Reach New Heights
Peru was recently named the world´s leading culinary destination by the Word Travel Awards, and Lima is undoubtedly the food capital of South America. The city continuously hosts visitors from across the continent who come to enjoy Peruvian food for a weekend. Lima’s fantastic local cuisine is the perfect blend of amazing biodiversity (which provides a ridiculously huge variety of local ingredients), pre-Columbian and Spanish culinary traditions (mixed with influences from all over the world), and the cutting-edge creativity of local chefs. It is also interesting to note that Peru was the centre of the biggest pre-Columbian civilization, the Inca Empire, and that Lima was the capital of the Spanish colony in South America. The rich history, culture, art tradition and cuisine of Peru all contribute to its status as a must-see destination.
B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.
Easygoing to Moderate
Lima to Lima
10 Days / 9 Nights
Price per person from: $7,995
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Arrive at the Jorge Chavez International Airport; typically international flights arrive in the late evening. You’ll be met by your driver and driven to the Miraflores Park Hotel for the evening and a well deserved rest.
This morning, enjoy a walk in the colonial city and explore the main plaza overlooking the cathedral and government palace before visiting Casa Aliaga and the Larco Herrera museum. For lunch we’ve chosen Javier Wong´s, considered by some to be the home of the best Ceviche in the world.
We’ll begin early today with a trip to the local fish market with local guide and chef Brisa Deneumostier, before heading to organic farm for an entertaining and educational visit. Afterwards, take in the beautiful ceramic works of Jallpa Nina, one of the most important ceramic studios in Peru.
After flying to Cusco, we’ll make the short drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views and valuable art collection of the hacienda and enjoy a relaxing day as you acclimate to the altitude.
This morning, visit Ollantaytambo to roam the site of the last living Inca village, set below ancient ruins. After this visit, spend time exploring daily life in Ollantaytambo before witnessing the preparation of a traditional Pachamanca, where native ingredients such as tubers, vegetables and meat are wrapped in layers of herbs and cooked on hot stones.
Today visit the authentic Quechua Andean Community where you’ll participate in daily activities, including knitting and other crafts, and walk the crop fields before enjoying a lunch made from local ingredients. Tonight dine at a cozy and rustic restaurant that offers one of the best cuisines in the Sacred Valley.
Today we take the train to Aguas Calientes and marvel as the landscape changes dramatically as we head toward Machu Picchu, home to the Machu Picchu citadel, the famous Sun Gate and the Inca Bridge. We’ll enjoy lunch at Tinkuy, the restaurant at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
This morning, your guide will take you to Chinchero, known for the extraordinary textile art developed by its inhabitants. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed at a spectacular location and afterwards, you will continue to Moray, an important site used for agricultural experimentation during Inca times.
Your guide will take you to explore some of the most representatives sites of Cusco today, including a 16th-century catherdral, Santo Domingo Convent, the San Pedro Market, the traditional San Blas neighbourhood and the Chocolate Factory.
Depending on your flight home we will either fly to Lima or drive, stopping along the way at Hacienda San Jose for lunch. And then, Bon Voyage!
Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about this great capital city. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and Pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel. View hotel website »
Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley
Sol y Luna blends Old World charm with the tranquility of the Sacred Valley. Our hosts, Marie-Helene and Franz, have made Peru their home since the early 1990s. The stylish bungalow-style cottages on this intimate property are all thoughtfully decorated with local ceramics and indigenous woods. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens and features a fully equipped spa. View hotel website »
La Casona Inkaterra, Cusco
This historic colonial manor house (perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco) is centrally located on an ancient Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square. Eleven spacious suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by guests of the hotel. View hotel website »
Easygoing to Moderate
This trip is rated Easy to Moderate. Our daily walks range in distance from 4 to 10 km (2.5 to 6 mi.), on cobbled city streets, grassy terraced hillsides and along the winding footpaths of Machu Picchu. We travel throughout the Sacred Valley at altitudes between 1,500 and 3,200 m (5,000 to 11,000 ft.). Apart from one challenging walk around Machu Picchu, it’s moderate going. You may find, however, that the effect of the altitude will make the walks require more effort than they would at lower elevations. Expect some uneven stairs on our hikes in the ruins as well as some sheer drop offs in places.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- All transfers in private vehicles
- Meals as indicated with wine (as selected by B&R)
- Entrance fees to all sites
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Travelling with B&R is what being alive all about. It's action packed and incredibly invigorating with so many personal highlights that it's hard to single out just one.”
— Andrew Crowe
Notes from the Road
- In Deep: CuscoIn the days of the Inca, all roads led to Cusco. From here, the Inca ruled over a self-contained world that stretched from modern-day Colombia to Northern Argentina, composed of organized agriculture cultivation, education systems, trade and commerce …
- Virtuoso Life: The Line on LimaPublished in Virtuoso Life | Nov/Dec 2013 “Chef Brisa Deneumostier‘s well-traveled career has taken her from Copenhagen’s Noma to top kitchens in New York, Phuket, Lebanon and beyond. Here, her six-course serving of her native Lima, where, when not c …
- Know Before You Go: Peru Travel Tips“But, what’s it really like?” As invigorating, exciting and intoxicating as it is to explore an unknown land, it can be inconvenient and even a little intimidating to go in completely blind. That’s where we come in. In this ongoing series, we pose so …