Although the world has become a much smaller place in recent decades, there are still some corners that inspire images of intrepid adventure, mystery and mysticism. South America has been on the backpacker trail for some time, but nevertheless, countries like Peru offer a true off-the-beaten track experience, if for no other reason than their proximity to Britain. As such, travelling through some of the nation’s most stunning settings, and taking in one of the world’s great wonders in Machu Picchu, all in the luxury one associates with Belmond, is an experience not to be missed.
Arrive in Lima, capital of Peru- a city awash with history and fascinating artifacts. You’ll stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park, giving you direct access to some of the best sights and attractions in town. From award-winning, international-standard galleries and museums, to unique archaeological sites and markets brimming with colour and life, one of South America’s most enchanting destinations is on your doorstep.
Fly from Lima to Cusco, and check in to the Belmond Hotel Monasterio. After making yourself comfortable, depart for a half-day tour of the city, wherein you will have the opportunity to see the Cathedral, ancient fortress of Sacsayhuaman, iconic amphitheatre, Inca baths and several other jaw-dropping religious and cultural structures. A once in a lifetime experience, make no mistake.
Leave the Belmond Hotel Monasterio for an inspirational drive through the breathtaking scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will visit the town of Pisac, where an expansive market promises one of the most fascinating shopping experiences on the planet, before continuing to Hacienda Huayoccari, a charming stop-off point with the promise of a delectable lunch. Finally, head to Ollantaytambo, which boasts a reputation for being one of the oldest continually occupied settlements in the Americas, capping off a day of real exploration.
Board the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train for the journey to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s great wonders. Arriving at the site late-morning affords ample time to navigate the stunning citadel of the Incas at a time when the majority of other visitors are preparing to leave, thus avoiding the crowds. A tour guide will be on hand to give you information on the wonders of this magical place, and you will have an opportunity to explore independently too.
Following your return flight to Lima enjoy a panoramic tour of the bustling city en route to your hotel. This will include the historic centre in the Plaza Mayor area, which is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site in its own right, the Cathedral’s carved stalls, Government Palace, City Hall and the Archbishop’s Palace, giving ensuring you l