My Best of Peru's Past and Present
Collected by Annie Fitzsimmons, AFAR Contributor
Carretera Hiram Bingham KM 7.5, Machu Picchu, Peru
You’ll never sleep anywhere closer to Machu Picchu than Belmond Sanctuary Lodge—it’s adjacent to the site entrance, and the only hotel on the mountain. In fact, the lodge is built on the former staging area for American explorer...
El Ovalo, Cusco, Peru
I didn't want to miss the chance to take one of the world's greatest train journeys, named after Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911. There are other ways to arrive but the sense of joy and camaraderie on board just adds to the...
Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08000, Peru
I planned on grabbing a quick lunch at Pacha Papa, located in San Blas Square, the heart of Cusco's artist and gallery neighborhood. But I ended up spending a couple of hours in the lovely outdoor courtyard, talking to my wonderful server, Ever,...
Jirón de la Unión 224, Cercado de Lima Lima 1, Peru
You need to make an appointment to visit, but cannot leave Lima without seeing this stunning historic home near Lima's main square. What is most astonishing is that the home has been in the same family since 1535, when Francisco Pizarro founded...
El Ovalo, Cusco, Peru
This is the best-smelling museum I've ever been to! Though I was skeptical at first, this is a definite must-see in Cusco. There's a small but info-packed exhibit on the history of chocolate, as well as a small kitchen for daily classes and a...
Beruri - State of Amazonas, 69430-000, Brazil
The Sacred Valley is known for being an adventurer's paradise, with long hikes to ancient ruins, kayaking, paragliding and more. But for me, after a few days of packed sightseeing in Cusco and Machu Picchu, staying one night at the Hotel Rio...
Plazoleta Nazarenas 223, Cusco 08000, Peru
This hotel, Orient-Express' fifth in Peru, completely blew me away. Officially opened last month, the 55-suite property is housed in a former 16th century convent turned chic retreat and features Cusco's first outdoor pool. It is right next to...
La Estrella, Cusco, Peru
Here's where I wish I had extra money to spend with the gorgeous blankets and housewares made by local women. Don't miss all the potatoes piled up - the region is known for potato dishes and there are about 100 different varieties on display....
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