Entries tagged: Luxury Peru Travel

Ker & Downey’s Top Culinary Experiences in Peru

Ker & Downey’s Top Culinary Experiences in Peru

“I am very much about promoting Lima because I think Peru and the mountains and the Incas, everybody is aware of those, but Lima is something that people should discover – especially our food.” – Mario Testino, Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer The verdict is in: more people are traveling to Peru for food than for Inca ruins. It’s not just because Peruvian cuisine is delicious (which it undoubtedly is); it’s because Peru’s indigenous foods are marked by the country’s unique access to fresh fish, bold spices, and enough healthy super-foods to spark jealousy in any organic grocery store. From […]

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The Power of Pachamama: Experiencing Peru’s Ancient Traditions

The Power of Pachamama: Experiencing Peru’s Ancient Traditions

Ker & Downey’s Elizabeth Frels travels to Peru where she participates in a Pachamama (Mother Earth) Ceremony.  Staring across the Andean Mountains of Peru, I approach the ceremony site with trepidation and wonder. Waiting for me are two humble individuals marked by their multi-colored ponchos and tasseled wide-brimmed hats. The quiet shaman priest sits in welcome, beaming with a sort of peace and knowingness as I approach. Next to him is a barefoot musician, standing in wait to bring the landscape to life through sound. Framing them is a 180-degree panorama of the Sacred Valley’s peaks and glaciers peaking through […]

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MATE: Peruvian History through the eyes of Mario Testino

MATE: Peruvian History through the eyes of Mario Testino

Product Manager Elizabeth Frels travels to Peru and discovers its history through the eyes of Mario Testino. Peru is a country of color and creativity. From its delicious food to its Inca citadels, Peru’s stunning heritage is on electric display no matter where you go. Outside of visiting and tasting these offerings in person, one of my favorite experiences during my time in Peru was witnessing Peru’s history through the eyes of one who captures is best: Mario Testino. Best known for his ability to capture sensuality and humanity in pictures, Mario Testino is widely considered one of today’s greatest […]

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How To Do Peru - An Amazon Travel Guide

How To Do Peru – An Amazon Travel Guide

Martine Bury embarks on a voyage through South America’s most exquisite destination and shares her Amazon travel guide with us in this three-part series on Peru. The Amazon Expedition Getting to Iquitos is a bit of an inconvenience. It’s more like a mission. Only accessible by plane or river travel, Peru’s bustling jungle hub is full of contradictions. Fancy hotels and elegant bars interspersed with tin shacks are huddled together—flanked by the mighty Amazon River and thick canopy. Mopeds speed by as locals go about their business and visitors look for the next adventure—ziplining or shopping strange, amazing open-air markets. […]

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How To Do Peru - A Sacred Valley Travel Guide

How To Do Peru – A Sacred Valley Travel Guide

Martine Bury embarks on a voyage through South America’s most exquisite destination and shares her Sacred Valley Travel Guide with usin this three-part series on Peru. The Inca Heritage A short flight and winding drive land us in the Sacred Valley to acclimate before ascending to Cusco. Peru’s secrets are kept in this maze of rural life and ancient Inca ruins, sheltered by the Rio Urubamba Foothills. We tuck into the contemporary Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa, which boasts its own private train station for the journey to Machu Picchu. The hotel’s minimalist design captures the region’s peaceful vibe, […]

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How to Do Peru - Lima Travel Guide

How to Do Peru – Lima Travel Guide

Martine Bury embarks on a voyage through South America’s most exquisite destination and shares her Lima travel guide with us in this three-part series on Peru. The Coolest Capital From above, Lima is a dense, random jumble of modern high-rises, colorful Spanish colonial architecture and crumbling pre-Columbian temples flanked by imposing cliffs that hold back the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. We begin our journey in the bohemian Barranco district with a stay at Arts Boutique Hotel B.  Built in 1914 for a wealthy family, the historic manor house shines in crisp white from its corner position—a stone’s throw […]

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Top 5 Peru Jungle Experiences

Top 5 Peru Jungle Experiences

Ker & Downey’s top 5 Peru jungle experiences to add to your next luxury trip to the Peruvian Amazon. Spanning over 6,438 kilometers or 4,000 miles across the entire continent of South America, housing 10% of the world’s known biodiversity and producing 20% of the world’s earth oxygen; the Amazon rain forest is quite literally the ‘Lung of our Planet’. Amidst the dense jungle canopies, the endless maze of tributaries, and the countless species lie in uncharted territories where man has never set foot. The intrigue and mysticism of this unknown world add to its appeal and the adventure that […]

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An Interview with Ignacio Masías, Designer of Atemporal, Lima's Newest Luxury Hotel

An Interview with Ignacio Masías, Designer of Atemporal, Lima’s Newest Luxury Hotel

There’s a new kid in town. Atemporal, Lima’s newest luxury hotel from the award-winning design team who brought us Hotel B and Titilaka, opened in August. The luxury hotel is a renovated 1940’s mansion in the heart of Lima’s chic Miraflores district near some of the city’s best shopping areas and restaurants. There’s just nine bedrooms in the intimate hotel. A mix of antiques and modern furnishings, artwork and photographs create an informal, relaxed atmosphere in the high-ceilinged, light-filled rooms. We caught up with designer Ignacio Masías to talk about the new luxury hotel and the impact it will have […]

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Sol y Luna: A Hotel With Heart

Sol y Luna: A Hotel With Heart

At Sol y Luna, guests not only enjoy the advantage of absolute luxury in the Sacred Valley; they also get the benefit of seeing how their stay directly impacts the lives of the local children, their families, and future generations. When Petit Miribel was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a humanitarian. It’s an unusual dream for a child so young, but she did everything in her power to pursue it. Sure, she followed the traditional path of secondary schooling and high-paying corporate jobs, but she eventually left it all behind as soon as she stepped foot in Peru’s […]

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Is Craft Beer the New Pisco?

Is Craft Beer the New Pisco?

Between colorful Cusco and Machu Picchu sites, the last thing most people would expect to find in Peru is a booming craft beer scene. Yet there most certainly is. This quickly growing industry in Peru is just one more facet to add to the country’s rich history, breathtaking landmarks, and undeniable Pisco culture. Not many travelers have “tapped” into this side of Peru – as it still remains a secret to everyone but the locals – but Ker & Downey has the inside scoop on the craze and how it can make any traveler’s Peruvian adventure that much more authentic […]

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