. This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru.
Enjoy an evening in Peru's capital, discovering its world-famous restaurants and seeking out the perfect pisco sour.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer to Poroy station
The Hiram Bingham train exudes style, luxury, and romantic charm and there is no more sophisticated way to traverse the Peruvian landscape to Machu Picchu.
Aboard, the 1920s Pullman carriages reflect the opulence of the locomotive era bedecked in polished brass, wood panels and rich, comfy seating. There is also a period observation car at the rear.
Brunch on the journey is included and taken in the very elegant dining car replete with white-linen tablecloths, clinking crystal, and you are looked after by a smart team of waiters. Whilst feasting on fine Peruvian cuisine the steamy forest scenery unfolds right in front of you. There is also an open viewing carriage for admiring the views.
Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at your leisure: you can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion. Inkaterra is a leader in ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. They have a commitment to research, and sharing knowledge about biodiversity and culture with the world through authentic travel experiences. Because of this, they have been granted the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice and the Sustainable Tourism Standard Conservation Award. They are also Rainforest Alliance verified and there is no single-use plastic at the property.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
You have the morning free to explore the famous site on your own.
Board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. Departing in the early evening, a full 5 course meal is served in the dining carriage as well as drinks and live music in the bar carriage for an enjoyable trip back after visiting Machu Picchu.
Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco
Accommodation in Cusco
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
- 11 Suites
- Lounge and dining room
This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the center of Cusco surrounded by cobblestone streets, museums and next door to Plaza Las Nazarenas. This really is the premier property in Cusco and a real delight to stay at. La Casona is a beauitfully and carefully restored colonial manor house from the 16th century with modern luxuries. With only eleven suites surrounding a courtyard, the atmosphere is very private and charming. Each room is furnished with period antiques and has a fireplace and heated floors. Other hotel amenities include a library, restaurant, lounge, spa, butler services and Peruvian cooking classes.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.
Your local expert guide will collect you from your hotel for a private tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. This former colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to the worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Your next stop will be the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral.
You will be driven by private vehicle to the countryside just outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area such as the cult centre of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.
Begin your day with a visit to Cusco’s central market, a wonderful way to discover the Andean culture and daily life. This vibrant spot, with its dazzling displays of fresh produce and fascinating local products, could keep you entertained for hours. Next, learn how to turn these fresh ingredients into Peruvian favourites at a local restaurant.
Private transfer to Cusco airport
Flight from Cusco to Lima
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Enjoy the Capital of Peru, known particularly for its excellent cuisine and good museums, as well as the historic down-town areas.
Drive to the Historical Center of Lima and the Plaza Mayor, where the Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace are located. Move along to the San Francisco Monastery and step inside Casa Aliaga, one of America’s best-preserved colonial mansions. Located across from the Presidential Palace in colonial Lima, Casa Aliaga was built in 1535 by Don Jeronimo de Aliaga, a member of Pizarro's conquering forces. Seventeen generations later, Casa Aliaga is still inhabited by the Aliaga family, whose heirlooms include beautiful original furniture.
Continue to the district of Pueblo Libre, to visit the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion. The museum holds the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru, featuring many fine examples of textile work. Also found in the museum are the materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal, huaco pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones and erotic art pieces.
Enjoy a guided tour around one the most impressive collections of pre Colombian art and artefacts in the world. Privately owned and housed in a pretty 18th century building, this museum showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Gaston Acurio may be Peru’s most famous chef – indeed, one of its best-known celebrities of any sort – but neither he nor his restaurant is resting on their laurels. The restaurant's history goes back to 1994, when Gaston Acurio and Astrid Gutsche, fresh from studying culinary arts in Paris, founded the restaurant in a small house in the district of Miraflores. Nowadays the restaurant is located in a 300-year-old hacienda and the menu showcases the very best of Peruvian cuisine, reassessing traditional ingredients and recipes and creating something quite magical in the process.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Rio de Janeiro
Private transfer to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Spending your days in the heady 'Marvellous City' you can explore and enjoy Rio at your leisure. You'll have a full set of recommendations and advice from us on how best to make the most of the city.
Christ the Redeemer statue is Rio’s most famous attraction with his arms stretched out, looking out to bless the entire city. At 710 metres (2,330 feet) above the centre on the Corcovado hill, the statue is surrounded by wide, open terraces from where you get unbeatable vistas of the city's impressive littoral, the southern neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Lagoon, the Sugar Loaf and the town of Niterói.
This massive granite rock, 396 metres tall, is one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks, adorning many a postcard. You will take the cable car with your guide from the Guanabara Bay entrance in the Urca district. At the zenith the view of Rio and its neighbourhoods sprawled over bays, coves, and appearing from dense green hillsides is unrivalled and quite spectacular.
Private transfer to Rio's domestic airport
Flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo
Private Transfer to your hotel in Sao Paulo
Days free to explore and enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Sao Paulo. You'll have our recommendations of excellent restaurants and bars to make sure you make the most of your stay.
Take a private full-day city tour of Sao Paulo's highlights, the self-appointed heart of modern Brazilian culture.
Considered one of the best restaurants in the world, the two Michelin-starred restaurant DOM showcases the very best of Brazilian cuisine. Using ingredients such as acai, jambu and tucupi, each impecabbly presented dish offers a little insight into the history and traditions of this fascinting country while being fresh and contemporary at the same time. Located in the Jardines district of Sao Paulo, DOM is a harmonious balance between the classic and the modern and promises to take guests on an unforgettable culinary journey.
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Private transfer to Sao Paulo airport
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