Luxury on a budget in Peru, you may think this is a contradiction, but compared to other continents in the world like Europe, Asia or North America, South America is still reasonably inexpensive to travel in luxury.
Peru is a country that has a lot to offer the luxury traveler and offers all the luxury you would need on your tour of the country. When you arrive into Peru, you will land in the capital of Peru, Lima. In recent years, the city has become one of the world’s leading food destinations, with three restaurants in the world top fifty, it is not hard to find the best restaurants in Lima during your stay in this cosmopolitan city. Lima has a great mix of ancient ruins, churches and modern beachside suburbs to help pass your time. The people of Lima are warm, modern and are very happy to share their city with you.
On any journey to Peru, the place that most people want to see and experience is Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one ancient site that should not be missed and is worth every penny to see. Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu is easy with flights leaving Lima for the Inca City of Cusco every hour. Once you are in Cusco, it is very easy to travel to Machu Picchu. While you are in Machu Picchu, there are many hotels to choose from in both luxury and budget. Try the Inkaterra El Mapi or the Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel for luxury on a Budget in Peru. The town of Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu offers some great restaurants to try the local cuisine that will not break the budget.
The journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu is also an experience in itself. Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s and see some of the most naturally beautiful scenery that you will see anywhere in the world. There are budget and luxury trains to choose from with prices available to suit every budget. The Vistadome train for example is an experience you will not soon forget, the train features glass panels in the ceiling for maximum views, and you will arrive into the Inca citadel in comfort and style.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas features some of the best examples of Inca architecture that exists today. With a warmer climate than Cusco, the Sacred Valley has attracted a large community who have made the Valley their home. In the town of Pisac, there is a large market where you can buy all your souvenirs to remember your time in Peru.
The city of Cusco is bathed in history and is worth spending a few days exploring. Cusco features a large main plaza, where you will find the Cathedral and some lovely Spanish Colonial buildings, which today are mainly restaurants. From the plaza cobblestone streets lead away to other plazas full of museums, churches and small markets. The city will remind you of some old European towns with the churches and the terracotta-tiled roofs. Make sure you see Koricancha, which is an Inca ruin in Cusco that the Spanish built a church on top of. There is no shortage of luxury hotels in Cusco like the JW Marriot, which is pure luxury that will not break the bank.
Why not take a luxurious train ride Cusco to Puno Peru? The southern Peruvian town is on the shores of Lake Titicaca and there is a train from Cusco three times a week. Travel through the high plains of the Andes and see how the people live before arriving in Puno late in the afternoon. Puno is most famous for the lake and the Uros people who call the lake their home. Take a tour out to the islands and discover the incredible way of life of these people. Centuries ago they escaped the mainland and the warring tribes and made islands out of the reeds that grow in the lake. Today the people mainly live off of tourism and allow tourists access to five of the forty-eight islands. The children go to primary school on the islands but they have to go to Puno for secondary school.
On any trip to Peru try and take the time to go to the Peruvian Amazon. The range of budget friendly luxury lodges on offer will both surprise and delight you. Take a walking tour through the jungle and learn about the plants and their benefits. See wildlife and natural beauty that only the jungle can offer.
Traveling to Peru on your next luxury holiday will surprise you with the quality of services available at half the cost of a luxury European holiday. Come and explore Peru, the country is one of the most bio diverse on the planet and the history and different cultures of Peru are among some of the best in the world. Discover Peru now and experience the trip of a lifetime!