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Escape: Peru

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Peru is a country of great complexity and incredibly diverse landscapes. From the bustling streets of Lima and the historic area of Cusco to mystical experience of Machu Picchu and the undiscovered areas of the Amazon, there's something to accommodate all tastes and budgets.
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Cascaparo s/n, Mercado Central de San Pedro, Cascaparo, Cusco 08000, Peru
During our first day in Cusco, we were wandering somewhat aimlessly when we ran into the Mercado Central de San Pedro. Not entirely sure what to expect, we walked in to explore and were instantly overjoyed. The market, a huge tented space, is home...
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Plazoleta Nazarenas 337, Cusco 08000, Peru
When we landed in Cusco, we immediately knew the experience would be magical. When we pulled into our hotel, we were blown away. Being that we were splurging a bit for our honeymoon, we were able to experience Orient Express' Hotel Monasterio...
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Santa Catalina Ancha 398, Cusco 08000, Peru
There's not a drink more Peruvian than a Pisco Sour. Where better to learn about -- and taste! -- Pisco than the Museo del Pisco? I initially thought that Museo del Pisco was an actual museum recounting the history of Pisco in Peru, but instead,...
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Enrique León García 114, Cercado de Lima 15034, Peru
Peru has no shortage of stellar cevicherias, so how does a little hole-in-the-wall joint that's open only for lunch develop a cult following? I'm sure Anthony Bourdain deserves a fair bit of credit there, but Chef Javier Wong definitely deserves...
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Urubamba, Peru
After our time in Machu Picchu, we spent a couple of days exploring the Sacred Valley, with the town of Urubamba acting as home base. Despite a couple of super luxe resorts in the area, the town was noticeably impoverished. When we stepped out of...
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Before jumping on an Amazon River cruise, my husband and I decided to spend an extra day exploring the jungle town of Iquitos. We researched online for musts in the region and one experience in particular piqued my interest: The Pilpintuwasi...
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The easy way to get up to the entrance of the citadel at Machu Picchu is to take a bus. It's can be a pretty scary ride with all the hairpin turns. So instead, hike up There are cut-troughs will help. It won't take more than an hour, and it will...
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Amazon River
The last three days of our honeymoon were dedicated to an Amazon River cruise aboard the Aria, an Aqua Expeditions boat. Along with 19 other people (yes, 19), we headed off on a 3 day journey to experience the river and explore the jungle. The...
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Sacsayhuaman, Peru
Yes, the Inca Trail is the ultimate way to reach Machu Picchu. It's allegedly this wonderful, spiritual and trying journey to the top at which point you reach Machu Picchu and it's magical. Unfortunately for us, we were on a rather tight schedule...
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Lima, Jirón 2 de Mayo 253, Barranco 15063, Peru
A few years back, when Lima's Central Restaurante was closed because of zoning issues, Peru's celebrity chef, Gastón Acurio, was one of many who petitioned for it to be reopened. I knew that meant the young chef at Central, Virgilio Martinez, must...