By Viia Beaumanis
operates daily direct flights
to Lima from Manhattan and Miami with numerous connections to Cuzco and Iquitos, the largest city in Peru’s rain forest.
With four-, five-, and eight-day voyages departing year-round from Iquitos aboard the 32-passenger Aria Amazon
and 24-passenger Aqua Amazon
, Aqua Expeditions
provides uncommon pleasures ranging
from gourmet local cuisine
to visits to tribal communities.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean
in Lima’s poshest district, the 82-room Belmond Miraflores Park is within
strolling distance of many of the city’s
best restaurants. Thanks to a recent refurbishment, guests can now book suites with spa bathrooms equipped with saunas and plunge pool-size baths.
Spread throughout a maze of courtyards and gardens, the 55 suites of Cuzco’s Belmond Palacio Nazarenas are flushed with oxygen
to ward off altitude sickness and outfitted
with butlers, gratis minibars, and on-request iPads or iPhones.
Set in the Sacred Valley along the Urubamba River, the 128-room Tambo del Inka – Peru’s first luxury destination spa – offers a vast wellness center, gourmet dining, and some of the country’s most stylish contemporary interiors.
Journeys on the Hiram Bingham
train, guided tours of Machu Picchu, alfresco lunches in the Sacred Valley – Blue Parallel
brings you the best of Peru during an eight-day tailor-made tour that travels round-trip from Lima.
“In Cuzco, I definitely recommend dining at Cicciolina
. Home to a two-room tapas bar and a formal restaurant, it’s located on the second floor of an old colonial house and
is just a short walk from Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. Dishes feature fresh vegetables and herbs from Peru’s Sacred Valley, and everything I’ve tasted there has been divine. It’s such a happening place – you’ll definitely feel like part of the local scene.” – Adriana Breidenstein
“Peru serves some of the best ceviche you’ll ever have, and its bounty includes 4,000 varieties of potatoes alone. One of my favorite indigenous meals is causa, a layered potato dish with fish or chicken that typically includes avocados, olives, eggs, chilies, and key lime. Enjoy traditional Peruvian dishes with a pisco sour while dining in the shadow of an ancient pyramid at Huaca Pucllana
in Lima’s historic Miraflores district.”
– Trisha Iannazzi
Pittsford, New York
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, October 2014.
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