Category: Peru

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 […]

A dazzling new addition to luxury in Cusco

A dazzling new addition to luxury in Cusco

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an article about the top three luxury hotels in Cusco. It’s time to add one more to the list: Palacio Nazarenas. After years of construction and renovation, in June 2012 the doors opened at this dazzling new luxury hotel. Palacio Nazarenas joins Hotel Monasterio to become Orient-Express’ second […]

5 amazing luxury travel recommendations for Peru

5 amazing luxury travel recommendations for Peru

Home to some of the oldest and most impressive ruins in the world, and featuring one of the most diverse collections of biomes within a single nation’s borders, Peru has long been a popular destination for travellers seeking adventure and legend. But an increasing number of travelers are discovering another face to this South American […]

Elegance and adventure in Peru's Colca Canyon

Elegance and adventure in Peru’s Colca Canyon

Twice the depth of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Colca Canyon in southern Peru measures up as one of the deepest and most spectacular canyons on the planet. It’s a journey into deep and vibrant Peru, where traditional Andean culture holds on to its roots, condors soar upward from the depths, and iconic Peruvian vicuñas and […]

A new way to see the Amazon

A new way to see the Amazon

This November saw the unveiling of a new eco jungle-lodge in Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve. Hacienda Concepcion is the second property under the byInkaterra name, the sister brand to pioneering Peruvian ecotourism company Inkaterra Hotels. byInkaterra launched in 2010 to offer travellers to Peru a more immersive, guesthouse-style experience of the country, without compromising on the […]

A luxury trip to Machu Picchu

A luxury trip to Machu Picchu

24th July of this year marked 100 years exactly since Yale man and National Geographic explorer Hiram Bingham puffed and sweated his way up to the jungle-covered ruins of Machu Picchu. A century later, travelers who want to take in this true wonder of the world aren’t limited to explorer-style bivouacking; rather, there are now […]

Top 3 luxury hotels in Cusco

Top 3 luxury hotels in Cusco

Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular sites in the worlds, so it is only fitting that your trip to the ancient Incan citadel should compare in class. Luckily, the city of Cusco, where many visitors base themselves before and after their Machu Picchu tours, is flush in 5-star accommodations. Here are some recommendations to help you […]

Interview with Mery Calderon, President of Kuoda Travel

Interview with Mery Calderon, President of Kuoda Travel

Mery Calderon is the founder and President of Kuoda Travel, a tour operator that pioneered private luxury travel in Peru. Born and educated in Cusco, she is an expert in the Andean region and has shown countless guests the majesty of Machu Picchu and the warmth of Peruvian culture. After growing up in her mother’s […]

3 of the best luxury Amazon cruises

3 of the best luxury Amazon cruises

When you think of the Amazon, you picture exotic forest and wild animals. But what are the next images that come to mind? No electricity, no warm water? Lots of heat, dirt and bugs? How can you avoid all these discomforts and travel in style in such an extraordinary destination? Three words: luxury Amazon cruises. […]

Interview with Jack Sarvary, CEO of Itinerie

Interview with Jack Sarvary, CEO of Itinerie

Jack Sarvary is the co-founder and CEO of Itinerie, a flash-sale startup. Itinerie expands on flash-sale sites like Jetsetter and Vacationist by offering full luxury vacation packages, rather than just hotels. All of these luxury one-week packages are fully private and include all accommodations and transportation to 2-4 destinations in a single Latin American country. […]

Interview with Andrew Dunn of Scott Dunn

Interview with Andrew Dunn of Scott Dunn

Andrew Dunn is the Founder of Scott Dunn which he started as a luxury ski company in 1986 and which has since become a tailor-made tour operator of luxury holidays around the world. What is it that you do exactly? If I’m not going to our London office, I’m up by 6.45am and drive my […]

Hundreds rescued at Machu Picchu

Hundreds rescued at Machu Picchu

Tourists at one of the world’s most famous landmarks, Machu Picchu, have had to be airlifted from the site by helicopter.   Arouind 1,400 are said to have been rescued after floods destroyed road and rail links, but 800 are thought to be still stranded.  The area has experienced its highest rainfall in 15 years […]

Re-live 'Touching The Void' with the man who cut the rope

Re-live ‘Touching The Void’ with the man who cut the rope

World Expeditions has announced a second – and final – date for those who want to relive the dramatic scenes from ‘Touching the Void‘ with Simon Yates, ‘the man who cut the rope’, on a specially designed trek in the Peruvian Andes. In 1985 Simon and Joe Simpson became the first people to ascend to […]

Interview with Jeni Matthews of Red Balloon Travel and Consulting

Interview with Jeni Matthews of Red Balloon Travel and Consulting

Jeni Matthews created Red Balloon Travel and Consulting with the goal in mind to provide spectacularly unique French holidays.     After graduating from Northwestern University in Communications and International Studies, she headed straight to France, and has been living in the little known Rhone-Alpes region ever since.   She uses her first-hand knowledge and […]

Fast food outlet to open at Machu Picchu

Fast food outlet to open at Machu Picchu

Despite local protests,  the opening of a fast food restaurant at Machu Picchu has been  given the green light  by Peruvian officials this morning.    Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca settlement 80 kilometres northwest of Cuzco and is Peru’s most popular tourist attraction. In the interests of tackling obesity, the restaurant will be placed […]

New 5-star hotel at Machu Picchu

New 5-star hotel at Machu Picchu

SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel has been certified with five stars by the Regional Government of Cusco in Peru, adding to the luxury accommodation available. Only open to the public for one year, SUMAQ has 60 luxurious rooms split between superior deluxe, junior suites and Sumaq Suites. The architecture, infrastructure and interior projects have been designed […]

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