Peru


LIMA


Stay 

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Peru Star Boutique Apartments

HOTEL B   Nestled in the eclectic borough of Barranco, this boutique hotel is a wonderful marriage of modern luxury and Peruvian history. Sit in the ivy-walled courtyard for afternoon tea or dine at The Restaurant to try traditional dishes with a mediterranean twist. 

3B BARRANCO’S  BED & BREAKFAST  With its rooms adorned with pop-art paintings and incredibly helpful staff, this Barranco B&B is a solid choice. There are coffee shops around every corner yet the atmosphere is quiet. The home-cooked breakfasts are complimentary.

PERU STAR BOUTIQUE APARTMENTS   This hotel’s gorgeous grounds are covered in massive trees filled with multicolored hot pink and orange blossoms. The rooms are spacious and the balconies have stunning views of the city, a winning combination in our book!

Eat

ONCE: ONCE CAFE

ONCE: ONCE CAFE

EL MERCADO  Lima is world-famous for their ceviche. El Mercado is always packed but it is worth the wait, grab a Pisco Sour and get in line! We snagged a spot at the bar and got to know the chef while he explained his creations to us.

ONCE: ONCE CAFE  This cozy yet colorful cafe is more than just coffee. Order un café and strike up conversations with the cafe’s many interesting guests. The sense of community here is palpable and the coffee is cheap! Grab lunch afterwards at neighboring LOCAL in the back of the building. Both are located in the popular neighborhood of Barranco.

IK RESTAURANTE Contemporary Peruvian Fusion with a Japanese tea room where the ambient lighting is equally appealing as the presentation of the dishes.

VIEWS

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Miraflores Cliff Walk

PARAGLIDE IN MIRAFLORES  Jump off a cliff in the green Miraflores and fly over the ocean below. Make sure to watch the weather on the day you wish to go!

MIRAFLORES CLIFF WALK  Walk the trails along the stunning cliffs hanging over the beach in Miraflores dotted with pristine gardens and paths for strolling or biking. This is the considered the “high end” part of Lima with plenty of restaurants and shopping as well.

BARRANCA  Walk around the eclectic bohemian neighborhood where you can see the historic area of Lima and it’s gorgeous churches. It’s full of fantastic museums, notably the Mario Testino gallery.


Cusco


Stay

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Belmond Hotel Monasterio

HOTEL TORRE DURADO  Friendly staff in a cozy and accommodating boutique hotel, perfect for large groups with fire places and lounges on each floor. The free shuttle to the plaza was quick and convenient, getting you into the center of the village easily.

BELMOND HOTEL MONASTERIO  Old converted monastery with sprawling courtyard with a luxurious lounge. You can have afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvre near the ancient water fountain.

PALACIO DEL INKA A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL A five century old mansion in the historic region of Cusco filled with Peruvian Art and ancient crafted furnishings. The restaurant only uses local ingredients that are grown organically and sourced from the Sacred Valley.

EAT

Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse

Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse

UCHU PERUVIAN STEAKHOUSE  Must try the Alpaca Tenderloin cooked on a hot stone. The portions are very big, which is perfect for a post-hike meal after conquering nearby Machu Picchu!

CAFE MORENA PERUVIAN KITCHEN The portions are generous and they’re famous for the Pork Belly Sandwich. Plates are very reasonably priced and they have free wifi! 

KUSIKUY  If you’re feeling adventurous you can try the Alpaca Kebabs or Guinea Pig (Cuy, which comes out whole). The restaurant is up a little hill with a view that’s worth the trek at the top!

VIEWs

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

CATEDRAL DEL CUZCO Constructed in 1559, the Catherdral is shaped like the Latin Cross with giant green doors and endless stunning carvings.

PLAZA DE ARMAS  The historical downtown area is always lively with cobblestone roads and traditional music filing the streets. Our favorite time to snap some photos was at dusk when the town began to light up and the mountains faded to purple.

CRISTO BLANCO  Hike up to the top of the hill to stand with the “White Christ” for spectacular views of the valley that is Cuzco! You can also jump on a bus for less than a buck to ride up there if you don’t feel like making the hike. We recommend going up 30 minutes before sunset.


PISAQ


STAY

Downtown Pisaq

Downtown Pisaq

LA CASA DEL CONDE  A charming B&B just uphill from town. Utopian grounds covered in flowers with 4 quaint bungalows to sleep in with an avenue of peach trees to top it off.

HOSPEDAJE CHASKA PISAQ  Epic views of surrounding mountains with lush greenery around the grounds to have a picnic on. All the tea is made naturally with lots of flavors to chose from. There is also a meditation room you can enjoy after a long day of exploring.

PISAC INN Just 45 minutes from Cusco in the historical valley in Pisaq. They have an enchanting enclosed area with local butterflies and flowers indigenous to the lower arid altitude. You’ll have a warm welcome when you arrive to the family owned business.

EAT

MULLU CAFE Peruvian/Asian fusion with great views and cocktails. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well.

ULRIKE’S CAFE Pizza, International, Vegetarian – a great travelers hub! Ideal for a sunset beer and breathtaking views with the tall Andes mountains hovering in front of you.

VIEWS

The Market at Pisaq

The Market at Pisaq

THE MARKET AT PISAC  Never ending local goods winding all around the city! Check out the colorful ponchos and textiles- don’t forget your camera for this one.

PISAQ INCA RUINS  High above the village sprawls the Inca Ruins with great mountain walks. Don’t forget to prepare for altitude sickness and drink tons of water.


MACHU PICCU


This is a feasible day trip from Cusco. Take the PeruRail train through the rainforest while you sip a coco tea and gazed out the giant ceiling windows through the Andes Mountains to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu. Hike up to the Incan Impire, explore the jagged deep green mountains and hang out with the Llamas and Alpacas that graze the pristine grounds. There isn’t a great amount of lodging or restaurants in the area but if you’re a nature lover you do have the option to hike up the mountain and camp there.