Journey through Peru

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Alexandra Farrington

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  • Peru

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Outdoor

  • Mountains

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

Peru captivated me in an extraordinary way; a harmonious blend of history, culture, and nature that creates a magic uniquely its own. From the vibrant city life of Lima, the tranquil beauty of the Sacred Valley, to the awe-inspiring Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, each experience was rich and immersive. I felt a connection to a past so alive in Cusco's vibrant energy and colonial architecture, while the serene Lake Titicaca and majestic flight of condors over Colca Canyon instilled a deep sense of tranquility. I was continually enchanted by the surprises of this beautiful country. And, it was the warmth of its people, their traditions and respect for the earth that etched Peru permanently in my heart. Every flavor, sight, and experience was a tribute to the country's rich heritage and an adventure that left an indelible imprint on my soul.

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Where to stay

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Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

This luxury hotel combines personalized service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore Lima.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel, Sacred Valley

Retreat into the heart of Peru where the stunning location is only complemented by excellent accommodations, traditional fare, spa and local experiences.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Family-friendly hotel in a prized location at the base of Machu Picchu.

Fora Perks
  • One complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people, per room.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out based upon availability at check-in.

  • Daily buffet breakfast.

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Day 1: Lima

2 brown llamas on green grass

The journey begins with an exciting travel day, making your way to Lima, Peru. After settling into the luxurious Belmond Miraflores Park, start the evening off with a culinary adventure at Maido, renowned for its exceptional Nikkei cuisine. Cap off the night with a lively Pisco Sour Crawl, introducing you to Peru's quintessential cocktail.

Day 2: Experience Lima's history

Archaeological site in Peru

Discover Lima's historical richness and modern allure. After breakfast, explore the charming district of Miraflores on a walking tour. Venture into Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage site that beautifully blends Spanish and Peruvian styles. Savor an exclusive tour and lunch at the Larco Museum, housing pre-Columbian art. The evening culminates in a gourmet dining experience at Tragaluz.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Arial shot of Peru's desert

Bid farewell to Lima as you transfer to the serene Sacred Valley. Journey into Peru's past with a tour of Maras and Moray's archaeological wonders, followed by a gourmet lunch in Maras at a restored monestary. Retreat to the comfort of the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, set in the heart of the valley, before indulging in a dinner at El Huerto.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo

stone wall

Delve into Incan history, starting with breakfast at El Jardin and a tour of the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch, followed by a relaxing massage at Mayu Willka Spa. The day concludes with a memorable dinner under the stars and roasting s'mores.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Macchu Picchu views.

Rise early for the panoramic train journey to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Then continue on to explore the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu with your guide. Explore the Inca citadel, surrounded by stone structures gracefully tucked into the lush, green terraces, with soaring peaks and plunging valleys painting an ethereal backdrop — like walking within the very heart of a postcard. Your expert guide enhances the experience, weaving in fascinating tales about the Inca civilization, their belief systems and their intricate knowledge of nature, astronomy and architecture. As you navigate the ancient city, every turn unveils a new spectacle, be it the royal residences, temples or the cascading agricultural terraces.

Relish lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge and end the day with a gourmet dinner at Qunuq Restaurant. Overnight at checked in at the luxurious SUMAQ Machu Picchu.

Day 6 - 13: Explore the Beauty of Peru

Two people standing in a window of a coffee shop in Cusco.

Day 6

Participate in a spiritual Pachamama Ceremony, then delve into Peruvian cuisine with a cooking class. Board the panoramic train to Cusco, and after checking into the Belmond Hotel Nazarenas, experience the vibrant cocktail scene in Cusco.

Day 7

Explore Cusco's history with a solo excursion, followed by a walking tour of the picturesque San Blas neighborhood. Marvel at the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuamán and later dine in style at El Tupay.

Day 8

Embark on the Belmond Andean Explorer, a luxurious train journey through the Raya Mountain Range, culminating in an elegant on-board dinner and an overnight stay by the captivating Lake Titicaca.

Day 9

Awake early for a serene sunrise over Lake Titicaca, followed by a full day exploring the lake, including a traditional boat ride to the floating islands of Uros. Enjoy an elegant dinner at Saracocha before another restful night on board the train.

Day 10

Witness another stunning sunrise over Lake Lagunillas, then head to the ancient Sumbay caves. Disembark at Canahuas and retreat to Belmond Las Casitas for relaxation and a sumptuous dinner at Curina.

Day 11

After breakfast, marvel at the expansive Colca Canyon from the Tapay viewing point. Enjoy a horseback ride to Condor Cross, followed by a visit to Cabanaconde Town and its colonial churches. Return to Arequipa and catch a flight to Lima, where you'll check into Hotel B and dine at Central.

Day 12

Immerse yourself in Lima's vibrant Barranco district with a walking food tour. Spend the afternoon shopping for souvenirs before a free evening, perhaps filled with more Pisco Sours.

Day 13

Say goodbye to Peru as you embark on your journey home, bringing unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding of this unique culture.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Lauren Martin’s guide, Popping around Peru: 6 Day Peru Itinerary.

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