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Peru

A Guide to our 2024 Destination of the Year

In 2024, we invite you to discover Peru with Ker & Downey. 

 

Nestled in the heart of South America, Peru is a country steeped in rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant cultures that beckon exploration. From the iconic peaks of the Andes to the enigmatic allure of Machu Picchu, this nation offers a variety of adventures for every kind of traveler. Immerse yourself in the historical marvels of ancient civilizations, savor the diverse culinary delights, and witness the breathtaking natural wonders that span from the arid coastal deserts to the verdant expanses of the Amazon rainforest

Peru region map

When to Go

Peru has three main climate zones: the coast, the highlands (including the Andes mountains), and the Amazon rainforest. When to go depends a lot on where you want to go and what you want to do. 

Coast (Lima, Paracas, Nazca):

Best time: December to April

This is the summer season when temperatures are warmer and there is less rainfall. However, coastal areas can be foggy and overcast during the winter months (May to November).

Highlands (Cusco, Machu Picchu, Arequipa):

Best time: May to September

This is the dry season and the most popular time to visit the Andes and Machu Picchu. May and September are shoulder months with fewer crowds.

Machu Picchu is one of the most visited sites on the continent. It is a year round destination, however it experiences closures during the February rainy season. It is most crowded June through August.

Amazon Rainforest (Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado):

Best time: May to September

This period corresponds to the dry season when the rain is less intense, and it's easier to explore the rainforest. However, the Amazon can be visited year-round, and the wet season (October to April) has its own unique attractions.

What to Do

Peru balances world-class restaurants and fresh market stalls, ancient citadels and modern museums, hikes in the Andes and cruises through the Amazon, serenity in the Sacred Valley and shopping in Cusco. There is something to do for every type of traveler in Peru.

  • Hike along the Inca Trail to discover the history, culture, and wisdom of the ancient people along the way.
  • Take the Belmond Hiram Bingham train from Machu Picchu to Cusco.
  • Dine at Lima's Central, the culinary brainchild of Virgilio Martínez, and #1 Restaurant in the world
  • Experience the wellness practices of the Sacred Valley with coca leaf readings, cacao ceremonies, and the healing traditions of the Andean culture.
  • Participate in a Pachamama ceremony.
  • Enjoy wine and Pisco tastings at Quierolo Vineyards.
  • Venture into the depths of the Amazon on a luxury river cruise.

 

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Lima, Peru

Lima boasts an impressive historical and colonial legacy, excellent hotel options, cutting-edge contemporary art galleries and shops, and unparalleled gastronomy with top restaurants and chefs, markets, orchards, and cooking classes on offer.   

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Where to Stay in Peru

Not only is Peru rich with cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes, it has a hotel scene that rivals any top travel destination around the world. From hotels that showcase unique architecture and Incan heritage to sophisticated hotels in the country’s capital, there’s something to please everyone’s desires. Additionally, a whole new slate of brand-new luxury properties have recently opened in Peru. 

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Where to Stay

These locally owned, boutique luxury hotels promise uncompromising luxury and an authentic sense of place.

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PUQIO

Located deep in the heart of the unspoiled Colca Canyon, PUQIO is the first of its kind in the region. This immersive luxury tented camp invites guests to not just visit Peru but to immerse themselves in its essence. Between its canvas and adobe accommodations, open flame family-style menus, and nature-focused excursions, PUQIO promises both authenticity and luxury in the Colca Valley.

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Sol y Luna

At Sol y Luna, guests witness firsthand how their stay directly impacts the lives of the local children, their families, and future generations.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Peublo Hotel

Discover the beauty of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel’s pueblo bungalows, nestled into the terraced hills near the town of Aguas Calientes. Though mere minutes from the town itself, the hotel sprawls across 12 acres of isolated property where you can truly experience the sacred energy of the mountain and its Lost City. 

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Belmond Andean Explorer

The Belmond Andean Explorer is one of the highest train routes in the world. This luxury train transports up to 48 passengers through the vibrant cities and natural wonders of Peru on one or two night itineraries. 

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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Indulge in one of Cusco’s most charming and peaceful hotels by traveling to the decadent Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. Restored from a former 16th century Carmelite convent, the hotel is set off in a tranquil plaza behind the city’s main square. Surrounded by historic walls of Inca stones and Peruvian architecture, relax in the city’s only heated outdoor swimming pool or take in the fascinating culture by walking the streets of this energetic city.

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Inspiration

The Itineraries

Each of our journeys to Peru are handcrafted by our designers, tailored to your desires and preferences. These sample itineraries are meant to serve as inspiration while you’re dreaming about the trip you want to take to Peru. We take your preferences and build out a custom journey that uses hotels you prefer, activities based around what you enjoy, and adventures suited to your level. 

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Travel to Peru and discover the country's ancient heritage and the fascinating cultural history of this beautiful country, all in the utmost luxury. 

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Selected as one of the Best Adventure Trips by Condé Nast, this Best of Peru luxury tour by Ker & Downey allows you to explore all of the not-to-be-missed Peruvian highlights. 

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Explore the tastes and sights of Peru over 10 days, with an introduction to colorful markets and gourmet dining hot spots in this delicious destination.

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Uncharted Peru

On this high-flying private jet tour, you are invited to journey to the hidden corners of Peru in search of the country’s finest hidden gems with unprecedented access to these far-flung hotspots.

 

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Start Planning Your Journey to Peru

Just as no two people are alike, no two trips are alike. Each of our journeys to Peru is handcrafted for the individual traveler, down to the smallest detail. This personalized service allows us to showcase the best Peru has to offer based on your desires. 

When you're ready to travel to Peru, our destination of the year, contact a Ker & Downey designer.