As one of the most diverse and culturally wealthy countries in the whole of South America, Peru is one of those destinations that offers so much to visitors. But where, what and how do you get the very best of it?
Well our resident luxury travel designer, Anna, went to find out just this in the popular region of Southern Peru. She went in search of both the usual and the unusual: testing out our privately guided hikes and treks, throwing herself into a wide selection of adrenalin inducing adventure activities (paragliding, mountain biking, horse riding, quad biking), scouting the impressive selections of historical Incan ruins, making sure all our private cultural tours were sincere and intimate encounters, to assessing handpicked accommodation and appraising the country's renowned experimental fine dining experiences.
The verdict: Peru is still one of our absolute favorite destinations, and with such personal service from our travel designers (like Anna), their first-hand insider information and expert local guides at your side, we always love bringing our guests to this inimitable and diverse country in the best possible ways that we can.
Below we have put together a slideshow, showcasing 10 of the best experiences from Anna's wild adventures through southern Peru, which we hope will inspire you to take a similar trip yourselves.
The Best of Lima's Gourmet Restaurant Scene
Visit Manifiesto restaurant in Lima, for tasting a simply delicious selection of Peruvian inspired cuisine. While here I experienced some of the most beautifully prepared gourmet food on the whole of my trip and I really wanted to take the handsome young chef home with me.
Market ladies in Lima
I can't get enough from the ceramics and the textiles in Peru and Barranco in Lima. In Cusco, Awanacancha and Pablo Seminario are the best but the good quality stores tend to be close to the nice restaurants, I enjoyed shopping around the plazas, Avenida Del Sol, Calle Triunfo and the little courtyard of Calle Trinfo where the wonderful Cicciolina restaurant is. I recommend that you buy the baby alpaca jumpers and socks, for beautifully soft fabric.
The Quaint Accommodation of the Sacred Valley
The Sol Y Luna hotel reminds me of the fincas back in Spain with of course a very Peruvian touch. The premium casitas are absolutely amazing, they have a jacuzzi, lovely lounge, large bathroom and a fireplace. The hotel offers yoga and other adventure activities to be enjoyed in the beautiful surrounding of the Sacred Valley.
Paragliding in the Sacred Valley
Paragligliding in the Sacred Valley - stunning scenery and not too scary for those scared of heights - we did a few spins which certainly got some adrenalin going, before landing in a field in a local village. The pictures you get from up top, look like a painting, a magnificent experience!
Quad Biking in the Sacred Valley
Riding off through the serenely beautiful countryside surrounding the Sacred Valley, was a really great way to see the breathtaking scenery. Highly recommended for a great off road adventure through the Peruvian countryside.