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During this holiday you will have the opportunity to taste Peru's traditional food and learn how to cook some of these fantastic dishes. You will also visit local markets, where you will be introduced to the variety of meats, vegetables, fruits, spices, and other important ingredients used in Peruvian food. Plus, you will visit Lima, Arequipa, Pisac, and Machu Picchu, where you will learn about Peru's culture and history. This will be an unforgettable and enriching experience!
The former Mint House, the most beautiful traditional house in the White City, and a national historical monument has been transformed into the best hotel in Arequipa. It is located just three blocks away from the main square, behind the Santa Catalina Convent at Calle Ugarte 403.
The hotel features two large colonial-style courtyards, wireless internet service in the entire hotel, a gourmet restaurant and bar, a small museum illustrating how coins were minted in the past, 41 rooms, including one presidential suite and six Andean suites, and two wide colonial-style courtyards.
At the heart of Cusco is the 16th-century Hotel Monasterio. The monastery was originally built in 1595, on the site of the palace of Inca Amaru Qhala. In 1598, it was founded as the Seminary of San Antonio Abad by the sixth Bishop of Cusco, Monsignor Antonio de la Raya, to train Catholic priests.
The building was seriously damaged by the earthquake in 1650 and, upon restoration, the beautiful chapel was added. It is decorated in the indigenous Baroque style with gold-plated pictures frames and truly magnificent paintings by the best artists of the Cusquenian Art School, depicting scenes from the life of San Antonio Abad.
In 1692, by papal edict from Pope Innocent II and the Royal letters Patent issued by king Charles II, the seminary became a Royal Pontifical University. However, in 1816, a royal decree from the king of Spain rescinded this authority and the institute went back to being a seminary until May 30, 1965, when it was remodeled into a hotel. In May, 1999, it was renamed Hotel Monasterio.
The hotel remains a national historical landmark, protected by the National Institute of Culture and has retained its characteristics and charm. It is a splendid model of the colonial renaissance style, consisting of three sections in different levels. The heart of the hotel is the central courtyard with its soft fountain and 300-year old cedar tree surrounded by gardens and the famous stone cloisters.
Hotel Monasterio is only a 10-minute drive from the airport and two blocks away from Cusco's main square, where the cathedral and most important museums are located. It has 125 rooms. The decoration and furnishings combine modern and traditional Spanish colonial style, many of them have charming views of the city or the colorful rooftops of Cusco. Laundry and room service are available 24 hours a day.
The original architecture and design of the monasterio have not been significantly altered and the rooms reflect their origins as a home for Jesuit seminarians. There are no two rooms alike, they all vary in size and format. The Hotel Monasterio has counteracted the sickness altitude problem by introducing an oxygen supplementation system in most of their rooms.
This hotel is enclosed in a red-walled courtyard surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and green mountains. They also have a full-size, hard-surface outdoor tennis court, where you can play under the Andean sun. The pool faces the restaurant and is surrounded by cypress trees and comfortable deck chairs, a perfect place to relax after a game of tennis, sampling treats from the restaurant, or a luxurious treatment in the spa.
The shop offers special souvenirs from the Sacred Valley, including local handmade arts and crafts and postcards. They offer e-mail, mail, telephone, safe, transfers, laundry, room service, spa, ranch, tennis court, and a restaurant.
In a private mountainside refuge deep in the lush Andean cloud forest, in the heart of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, lies the intimate Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Cozy one or two-story whitewashed cottages constructed from local materials line the stone pathways, giving this intimate 85-room hotel the look of a lovely Andean village.
Colorful local crafts and authentic pre-Columbian artifacts in the public rooms bring the local culture and history to life. Miles of trails lace the grounds, winding past waterfalls and through the forest, and wandering through gardens rich with a dazzling array of 372 native orchid species, 172 bird species, 111 species of butterflies, and other natural wonders.
Natural beauty spreads over 12 acres of low-rise cottages, streams, gushing waterfalls, plantations, and wild forest interspersed by stone pathways. The 85 casitas, near the tea plantation, are designed with the harmony of a natural Andean garden and are surrounded by orchids and birds. It is an ideal place for resting. Some casitas overlook the orchid gardens, while others face the Vilcanota River.
All casitas have a sitting area and bathroom with Spanish-style showers. Each is furnished with a suitcase rack and colonial-styled armoire for your convenience. You will rest in luxury under fine cotton sheets, thick alpaca blankets, and handmade wool coverlets; on double, queen, or king size beds. The hotel also has a gift shop, a library, a media room, a reading room, laundry service, internet access, and international phone service.
Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Belmond Miraflores Park takes you straight to the heart of all that is best about this great capital city. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. This luxury hotel combines personalized service, exceptional dining, and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore.
Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars, and restaurants are all just moments away from the hotel. The hotel has 81 junior suites and regular suites with city or ocean views ranging in size from 484 to 1399 square feet. The hotel features a swimming pool with breathtaking views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean
You will find an executive lounge with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, tapas, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages available between 06:00 and 22:30, daily newspapers, packing and unpacking, wireless internet, and a private concierge. As well as a business center equipped with iMac computers, printers, a photocopier, and fax machine. You will also find a gym and a spa.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel is located at the Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) and is accessible by a short walk via a special connection to the airport. Staying at the Ramada at the airport will save somewhere between 20 minutes and one hour in transfer times, totally dependent on the day of the week, the hour of the day, and the traffic at that hour.
The hotel has 130 guest rooms and suites, featuring cable television, climate control, telephone for domestic and international calls, bathroom telephone, hair dryer, mini-bar, marble bathroom with bathtub, clock radio, in-room safe, fittings for disabled guests, and 220 / 110 - Volt power supply.
Suites also feature Jacuzzi, desk, plasma 20-inch television with cable, living area, and sofa sleeper. Their signature restaurants offer a delicious fusion of Peruvian and international flavors, as well as specialty buffets.
This hotel offers fitness center gym, spa, indoor swimming pool, complimentary business center service, high-speed internet Ethernet access in all rooms, high-speed wireless internet access in all public areas, gift shop, laundry service, universal voltage accessibility, and American and European electrical outlets.
Today is the start of your culinary holiday in Peru. You will take an afternoon flight south to Lima, arriving in the evening. There will be meeting upon arrival by your local host and assistance with getting to and checked in at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport hotel.
Your local host will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and help you get to the airport airline departure counters to check-in for your flight to Arequipa. You will meet your local host upon arrival Arequipa and transfer to your hotel, the Casa Andina Private Collection.
This afternoon, you will enjoy a private gastronomy tour of Arequipa. You will begin with a visit to a local market, where you will be introduced to a variety of meats, vegetables, fruits, spices, and other items that are of importance in Peru. You will be accompanied by a chef who will assist in the purchase of the products that are used for the preparation of the dishes in this culinary adventure.
Later, you will move on to the venue where you will learn about Peruvian cuisine, giving you an overview of its origins, influences, products, typical dishes, and emerging trends. You will prepare one of Peru's flag dishes, such as ceviche, causa rellena, lomo saltado or rocoto relleno, accompanied by the inevitable pisco sour. After a delicious lunch, you will return to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.
In the morning, you will visit Arequipa and its many quaint old Spanish buildings and churches, most built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic material almost exclusively used in construction. You will also visit Santa Catalina Convent, a complete miniature walled colonial town of over two hectares in the middle of Arequipa, where over 450 nuns lived in total seclusion except for their female servants.
Today, the few remaining nuns have retreated to one section of the convent, allowing visitors to roam a maze of cobblestone streets, flower-decked cloisters, and buttressed houses. These have been finely restored and painted in traditional white, browns and blues. You will enjoy a complete visit with a specialized guide. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore Arequipa on your own. Breakfast for this day is included.
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for an early flight to Cusco. After meeting with your guide, you will leave for a scenic 90-minute drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, making a stop at the town of Awanacancha to learn about the llama, alpaca, vicunas, and guanacos, how their wool is harvested, and natural dying techniques. You will see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving styles and dress.
You will continue to the town of Pisac and its ruins. Your first views will be of Kanchiacay agricultural area, but around the corner and cascading down the mountain are the military area Q'Allaqasa, palaces of the moon and sun, solstice markers, baths, and water channels. Further down, are the Intihuatana group of temples and Pisaqa with a fine curving wall. You will drive down the mountain and through the valley to Pisac's Indian market.
After your tour, you will continue to your hotel in the valley, the Hotel Sol y Luna for a two-night stay. This evening, you will enjoy a chef’s table experience at the hotel, an exclusive service attended and addressed personally by the chef, offering all the information about the courses in an environment designed for this purpose within the main kitchen. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
Today, you will have a pachamanca culinary experience. Pachamanca, meaning in Quechua earth pot, is a traditional cooking technique based on stewing by rock heat. You will start with a visit to a local market in Urubamba; the new smells, colors, textures, sounds, and tastes will introduce you to a new cuisine concept.
From the marketplace, you will continue to your lunch spot near Ollantaytambo to meet the cooks that will teach you how to elaborate a traditional pachamanca with lamb, chicken, pork, and guinea pig previously macerated with Andean spices, as well as different sorts of potatoes, corn, and Andean aromatic herbs.
After helping prepare the ingredients and placing them underground, you will enjoy a pachamama ceremony worshiping mother Earth and thanking her for the food you will eat. Then the pachamanca will be opened and dishes will be served. After lunch, you will return to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.
In the morning, you will be transferred to the train station for a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes, where shuttle buses take you on a 20-minute ride up a 2,000-foot serpentine road with spectacular panoramas of the valley. You will arrive at the summit and at the entrance to the famed Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
Your tour will take you to the major sites and will raise more questions than it will answer. You will have lunch and time to explore on your own. Overnight will be spent at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
You will have the morning to explore at your own pace, you may visit the ruins again, they open around sunrise. The earlier you visit the ruins, the fewer people you will encounter there. You will have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and then take the shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and explore the colorful bustling town and handicraft market.
In the afternoon, you will return to Cusco by the Vistadome rail service and you will be transferred to the Hotel Monasterio for a two-night stay. Both breakfast and lunch are included for this day.
In the morning, you will visit Cusco. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, Cusco was the capital of the ancient Inca Empire and is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere. It was founded around 1100 AD and thought to have been a holy city, an obligated pilgrimage for any ranking citizen of the empire.
You will visit the main points of interest in this historic city, including the 17th century Qoricancha Temple, which was considered the center of the empire and is said to have had life-size replicas of Santo Domingo church built on the walls of the flora and fauna made in silver and gold. You will continue to the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman with massive rocks weighing up to 130 tons forming three parallel walls with 21 bastions.
You will also visit the amphitheater of Kenkko or Qenqo; Puka Pukara, possibly an Inca tambo, and the spring shrine of Tambo Machay, said to have been an Inca bath, but more likely to have been a site of a water cult. You will have the afternoon free to explore Cusco at your own pace. Breakfast is included for today.
In the mid-morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and head to Cusco's food market, where a local chef will brief you about local ingredients, and you will also have the opportunity to buy them, interact with local producers and suppliers; it will be an authentic traditional Andean market experience.
Then ,your chef will invite you to his house for a private culinary lesson. Starting with the preparation of the famous pisco sour and moving on to some entrees and main courses, you will interact with the chef and get the most out of this culinary lesson. You will then enjoy the lunch you have helped to make. Afterwards,you will drive back to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.
You will be transferred to the airport in the morning for a short flight back to Lima. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to the Miraflores Park Hotel. This afternoon, you will enjoy a visit to the main points of interest in Lima, often called The City of Kings, including the Plaza de Armas with the cathedral, the government palace, and San Francisco Convent, among other places of interest.
Later, you will stop at the small but well laid out National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, which has one of the best overviews of ancient Peruvian art and archaeology. Dinner reservations will be made for you at Huaca Pucllana, an excellent restaurant specializing in typical Peruvian cuisine and located on the edge of the ruins of the same name, which have one of the largest and oldest pre-Columbian temples in Lima.
Transfers will be provided, but in order to give you complete freedom of choice, the cost of dinner is not included. You may order as you wish and pay directly to the restaurant. Only breakfast is included for this day.
You will leave for the airport in the morning for your flight back to the USA. Only breakfast is included for this day.
Acknowledged as the second most important city in Peru, Arequipa is distinguished as such for its handsome architectures and delicious food, as for its eternally blue sky. Not only does this city leave an indelible mark on everyone that comes to it, but it also sits at the foot of the impressive Misti Volcano, a true monument of nature.
The White City, called so because of its buildings made of white petrified volcanic ash thrown up by Chancani Volcano, is an example of a mix of Italian, Spanish, and Andean styles. This power of attraction is summed up in the Quechua phrase "ari, que pay", which means "yes, stay!", the answer Inca Mayta Capac gave to his warriors when they asked him to let them make a halt in this lovely land.
Years later, on August 15, 1540, the Spanish conquest would take place. Manuel García de Carbajal baptized it, in the name of the Queen of Spain, as Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción del Valle Hermoso de Arequipa. Since then, it has acquired many characteristics that set it apart from the rest of Peruvian cities. The city of Arequipa, capital of the department of the same name, is located in the southwestern part of the Peruvian coast.
Awanacancha is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here, you can see four members of the cameloid family: llama, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos. Alpacas have thick wool and are the most commonly used, while the vicunas are small and delicate with fine fur.
You can meet these four cameloids, learn about the harvesting of their different wools and the natural dying techniques. You may also have a chance to see native weavers from different areas showing their different weaving styles and dress.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere. It was founded around 1100 AD and thought to have been a holy city for pilgrimage. It was considered the center of the empire and is said to have had life-size replicas of Santo Domingo church built on the walls of the flora and fauna, made in silver and gold.
Lima, named the City of the Kings by the Spanish conquistadores, is the main gateway into Peru and the country's capital city. Founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, the city's first inhabitants numbered less than 100. Pizarro originally made his capital at Jauja, in the Andes. The change to Lima was a strategic one caused by the need to be close to his ships.
Although Lima's beginnings were modest, it continued to grow and became the political and commercial capital of Spanish South America. By 1610, the population was 26,000, of whom 10,000 were Spaniards. This was Lima's great period of wealth and few cities in the Old World could rival Lima, until the earthquake of 1746. The city was reduced to rubble and an almost 4,000 were killed. Despite efforts to rebuild the city, Lima never fully recovered.
In modern Lima, many of the businesses and hotels have moved to the fashionable seaside suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro. However, many of Lima's sites of interest are to be visited in central Lima including the great Plaza de Armas, the government palace, and the cathedral.
The Temple of Pachacamac is a monument to Peru's pre-Inca and Inca history. These pre-Columbian ruins survive in Lima as testimony that the area was populated before the Conquest. The rich, religious Lima of the Spanish colonies is seen in the churches and convents of the city, including the Santo Domingo Convent, the San Francisco Church, and the capital's cathedral.
The mystery and intrigue that surround Machu Picchu are exceeded only by the hype. The ancient citadel straddles the saddle of a high mountain with steep terraced slopes falling away to the fast-flowing Urubamba River snaking its hairpin course far below in the valley floor. Towering overhead is Huayna Picchu and green jungle peaks that provide the backdrop for the whole majestic scene.
Rediscovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in July, 1911, Machu Picchu was a stunning archaeological find. The only major Inca site to escape 400 years of looting and destruction, it was remarkably preserved, And it was no ordinary Inca settlement; it sat in an inaccessible location above the Urubamba gorge and contained so many fine buildings that people have puzzled over its meaning ever since.
Bingham claimed he had discovered the lost city of Vilcabamba, and for 50 years everyone believed him. But he was proved wrong, and the mystery deepened. Later discoveries revealed that Machu Picchu was the center of an extensive Inca province. Many finely preserved satellite sites and highways also survive.
This is craggy terrain and the value of a province with no mines and little agricultural lands is hard to determine. Bingham postulated it was a defensive citadel on the fringes of the Amazon. But the architecture fails to convince experts. The Incas were the first to build permanent structures in this region, which was unusual because they arrived at the tail end of 4,000 years of Andean civilization.
16th-century land titles discovered in the 1980s revealed that Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacuti, the founding father of the Inca Empire, but nobody knows why. A reasonable speculation is that this area provided access to coca plantations in the lower Urubamba Valley. However, the fine architecture of Machu Picchu cannot be explained simply as a coca collecting station.
Recent studies have shown that the torreón was an observatory for the solstice sunrise and that the Intihuatana stela is the center-point between cardinal alignments of nearby sacred peaks. The Incas worshiped nature: the celestial bodies, mountains, lightning, rainbows, rocks, and anything that was imbued with huaca or spiritual power. And, here, Pachacuti found huaca in unusual abundance.
The spiritual component is the key to understanding Machu Picchu. The Bingham expedition identified 75% of the human remains as female and a common belief is that Machu Picchu was a refuge of the Inca Virgins of the Sun. However, the skeletons were re-examined in the 1980's using modern technology and the latest conclusion is that the gender split was roughly 50 / 50.
Machu Picchu was deliberately abandoned by its inhabitants, but it is unknown when. This may have happened before the Spanish invasion, perhaps as a result of the Inca civil wars or the epidemics of European diseases, which ran like brush fires ahead of the Spanish.
One theory proposes that the city ran dry in a period of drought, another suggests a devastating fire. The city may have been evacuated during the period of Inca resistance to the Spanish, which lasted nearly 40 years and was concentrated not far west of Machu Picchu.
At the eastern end of the valley is Pisac. It is best known for the Sunday colorful and lively Indian market. Crammed into the main square of this small town is a bustling market comprised of two parts. The local market for, of, and by the Indians takes place in the streets around the plaza and is a constant scene of comings and goings.
In the plaza itself is the handicraft market with a wide variety of textiles, carvings, jewelry, ceramics, pots, and other items considered somewhere between art and stuff, all depending on your likes and dislikes.
Another activity of tradition and importance is the Sunday March of the Mayors, when the mayors of surrounding towns come together to march to the church, the leader blows a shell horn to announce the beginning of the services. It is colorful, though often difficult to see, as there is no pomp and circumstance to announce it is happening and, unless you are paying close attention, it is all be over before you are aware it is even happening.
In addition to the big Sunday market, there are smaller markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and other days. There is also an impressive set of ruins perched on the mountain behind the town. You can walk up uphill for about an hour, but it is not recommended. It is better to go in a vehicle with a guide who can put this set of ruins into perspective. Allow at minimum two hours if you are driving both ways and five hours if you drive up and walk down.
El Tupay: this is the location for the hotel's well-known buffet breakfast and Saturday Inca dinners. Set in an architecturally significant location, the original refectory of the ancient monastery, the service is warm and friendly.
Illariy Restaurant: with its view onto the main patio and intimate ambiance, Restaurant Illariy will charm you with its unique atmosphere and distinctive Peruvian and international cuisine created by Chef Marco Albán. Enjoy delicious snacks, sumptuous meals, and a lovely view of the hotel's largest courtyard and gardens.
The Lobby Bar: this bar boasts a large variety of the best quality liquors, cocktails, and refreshments, which the skilled bartenders are pleased to prepare for you. If you may prefer to dine in the privacy and comfort of your own room, they offer 24-hour room service.
The restaurant Killa Wasi, or House of the Moon, features Novo Andino cuisine, a distinctive blend of Andean, coastal, and international flavors. Chef Nacho Selis Martínez who studied international, Creole, and Andean cuisines in Lima, offers a diverse selection: camote, choclo, fried yucca appetizers; alpaca, trout, chicken, kingfish, and hen entrees; quinoa and corn soups; tarwi and kingfish ceviches; as well as sandwiches and desserts.
The Chef’s Novo Andino specialties include curry de alpaca, sauteed slices of alpaca in a coconut curry, accompanied by a tacu tacu of rice and green beans; carpaccio of shrimp with kingfish, accompanied by a salad of cheese, vegetables, and lake seaweed; and trucha sol y luna, trout stuffed with shrimp, topped with white cream sauce, and accompanied by sauteed spinach and artichoke hearts.
Café Inkaterra: located just a few meters from the Machu Picchu train station, Café Inkaterra Restaurant is a blend of Andean cuisine and architecture with a contemporary approach to create an innovative culinary concept. The place is perfect for completing your visit to the ancient Machu Picchu citadel in an authentic way and away from the crowds.
Mikhuna Wasi: The House of Food in Quechua is the main dining room of the hotel. The restaurant and its adjacent terraces were built as a large glass house with an exceptional view of the Urubamba River and the surrounding green mountains.
Belo Bar: step into the contemporary bar and explore an extensive menu of innovative cocktails, alongside light meals and snacks. Sample a traditional pisco sour or perhaps the bartender will be inspired to create something original just for you.
The Observatory Restaurant: the Observatory Restaurant is located on the 11th floor, affording it spectacular views of both Lima and the Pacific Ocean. The delicious breakfast buffet offers a range of fresh bread and pastries, charcuterie, fresh fruit, and eggs cooked to order.
Tragaluz Restaurant and Lounge: framed by a beautiful garden and with impeccable style and design, Tragaluz is the place to see and be seen in Lima. Discover a wide selection of international dishes with a focus on Asian, Mediterranean, and Peruvian flavors. Sophisticated cocktails and snacks can also be served on the elegant terrace.
Their signature restaurants offer a delicious fusion of Peruvian and international flavors, as well as specialty buffets.
This hotel offers a variety of activities that can be arranged for you at an extra cost. Note that not all these activities are carried at the hotel itself. You can choose a gastronomy experience, such as a wine cellar visit, chef's table, or a cooking workshop.
There are cultural activities, such as traditional weaving, pottery workshop, music and dance, theater, and Peruvian Paso horse show. If you are looking for an adventure, you can choose from riding on Peruvian Paso horses, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, river rafting, and ATV excursions.
Apu Machu Picchu: hike the Machu Picchu mountain for two and a half hours from the archaeological site and reach the Summit of Apu Machu Picchu. This trail, accessed from the reserve, joins parts of the Inca trail leading to the Sun Gate, before climbing to the mountain's highest point. From there, enjoy the view of soaring eagles and Machu Picchu, as well as other significant ruins in the area: Putukusi, Wayna Picchu, Salkantay mountain, and the Vilcanota River.
Inca Trail: this one-day trip visits the important Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna and captures your first view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. The steady climb along the Inca trail allows experiencing and observing stunning landscapes. After reaching the Sun Gate, enjoy a fully guided tour of the citadel, including Intiwatana, or the Sun Dial, and the Sacred Plaza. Afterward, a delicious lunch will be served in the restaurant of the Sanctuary Lodge.
Mandor: a two-hour walk along the Vilcanota River following the railroad tracks into the Mandor Valley to visit its waterfall. The valley is inhabited by varied and fascinating birdlife, including cock-of-the-rocks, speckle-faced parrots, and green jays; relax and bathe under the waterfall before walking back to the hotel in the shadow of Machu Picchu.
Museum and market: visit the open-air market at Machu Picchu village, Aguas Calientes, filled with displays of local Andean clothing. Then, make the 30-minute walk to the archaeological site bridge and the Manuel Chávez Ballón Museum, home to excellent maps, displays, and artifacts related to the archaeological site.
Poques Mountain: hike from the hotel grounds up to the Poques Mountain. Walk for three hours through three different ecological systems: pre-mountain cloud forest, mountain cloud forest, and elfin forest. It is the most impressive view of the park where six archeological sites may be observed: Choquesuysuy, Wiñay Wayna, Chachabamba, Inti Punku, Putukusi, and Machu Picchu.
Putukusi: an exhilarating climb up Putukusi Mountain culminates in a spectacular view of the Machu Picchu ruins from the far side of the Vilcanota Valley. While ascending, you will appreciate the stark contrast between the mountain cloud forest and the elfin forest, as well as the interesting variation in trees, orchids, and birds. Putukusi holds the world’s record for the shortest operative climb. It is not recommended for children under 15 years old.
If you have some free time, you may want to visit the historic suburb of Barranco. It was already a seaside resort in the 17th century, but today it is something of an intellectual haven where a number of artists have their workshops. You may also visit the Puente de Los Suspiros, which leads towards the Malecon and offers fine views of the bay.
If you want a more cultural experience, the San Isidro, Miraflores, and Barranco areas offer the best antiques and art galleries. If the theater or music is your passion, check out the Municipal Theater, where opera, symphony, ballets, and plays are offered. There are also many museums you can visit in Lima.
The National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has an excellent collection of textiles and pottery from the main ancient cultures of Peru. The Larco Herrera Museum holds an extensive pre-Columbian pottery, gold and silver objects. The National Museum holds an exhibition and study of the art and history of the aboriginal people of Peru.
The Museum of Art has an extensive collection of Peruvian art from the Conquest to the present. The Museum of Italian Art, located in a wonderful neo-classical building with fine mosaics given by the Italian colony to Peru on the centenary of its independence, has a good selection of Italian and European paintings from the 20th century.
The Polli Museum exhibits a private collection of mostly the Colonial period with lots of silver from the small churches, and paintings and furniture from old colonial mansions from around Peru, some gold pieces from Spain, and pottery from Mochica.
Finally, the Gold Museum shows the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo, featuring gold, silver, bronze, ceramics, weavings, and mummies. Although it has been shown that many of the Inca pieces in this museum are reproductions, many still visit this well-known museum.
After a full day exploring the city, Hotel Monasterio offers the perfect avenues for relaxation. Indulge with a stress-busting aromatherapy massage or unwind as a bath butler draws you the perfect relaxing bath.
There are massages available in 30 or 60-minute sessions. The Adventures and Hikers massage, inspired by Thai and shiatsu techniques, applies deep pressure to tired muscles and joints; it is followed by a warm stone treatment. The Anti-stress massage is a rhythmic Swedish massage with relaxing aromatherapy and followed by a Reiki session.
The Andean Monastery massage is a slow, gentle massage complemented with Andean aromatherapy and music. The Accomplice massage features flower petals and aphrodisiac oils, which instil pure relaxation; it concludes with a hot stone and Reiki treatment.
The bath butler service allows you to relax as your personal butler draws you up a perfect bath to add a touch of indulgence to your day. The Andean Romance is a romantic bath with aromatic salts, rose petals, and scented candles; you will also enjoy chocolates, kiwicha, and a glass of mimosa.
The Queros Bath is a relaxing one with Inca traditions, including anti-stress bath salts, cocoa leaves, and scented candles; it concludes with prosciutto and brie canapés. The Imperial Bath is an energizing bath with revitalizing bath salts, scented candles, coca leaves, and exfoliating products; it concludes with a glass of Kir Imperial, fresh Andean cheese, and honey.
For a relaxing experience, there is Yacu Wasi spa, house of water in Quechua. Like the streams and lakes that nourish this sacred valley, the spa is a place that nourishes the body and helps to bring it into harmony with itself and the surroundings.
Yacu Wasi is located in the Sol and Luna garden, with a green lawn on one side and colorful flowers and trees on another side. The interior features wooden beams, marble floors and colorful stained glass windows with sun and moon designs. Aromas of eucalyptus and Nogal combined with rainbow prisms of light create a tranquil ambience that both stimulates and soothes the senses. The spa contains a fully-equipped gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and Spanish bath.
They offer a wide selection of spa therapies: facials, wraps, masques, body shaping treatments, along with newer treatments such as music therapy, hydrotherapy, and energy therapies such as Reiki. Massages include traditional Swedish massage, shiatsu, aromatherapy, and reflexology massages, as well as capillary massages and manual lymphatic drainage massages. Classes or personal sessions in yoga and tai chi are also available.
This hotel features the Unu Spa. Unu, water in Quechua, is Inkaterra's unique spa concept, combining the classic nurturing of a spa with a mystical Andean approach. Unu offers body massages, foot aromatherapy, and a unique Andean sauna. All spa products are 100% natural, derived from botanical extracts, providing the ultimate spiritual, sensual, and soothing experience.
Unu Spa offers traditional massages, which consist of popular massage techniques, including foot reflexology, acupressure, stretching, and integral body therapy, combining them with a wide array of fragrances, oils, creams, and exfoliants. Thai yoga massage is a unique form of body therapy dating to ancient times; their version of this massage combines yoga stretching, meditation, acupressure, exercise movement, and reflexology. It is given on a reed-matted floor.
The spa also offers foot therapy: a classic soothing experience, a short massage, and a relaxing foot bath, all three options with a fragrance of your choice. Finally, the Andean sauna, inspired by different saunas, is a unique one; it uses heating stones in a eucalyptus dome-shaped hut.
The Zest Spa at Belmond Miraflores Park in Lima provides an array of treatments incorporating indigenous products from Peru and the Amazon. Be pampered with soothing massages and spa treatments that will delight your senses.
This hotel has a spa featuring a dry sauna, vapor sauna, Jacuzzi, Spanish shower, and massage services.
Please arrange your flights to arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). Ladatco will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.