Author Archive for Paul Jones

5 luxury retreats in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

5 luxury retreats in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

With the demand for luxury travel booming, and the development of several luxury hotel resorts over the last few years, the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign tourists visiting Peru. Ideally located for visiting nearby Inca archaeological sites of Pisac, Moray and Ollantaytambo, and just 2 hours from [...]

Riding the Orient Express Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu

Riding the Orient Express Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu

Named after the famous American explorer that brought Machu Picchu to the world’s attention in 1911, the Hiram Bingham Train is considered one of South America’s greatest train rides. Operated by Peru Rail and backed by the British Collection Orient Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises, the luxury Hiram Bingham Train is the finest way to [...]

Peru’s Cena de Oro – one of the finest dining experiences ever?

Peru’s Cena de Oro – one of the finest dining experiences ever?

In English, “Cena de Oro” is simply translated as “Gold Dinner”. And it’s the name given to one of the finest dining experiences you’ll find in South America. It’s so exclusive that it’s available only by special request and is not even publicly advertised. Coque Ossio – one of Peru’s leading chefs – is the [...]

5 places you really shouldn’t miss on a luxury vacation to Peru

5 places you really shouldn’t miss on a luxury vacation to Peru

Peru may not be known as a premier luxury destination in South America, but in recent years as international tourism has grown in strength, so has the demand for luxury hotels, services and experiences. In-fact for most travelers it comes as quite a surprise as to the sheer amount of luxury options available. If you are considering [...]

Combine two World Wonders with a Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation

Combine two World Wonders with a Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation

With frequent and reliable flights throughout South America, luxury travellers are now taking full advantage of everything that South America has to offer, and combining multiple destinations in one comprehensive vacation. One of the most in demand trips combines the highlights of Ecuador and Peru, to create a once-in-a-life-time Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation. There are [...]

The World’s Leading Culinary Destination 2012: a surprise winner

The World’s Leading Culinary Destination 2012: a surprise winner

When you talk about the best gastronomic countries in the world, you probably think of Italy, France, Japan or perhaps China. So you would be surprised to find out that at this year’s prestigious World Travel Awards the winner for the World’s Leading Culinary Destination of 2012 was actually Peru. Beating off strong competition from [...]

3 of the ultimate luxury Peru vacations

3 of the ultimate luxury Peru vacations

If you are tempted by luxury travel in South America, have you considered a trip to Peru? Most luxury travellers to South America associate the continent with attractions like the elegant city of Buenos Aires, the wine regions of central Chile or perhaps the picture postcard settings of Rio de Janeiro. Of course these are [...]

Walk in the footsteps of royalty with a luxury Inca Trail package

Walk in the footsteps of royalty with a luxury Inca Trail package

You couldn’t find yourself any further from reality when hiking Peru’s famous 4-days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The trail which navigates its way through awe-inspiring Andean scenery, frequently passing by remote Inca ruins and descending slowly into the prime Amazon cloud forest is truly one of the world’s best trekking experiences. And now it’s [...]

5 reasons to travel to Peru in 2013

5 reasons to travel to Peru in 2013

In 1911, Hiram Bingham, the Yale University lecturer and explorer stumbled upon the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Although some say that Machu Picchu was never lost, but simply re-discovered, Hiram Bingham’s finding certainly triggered huge international interest in a relatively unknown country, changing the tourism scene in Peru forever. After a few recent [...]