Luxury Travel in Peru - Insider Tips about Everything You Need to Know

Luxury Travel in Peru – Insider Tips about Everything You Need to Know

In 1911 when Hiram Bingham revealed the lost Inca fortress to the world, Peru emerged as a new destination for travel in South America. The fort was called Machu Picchu, and for years the largely untouched Inca site was abandoned, disappearing from the Amazon Forest until Hiram Bingham discovered the site with his expedition team. Over the next 100 years, many other Inca sites were reclaimed from the Forest including the Choquequirao fortress and Winay Winya. In addition to this extraordinary site, visitors to Peru can also enjoy the sites of the Inca Pisac, Ollantaytambo and the Colonial City of Cusco – which are like the lively Inca architectural museums.

If you are thinking about Peruvian luxury tours in the coming year and are considering taking advantage of Peru’s best hospitality, we have compiled a list of some of the best highlights, and completes the things you need to know.

Peru offers a large number of luxury hotels, from traditional colonial hotels to contemporary style boutique accommodation. The best hotel is located close to major tourist attractions such as Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. In Cusco, we recommend that you consider the Monasterio Hotel, which was originally built in 1595 on the site of the Inca Amaru Qhala palace. Another popular choice is the very private hotel in La Casona – 11 suite hotels built around a traditional inner courtyard, and a popular choice for the rich and famous. Other prominent hotels in Cusco include the Libertador Hotel and Casa Cartagena, an ultra-modern hotel located in a colonial house.

Of course no luxury trip to Peru is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, and the best way to travel is by Hiram Bingham Luxury Train. This luxury service, operated by Orient Express Group, is one of the best train trips in South America. Arranged like the Pullman Train of the 1920s in the past, with Royal Blue features and comfortable seating is an unforgettable experience. These services include lunch on the way out, dinner 4 menus on the way home, a fully stocked bar, plus lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel next to Machu Picchu. It is important to note that the Hiram Bingham Service does not run on Sundays.

There are only a handful of luxurious Machu Picchu Hotels, and the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel is the only hotel located in the fort, with the rest of the hotel located on the Vilcabamba Valley floor in the small town of Aguas Calientes. The Sanctuary Lodge Hotel is located just a few meters from the entrance to Machu Picchu (and interestingly it doesn’t have a view of the fort), and is perfect for visitors who want to have the best access to the site. An excellent choice for waking up in the morning, those who want to visit Machu Picchu before the crowds come or novice photographers who want the perfect photo in the morning. An alternative hotel worth considering is the beautiful Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel by …

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Eco-Destinations You Shouldn't Miss

Eco-Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss

For the environmentally-conscious traveler, there are certain places to visit for vacations that are just… awesome. You want to pick a place that is not only spectacular and fun (it IS a vacation, after all), but your stay should also impact your destination as little as possible, and it should be educational and edifying. Eco-tourism conjures up images of roughing it, however, but that isn’t always the case. It’s possible to enjoy a green vacation and still have a bit of luxury, too. Here is a brief guide to some of the best eco-destinations that you should put on your agenda. Some may surprise you!

Costa Rica

This small, peaceful Central American country is a favorite for travelers, expats and vacationers alike. It is a fantastic destination for those who want to experience multiple kinds of ecosystems and amazing biological diversity in a short period of time-and a lot of fun! Costa Rica has some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity anywhere on earth, especially in its nature reserves, which comprise about 25% of the entire country’s territory. Take canopy tours, ride horses, learn how coffee and chocolate are made, hike through virgin rainforest of various types, white-water rafting, volcanoes, hot springs, it’s all there. Plus, there are some excellent eco-lodges where your stay will not put you at odds with nature, such as the Lapa Rios Lodge in the Osa Penisula, right outside the magnificent Corcovado Nature Reserve, or the Selva verde Rainforest Lodge in Sarapiqui, near the Tortuguero National Park’s sea turtle nesting grounds. The food is good, the people are friendly, and you’ll enjoy adding “Pura Vida!” (“Pure Life” in Spanish), which is the Costa Rican informal motto for how life should be led (Simply, enjoyably), to your vocabulary.

Scandinavia

Encompassing several countries in the northern parts of Europe, historically Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, but also often Finland and even Holland are lumped in, too. Scandinavia is a more unusual choice for many people when they think of eco-travel-for them, eco-travel equates with hiking and sweating, and sleeping in tents. Not so! You can enjoy the creature comforts that only Europeans know how to provide, all in ecologically-sound venues, with an amazing amount of fun things to do. Alpine vistas, roaring fjords, pebbly beaches, Northern lights and cool green forests provide a welcome break from the mosquitoes in more southern latitudes, and the hospitality is impeccable. Try a dogsled “safari,” snowshoeing, cross-country and mountain skiing, and more. Stay in luxurious or humble accommodations that are in tune with nature, such as the Treehotel in Sweden’s Boreal forests or the Skandic Kna Hotel in Oslo, Norway. You will come away with a new appreciation for the far north, and realize that “white” (snow) can indeed be “green!”

Southeast Asia

You have never lived until you’ve taken a kayak or canoe trip down a jungle river, surrounded by nothing but the rustling green jungle and the calls of the birds and animals. Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet …

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