Postcard from Peru

In March I took a trip to Peru and I'm already itching to go back. I visited Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco; all very different and offering an amazing insight into this wonderful country.

If you're planning a trip to Peru or need inspiration on a perfect foodie & active destination, I'd love to hear from you.



Where to stay?

Hotel B - this boutique hotel sits pretty in the Barranco area of the city. A perfect distance from the ocean and an area home to many of Peru’s best-known artists, musicians, designers and photographers, it's a great place to be based whilst discovering Lima.

What to do?

An early morning trip to the fish market, a local "street food tour", a half day city tour with a local or beer & pisco tasting. Neighbourhoods Barranco and Miraflores can be easily explored at leisure.

Where to eat?

El Mercado, Centrale, Maido, La Picantería.



Where to stay?

Inkaterra La Casona, Hotel Monasterio or Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. All three hotels are located on the same square in the perfect Cusco location.

What to do?

Cusco is a wonderful place to wander the cobblestone streets and take in the colonial architecture. Visit San Pedro market, hang out in the San Blas district, take a cooking class, get involved in a Pisco tasting and learn how to whip up your own Pisco Sour. Just outside the city, take in the view from Limbus Restobar and be sure to visit Vinicunca a.k.a Rainbow Mountain for a view like no other.



What to do?

Fly with the wind by tandem paraglide over the beautiful landscape, cycle or trek along Andean terraces, horseback ride to remote villages, kayak under snowcapped peaks and visit pre-Colombian sites, colonial churches.

Where to stay?

Sol y Luna - breathtaking in so many ways; the views, the staff and the overall story. Stay in cosy ‘casitas’ made of local stone and individually decorated, swim in the beautiful outdoor pool and enjoy a post-activity glass of fizz in the jacuzzi. An incredibly special place.



How to visit?

Time is key. If the full 4-day Inca Trail won't fit into the time you have, the 1-day Inca Trek is a great way to experience the route and enjoy reaching Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. Arriving at Machu Picchu Citadel mid-afternoon gives you the chance to see this incredible site when the morning visitors have left for the day. The next morning take a tour of the Citadel and climb neighbouring Huayna Picchu for the most impressive views over Machu Picchu.

Where to stay?

Spend the night in Aguas Calientes at Inkaterra. Depart Machu Picchu in style on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train.


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As payment is received directly from hotels and partners, there's no fee to book and you'll be guaranteed never to pay over the published price (in fact, you'll often pay less!).


I have relationships with selected trusted partners ensuring you peace of mind and ATOL protection on your trip. Also, be secure in the knowledge that I only ever recommend and book hotels that we've visited or have a personal relationship with.


Think of me as your travel PA. As well as flights, hotels and transfers, I'll assist with those extra touches; restaurant bookings, experiences and special requests - dine underwater? sleep in a treehouse? - I've got you covered.

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