One of the questions our customers most frequently ask is about how to combine adventure and luxury travel in Peru. The answer is that you’ll find these two travel styles often complement one another more than you might think, particularly in Peru.
This country is a natural playground but also offers extensive upscale facilities that make it possible to pamper yourself at the end of an active day. From Amazon luxury cruises to “sky lodges” perched on top of mountains, Peru offers endless opportunities to mix elegance with exploration. Let’s take a look at a few sample itinerary suggestions to give you a better idea of how you can experience authentic, glamorous adventures on your private luxury Peru tour.
Known as the City of Kings, Lima is Peru’s cosmopolitan capital. Take a tour of the city’s colorful historic district (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), visit magnificent and ancient pre-Colombian archeological sites, browse boutiques and art galleries for high-quality handicrafts, or explore exotic food markets. We can arrange private cooking classes, ceviche-making classes, or tastings of local specialties. Treat yourself to a meal at one of the city’s world-renowned restaurants, such as Central, Gaston y Astrid, or Maido.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Lima is an excellent base for surfing the action packed Pacific Ocean, cycling though bustling streets, and paragliding along the cliff hanging coastline of the Costa Verde. Embark on a rafting excursion to one of the nearby towns, such as Lunahuana or Huancaya. Huancaya also offers great opportunities for rainbow trout fishing.
Embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Your private guide and porters will escort you on this spectacular hike through the Andes. Walk in the footsteps of the Inca, exploring their fascinating structures and taking in stunning views of the surrounding mountains and jungle along the way. At the end of each day, enjoy superb cuisine, soothing treatments performed by a private masseuse, and accommodation in deluxe tents. After arriving at Machu Picchu, explore the ruins with your private guide and spend one night at the Sanctuary Lodge. Return to Cusco in style via the opulent Hiram Bingham train.
Spend a night at the spectacular Skylodge Adventure Suites. The Skylodge is accessed by an exciting 1,312-foot (400-meter) climb by via ferrata or zipline. Touted as the world’s first hanging lodge, the Skylodge is a transparent hanging bedroom which offers a 300-degree view over the Sacred Valley. Suites feature solar-powered lighting, high-quality mattresses, and down pillows. Gourmet meals with wine pairings are included in the price of a package.
As part of your personalized luxury trip to Peru, your guide will lead you through Cusco and its narrow streets, providing insight into the city’s eclectic Inca and Spanish heritage. You can visit local markets, art galleries, boutiques, and artisan workshops. If time allows, you can also include trips to important archaeological sites found on the outskirts of the city, such as Sacsayhuaman. Your evenings will be spent dining at some of Cusco’s top restaurants.
Relax in comfort in one of the Cusco’s ultra-luxe hotels before embarking on thrilling excursions horseback riding, mountain biking, or hiking in the nearby valleys and mountainsides. Go paddle boarding at Piuray Lake, which sits over 9,842 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level.
For hikers, there’s many more trekking options in this region a part from the Inca Trail. Consider taking on the Salkantay Trek around the mountain of Salkantay (6,271m – 20,574ft). There’s also Ausangate (6,384m – 20,944ft), another sacred snow-covered peak, which offers a convenient looping trail. On a clear day, you can spot Ausangate dominating the southern horizon of Cusco.
If you’ve always dreamed of an Amazon luxury tour, consider a voyage on a luxury yacht expedition: The MV Aqua or the MV Aria. One of the best river tour expeditions in the World, starts in Iquitos, the largest city in the world accessible only by boat or airplane.
These five-star yachts will redefine your expectations of traveling by boat. All feature deluxe suites with eco-sensitive stone bathrooms and air-conditioning. Huge picture windows allow guests to admire the river scenery outside while relaxing on their California King-Size beds. Dine on meals using local ingredients prepared by some of Peru’s top chefs.
Smaller launch boats transport you on wildlife-viewing excursions to see pink river dolphins, caiman, and colorful birdlife. These fine boats all feature comfortable padded seating, with the observation deck of the MV Aria also including an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Another remarkable base for luxury tours of the Amazon is Iquitos’ Treehouse Lodge. This lodge offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of sleeping in a tree, without sacrificing on comfort.
These unusual tree house accommodations offer cozy beds with crisp white linens, as well as cool water showers, eco-friendly bathrooms, and protective mosquito netting. The tree houses are surrounded by a transparent layer of mosquito netting, which allows for unobstructed views of the surrounding natural scenery and wildlife. Fantastic meals, which emphasize local ingredients, are served in the main lodge.
These are just a few examples of the ways to combine life-changing adventures and swish amenities in Peru. Contact Kuoda Travel today to learn more about these itineraries and other options for luxury travel in Peru.