A Taste of Peru
The dramatic Andean highlands of Peru blended with the best gourmet experiences
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- All private tours listed
- Hiram Bingham luxury train journey to Machu Picchu
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
As well as being home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural scenery and historical sites, Peru also has a thriving foodie culture. Expect a tongue-tingling mix of traditional dishes and contemporary South American cuisine, served in some of the world’s best restaurants, on this eight-day culinary journey.
Your adventure starts in Lima, a vibrant city known as much for its excellent food as for its world-class museums. Dine in the city’s top restaurants and discover the coolest bars mixing some of the best pisco sours in South America.
A short flight brings you to Cusco from where you will venture across the pass and into the Sacred Valley. This part of Peru is one of the most beautiful and historically important and you’ll spend a few days exploring local markets and Inca ruins and taking in the incredible scenery. Get an insight into the traditional culture during a ceremony of payment to Mother Earth and enjoy a feast of Peruvian flavours during a picnic in the most beautiful of surroundings.
No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Hop aboard the Hiram Bingham, a charming train bedecked in polished brass and wood paneling, and make tracks towards the Lost Incan City. Explore the hidden corners of the citadel on a privately guided tour that lets you delve deep into Inca history and experience one of the world’s most unique sites.
After a night in your luxury hotel, you’ll take the train to Cusco to explore the city, take part in cookery lesson and dine in some of its best restaurants.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Lima airport
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 the Capital of Peru, known for its excellent cuisine and fantastic museums as well as the historic down-town areas. You'll have all of our recommendations at hand for the best things to see and do in the city to make the very most of your stay.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Accommodation in Sacred Valley
- 22 rooms
- Private villas for families and groups of friends
This is without doubt one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in the Sacred Valley. Set in a beautiful spot by the Urubamba river the hotel is close to the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. The construction and design of the 22 rooms is in keeping with the rustic surrounds of this historic location with extensive use of natural materials, yet never compromising on luxury. The hotel has a good restaurant and a high quality 230 square metre spa in which to relax after a day exploring the area. There are also two very spacious and well-appointed villas suitable for families or groups of friends travelling together.
- 43 casitas
- Adjoining ranch and stables
Set among beautiful gardens in the magnificent location of the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna is a charming and comfortable hotel with wonderfully relaxing amenities. Your bungalow, or ‘casita’, is designed with Andean touches and stylish interiors and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Spend your days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can partake in exciting activities such as horse riding, bird watching and para-gliding. Back at Sol y Luna the indulgent spa, sauna and pool is a peaceful place for you to unwind, while the dining consists of a restaurant, Killa Wasi, where Peruvian and European cuisine is served and a bar, Chicha Wasi, where you can enjoy authentic pisco sours. You can also enjoy traditional Andean cuisine at Wayra, a separate restaurant set in the hotel’s Wayra ranch, paying homage to the wealth of natural ingredients cultivated in the Sacred Valley since the time of the Incas. The hotel is also recognised for its community initiatives, particularly in education. After 10 years of working with different schools and programs, Sol y Luna opened the Sol y Luna Intercultural School, providing educational services to a number of local students.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley. It's a great place to experience the culture of Peru and the landscape is breathtaking.
Enjoy a picnic lunch and an amazing cross-cultural experience as you take part in a special ceremony of song and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing with many sacred medicines involved, including Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mana Coca, Agua Florida, Condor's Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses. Many pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register are used to help heal through joy, love, color and life.
Private transfer to Ollanta 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
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
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 five-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.
- 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.
Travelling abroad is always an extraordinary experience, but knowing it from the inside will always take you much further. This is a tour created to do just that: your guide will take you to a local market where you will interact with sellers bargaining for traditional ingredients. These will then be used in a fantastic culinary lesson in a Cusqueño house where you will discover the diversity of Peruvian food in a cosy environment, starting with the preparation of the famous Pisco Sour.
Set inside the Museum of Peruvian Art, this is so much more than its name as a 'cafe' implies - it is one of the top gourmet restaurants in Cusco. Enjoy a full a-la-carte dinner.
Private transfer to Cusco airport
Flight from Cusco to Lima
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