My husband and I pick a new place to explore every October to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and, this year, we set off on a classic jaunt through Peru, from Lima to Machu Picchu. Virtuoso travel advisors can work with Peru Empire Co., a Virtuoso on-site tour connection in Peru, to arrange an eight-day adventure like ours, which included stays at a handful of gorgeous Virtuoso properties. Here, a few favorite visual details from our trip.
Belmond Miraflores Park
The grand spiral staircase in the lobby at this 89-room oceanfront retreat in Lima makes quite a statement, but it’s the blue-hued Belo Bar where you’ll want to hang out for a while. Sign up for a pisco sour-making class, where a fun and knowledgeable bartender teaches you how to whip up Peru’s official cocktail.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
The mountainous location of this 36-room Sacred Valley escape is jaw-dropping on its own. Aside from our cozy casita, I loved the architectural and design details around the property. Beautiful Peruvian blankets, textiles, saddles, and unique ceramics made a lasting impression. The earth-to-table dining experiences are notable and delicious. A highlight: trying my first Peruvian potato; I can assure you it’s the best potato I’ve ever tasted. (Peru is home to approximately 4,000 varieties of them!)
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Checking in to a hotel shrouded in a cloud forest after a day exploring Machu Picchu makes for a surreal experience in the best possible way. More than 200 bird species and the world’s largest orchid collection can be found here, too. The 83-room hotel’s Unu Spa was a welcome respite after climbing massive Incan stairs all day.
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
This mansion-turned-203-room luxury retreat in Cusco made for one of the most unique stays on our adventure. Hand-carved details, Wes Anderson-level color palettes, and Byredo bath products in our Riti Suite made me want to Instagram every detail.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
In Cusco, this former monastery’s most stunning feature is the stop-everything-and-gawk courtyard, with its perfectly manicured flower beds and centerpiece fountain. We ended our time in Peru with a night in one of the 122-room hotel’s lofted white-stucco suites. I loved the Peruvian art collection, but it was the hospitality of the Belmond staff that really made our stay memorable. These hotels are gorgeous, without a doubt, but it’s the people behind the scenes that set them apart from the rest.