These lands were known to ancient Peruvian cultures as Ttahuatin-Suyua, the four quarters of the world. Peru surely has it all; explore the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, The Sacred valley of the Inca, Lake Titicaca and so very much more. Add this to a melange of cultures of Wari, Moche, Chan Chan, Aymara and Inca to create the perfect vacation learning experience. In such a vast land, good logistical planning is fundamental to enjoying this land to the fullest. Totally Latin America craft the very finest custom luxury Peru vacations. Thankfully there are no call centres here, just expert, friendly humans to guide you along the myriad intricacies of creating your very own Peruvian escapade.
The requisites of the best vacations begin with listening to our client’s individual style of travel, learning what they value. Then to take time to contemplate the local destinations and experiences that would best realize our travellers’ expectations. There are no scripts for such creations. It is a dyadic human interaction, with the end result a momentous individual life’s journey in Peru.
To help kindle your travel spirit, let us share our learned insights to discovering the 5 best luxury Peru vacations 2024.
No. 1 – Tambopata Research Center & Machu Picchu (10 Days)
Tambopata Research Center is the only lodge that lies within the Tambopata National Reserve in Madre de Dios Peru. It is one of the most remote lodges in South America and the lodge’s pristine location means that it resides in a pristine wildlife habitat. Until recent years, this lodge required a 7-hour boat journey, but a new access road had considerable reduced the logistical challenges and brought the true depths of the Amazon within reach.
This unparalleled lodge offers over one thousand feet of elevated treetop walkways, some of the best Macaw and Parrot clay licks for the ultimate birdwatcher’s photo. In addition to the best chance to see large mammals such as the elusive Puma. True scientific research has been conducted at this site since 1989 and it continues to reside at the forefront of unearthing new species and habitats.
We recommend the Deluxe Suite as a fine accommodation choice at this select property. It affords twin Queen size beds and the pleasure of an outdoor tub under the poignant backdrops of the Amazonian tree canopy.
Following on from your jungle foray we venture to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and two nights at the superb Sol y Luna Hotel. This is the perfect base to rediscover the ancient ruins of the Ollantaytambo and enjoy the pleasure of a private visit to a local hacienda farm as the guest of the welcoming owners for a very special day. Onward to inimitable Machu Picchu for a privately guided tour and a return via the famed Hiram Bingham luxury train to Cusco. The hallowed halls of the ancient Monasterio Hotel in Cusco will serve to give you a taste of the splendour in which this Inca city was beholden. It is a treasure trove of culture and ancient artefacts and a befitting end to this true journey of a lifetime.
Unique wildlife, the very best naturalist guides and unique accommodations unequivocally elevate this to become one of the 5 best luxury Peru vacations 2024.
No. 2 – Peruvian Epicurean Adventure & Machu Picchu (7 Days)
Arrival to Lima and here get to savour the culinary mastery of the World Best Female Chef 2021 at Kjolle Restaurant. Pía León has a deep knowledge of Peruvian cusine and was instrumental in the work of Mater Iniciativa. A laboratory food project collocated the same building as Kjolle and the world-famous Central Restaurant with her husband Virgilio Martinez. She offers a nine-course tasting or an à la carte menu using ingredients from all over Peru. A showcase of a land rich in cultural and geographical diversity. Her wizardry shine on brightly decorated plates with new assaults on your taste buds assured.
Onward to the Sacred Valley and here we offer a differing proposal. A visit to the corn farm and homestead of Hacienda Sarapampa. Yussef and Maria are the perfect hosts for a private farm to table experience in this beautiful bucolic setting. Your welcoming hosts not alone open you to the tastes of the Sacred Valley but also allow you learn of the true Peruvian highland cultural life.
Machu Picchu is our next destination, and we include an expert privately guided tour. Whilst there at Aguas Calientes a visit to the French Peruvian fusion of Indio Feliz Restaurant is a must. The French owner Patrick Vogin has managed to create a truly unique and eclectic setting for a most memorable diner experience at the end of a perfect Machu Picchu day.
The city of Cusco is the perfect laid-back city bedecked in cobble lined streets. Enjoy time to explore this fascinating city’s interwoven ruins of colonial, Incan and pre-Incan ruins. For a true journey in today’s Cusco, we include dinner at the local restaurant of Morena Peruvian Kitchen. This establishment has not yet reached the heady heights of the world stage. Many of the very best local restaurants remain hidden from fame and notoriety; you will be pleasantly surprised!
World class restaurants and superb local establishments make this journey truly unique. In addition, the tastes of Peru alone would surely award this epicurean journey an accolade of one the 5 best luxury Peru vacations 2024.
No. 3 – Luxury Adventure Quest Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Rafting (11 Days)
This trip offers great forays into the countryside of Peru for some of the very best biking, hiking and whitewater rafting. Beginning in Lima, we fly to Cusco and journey down into the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Here over several days, you will have ample opportunity to try a host of adventure activities such as E- biking the ruins of Moray and the Maras Salt Pans, kayaking on Lake Huaypo, accompanied by a traditional earth cooked Pachamanca lunch. For those with a love of the vertical we can offer a via Ferrata climb and zipline at Skylodge for the ultimate adrenaline rush! The Tambo del Inka Hotel is a prefect base and offers a full complement of spa and massage facilities after a long day at the pinnacle of nature’s great outdoors.
Then we take the one-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A splendid trail across six miles to the most glorious vista from on high, the Sun Gate overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu. After a private tour of the site next day, we venture up to ancient Cusco to discover the ruins by bike. The grand finale of this escapade is a two-day whitewater rafting adventure in the Black Canyon of the Apurimac River. A majestic setting amid towering canyon walls, hidden white beaches; just you and mother nature. Our overnight barbeque lunch with wine and comfort line camping assures a night never to be forgotten under the diamond studded starry nights of this remote and beautiful hidden gem of Peru.
The ultimate unique adventure experiences, with a nuanced cultural discovery, earns this itinerary the accolade as one of the 5 best luxury Peru vacations 2024.
No. 4 – Wellness and Yoga Experience to Machu Picchu (09 Days)
What better destination to take time out and unwind than in the cradle of civilization that is Peru? A holistic journey of self-discovery to reconnect with the simpler elements of life. A soulful voyage across the Sacred Valley of the Inca, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Our workshops include a circle of life education. We discover these elements with restorative yoga, moon salutations and meditation. The journey also includes learning of the ancient superfoods of the Andean peoples in Cusco at the local market.
Onward to the Sacred Valley we visit the ancient ruins which today hold high spiritual significance. On a practical level we will also work with local farmers and the native people of Choquecancha community. Here will learn their beautiful textile weaving crafts and of their coca leaf reading rituals. The valley is in a stunning natural setting, and we will enjoy a hike to our lodge and the perfect setting to discover Pranayama Breathing techniques.
In the morning we practice Mysore Ashtanga Yoga and onward to Machu Picchu for a privately guided tour with a focus on the spiritual elements of the Inca people. The ensures you will understand not just the aesthetic significance of the site but also the cultural elements often overlooked. We return back to Cusco and next morning include a shamanic blessing as a befitting end to your innermost journey of revelation.
The ultimate unique adventure experiences, with nuanced cultural discovery, earns this itinerary the accolade as one of the 5 best luxury Peru vacations 2024.
No. 5 – Machu Picchu & Luxury Andean Explorer to Lake Titicaca (10 Days)
This is a great journey across the highlands of Peru. With an arrival in Lima, we take a short flight to the city of Cusco and onward by road to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. This is the perfect venue to adapt to the rarefied air at 9,500 feet. The valley holds a mesmerizing display of Inca and pre-Incan ruins alongside a vibrant Andean Mountain culture. The highlights include the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the last redoubt of the Inca preceding their retreat toward the jungle at Vilcabamba. We include time to see some of the lesser-known pastoral village communities at Patacancha and Wiloq. Here you get a true sense of authentic everyday life of mountain life.
Onward to Machu Picchu, either by hiking or taking the train, followed by a privately guided tours with an expert local guide. The journey back to Cusco is with the legendary Hiram Bingham luxury train. Four course gourmet meal with fine wines and local entertainment. The perfect end to a perfect Machu Picchu experience. You will have two nights in Cusco to explore the city to the fullest from your accommodations at the aptly named Palacio Nazarenas Hotel.
We board the Andean Explorer luxury overnight train and venture south from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. The train is draped in all the delightful trappings with an old- world charm and impeccable service to boot. The journey itself is along the spine of the Andes and offers opportunity to stop on the way and visit the Inca ruins at Raqchi and an Andean Mountain stop at La Raya. On arrival to Puno, you will overnight aboard the train in the finest of comfortable private cabins. Next day after breakfast aboard the train, we drive to the nearby Titilaka Hotel. A luxuriant select accommodation nestled in a perfect tranquil setting overlooking Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Here you will embark upon private tours to the lake and nearby communities. It is also a wonderful place to relax and simply soak up the essence of this special location. A time to be free from the distractions of everyday life and return to simplicity.
Whatever options you choose along the way, this journey offers some of the finest first-class experiences in the land of Peru. It’s mix of sheer indulgence allied to luxuriant rail journeys proclaim it as one of the 5 best luxury Peru vacations in 2024.
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These singular journeys are a great vantage point to discover the wonders of this unparalleled land of Peru. Your expert adviser at Totally Latin America will be glad to advise and plan the perfect tailor-made journey. Contact Us Today and to let the adventure begin.