After many months of hunkering down at home, most of us are itching to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences again, or at least start planning them. With its incredible natural beauty and diverse landscapes, Peru offers would-be travelers the opportunity to do just that. Here are five hotels that should be on every traveler’s bucket list with experiences to match.
- Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco – Travellers can live like royalty while staying at the Palacio del Inka. The five century-old mansion is replete with a number of historic artifacts throughout. Guests can take advantage of guided tours, Indigenous spa treatments, meeting baby alpacas, cocktail classes and much more.
- Titilaka, Puno, Lake Titicaca – Guests can experience all Lake Titicaca has to offer without lifting a finger at this all-inclusive resort on its own four-acre private peninsula. Available excursions include exploring the Uros floating islands, sailing trips, cycling tours, constellation observations and much more. Titilaka also invests heavily in the community, employing over 75 percent of its staff from the local area.
- Cirqa, Arequipa – With only 11 rooms on the property, a stay here will be one few others get to experience. Designed to honour the era in which the city of Arequipa was built, the hotel’s structure showcases original Arequipena volcanic rock with incredible architectural details. The property offers a wide variety of excursions, including longer ones to the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, as well as shorter ones around Arequipa, such as touring monasteries, colonial history tours, and more.
- Las Casitas, Colca Canyon – Visitors can experience the beauty of one of the deepest canyons in the world from their own Casita, or “little house” in Colca Canyon. This property is surrounded by verdant valleys and agriculture that preceded even the Inca. Guests can watch the sun set from their very own plunge pool after a day of horseback riding or treks through the valley and end it with stargazing by a campfire.
- Sky Lodge Adventure Suites, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley – Sure to be an unforgettable experience, guests with an adventurous side can spend a night in these polycarbonate and aluminum pods clinging to a granite slope above the Urubamba Valley. After a 90-minute drive from Cusco, another 60-minute hike takes guests to the top of a 1,200-foot mountain where they can experience a 300 degree view of the majestic Sacred Valley.