From the abundant wildlife in the Amazon Jungle to the rich culture of the cosmopolitan city of Lima and the wonders of Machu Picchu high in the Andes Mountains, Peru is a destination to be experienced. One visit and you’ll be enchanted by the country’s unsurpassed beauty, warm people and impressive gastronomic scene. Let us help you explore Peru by showing you where to eat, stay and play as the next installment of our Photo Diary series.
WHERE TO EAT
Grilled octopus at Chicha | pc: Bite of the Best
Taste traditional Andean recipes with a twist at Chicha, a well-known eatery located in the heart of Cusco overlooking Plaza Regocijo. Chicha is all about regional food, “the produce, traditions and culture from each location elevated with skilled culinary techniques.” Seafood fans, meat lovers and vegetarians alike can celebrate Chicha’s ingenious menu carefully crafted by owner Gastón Acurio, an award-winning celebrity chef.
Enjoy a first-class meal and delectable delights as you ride through Peru’s Sacred Valley on board Inca Rail‘s newest train being introduced December 1st: the Machu Picchu train. The train’s gourmet menu features dishes prepared using local Andean ingredients like trout, quinoa, potato and gold berry. Pair your meal with a glass of fine wine and savor each sip as you gaze out onto the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Amaz | pc: CNN Travel
Dine in the capital city of Lima at Amaz, one of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” where Head Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is serving up his take on various “jungle staples” with a flare no one can seem to top. And despite the impressive title as one of the world’s 50 best, your meal won’t come with a steep price tag thanks to all ingredients being sourced locally from the Amazon basin.
WHERE TO STAY
pc: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Spend a few nights at the boutique Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel during your Machu Picchu trip extension with Quasar Expeditions. A 12-acre paradise in the Andean cloud forest, this property features 81 rooms and suites plus two villas nestled in whitewash cottages and connected via stone pathways. Wake up early to observe some of the 214 bird species that call this area home. Meander through the premise’s remarkable orchid garden. And of course, take a short ride from Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel to discover the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu with Quasar as your guide!
Delfin I Deluxe Suite | pc: Delfin Amazon Cruises
Climb aboard the Delfin, a luxury riverboat, as you cruise through the Amazon Rainforest with Condor Travel as your guide. Each one of the Delfin’s suites and terraces boast panoramic views of the surrounding jungle, making for a one-of-a-kind Peruvian tour down the Amazon River. And with a riverboat as your home base, there is nothing you can’t experience. From a refreshing swim in the famous black waters at the confluence of the Yanayacu and Pucate rivers to a trek through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to spot rare pink dolphins, the options onboard the Delfin with Condor Travel are endless.
WHERE TO PLAY
Wind through the Sacred Valley of the Incas in complete comfort with Inca Rail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. Sit back in your plush seat, enjoy a delicious meal and a pisco sour and observe the car’s natural colors that complement the spectacular scenery on your 1.5 hour excursion between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Whether you’re a passenger in Executive Class, First Class or Presidential Class, expect your ride through the Andean landscape to be an unforgettable experience. And don’t forget to try out Inca Rail’s new train, the Machu Picchu train, being introduced December 1st!
Lake Titicaca | pc: Wikipedia
For the trip of a lifetime, extend your trip through the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions to nearby Peru. At the top of our list is Quasar’s nine day “Machu Picchu and The Mysteries of Puno & Lake Titicaca” trip. Your journey will take you from Lima into the heart of the Incan Empire where you will explore the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites around the city of Cusco, Ollantaytambo (in the Valley of the Inca) before reaching Machu Picchu. And of course you’ll also have the chance to visit the great Lake Titicaca and Puno!
Plaza de Armas in Cusco
During your nine day “Luxurious Peru” tour with Condor Travel, explore the historic center of Lima, marvel at the splendor of Machu Picchu, discover the magic of the “Imperial City” of Cusco, find yourself surrounded by nature in the Tambopata National Reserve and more. All while staying in luxurious accommodations of course! This is a Peru luxury tour you will not want to miss.
– The JG Black Book Team