Peru travel Archive

Hiking the Lares Trails in Peru in Style

When Mountain Lodges of Peru launched its Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay route earlier this decade, it was an almost instant success. Prior to that, no matter how “glamping”-like the experience was for a high-end Inca Trail tour, you were still camping, using rudimentary bathroom facilities. With MLP’s lodges, you […]

A Rock Star Hotel Suite at Machu Picchu

I had to do a little digging to extract some info from the discreet staff at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Peru, but it turns out the lead singers of two of the biggest rock bands in history slept here. This would be suite #40 of Villa Inkaterra, a secluded house on a hillside […]

A Virtual Tour of JW Marriott’s Convent Hotel in Cusco

The Marriott corporation’s hotels don’t exactly have a reputation for stylishness or a strong sense of place. With properties like the JW Marriott El Convento in Cusco, Peru, they’ve been trying to shake the reputation of being about as exciting as a blue banker’s suit. Their Cusco hotel, which opened in late 2012, is an […]

The Most Dramatic Drive in Peru

If you spend some time meandering through Peru, especially around the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll see vistas out the window that blow away most of the scenery you’ve seen from a vehicle window anywhere. If you want to go straight to the best of the best, be sure to travel along the road […]

The Best Chocolate Festivals Across Latin America

There’s a chocolate belt across the Americas and perhaps appropriately, it’s a wide belt. It stretches from Tabasco state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico—the birthplace of the bean in the B.C. era—down to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Just as introduced crops like bananas and coffee spread quickly across countries where the conditions were right, […]

Going Deeper Into the Mountains of Peru

Sure, you could fly into Lima, change planes, fly to Cusco, then do the whole Sacred Valley in a blur of trains, taxis, and buses in five days or less. But is that really the way to treat one of the greatest destinations on Earth? Or your body? Peru is not a quick in and […]