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60 unique

experiences in Peru

Since 1956, sharing with

the world our passion for Peru

Iquitos / Amazonas

Cusco / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley


Puno / Lake Titicaca

Arequipa / Colca Canyon





hospitality &









































11/ Peru Birding Rally Challenge

Compete in the annual events or create

your own challenge

16/ Wrap yourself in the world’s finest fibres

5000 years of textile tradition

32/ Find your own “El Dorado”...

and silverado too

It’s easy, fine craftsmanship abounds

51/ Stroll around the historic centres

of Arequipa, Cusco and Lima

Three World Heritage Sites, and each one original

54/ Try Andean meats

Healthy, tasty, and now sophisticated

56/ Wings Over Peru

See the best of Peru in 9 days by private aircraft

60/ Celebrate Peru’s traditional festivities with us

66/ Buy Peruvian folk art

We have items for all tastes and budgets

71/ A variety of infusions and award

winning coffee in Peru

Drink them at dawn or at dusk and you’ll

understand why

83/ Discover more wonders in Peru from

the comfort of your own home


8/ Lima is flying high

Rediscover the City of Kings

13/ Cebiche 2.0

The “carretillero” conquers Peruvian palates

14/ Conqueror or sybarite?

Be both in the Casa de Aliaga

19/ #1 Central #2 Maido

Latin America’s best restaurants are in Lima

21/ Admire the best collection

of pre-Columbian art in the world

See it at the Larco Museum

25/ A day in the life of Gaston

Savour the creativity of the father of Peru’s

gastronomic revolution

26/ Fly into the past (circa 3000 B.C.)

Caral, the oldest city in the Americas

With Aerodiana

28/ Enjoy the best sea view in Miraflores

From the JW Marriott Hotel Lima

31/ Mistura, the fair that changed everything

Join the feast: September 2017

46/ Work, meet or relax

in Latin America’s most sustainable hotel

The Westin Lima

58/ Experience Barranco’s cool vibes in style

In the arts boutique Hotel B

68/ Peru is grateful to Amano-San

Visit the Amano Museum to find out why

73/ We recommend our new nigh tour in Lima:

Pachacamac, ancient oracle and brand new museum

74/ The best open-air view in Lima from

the SkyTerrace

Reserve it exclusively to go with your partner,

your family or with a group



9/ Immerse yourself in deepest Peru

Huilloc, an Andean community at 3500 m.a.s.l.

18/ Celebrate Inti Raymi, the festival of the sun

Privileged access and VIP service

23/ Come to where time stands still

Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town

24/ Let yourself go at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

The most luxurious hotel in Cusco

29/ Pioneering spirit? Explore Choquequirao

The new Machu Picchu

34/ Take part in a spiritual ceremony

of an offering to the Pachamama

With the Queros in Salkantay

44/ You don’t have to be an astronaut

to eat “super foods”

Come to Cusco Restaurants where

we have them all

49/ Treat yourself on the Inca Trail

Champagne, massages, haute cuisine

and hot water: everything is possible

52/ Stay in Cusco’s best hotel

The JW Marriott El Convento

72/ Not suitable for sleepwalkers

The Skylodge above the Sacred Valley of the Incas

78-79/ To get to a wonder of the

the world you must do it in grand style,

and Machu Picchu gives you two options:

The Inca Rail Presidential Class

PeruRail’s Hiram Bingham

80-81/ And when you are in the sanctuary,

thank the apus, Andean gods

Admire the beautiful landscape...

… or go for the triple crown

82/ Also make time to see

the Inkaterra orchid walk.

It has 372 species!


20/ Dream under the stars on top

of the world

Amantica Lodge, Lake Titicaca

70/ Spend the night on board of a legendary ship

on the highest navigable lake in the world.

The Yavari, Lake Titicaca


22/ Tame the white waters of Cotahuasi

The steepest canyon in the Americas

59/ Front row seats to see condors in flight?

Colca is your ticket


10/ Fly over the Nasca lines

With Aerodiana

62/ Combine history, nature

and adventure in Paracas Bay

Luxury, pleasure and relaxation

available at the La Hacienda Hotel

63/ Pisco sour or chilcano?

You decide!

76/ Get an adrenaline rush on the highest

dunes in South America, in Ica


12/ Travel in a new classic

The Belmond Andean Explorer



50/ Climb Huascaran

The highest tropical mountain in the world


45/ Surf the longest wave in the world

Chicama: 7° 42’ 14.4” S / 79° 27’ 3.599” W


55/ Visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

In private with the curator himself


48/ La dolce vita, every day of the year in Piura

Vichayito Bungalows & Carpas by Aranwa

75/ Do you like big game fishing?

Cabo Blanco holds 7 world records


65/ Archaeology aficionado?

Tour the Moche Route and maybe you’ll

discover a new treasure



33/ Discover Kuelap, the “city in the clouds”

And now you can get there in a new cable car

64/ Bathe at the foot of an Amazon waterfall in Gocta


15/ Let the star be your guide in the Amazon

All-inclusive cruises

on the M/V Amazon Star

30/ Get the best of both worlds in Pacaya Samiria

Unique biodiversity and a luxury cruise with Delfin Amazon



53/ The most diverse national park in the world?

Stay at the Tambopata Research Center

and see for yourself

69/ Do you support sustainable and inclusive


You’ll find a good example at Posada Amazonas



36-43/ Interview with Carlos Alberto Arrarte

Chairman of the Board of LimaTours



Private sailing on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake.

Dear reader:

This year we celebrate our “first” 60 years crafting magnificent experiences in Peru one guest at a time. In this Anniversary

Issue of ULTIMATE JOURNEYS - Travel in Peru, we have selected 60 unique experiences that can only be enjoyed in our

wonderful country, and we are committed to designing a new unique experience every year from now on.

Lovers of culture, those keen on learning about our history, can visit impressive archaeological sites, enrich their knowledge

in amazing museums and tour places declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

For adventure and nature enthusiasts, we have activities that allow you to enjoy and discover our immense biodiversity and

challenge our majestic geography.

For travellers who seek to interact and share live styles, traditions and customs, we have chosen the most emotional and

spiritual experiences that Peru has to offer.

And for aficionados to the good life, who like to stimulate and satisfy the senses, we present the best of Peruvian hospitality,

gastronomy, travel and entertainment.

In addition, we feature an interview with Carlos Alberto Arrarte, Chairman of the Board of LimaTours, who has a vast and

impeccable career promoting tourism in Peru. He shares with us the company’s history and its active participation in the development

of the country’s tourism industry, as well as the plans for the future of the organisation.

Enjoy reading and learning!

Your friends from LimaTours


Christian Vinces

Lima is flying high

Rediscover the City of Kings

Lima is the only South American capital on the coast. Facing the

sea is an extensive cliff that reaches 100 metres high in parts.

There are a number of good parks on the cliff top, including a perfect

site for paragliding over the bay: Parque Raimondi.

Flying is safe because the pilots have several years of experience.

In less time than you think you can be on board and flying over the

promenade, the Costa Verde and the Pacific Ocean itself; the sea

breeze strikes the cliff and is forced upwards, enabling you to gain

and maintain adequate altitude. Experience is not necessary, just a

sense of adventure and a desire to feel completely free.

And there are other aspects of Lima that are flying higher too. The

city now has 9 of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America. Its new

Convention Centre, new hotels and the extension to the international

airport are making it a regional leader for meetings and conventions.

The arts and cultural scene is experiencing an explosion

of creativity and night time in Lima is more and more fun. It’s time

to come back.

The LimaTours Foundation works with the

members of the Huilloc Community with

volunteer activities, children's nutrition and

health programs, business development

projects and other CSR and Sustainable

Tourism initiatives; always engaging our

clients, guests and staff in the process.

Immerse yourself in deepest Peru

Huilloc, an Andean community at 3500 m.a.s.l.

Everyone can travel to Cusco. But few have the

chance to live an authentic experience with local

people. Those who go to Huilloc are lucky. This

small Quechua-speaking community is located in the

Sacred Valley of the Incas, 30 minutes from Ollantaytambo;

and although the centuries have passed,

its people maintains the customs and traditions

passed down from their ancestors. The Inca legacy

is still alive; spending a few days in this community

is like going back in history and learning to connect

with nature. Getting away from a world whose speed

overwhelms us and returning to an organic and pacific


As well as living with the inhabitants of Huilloc, you

can go on walks, take part in collective tasks, work

in the fields, make clothing, see ancestral rites and

share in the education of the children. As if this were

not enough, you can visit the cave and ruins of Sutuq

Mach’ay and learn about native and medicinal plants.

Sharing is the only way to understand the true life of

a people.

Heinz Plenge



In the 1970's, LimaTours supported

the work of Maria Reiche, the first

researcher and custodian of the

Nasca Lines. Since then, we have

brought more visitors to this unique

UNESCO World Heritage Site than any

other tour company in Peru.

Marvellous spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis).

The Biriding Rally Challenge

is a team competition

between countries consisting

of observing the largest

number of birds during the

8 hours it takes to cover the

established circuit.

Talia Barreda / PROMPERU

Fly over the Nasca lines

With Aerodiana

Peru Birding Rally Challenge

Compete in the annual events or create

your own challenge

Michael Tweddle

San Jose is in the middle of the Ica desert, south of the department of Lima alongside the Southern

Pan-American Highway. It contains one of mankind’s greatest enigmas: the Nasca lines, a group

of geoglyphs representing animals, objects and plants measuring up to 300 metres long and covering

an area of 1000 square metres.

Their true size cannot be appreciated from ground level; you can climb up to a viewing point or better

still, take a flight over 15 of the classic figures, including the whale, compass, trapezoids, astronaut,

monkey, dog, hummingbird, spider and condor.

There are five flight options: some cover 13 and others 15 figures. Some packages also includes

excursions to the towns of Pisco and Ica, all using Aerodiana. That is the only way to appreciate the

immensity, perfection, genius and skill of this culture. The best time to go is in the mid-morning or


If you are a bird watcher and are going to Peru, here are five species that you absolutely must see:

The long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), endemic in Peru and in danger of extinction. It lives in the

montane rainforest of Amazonas and San Martin (1900 to 2400 m.a.s.l.)

The giant hummingbird (Patagona gigas) is found above 1500 m.a.s.l. in the north and south of the country. Its

territory is the semi-arid regions of the coast and Andes. It flies more slowly than the smaller hummingbirds and

resembles a swallow.

The cock of the rocks (Rupicola peruviana), usually lives between 400 and 2500 m.a.s.l. in the Amazon cloud


El marvellous spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) is an endemic bird that lives in the north and in the high jungle.

The golden-backed mountain tanager (Buthraupis aureodorsalis), which lives on the eastern slopes of the

Andes, in pygmy forests with arboreal vegetation.



Cebiche 2.0

The “carretillero”

conquers Peruvian palates

Cebiche is known the world over for its freshness and delicious flavour. There are

various variations of the classic recipe that are equally delicious and give the dish

a distinctive style; one of these is the “carretillero” or ‘street vendor’. This cebiche

adds fried squid and the flavour of street-vendor’s Cebiche to the original recipe. As

you can see, the name comes from the barrows at which any passer-by can stop

to enjoy one and see it being prepared. The taste for carretillero cebiche became

popular to the extent that some of the best restaurants have added to their menus,

extending its appeal.


Travel in a new classic

The Belmond Andean Explorer

Traversing the Andes onto the Andean plateau in Peru by luxury train is not something you experience

every day. The Andean Explorer takes you from the mystical Cusco, navel of the world, to Puno in

elegance and comfort. It also brings travellers close to nature, as it has an observation coach from which

you can enjoy the majestic scenery encountered along the way.

The route is one of the most beautiful in the world and the trip lasts almost eleven hours. Between Wanchaq

station and Puno the train includes dining cars designed after the fashion of the Pullman cars of the

nineteen twenties. A gourmet lunch is served, with drinks, music and moments of infinite peace.

This train was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015 and won the World Travel Awards

2012 as South America’s Leading Luxury Train.




Conqueror or sybarite?

Be both in the Casa de Aliaga

In 1976, the 15th generation of

Aliagas in Lima agreed to open

their family home to private visits

exclusively for guests of LimaTours,

as part of a first-in-Peru initiative

of heritage preservation through

sustainable tourism. The programme

has been a successful model for all

stakeholders, for 40 years.

The historic centre of Lima contains an old town

house that has remained unchanged over the

years: the Casa de Aliaga. During the day, the sun

filters into the elegant Andalusian courtyard and

you can wander through rooms that have witnessed

500 years of history. This is one of the oldest

houses in Lima, occupied without interruption by

the same family, who have kept it in perfect condition.

One of the current generation, chef Jeronimo

de Aliaga, has created an unforgettable experience

in the 16th Century dining room.

Decorated in the old style, the tables set for lunch

or dinner await diners ready for a surreal adventure.

The fortunate ones are few, as there are not

many places. But the menu is fresh and flavourful,

with the produce shown off in an intelligent and

high-quality manner: there are organic products,

both local and imported, fish and shellfish and a

fusion of light classy flavours. An honest cuisine

delicately prepared; a harmonious mixture of tradition

and modernity.

Christian Declercq

Let the star be your guide

in the Amazon

All-inclusive cruises

on the M/V Amazon Star


Sailing in the River Amazon is an unbeatable adventure, but cruising in the Amazon Star is better still.

The vessel is spacious and includes a bar, restaurant, lecture room, observation deck as well as comfortable

cabins with air conditioning, large windows and private balconies from which you can observe the

surrounding natural world. The jungle is a place to explore, make contact with its flora and fauna and listen

to its intimate sounds. Have a close encounter with nature on an excursion launch or walking through the

jungle foliage, before relaxing in the lecture theatre, on the terrace or in your cabin. You will be received

a board with a delicious Peruvian cocktail and will not have to worry about anything for the rest of the




The jungle is home to more than

800 species of birds, thousands

of species of insects, fish and

reptiles such as the anaconda

and the black caiman. You can

also see arum lilies, jungle

orchids, huge trees and natural

medicinal products used to treat

various ailments. The jungle is

a paradise for lovers of biology,

bird watchers and adventurers

willing to penetrate deeper into

the Amazon forest.



Cesar Vallejos / PROMPERU


Peruvian cotton from 1000 B.C.

is little different from Gossypium

barbadense, which produces pima

cotton and was introduced into

the Piura region of Peru by Emilio

Hilbck Seminario in 1922. Thanks to

the seeds, the soil and the coastal

microclimates, Peruvian pima

cotton is the finest in the world,

comparable only with Egyptian


Wrap yourself

in the world’s finest fibres

5000 years of textile tradition

Peru’s textile art is famous and appreciated

all over the world. From the traditional

and complex artisanal fabrics of each region,

inherited from ancient cultures who have

passed their skills down the generations. Today

you can acquire the work of contemporary

designers who use vicuña and alpaca fibres

to create clothes that respect the traditional

essence while adopting more modern lines. The

yarns are spun from carefully chosen fibre from

highland breeders, ensuring the protection of

the species and encouraging their conservation.

Clothing and accessories made from Andean

camelid wool are characterised by their strong

colours, soft texture and unique designs of jackets,

shawls, scarves, jumpers and dresses,

among others. The fine weave, detail and delicate

finish further highlight the quality of this

impeccable and sought-after material.


LimaTours offers the chance to

enjoy Inti Raymi from privileged

vantage points. If you wish,

you can see the start of the

celebration from a private room

opposite Coricancha; you can

reserve the balconies of exclusive

restaurants on the Main Square

to watch the Inti Raymi pass

by while enjoying a delicious

brunch, or take private transport

to Sacsayhuaman where the

principal ceremony takes place

and where you can see the event

in close-up, opposite the stage.

Celebrate Inti Raymi,

the festival of the sun

Privileged access and VIP service

The most important festival during the Inca Empire

was Inti Raymi, in honour of the Sun, the Incas’

most important deity. It began during the reign of

Pachacutec and is celebrated at the beginning of

the winter solstice (June), when the sun is farthest

away from the earth; that was also the end of harvest

time, a sort of new year.

Today history repeats itself thanks to a historical reenactment

developed by Faustino Espinoza Navarro,

an expert in the Quechua peoples, and historian

Humberto Vidal Unda based on the Comentarios

reales de los incas by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

(1612). It is held on the 24th of June (Farmer’s Day)

and Cusco celebrates a work that involves around

600 actors in a spectacle of colour and dance. The

celebration starts in Coricancha, then moves to the

Main Square and ends in Sacsayhuaman with the

central ceremony.

Chrisitan Declercq

This may well be one of your best

experiences ever. Especially if you

like good food and fine dining. What

chef Virgilio Martinez and his team

have achieved with Central —fourth in

the San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna

list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

and first in the Latin America edition—

is gastronomy at its best. Each dish is

the result of exploration and research

carried out as part of the chef’s Mater

Iniciativa project and is an example of

continual evolution and discovery of

our country's resources.

You may eat things you have never

tried before, but technique and

creativity mean that they will seem

familiar. It is the interplay of memory

and flavour, aromas and challenges.

There are four menus: two long ones of

17 items (one vegetarian) and two short

(one is the vegetarian option). There are

also two drinks lists: wines and spirits,

and nectars, extracts and infusions. Try

it and let yourself be enchanted.

Archivo Ideas y Mas Ideas

#1 Central #2 Maido

Latin America’s best

restaurants are in Lima

Cena en Central, restaurante

nº4 del mundo

Peruvian Restaurants in the Latin

Americas’s 50 Best Restaurants:

• Central #1

• Maido #2

• Astrid & Gaston #7

• La Mar #12

• Osso Carniceria y Salumeria #27

• Rafael #30

• Fiesta #34

• Malabar #38

• Isolina #41



Lake Titicaca, in Puno region of the Andean

plateau, is the highest navigable lake in the

world, at 3812 m.a.s.l. (average height) and an

area of 8562 square kilometres, sailing on it is an

unbeatable adventure. In some parts you feel as if

you're at sea, and there are even small waves to

augment the sensation.

One of the lake's islands, Amantani, contains a

lodge offering experiences that are almost unreal.

Amantica Lodge has large comfortable suites with

a view of the lake —and wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling

windows— as well as a menu that explores the

wealth and variety of local produce, which it uses

to create dishes accompanied by an extensive

cellar of wines and sparkling wines.

It also offers activities that include ancient

practices sacred to the Incas, such as coca leaf

readings performed by a shaman, and ceremonies

dedicated to the Pachamama, observation of the

stars guided by an expert astronomer, fishing,

cooking and tasting classes, walks, trekking and


Admire the best collection of

pre-Columbian art in the world

See it at the Larco Museum

Dream under the stars

on top of the world

Amantica Lodge, Lake Titicaca

French architect Tom Gimbert came to Peru

to design projects based on sustainability. His

projects include the Ecolodge in Mancora and

the Amantica Lodge, both having their own

style and supported by the local community.

LimaTours and Tom Gimbert have worked

together to create similar projects in different

parts of Peru.

Nicolas Villaume

Larco Museum

The Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle, is off the classical Lima tourist

route. This refuge of peace and culture, surrounded by high white-painted walls and

gardens filled with bougainvillea, houses a private collection built up over the years by the

Alvarez Calderon family, descendants of Rafael Larco, and now impeccably displayed to

the public.

This museum reveals an important part of our pre-Colombian history and the Andean

cosmovision through its different artefacts, and at the same time has the most impressive

collection of erotic ceramics known as huacos, studies and maps. It is a place you

could spend a long time in; and especially taking advantage of a first-class guide who

invites you to keep asking questions and enriching your spirit.

After marvelling at the impressive

collection of pre-Hispanic exhibits

in the Larco Museum, visitors can

enjoy its relaxing café-restaurant

on the terrace, opposite beautiful

gardens and with a view of a pre-

Hispanic pyramid and a colonial-era

mansion. The menu offers typical

Peruvian dishes and international

fusion cuisine. An excellent way to

end the tour.



Christian Declercq


The ascent of Cotahuasi begins in the villages of

Siguas, Corire and Aplao (Majes, Arequipa), the

trail passes through Chuquibamba to reach more

than 4500 m.a.s.l., between the Solimana and Coropuna

volcanoes. From there the river descends to the

Cotahuasi Canyon, considered the fourth deepest on

the world (3535 metres), after Yarlung Tsangpo (China,

5590 metres), Apurimac (Peru, 4691 metres) and

Kali Gandaki (Nepal, 4375 metres).

It is navigable by the brave. The route is usually covered

in 4×4 trucks and the expedition lasts three to

four days and generally everything is included.

In addition to observation of the flora and fauna in the

area, you shoot the Sipia rapids and visit interesting

archaeological sites and pre-Inca ruins in the margins

of the canyon.

This is not an adventure to be taken lightly. Although

the guides are experts some experience is necessary

and you have to be able to swim: the rapids on the

River Cotahuasi are level III and IV, with a few class V.

Tame the white waters

of Cotahuasi

The steepest canyon in the Americas

Come to where time stands still

Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town

Ollantaytambo is synonymous with good walking

and maize with cheese. Its peaceful

Main Square is the place for sellers of the largegrain

variety —appellation of origin— straight

out of the pan, and lumps of fresh creamy cheese.

Sometimes you can also get humitas, a sort

of tamal made from white maize that is soft and

delicate. Biting into one is a taste of heaven and

they give you the strength to cope with the hundreds

of stairs leading to one of Cusco’s greatest


Ollantaytambo is one of the most interesting

places in the Sacred Valley, famous for its huge

ceremonial centre erroneously referred to by

many as a “fort”. But in fact it is the town itself

that enchants; it dates from Inca times and retains

the original structure and architecture, but it

is inhabited. Stone buildings separated by courtyards,

the walls full of recesses. Its families live

a quiet communal routine between perfect 15th

Century stone wall. Its streets, aqueducts and

small woods make up an ancient landscape

transmitting peace and good energy.

Stay for a couple of days and lose yourself in a

natural idyll that you will not find anywhere else.

The future preservation of

Ollantaytambo is assured.

The community, the

municipality, provincial,

regional and national

governments and the main

actors in the private tourism

sector represented by

TurismoCuida have united to

carry out the Plan Wallata,

which will make this district

a model of responsible and

sustainable development

and an exemplary cultural

tourism destination.

LimaTours is a founding

member of TurismoCuida.




Let yourself go at the Belmond

Palacio Nazarenas

The most luxurious hotel in Cusco

A day in the life of Gaston

Savour the creativity of

the father of Peru’s

gastronomic revolution

The library contains incunabula and

has a view of the little chapel, which is

used for private events.

The Hypnôze Spa, inspired by Andean

culture and with Inca touches,

specialises in aromatherapy and uses

local ingredients such as herbs, pink

salt from Maras, purple maize and

coca leaves. The Senzo restaurant

offers dishes made from local


There is also a business centre if you

ever have to reconnect with the real


Plaza Nazarenas is one of the greatest pleasures you can find in the city of Cusco.

Formerly a convent and restored by the Belmond chain and the Ministry of

Culture, it has become one of the world’s best hotels and, according to TripAdvisor,

the best in South America.

It combines the history of Cusco and contemporary design. Your stay varies between

pampering and luxury: magnificent swimming pools, chocolates, an open

bar, fresh fruit and even a butler to resolve any doubts you may have.

The lobby is decorated with exquisite items of glazed Cusco ceramic ware inspired

by the designs of Talavera de la Reina. The rooms are large and elegant, with Roman

baths and European showers, the beds are soft and the sheets fine, inviting

you to enjoy and to rest.

Within the Inca walls, the colonial floors and courtyards and an image of the Lord

of Huanca create a haven of elegance and peace. No dream is impossible in Plaza

Nazarenas. A word of advice: When the moon is full and the sky clear, there is no

better place to be than the pool.

LimaTours' award-winning gastronomical tour

programme PeruGourmet was designed in 2006

with the expert advice of Gaston Acurio and was the

pioneer model of today's ever more popular Peruvian

culinary tours.

If there is one thing you must not miss in

Lima it is a meal at one of Gaston Acurio’s

restaurants. He is the father of Peruvian gastronomic

revolution, and has created a network

of unbeatable establishments in which

you can dip into the crucible of cultures that

make up our national cuisine. We recommend

two alternatives (interchangeable, of

course) because one day is not enough.

Try, for example, Chinese breakfast snacks

in Madam Tusan - our favourites? quinoa tamales,

Peking duck rolls and meat-filled rice

and pumpkin balls. If you are looking for something

more classical, then there is Tanta,

for sandwiches and good coffee; Tanta also

has the complete Melate Chocolate range of

puddings by Astrid Gutsche.

At mid-morning, try La Mar for fresh flavours

and an emphasis on seafood. Panchita is

the place for lunch: creole food by Martha

Palacios, one of the most respected exponents

of this style in Peru; or Astrid & Gaston,

which has a sample menu: tasty tasters

of traditional Peruvian cooking prepared in a

more contemporary style.

And at the end of the day, Papacho’s is a

friendly place for a good hamburger made

using beef from carefully reared cattle (our

favourite is the Miraflorina), and Los Bachiche,

Italian - Peruvian fusion that includes

crispy pizzas and the freshest ingredients.

Acurio Restaurants



Proyecto Especial Arqueologico Caral - Supe

The LimaTours' Trust

has supported the Caral

Archaeological Project since

its inception in the 1990's. Our

award-winning programme

Wings over Peru was the first

to feature an overflight of the

5,000 year old site. We were also

the first DMC to offer Supe as

a port of call for international

cruise lines, from which to visit

the UNESCO World Heritage Site

as a half-day shore excursion.

Fly into the past

(circa 3000 B.C.)

Caral, the oldest city in the Americas

With Aerodiana

The first time we went to Caral we drove. We crossed

a small river then walked through a desert area

before reaching one of the most amazing buildings of

antiquity. Because Caral is not just a series of ruins,

but the oldest city in the Americas and its energy

seeps from every adobe brick.

Can you imagine seeing this city from the air? Well,

now LimaTours offers this services in the same

comfortable aircrafts that we use in Nasca.

Caral is proof positive of the formation of the first

Andean civilisation approximately 3000 B.C. With

the convergence of people living on the coast, the

highlands and jungle, it became the centre of a large

network of exchange and reciprocity, both commercial

and cultural; that was why it was the most important

society in the Supe Valley.

Its main crop was cotton and its diet was based on

fish and other seafood. Flying over the city you can

see the pyramids, housing and circular temple.


Miraflores is one of the most traditional and cosmopolitan

districts of Lima. It has been a resort and the home of

writers and good food, beside the eternal sea. It includes one

of the busiest sections of the promenade that runs along the

capital’s coastline, with parks popular with both Limeños and


There is a cycle path and space for sports and picnics, pop

ups gastronomic events, art such as concerts and theatre, as

well as public art provided by local artists, as well as one of the

city’s most modern shopping centres: Larcomar.

Enjoy the best sea view

in Miraflores

From the JW Marriott Hotel Lima

The district also contains one of the city’s most modern hotels:

the Marriott. Spacious and luxurious rooms provide you with

magnificent panoramic views while you enjoy the comfort and

good food. The hotel boasts one of the best and most enjoyable

buffet breakfasts in Lima, with organic options prepared

while you wait. Its restaurants hold festivals of world gastronomy

and cocktails. In addition there is a superb gymnasium,

conference rooms and facilities for weddings.

Pioneering spirit?

Explore Choquequirao

The new Machu Picchu

Gihan Tubbeh / PROMPERU

Many people call Choquequirao “the other Machu

Picchu”. It was built for political and military purposes

and one of the most demanding and unforgettable of

treks. To get there you start from Cachora (2903 m.a.s.l.),

a village in Apurimac, on the road from Cusco to Abancay.

Choquequirao (“golden cradle”) is the name of the hill on

which this citadel was discovered, at 3033 m.a.s.l. The

route starts with a walk and descent to Cocamasama

(2100 m.a.s.l.) to the first camp site at Playa Rosalina

(1750 m.a.s.l.) The following day takes you to the hamlet

of Santa Rosa (2100 m.a.s.l.), Marampata and finally


This archaeological site was also one of the secret

places of the last Incas as they were threatened by the

Spanish Conquistadors. These included Vilcabamba,

Machu Picchu and Espiritu Pampa, bastions of the Inca

resistance, which can also be reached on a twelve-day

trek. A trip for warriors only. Despite the distance on

the map from Choquequirao to Cachora it is only 30

kilometres, but the route is difficult and the return trip

can last as long as four days, so you should be in good

physical shape before you start.

The route is part of the Royal

Inca Road or Qhapac Ñan,

recently declared UNESCO

World Heritage Site. PureQuest,

the adventure travel brand

of LimaTours, is sponsoring

a research expedition to

identify and develop rural

tourism projects to benefit

the communities along the

Ecuador-Peru section on the

Qhapac Ñan.

JW Marriott Hotel Lima



Delfin Amazon Cruises


LimaTours is a proud

founding member

of APEGA - Peru's


Association and the

organiser of Mistura.

Christian Declercq


Pacaya Samiria was declared

National Reserve in 1982. It has an

extention of 2’080,000 hectares

and it is the second largest protected

area in Peru.

The reserve is the habitat of about

1,025 species of fauna, some

threatened, such as the Black

Caiman (Melanosuchus niger), the

Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus

inunguis), the Pink River Dolphin

(Inia geoffrensis) and the Jaguar

(Panthera onca).

Get the best of both worlds

in Pacaya Samiria

Unique biodiversity and a luxury cruise

with Delfin Amazon Cruises

The Pacaya Samiria Protected Area is in Loreto,

in the Peruvian jungle and is the dream of all

naturalists and lovers of biodiversity. Can you

imagine sailing on its rivers in a luxury cruiser

outfitted in exquisite luxury?

Now you can spend several days experiencing the

Amazon jungle itself, where trees and sky are reflected

in the deep dark water, in magnificent cruise

liners. They bring travellers close to the immensity

and passion of nature, but without relinquishing

comfort or safety.

The luxurious ships Delfin I and Delfin II include sophisticated

and exclusive suites with jacuzzi and panoramic

views of the river. The cruise also includes

massage services, gourmet lunch and dinner and a

bar open all day, as well as activities such as fishing

for piranhas, walks in the forest and visits to local

communities. The experience is unforgettable and

heart-warming. Just the escape you need.

Mistura, the fair

that changed everything

Join the feast: September 2017

Who hasn’t heard of Mistura? The huge food fair that

started with the idea of reviving Peru’s traditional

dishes and encouraging Peruvian cooks and products, is

now in its ninth year (2016) and has attracted more than

one hundred thousand people in this time.

Why the euphoria? Because it is a festival of flavours and

aromas, because more than two hundred farmers from

all over the country sell their produce directly to the public,

and because it has good food and drink and an opportunity

to learn about the whole country in one place.

There are also talks and conferences on regional cooking,

areas dedicated to pisco and artisanal beer, street

food, dancing and concerts.

It is also important to note that Mistura is a platform for

promoting competitions such as the Teresa Izquierdo Prize

for local soup kitchens, as well as other subjects related

to gastronomy. For example, last year concentrated

on biodiversity and nutrition with acts to raise awareness

of the importance of caring for the environment and natural




Find your own

“El Dorado”... and silverado too

It’s easy, fine craftsmanship abounds

Peru has an ancient tradition of silversmithing that goes back to pre-Hispanic times. The colours, shapes and

patterns used in metalwork describe the identity, origin and history of the ancient inhabitants of Peru. This

tradition of producing skilled and beautiful work in gold and silver continues today, and hand-made pieces include

typical filigree work from Catacaos (Piura) and contemporary designs with simple and delicate lines in 18

carat gold and sterling silver. There are many places where you can acquire jewellery in Peru, fine handiwork to

take home with you as part of the country’s history and tradition.


Renzo Giraldo / PROMPERU

Luis Gamero / PROMPERU

Discover Kuelap,

the “city in the clouds”

And now you can get there

in a new cable car

Amazonas, in Peru’s northeast, is the land of the

Chachapoyas culture, one of the country’s most

important, and the location of Kuelap. This fortress,

at an altitude of 3000 m.a.s.l., is in a very rugged area

and at present can only be reached on foot.

But this will change in October 2016 with the completion

of an aerial cableway capable of carrying up

to 500 people in 20 minutes in 26 gondolas, from the

village of Tingo (on foot the journey takes two to three

hours). It will be like flying over this spectacular zone:

the fort was built by the Chachapoyas and is protected

by an eight-metre wall. It is a stone citadel decorated

with anthropomorphic figures and animals carved

in stone and demonstrates the ability of the ancient

inhabitants to adapt to and live in harmony with their


The territory includes rugged mountains, cloud forests,

fast-flowing rivers and unexpected bogs. To get

there you first have to go to the town of Chachapoyas,

which can be reached by air or road from Lima;

from there it takes a further two hours to get to Tingo.


Chachapoyas, capital of

Amazonas, is one of the

oldest and best preserved

cities of the viceregal period.

Its ancient buildings with

their tiled roofs, balconies

and interior courtyards are

surrounded by gardens and

smallholdings. One example:

la Casona Monsante, which

contains orchids and more

than 1500 exotic plants from

the region.



The trek to Salkantay, a mountain rising to

6271 m.a.s.l. in the Vilcabamba Range (Cusco),

is not an easy undertaking. Nevertheless the

experience is so intense that anyone who has

the physical strength, the desire and the time

available, should add it to their itinerary.

You leave Cusco for the village of Mollepata and

from there to Cruz Pata and Soraypampa (3850

m.a.s.l.) The route to Pampa Salkantay is more

arduous and passes close to Mount Humantay

before reaching the highest point: the Salkantay-

Humantay pass, at 4500 m.a.s.l., from which

some imposing glaciers can be seen.

Here, by Lake Humantay, is where a traditional

ritual of thanks to the gods takes place. The tribute

to Mother Earth is the responsibility of the

community of Quero, a village near to Ausangate,

which is considered the last bastion of the

Incas and is part of the Cultural Heritage of Peru.

The people of Queros have chosen to maintain

the culture, farming techniques and customs of

the Inca Empire up to the present day.

The descent to Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes

—now Machu Picchu Pueblo— begins at

last, for a visit to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Ana Paula Albin

Take part in a spiritual

ceremony of an offering

to the Pachamama*

With the Queros in Salkantay

*Mother Earth







The best time to do the trek is between

May and October, in the dry season.

The coldest month to do it is June. The

clothes should be for sierra weather: there

is heat during the day and cold at night.

Do not forget basics like headache pills

(altitude sickness) and band aids, as well

as sunglasses, sun block and hat. The high

sun burns.

If you are going to visit communities and

want to support them in some way, you

can carry notebooks, pencils and colors for



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60 years

growing with

tourism in


Interview with its


Carlos Alberto



How did LimaTours start? Tell us a little

about its history.

At the beginning of the nineteen fifties, our

founder Eduardo R. Arrarte was working as

a flight assistant with Pan American - Grace

Airways (Panagra). During that time he found

himself giving advice and suggestions to the

growing number of visitors from the United

States flying to Lima, who had made no preparations

for their visit.

In 1956 when he was 32, with four small children

at home —I was two at the time— and

encouraged by my mother, my father decided

to leave the airline and start his own business

offering tour and guide services to the

“first tourists” to come to Lima, hence the

company’s name: LimaTours.

Centre: Carlos Alberto Arrarte,

Chairman of the Board of LimaTours.

From left to right: Jose Pedraza, Managing

Director; Gustavo Moreno, IT Manager; Miluska

Galdo, East USA/Canada Regional Manager;

Suzanne Torres, Manager of Field Operations;

Sandra Barrios, West USA/Canada Regional

Manager; Neptali Franco, Resources and Field

Operations Director;

Gerardo Sugay, Marketing

Manager; Francois Morin, HBG Global Brands and

New Business Director.

Absent: Ronald Vera, Latin America, Spain, Italy

And Portugal Regional Manager (on a sales visit

to Spain and Portugal); and Cynthia Zagazeta,

Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific Regional Manager

(on a sales visit to Germany).



Furthermore, Eduardo R. Arrarte became a leading

figure in the expanding international tourism industry. He

founded and/or headed the following organisations: South

American Travel Organization (SATO), the Confederation

of Travel Organisations in Latin America (COTAL) and

the Universal Federation of Travel Agents Associations



Eduardo R. Arrarte,


of LimaTours


A family company,

the 1980s.


First fleet of buses.


First office in Cusco.

Opposite page:

First office in Lima.

The first office was strategically located very close to

the Gran Bolivar Hotel in the heart of Lima’s historic

centre, where most of the future clients would stay.

The hotel receptionists were the first “strategic partners”

of the company; they referred Eduardo and his

team to the guests. At that time they would offer a

visit to Lima, an excursion to the historic sanctuary

of Pachacamac that included an alfresco lunch, or an

evening tour with a gourmet dinner at Trece Monedas.

Visitors could choose any combination of these three

activities, or simply hire a car and guide by the hour. All

private and using black Cadillac limousines. The more

adventurous clients could acquire a three-day package

involving two nights in Cusco and Machu Picchu,

subcontracted by the company from a local operator.

What has LimaTours as the leading tour operator

meant for the development of tourism in Peru?

The nineteen sixties brought more flights, more tourists

from the United States and more hotels in Lima. Cusco

and Machu Picchu became the main attractions in

Peru and South America. The River Amazon and the

tropical jungle welcomed the first “eco-tourists”. Travel

agents in the United States became our principal partners

for promoting tourism to Peru. LimaTours helped

tourism in Peru to grow by opening offices in Cusco

and Machu Picchu, investing in “Amazon Cruises” and

“Explorama Tours” in the Amazon region.

At the same time Peruvians started to travel abroad

on business and on holiday; so the company opened

an outbound travel division to serve this growing demand.

By the end of the decade LimaTours was firmly

established as Peru’s leading tour operator and travel


The nineteen seventies saw the expansion of the

European market and consolidation of the Southern

Circuit, which included Cusco, Machu Picchu and

the Sacred Valley, Nasca and Paracas, Arequipa and

Colca, Puno and Lake Titicaca, Puerto Maldonado

and Tambopata National Reserve, as well as Lima. LimaTours

was the pioneer of land programmes of the

Southern Circuit sought after by tourists from France,

Germany and Italy; so it opened offices in Arequipa

and Puno to serve the increasing demand. The Hotel

Plaza in Lima was built by the company for European

visitors. Wholesale tour operators in the United States

and Europe became key partners in the development

of tourism in Peru.

When did the next generation join the company?

The nineteen eighties saw rapid changes and high growth

in LimaTours: a new building for a modern head office; a

new fleet of German-made Mercedes-Benz with buses,

minibuses, vans and limousines deployed throughout the

country; improvements in client service and facilities nationwide;

improvements in client-partner marketing and

sales support. At the same time it opened sales offices

in the United States and Europe; developed specialised

services to cater to the cruise and incentive segments,

as well as pioneering initiatives for the conservation of

our cultural heritage through tourism. At that time, during

the eighties, my siblings and I, “the second generation of

Arrartes”, reached senior management positions in the

family firm and leading roles in Peru´s travel industry.

The end of the eighties and early nineties were difficult.

Social and political strife throughout the country, as well

as health and safety problems in Lima discouraged tour

operators all over the world from promoting tourism to

Peru. LimaTours went through a process of down-sizing

and divesting. In the second half of the nineteen nineties,

Peru’s government returned the country to stability and

prosperity. Tourism rebounded quickly and with renewed




on the 5th anniversary of



Eduardo R. Arrarte,

president of SATO.

vigour and by the start of the new century the company

was once again financially solid and commercially


The new millennium brought renewal and evolution

for LimaTours. After the nineteen nineties and the

negative impact of the 9/11 attacks, our vertically integrated

operating model was changed to a lighter

structure with a more nimble and flexible organisation.

The growth of our traditional business in the mature

markets of the United States and Europe was complemented

and diversified by the emerging markets of

Latin America and Asia. We became the tour operator

of choice in Peru for the growing cruise and LGBT


We supported efforts by PromPeru to increase the

number of tourism products in Peru by promoting the

Northern Circuit, which includes Caral and Chavin,

the Moche Route, Kuelap and Chachapoyas, and the

beaches of Piura and Tumbes. We developed new

cruise programmes on the River Amazon and Lake

Titicaca, as well as an exclusive itinerary around Peru

with private aircraft. The LimaTours Foundation was

created to steward our many corporate social responsibility

- CSR activities.

For our 50th anniversary in 2006, we conducted a

campaign to inspire and empower all the members of

the organisation and to infuse our strategic partners,

clients and suppliers with the spirit of our founder, his

passion for Peru and his commitment to quality, vocation

for service, creative thinking, long-term vision,

fair trading and responsible leadership. It was a very

successful exercise. In subsequent years, LimaTours

multiplied its sales volume and income; it earned international

certifications for quality, health and safety,

social responsibility and environmental sustainability;

the company was selected as a Great Place to Work

in Peru for five years and won the Creativity Award four

times, with new products such as the Peru Collection,

“Wings Over Peru”, PeruGourmet and “Ultimate


Today the company is part of an international

group. How has this process come about?

The second decade of the 21st Century brought

changes in the company’s ownership and a more

global view of how to do business. We have maintained

our values and our specialist role as “your office

in Peru”. LimaTours is now owned by the Hotelbeds

Group HBG, part of its Destination Services division,

which includes leading tour operators in nearly fifty of

the world’s most attractive destinations. In addition

to the complete range of tourism services provided

under our own commercial name as LimaTours, we

are now the Peruvian operators of HBG’s specialist

brands: Pacific World for MICE; Intercruises for cruise

and port services and PureQuest for adventure tourism.

Sharing best practices and combining the resources

of the HBG global organisation gives LimaTours competitive

advantages and unique opportunities for supporting

our partners and clients throughout the world,

thus mutually strengthening our businesses. Good

examples of this are our recent investments in expedition

vessels and adventure equipment on the Amazon

and in the Andes respectively, as well as our on-line

platform for real-time management of client relations,

bookings and inventory control, which we call “Aurora”.

What is the company’s vision for tourism in Peru?

Peru is, perhaps, the richest country in the world. This

has become our mantra after sixty years of exploring

its magnificent geography, discovering its unique wonders

and learning about its ancient cultures, interacting

with its generous and hospitable people, enjoying

its cuisine, admiring its traditional arts and crafts and

taking part in its lively fiestas. Sharing all of this with

thousands of visitors from all over the world is most

gratifying. When these visitors placed in our care tell

us about their “transforming experiences”, their “spiritual

encounters”, their “incredible adventures”, or that

their trip was “fantastic” or “the best vacations ever”,

we know we are doing things the right way.

We know at first hand the impact Peru’s riches have

on visitors and, therefore, the potential our country has

to become one of the world’s most desirable destinations

for the most demanding travellers. To get there

we need to complement our excellent attractions with

superior services. And we are busy doing just that: the

public sector and private companies, local and foreign

investors, small companies and international businesses;

all are improving the level of quality, innovation,

creativity and competitiveness of “the Peru travel

product”. And it’s working. The number of visitors to

Peru continues to grow faster than the global average;

length of stay and average daily spending continue to

improve; repeat visits by people from neighbouring

markets are increasing. We are winning global and

regional awards with our cities and destinations, as

well as with our hotels, restaurants, airports, airlines,

trains, cruises, tour operators and guides.

Our new government has declared tourism to be a

“priority industry” for Peru’s strategic development,

with a view to the bicentenary of the country’s independence

in 2021. The new international airport in

Cusco, the expansion of the Lima airport, improvements

to access and the visitor experience at Machu

Picchu, the new cable car service at Kuelap —with

another planned for Choquequirao—, the new Lima

Convention Centre, improvements to the country’s

road system and the promotion of new investment vehicles

such as public-private partnerships (PPP) and

Works for Taxes (WxT) will benefit and contribute to

the development of incoming and domestic tourism.

The private sector is complementing this expansion

with new hotels and cruise ships, new airlines and

regional routes, new products and improved services

that will attract and exceed the expectations of the

most demanding travellers. And all of this is taking

place while complying with the best current practices

and standards for sustainable development, social

responsibility, care for the environment, inclusion of

rural communities and fair trade. We seek to maximise

the benefits of tourism in Peru and at the same

time minimise the foot print that increased numbers of

tourists leave on mature destinations.

We are optimistic about the future of tourism in Peru

and we see our destination as a world leader and a

model to be emulated.


LimaTours personnel in the

Plaza San Martin, 1971


LimaTours, tourism pioneers in

the Amazon. ​



at a time; our partners throughout the world, who

share our passion for Peru and all things Peruvian;

our suppliers and the “cast of characters” who help

us make magic in Peru. All of us involved directly or

indirectly in tourism in Peru believe that this is the

perfect industry to drive our nation’s development: it

is sustainable, it creates jobs and generates foreign

currency, it cements national identity and self-esteem

among the population and promotes peace and

understanding between different cultures.


LimaTours trip 2015. The

whole staff go to a different

destination in Peru every year.


Rural community tourism

programme in Huilloc -

the LimaTours Foundation.

Opposite page:

50th anniversary celebration,


What is most gratifying to you about being part

of LimaTours and tourism in Peru?

What I, personally, find most gratifying about working

in LimaTours and tourism in Peru is the incredible

privilege we have of being able to improve people’s

lives and make them happier and enrich them: the

visitors in our care, who enjoy great vacations in this

marvellous part of the world and frequently have

“transforming experiences”; our collaborators, who

grow personally and professionally more fulfilled by

designing and managing these experiences one guest

LimaTours is the pioneering company in Peruvian

tourism. Sixty years on, what new projects

and plans do you have?

“The best of LimaTours is always in our future”. Our

founder liked to say that. Thus, whilst at present our

history and reputation make us an “established and

blue-chip” company, our entrepreneurial spirit and

innovative culture keep us acting like a “young startup”.

We think of LimaTours as a design studio curating

bespoke experiences for visitors, or an R&D (research

and development) laboratory for dream vacations,

rather than just a tour operator. Creativity and

innovation are in our DNA, as are our four fundamental

corporate values: liberty, initiative, transparency and

originality. “Changing the game and re-inventing

ourselves” is what we do best, as well as making our

guests happy and being the best partners in Peru for

clients throughout the world.

New plans and projects

-Construction of two new vessels: a luxury small ship for Amazon

expedition cruising and a fast boat with a supplementary oxygen

system for trips on Lake Titicaca.

-New adventure programmes with luxury mobile camps for the

Qhapaq Ñan (Inca Trail) and the Moche Route.

-New minibuses and vans in Lima and Cusco for family and small

groups touring.

-Expansion of our bookings management platform Aurora,

including dynamic packaging and pricing.

-A new office in Trujillo to manage the growing demand for tours

and cruises on the Northern Circuit.

-Through the LimaTours Foundation, and as founder members

of TurismoCuida, we have built an alliance with the Municipality

of Ollantaytambo to design and implement a 5-year sustainable

tourism development plan known as the “Plan Wallata”.


Cusco Restaurants

You don’t have to be an astronaut to

eat “super foods”

Come to Cusco Restaurants where

we have them all

Surf the longest wave

in the world

Chicama: 7º 42’ 14.4” S / 79º 27’ 3.599” O

Chicama beach in northern Peru (province of Ascope, La Libertad) produces the

longest wave in the world. It is a left-hander nearly two kilometres long and 2.5

metres high. It breaks when the tide is high and it runs south or south west. You

can ride it for more than three minutes if you’ve got the strength.

Expert surfers say that the beach has other waves, such as Mal Paso, with a

height of up to five metres. This is a paradise for surfers; as well as holiday cabins,

alternative accommodation and even specialist hotels with all conveniences that

enable you to disconnect from the world and lose yourself in the peace and silence.

On top of that, there is good fresh seafood prepared while you wait.

Beto Santillan

Peru has surfing suitable for everyone

from beginners to skilled surfers.

PureQuest Adventures organises

specialist tours throughout the year to

northern Peru, including the legendary

waves at Chicama and also worldclass

waves at Pacasmayo, which

average 300 to 500 metres on normal

days, in addition to the breaking points

at Puemape and reliable waves at

Huanchaco, perfect for all skill levels.



The Cusco Restaurants

chain has 7 outlets providing

exquisite dishes based on


All of these items, raw or

processed for transport, can

be bought in markets, organic

farmers and supermarkets.

Thanks to its variety of ecosystems —84 of the 117 recognised ones in the world— Peru possesses enviable

biodiversity and is considered one of the ten major megadiverse countries. New species are being

discovered every day and we are a major provider of genetic resources for domesticated plants. Indeed, Peru

has many seed banks containing seeds dating from ancient times.

Thanks to this diversity, Peru is considered the cradle of the most important superfoods, those with concentrations

of natural properties and nutrients that are highly beneficial to health. For example, cereals and

pseudocereals such as quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), rich in proteins and low in fat and used by NASA as

part of its astronauts’ rations; kiwicha (Amaranthus caudatus), a source of vitamins and minerals used as

flour in baking and confectionery; and kañihua (Chenopodium pallidicaule), a cereal containing a high level

of protein. There are also root crops such as maca (Lepidium meyenii), tubers such as yacon (Smallanthus

sonchifolius) and mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum), and fruit like camu camu (Myrciaria dubia), native to the

Peruvian Amazon, which contains up to 3 grams of vitamin C in each 100 grams, almost forty times more

than in oranges.



Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center

CERTIFICAtIoN criteria

The Westin Lima has been awarded

certificates for:

- Practices on the land on which the

property is built.

- Efficiency in water use and management.

- Optimisation of energy use and minimal


- Materials and waste management.

- Interior environment quality.

- Innovation in design and processes.

Work, meet or relax

in Latin America’s

most sustainable hotel

The Westin Lima

The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center is a guarantee of comfort and enjoyment. An extension

of this concept involves the environment and now that we are partners in its care we

can feel in an even better mood. Because the Westin holds a LEED EB: OM (Existing Buildings:

Operation & Maintenance) certificate granted by the Green Building Council in the United States

to existing buildings that employ environmentally friendly operating and maintenance practices.

The company has only 16 hotels in the world and this is the only one in South America; it also

obtained the highest score in the certification process of any in Latin America. This distinguishes

key aspects of its commitment to reduce environmental impacts and increase comfort for its


The complete experience also includes a visit to the relaxing spa, the renowned Maras restaurant

headed by chef Rafael Piqueras and the new El Salar bar, a comfortable meeting place with a

comprehensive cocktail list.

Would you like to discover Machu Picchu?

Winding through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, deep into the heart of Peru´s

ancient past, Inca Rail transports travelers in complete comfort and harmony to

magnificent Machu Picchu. Offering four levels of service and eight daily trips

between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, Inca Rail is a luxurious way to enjoy

the 1.5 hour excursion. Spacious seats, panoramic views, UV-protected windows,

air conditioning, fine Peruvian cuisine and impeccable service await travelers.


La dolce vita,

every day of the year in Piura

Vichayito Bungalows & Carpas by Aranwa

Christian Declercq

The north of Peru has some of the country’s finest beaches. Near to Mancora and Los Organos, very popular

and accessible beaches (Piura), there is an oasis of peace and tranquillity called Vichayito, where the sand

is fine and the waves tranquil.

There is also a magic place called Vichayito Bungalows & Carpas by Aranwa, which invites you to enjoy romantic

sunsets and delicious food made from fresh local ingredients. Its bungalows and Bedouin tents are unique

in Peru, on the shore of the turquoise, palm-fringed Pacific. Every facility is provided, even private terraces

with hammocks. In addition to the beach bar, restaurant and an excellent swimming pool, K’oral Spa provides

treatments using products made from local ingredients, making full use of the synergy of nature and wellness.

Christian Declercq

Treat yourself on the

Inca Trail

Champagne, massages, haute cuisine

and hot water: everything is possible

In the 1990's, at the request of a Virtuoso

Adventure Specialist, LimaTours operated the

first luxury Inca Trail hiking programme to

Machu Picchu, including gourmet cooking,

massages, hot-water showers, chilled

champagne and personal coca leaf reading

sessions with a master Andean shaman. Today,

under our PureQuest active travel brand, we

continue to provide life-changing experiences for

those avid adventurers who wish to go over the

top, when hiking to the top.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is not an easy trip;

with each step you discover what your body is capable

of while marvelling at the wonders created by nature

and by our own ancestors.

This route, which once linked Cusco and Machu Picchu,

can be traversed in four days and three nights or

three days and two nights, but is much better if you

choose one of the luxury options in which all you have

to do is walk and enjoy the flowers and wildlife.

The trail’s 40 kilometres contain significant climbs and

descents, as well as stairs and bridges. You walk by

day and at spend the night at specially prepared camp

sites in insulated tents provided with comfortable sleeping


But the luxury doesn’t stop there. The food is gourmet

too, prepared by a private chef, and there is a masseur

to help walkers relax before or after a hot shower at the

end of the day. To drink there is everything from water

to champagne for a toast at the end of a good walk.



Dickens Rondan / PROMPERU

Three Peruvian cities have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Those that

have maintained their colonial heritage despite the passage of time and natural disasters.

Arequipa has another interesting historic centre, one of the best preserved in the country

and one where colonial relics can be found on every street: interior courtyards with gardens,

balconies and small squares. Founded on the 15th of August 1540 at the foot of the Misti

volcano, it was built from sillar and the architectural style of the religious buildings in its historic

centre has local and European echoes.

Cusco is another city with colonial-style buildings intermingled with ancient vestiges of the

Inca Empire. The Main Square is dominated by the cathedral and the El Triunfo, Sagrada

Familia and Jesuit churches. It is lined by stone colonnades topped by suggestive balconies.

Lima, the coastal capital, has kept its old town houses and other buildings open to the public.

From public spaces such as the Main Square to churches like the cathedral and San

Francisco, as well as palaces like Torre Tagle and the Casa de Aliaga.

The Historical Centre

of Lima was declared

Worl Heritage by

UNESCO in 1968 due to

the work done by the

Lima Trust, a non-profit

organization created

and presided at that

moment by Eduardo

Arrarte, founder of


Yes it's possible. Although

the route is arduous

and highly specialised,

expeditions led by experts

are available. The minimum

duration is seven days

and we recommend doing

this between May and


Temperatures vary between

–10 and –4 °C, so it is not

for everyone, although the

adventure is tempting.

More accessible is the

route through Huascaran

National Park, which can be

completed in a day.

Climb Huascaran

The highest tropical mountain in the world

Nature sometimes defies all logic with surprises that leave us speechless. Huascaran, the highest

tropical mountain in the world, located in the Cordillera Blanca (Ancash) is one such case.

It has three summits: the north summit is 6655 m.a.s.l., the south 6768 m.a.s.l. -the highest point in

Peru and in any intertropical zone- and Chopicalqui to the east is 6354 m.a.s.l.

Legend has it that Huascaran was a woman consumed with jealousy because her husband abandoned

her for another who was a better cook, so she castrated him and fled with her two children.

When they stopped to rest, the family was turned into the Cordillera Blanca and their tears into the

rivers Santa and Marañon.

Huascaran National Park, which surrounds the mountain, contains an impressive diversity of flora and

fauna. The intertropical zone that includes the park and mountain is home to an abundance of species:

there are approximately 779 species of flora in 340 genera and 104 families; as well as around

120 species of birds and 10 of mammals.

Stroll around the historic centres

of Arequipa, Cusco y Lima

Three World Heritage Sites,

and each one original

Christian Declercq



Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis).

Stay in Cusco’s best hotel*

The JW Marriott El Convento

*CondéNast Traveler, Nov. 2016

The JW Marriott Hotel El Convento, besides being the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, holds within its walls

the secrets of this ancient civilization. Designed around a colonial convent, it has archaeological exhibition

halls; in them, remains of Inca buildings that were found during the excavation works are shown, highlighting the

overlapping of cultures in the city is. Guests may choose between 153 rooms, including seven suites, all equipped

with supplemental oxygen system for maximum comfort. The hotel offers luxurious facilities including an exclusive

spa - relaxation pool, dry sauna and steam chamber-, gallery, boardroom and “Quespi” its fine restaurant where

delicacies prepared with local ingredients are served.

Talking about the jungle, and specifically about the Tambopata National Reserve, is to talk about life itself. The area,

located in the department of Madre de Dios, contains possibly the greatest biodiversity on earth, housing more

than 10,000 species of plants, mammals, birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles in an area of 274, 690 hectares.

Tambopata is a destination to be in contact with nature, explore its forests, browse their wide rivers, enjoy its rains and

its gastronomy. Tambopata Research Center, which began as headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian

nature and wildlife, is the most remote lodge in the Amazon and allows visitors to see monkeys, various types of

birds, insects and even jaguars. It has only 18 rooms built with local materials and a unique infrastructure that will

allow you to blend in with the environment from comfort, making your time in the jungle a real venture into the heart

of the biosphere.

The most diverse

national park in the world?

Stay at the Tambopata Research Center

and see for yourself

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Christian Declercq



Try Andean meats

Healthy, tasty, and now sophisticated

the guinea pig,

flavour with a


Guinea pigs have become

a good business for the

country women who rear

them, enabling them to

support their families

and contribute to their

communities. Particularly

now that their meat is

considered a delicacy in

sophisticated restaurants

listed as some of the best in

the world.

If you like meat and visit Peru without trying a good cuy chactado, llama charqui or alpaca anticuchos, then

you have sinned! These tasty and traditional meats are also healthy and were an important part of the diet

of our ancestors. Although alpaca is not widely sold, it is very popular in Cusco and Puno. Recommended

for its low fat content, it can be used in pesque, fried or in a good roast. On the Andean plateau, llama meat

is usually dried in the sun to preserve it. To this day it is an important source of protein. You should also

try olluco with charqui and rice, a nourishing daily classic. Guinea pig has a delicate flavour —something

between rabbit and chicken— has very little fat and is highly nutritious.

Different areas prepare it differently, and in each town the chactado or stew is distinctive. Today you can find

it on the menus of the most exclusive restaurants, although in its classic form it is served whole, head, teeth

and all, and at the end of the meal there’s nothing left.

Luis Gamero / PROMPERU

Visit the Royal Tombs

of Sipan Museum

In private with the curator himself

In 1997 archaeologist Walter Alva discovered the

tomb of the Lord of Sipan, an ancient ruler of the

Moche Culture (3rd Century B.C.) This discovery was

a landmark in American archaeology as it was the first

time a royal burial from a civilisation that pre-dated the

Incas had been found complete and undisturbed.

Located in the village of Sipan, Chiclayo, everything

found in the tomb is now in the Royal Tombs Museum.

And here’s the good part: Walter Alva himself takes

private visitors round the museum’s displays.

The museum was built in the Province of Lambayeque

and opened in 2002. It was inspired by the ancient

truncated pyramids of the Moche civilisation and holds

more than two thousand gold artefacts. In centre place

is the Lord of Sipan with his warrior’s clothing, the

burial chamber with its eight accompanying skeletons

and around thirty human sculptures representing the

sovereign’s political retinue.

It is a faithful reconstruction of the royal court of a Moche

warrior king and his entourage. The discoverer,

Walter Alva, will answer any questions you may have

during the visit.

LimaTours was a sponsor

in Walter Alva's excavation

project that led to the

discovery of the Lords of

Sipan treasure, featured in a

special National Geographic

Magazine issue and

beautifully showcased in a

state-of-the-art museum

in Lambayeque, in Peru's

northern coast, as part of

what is now known as the

"Moche Route".

Chullpi Mapi




Wings Over Peru

See the best of Peru in 9 days

by private aircraft


as you

LimaTours earned

top prize at the 2006

National Business

Creativity Awards for

the "Wings over Peru"

programme, which was

launched in celebration

of the company's Golden

Jubilee. LimaTours has

won five such awards

for business creativity

and product innovation

in the last 10 years.

This is probably the most luxurious and independent

way of getting to know Peru: a private aircraft that

enables you to overfly some of the country’s treasures,

such as the sacred city of Caral or Huascaran National


The route starts in Lima with a tour of the city and the

Larco Museum -one of Lima’s most important- which

has more than forty five thousand items from Peru’s

pre-Hispanic past. After this is a visit to a typical country

hacienda to see Peruvian paso horses followed

by dinner in the Casa de Aliaga. The next stage is the

north: Trujillo and Chiclayo, two of the most important

cities and home to the Moche tradition.

The fourth stop is in Arequipa, the white city, with

its colonial and republican-era mansions and its superb

food. On the way you overfly the Valley of the

Volcanoes and Colca Canyon. Then it’s time to go to

Cusco: the city itself, the Sacred Valley and Machu

Picchu, as well as unforgettable experiences such as

canoeing and lunches in old country houses.

The nine-day tour ends in Nasca, south of Lima, where

you will fly over the impressive Nasca lines in the

middle of the desert.

Pilar Olivares / PROMPERU


Imagine flying to Peru or any destination, at any time, in a private and confortable plane with premium

on-board services, without the risk of losing your flight and avoiding unnecessary delays.

“You decide when and where, the rest leave it in our hands”

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The items decorating Hotel B are from

the collections of Susana and Lucia de

la Puente and the Lucia de la Puente


The small terrace bar of Hotel B is one

of the most desirable spots in Lima.

Agreeable and with a view of Paseo

Saenz Peña, it is calm and a perfect

place for intimate conversation.

Tea is served every day in the library

from four to six in the afternoon. This

leads directly onto the inner terrace,

decorated with jasmine and fig trees.

Experience Barranco`s

cool vibes in style

In the arts boutique Hotel B

El Hotel B is the first arts boutique hotel in Lima and one of the ten best in South America according

to Travel + Leisure magazine. A space in the capital’s bohemian district of Barranco, with its

restaurants, galleries, cafés and fashionable bars.

The building is the old summer residence of the Garcia Bedoya family, designed by French architect

Calude Sahut and up to a few years ago had been completely abandoned. Today, the seventeenroom

residence (dating from 1914) is a prime example of a mansion from the Belle Époque.

Architect David Mutal was responsible for the remodelling work. He found it to be in a ruinous state

but managed to recover certain materials such as old marble floors, columns and pine beams.

The result is a singular hotel with an atmosphere redolent of times past: large rooms with picture

windows that let in plenty of natural light and a terrace exclusive for guests, as well as symmetry in

design and a great art collection. You’ll have an unforgettable stay: close to art, good food and sea


Hotel B

Front row seats

to see condors in flight?

Colca is your ticket

Nowhere in Peru is better for watching condors in flight than the Colca Canyon.

This impressive bird, with its black plumage and white neck, takes wing

early in the morning displaying itself to watching admirers.

The Colca is the fifth deepest canyon in the world at 3200 metres, after the Cotahuasi

Canyon and the principal vantage point in the valley is Cruz del Condor,

where you can see condors flying down from the mountains to the sea every


You need at least three days for a visit to Colca: to enjoy its enchanting villages,

each with its own special characteristics. For example Chivay is the starting

point for the trip, where you decide whether you are going to take the left or

right bank of the River Colca. On the right bank are Coporaque, Ichupampa,

Lari and Madrigal; while Yanque, Achoma, Maca, Pinchollo, Cabanaconde and

Tapay are on the left. To the north east an unmade road leads to the villages of

Tuti, Callalli and Sibayo.

Rodrigo Cabrera

Embroidery from Colca

is famous throughout

the country for its colour

and beautiful finish.

The villages of the Colca

give the traveler the

chance to live the simple

country life through

community experiences

with lodgings and meals.



Dilmar Gamero

Celebrate Peru’s

traditional festivities

with us

Religion festivals are celebrated in Peru like nowhere else. In Puno enjoy the Virgen

de la Candelaria Festival considered to be the largest celebration in America and

a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Event, in which dance groups from all over

the country parade and compete. Take part in the solemn procession of the “Señor

de los Milagros”, whose image, painted in the 16th Century, is kept in the church of

Las Nazarenas in Lima; a replica has been carried through the streets of the city in

October since 1687. You can also join one of the more traditional Andean religious

pilgrimages: Qoyllorit´i, which is a gruelling trek to the sanctuary of the religious image

and takes place between May and June (4600 m.a.s.l., Cusco) on Mount Sinakara,

during which dancers and singers pass around fourteen crosses. Celebrate

the “fiesta of Paucartambo”, also in Cusco, dedicated to the Virgin of Carmen. The

fiesta is a homage to “Mamacha Carmen”, to ask for her protection and blessing and

is held from the 15th to the 18th of July in the colonial-era town of Paucartambo.

Michael Tweddle

Christian Declercq

Walter Silvera / PROMPERU


MILAGROS: what’s



Festivals and processions attract

people, and also vendors. These

celebrations are no exception to

this tradition. The first attracts

food vendors, grilling guinea pig,

beef and offal on the pavement

to go with their boiled sweetcorn

and mazamorra. The second is

associated with the traditional

dishes of the "purple month":

sweets, anticuchos made from

beef heart, picarones and Doña

Pepa turron.



Hotel La Hacienda Bahia Paracas

Combine history, nature and adventure

in Paracas Bay

Luxury, pleasure and relaxation

available at the La Hacienda Hotel

The Pisco Route, following our flagship spirit, is already an official

destination in Ica. We suggest a trip on which you will get to know

the history and manufacturing process of this famous drink, which covers

the Provinces of Ica and Chincha. During the trip you will see the

different pisco distilleries and taste their products guided by an expert.

Pisco is used to make typical Peruvian cocktails like pisco sour -our

flagship cocktail- or chilcano, which has recently increased in popularity,

each with a particular flavour. Perfect to accompany Peru’s great

food. Choose your favourite and enjoy the pisco experience.

Gihan Tubbeh / PROMPERU



The Pisco Route in Ica Region

includes various options. Horse

riding, boat trips to the Ballestas

Islands, visits to the Paracas

National Reserve, surfing, kite

surfing or kayaking, visits to

Huacachina Lake and flights over

the Nasca Lines and more.

Pisco sour

or chilcano?

You decide!



A trip to this reserve is a dream

come true: vast beaches, peace,

unending desert and culture. It is

Peru's only maritime protected area

and is the home of a unique variety

of marine fauna, as well as vestiges

of the enigmatic Paracas culture.

There are daily trips from the hotel

that include tours of the reserve, the

Ballestas Islands, the Julio C. Tello

museum and the Candelabra.

Paracas looks different today. This bay in the department of Ica, three hours from Lima,

has become a destination for pleasure, adventure and relaxation. La Hacienda Bahia

Paracas, a hotel where sea and swimming pool merge and reach even as far as the rooms,

is on the shore. Yes, you read that right, you can wake up in your small and fully-equipped

suite, go out onto the terrace and take a dip in the infinite blue waters.

The hotel's design reinterprets an old coastal hacienda and is a combination of elegance

and simplicity. Each room is carefully decorated, they have the best hotel beds we have ever

tried: soft and comfy.

All this is complemented by excellent food that uses local ingredients and fresh seafood, by

the Oceano Spa that uses materials from the coast, by the launch Hacienda, in which you

can have breakfast and take private excursions and by a museum containing around 250

pre-Hispanic items.



Bathe at the foot of an Amazon

waterfall in Gocta

When in 2006 a group of explorers, led by the German Stefan Ziemendorf was able to measure the Gocta

Waterfall, they discovered that it was one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, with over 770 meters high.

This natural wonder is located in Amazonas in northwestern Peru. The journey to reach it begins at the city of

Chachapoyas towards the village of Cocachimba; from there, a local guide takes visitors to the falls. As visitors

make their way through the humid rainforest, the notice of arrival is given by the waterfall itself, as the sound

of water against the rocks reaches the hikers. The view of the majestic fall from up close completes the experience;

the water and winds are intense but some are encouraged to blend even more with nature and take a

renewing bath.

Walter Silvera / PROMPERU

Archaeology aficionado?

Tour the Moche Route and maybe

you’ll discover a new treasure

Flor Ruiz / PROMPERU

The north of Peru contains the country’s most

impressive archaeological sites. A trip up north,

then, promises culture, but also beaches, nature

and excellent food. The Moche culture flourished in

the Moche, Chicama and Viru valleys from the 3rd to

the 8th Centuries A.D. They were the creators of the

famous portrait ceramics called “huacos retratos”

and they also built Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del

Sol, with their outstanding friezes.

The 12th to the 15th Centuries A.D. was the era

of the Chimu culture, extraordinary gold and silver

smiths and farmers. They built extensive irrigation

networks and their capital was the vast mud-brick

city of Chan Chan, the largest of its kind in pre-Hispanic

America and the second largest in the world.

The Incas conquered this area only in the 14th Century.

Many ruins remain of these cultures apart from those

already mentioned. The Lord of Sipan was discovered

in the Huaca Rajada Archaeological Complex in

Lambayeque, in 1987; the tomb of a priestess was

also discovered at San Jose de Moro, Chepen and

at the same time the El Brujo complex in Magdalena

de Cao was investigated.

the lady of CAO

The Lady of Cao merits a

special mention; a discovery

comparable to that of the Lord

of Sipan that changed our view

of history, as it was thought that

only men ruled in ancient Peru.

The Lady of Cao may have been

a governor in the theocratic

society of the River Chicama

valley. Her tomb was discovered

in the Cao Viejo burial mound,

part of the El Brujo complex in

the district of Magdalena de

Cao, 60 kilometres from Trujillo.

There is a special gallery in

which you can see her mummy

and implements found in her




Buy Peruvian folk art

We have items for all tastes

and budgets

Peru has a long tradition of ceramic and craftsmen

and carvers. Ceramic work in Peru goes back to

pre-Inca times and cultures such as the Moche achieved

high levels of skill, as can be seen from their portrait

and erotic ceramics and other items. The Moche

and other cultures displayed their cultural and religious

beliefs in their work, and this continues today in different

parts of Peru, with characteristics specific to each

region. Traditional Peruvian handicrafts especially

means the the retablos from Ayacucho —folk art containing

figures telling different stories— and the Pucara

bulls, ceramic figures in the form of a bull placed

on house roofs in certain highland villages to ensure

happiness and plenty for those within. Peruvian handicrafts

tell many stories with their colours, shapes and

designs. Unforgettable memories of your time in Peru.

Christian Declercq Christian Declercq Gihan Tubbeh / PROMPERU




The Amano museum of pre-

Columbian textiles has pieces

from the Chavin, Paracas,

Nasca, Mochica, Huari,

Sihuas, Lambayeque, Chimu,

Chancay, Chuquibamba

and Inca cultures. A gallery

also shows the whole

manufacturing process from

raw material through dyeing,

spinning and adequate choice

of loom.

Peru is grateful to


Visit the Amano Museum to find out why

The Amano Museum is one of Peru’s best-kept secrets.

It specialises in textile art and its collection

was started on the initiative of a successful Japanese

businessman called Yoshitaro Amano, who invested

most of his fortune in an attempt to protect Peru’s cultural


During his travels he acquired and preserved objects

abandoned by grave robbers in the coastal desert.

Amano was founded in 1964 as one of the first buildings

to be designed as a museum. The family was

responsible for remodelling the building almost 50

years later, modernising the museum and introducing

the latest display and conservation techniques for its

important collection of pre-Hispanic textiles.

The tour starts with a history of textiles throughout the

world, where they were made and the earliest raw materials

used. Then comes their development in Peru

and the history of the country’s various cultures. There

are 120 works of art in total. Finally, visitors have privileged

access to a store room containing more than

400 pieces showing the development of textiles by the

Chancay culture. A private guided visit lets you see

this unique Peruvian museum at leisure.

Amano Museum

Do you support sustainable

and inclusive development?

You’ll find a good example at

Posada Amazonas

Posada Amazonas is in the Puerto Maldonado jungle;

it is an enchanting project that not only offers

comfortable and adventurous lodgings, but also the

closest contact with nature.

The lodge belongs to the Ese-Eja Native Community

in Infierno, and is managed in association with Rainforest

Expeditions. Its location is simply magical: inside

the Ese-Eja Community Reserve, adjoining the Tambopata

Nature Reserve.

There are only thirty rooms surrounded by exotic marvels;

despite being close to the town of Puerto Maldonado,

Posada Amazonas enables you to penetrate

the jungle and carry out activities such as canopy

walking, with its spectacular views from thirty metres

above the forest floor.

Rainforest Expeditions



You can also visit ethno-botanical centres

and traditional clinics run by shamans,

paddleboard in the lake; take excursions

to the community’s smallholdings and help

with their daily work gathering food and

minding their crops and animals; you can

even relax in the lodge’s welfare centre. An

intense and unforgettable experience in the

Amazon jungle.




Christian Declercq

Spend the night on board of a

legendary ship on the highest

navigable lake in the world

The Yavari, Lake Titicaca

In 1862 more than 1000

crates arrived at the

port of Arica containing

the parts from which

the Yavari would be

assembled. They were

taken by rail to Tacna;

from there they were

taken by mule across

the desert and the Andes

Mountains to Puno, and in

1869 construction work


The highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca (Puno) has a well-kept secret.

Alongside the jetty of the Sonesta Posada del Inca hotel is the Yavari, a gunboat dating

from the mid 1800’s, which was ordered by the government of President Ramon Castilla

for the export trade.

Construction was entrusted to James Watt Foundry in Birmingham, England. In 1982

Englishwoman Meriel Larkin found the vessel abandoned at a pier in Puno and began the

task of restoring this marvel.

She was opened to the public in the 1990’s as Peru’s first museum ship; but today she is a

pleasant place to spend the night. Dinner is delicious and speaks of a romantic adventure.

The night is restful and unique. And when you wake up, enjoy the view from the deck and

a hot coffee made from local beans and admire the lake that seems as big as the sea on

board a ship at 3800 m.a.s.l., it’s the experience of a lifetime.

A variety of infusions and

award winning coffee in Peru

Drink them at dawn or at dusk

and you’ll understand why

Down to earth in the highlands, accustom yourself to

high altitude naturally, with a strong infusion of coca

leaves; the perfect way to recover your equilibrium and

warm you through and through. Our biodiversity makes

Peru a country with abundant natural resources. One

of these is the coca bush (Erythroxylum coca), sacred

to the ancient cultures because of its benefits for body

and spirit. It is used to restore energy, as a digestive

and analgesic, and for its curative effects. But Peru also

provides other plants, such as muña (Minthostachys

mollis), also known as “Andean mint”, a digestive

drunk like tea. And of course Peru also has some of

the world's best coffee -ever more popular thanks to

its growers. But wherever there is coffee there is also

cacao, in a wide range of varieties: cacao chuncho

from Amazonas, San Martin and white cacao from

Piura. Another drink available on street corners and

restaurants in different cities is emoliente, made from

barley, sugar, medicinal herbs and lemon juice, and

which is usually accompanied by pollen, honey and

carob syrup. Mild infusions, intensely-flavoured coffee

and hot tasty chocolate: just some of Peru's many




Not suitable for sleepwalkers

The Skylodge above the Sacred Valley

of the Incas

You can find Skylodge Adventure Suites in the Sacred Valley just

15 minutes from Ollantaytambo: it's a sort of hanging camp at

the summit of a 400 metre mountain. It's quite an adventure and to

get there you have to climb up a rock face, the face has steel hooks

embedded in it to help you and a fixed steel wire rope secures

climbers for the whole ascent. This is known as a via ferrata and the

climb takes almost four hours. When you get there you can spend

the night on the summit. What matters is a desire to get there and

comfortable clothes that do not impede your movements.

If you decide to spend the night on the mountain top, get ready to

sleep in a suspended transparent capsule that can accommodate

up to four people, where you can watch the stars and admire the

scenery until dawn. Not recommended for those who are afraid of


Natura Vive

Pachacamac is about an hour south of the capital,

Lima; a pre-Hispanic sanctuary once visited

by thousands of pilgrims during Andean rituals.

History tells us that the site was an oracle

that would predict the future, resolve doubts and

provide answers; and would even control the movement

of the earth. The fertile Pachacamac valley

is magically located close to the sea shore. From

its highest points you can see green fields and the

wide Pacific Ocean.

The sanctuary’s new site museum completes the

experience; it is organised thematically and covers

the period from the 2nd Century AD to the establishment

of the Incas in 1470. It was built in 1965 by

Arturo Jimenez Borja to preserve and display material

found in the area. Today, remodelled and refurbished

—it was one of the 7 finalists for the Mies

Crown Hall Americas Prize—, it explains why the

reasons for its existence and exhibits the main artefacts

discovered there, such as the Pachacamac

idol, the entrance curtain adorned with spondylus

shells, ceramics from the Wari period (700-1100

d.C.), Inca quipus and other items.

Christian Declercq

We recommend

our new night tour in Lima:

Pachacamac, ancient oracle and

brand new museum


at night

The existing daytime trips

to Pachacamac there will be

now night time experiences

as well. For those interested

we recommend wearing

comfortable clothes and

trainers; if you're going by day

take adequate protection (a

hat, sunglasses and sunblock)

and water and follow the

guide's instructions closely

so as not to cause damage to

the ruins.


Every hanging module is made from

aerospace alloy and high-strength

polycarbonate. They have up to four beds

with feather duvets, a dining room and

private bathroom. You enter through a

hatch in the top of the capsule, which has

six windows, four ventilation ducts and

lighting - all completely environmentally

friendly. Once inside you can take your

harness off for greater comfort.



The best open-air view in Lima

from the SkyTerrace

Reserve it exclusive to go with your partner,

your family or with a group




Ernest Hemingway came to Talara

(Piura) in 1956 looking for black

marlin, made famous in The Old Man

and the Sea. He went to Cabo Blanco

Fishing Club, where Alfred Glassell Jr.

had landed one weighing more than

700 kilos and measuring 4 metres

long. A record that stands to this day.

Hemingway caught only four marlin,

one of a little more than 300 kilos.

Do you like

big game fishing?

Cabo Blanco holds

7 world records

The 18th, 19th and 20th floors of the historic Crillon Building, a former

traditional hotel of the capital, used to be the favorite place of limeños

in the sixties and seventies to spend their evenings. Famous characters

of music, art and sport such as Maria Felix, John Wayne, Nat King Cole,

Muhammed Ali, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards stayed there. Today, these

house the LimaTours modern offices From LimaTours´ SkyTerrace, on

the 20th floor, you will enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Lima while you

enjoy delicious cocktails, the cafeteria, games area and our Zen garden,

all as a special extra within your Lima City Tour or the culinary experience

at Casa de Aliaga, to give you a fresh perspective of the city.

Cabo Blanco, in northern Peru’s

Piura Region, is a small fishing

village made famous by the writer

Ernest Hemingway, from which it

is possible to catch impressive

black marlin. It is easy to get to

and although it cannot be seen

from the highway, everyone there

knows how to get to it.

Today, Cabo Blanco is more than

just a beach popular with surfers

and holiday makers seeking peace

and tranquillity, it is also a paradise

for sports fishermen.

You can go out from the beach

itself in small boats with local

fishermen acting as guides, but

there are also ambitious projects

including fleets of deep-sea launches

and jetties.




Get an adrenaline rush

on the highest dunes

in South America, in Ica

Surfing over the sand dunes is something you have to do at least once

in your life. Freedom, the wind in your face and the sensation of letting

go is indescribable. And all around: nothing but desert and peace. Surfing

Duna Grande or Cerro Blanco, two of the highest sand dunes in South

America (Nasca, Ica Region, south of Lima) is even more exciting. Slopes

from the summit are short and gentle, inviting you to try sandboarding. But

there are some steep slopes of around a thousand metres on which you

can reach really high speeds. As well as sandboarding, sand buggies are

also available: motorised vehicles that are more comfortable but provide

Sandboard y areneros desierto

great skill to drive one.

de Ica - Cerro blanco la duna

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almost the same level of adrenaline. You don’t so much need stamina as

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As we have mentioned, you need to be in good physical

shape and have sufficient stamina for this adventure,

as the expeditions combine walking as well as

sandboarding. Although the trek is not very arduous at

first, it becomes so on the sandy slopes of the dunes.

It takes about three hours to reach the summit.

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To get to a wonder of the world

you must do it in grand style, and

Machu Picchu gives you two options:

The Inca Rail

Presidential Class

There is no better way to get to a wonder of the world than to do it in a wonderful ride. The Presidential Class

is a refined train with private wagons that hold exclusively private groups of maximum 8 people. During the

amazing journey, you can share with your companions an exquisite menu, enjoy a courtesy bottle of champagne,

free bar and the best wines of the region. The inside is elegantly decorated and has comfortable seating,

large spaces and windows that become beautiful pictures thanks to the incredible mountain scenery, vegetation

and Andean sky. Enjoying this journey with your loved ones is an experience you will always cherish.

Christian Declercq



Hiram Bingham

If you thought you had seen everything in this world,

you’ve missed this: a luxury train journey from Cusco

to Machu Picchu village and the magnificent sanctuary.

The Hiram Bingham train, named after the explorer

who “discovered” Machu Picchu, it exudes luxury

and is built in the style of English railways in the

19th Century.

The coaches have only 42 seats, their design is inspired

by coaches brought from Singapore and is similar

to those of the Orient Express that ran from Paris to

Istanbul 1833 and 1977.

The Hiram Bingham train departs every

day from Monday to Saturday. It stops

at Ollantaytambo for a few minutes. The

journey takes four hours.

You can take the outbound service, stay

for a night in the village or the sanctuary

and return the following day.

The journey includes a guide, transport

and entrance to the sanctuary, as well

as tea at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.

The experience is one of luxury at its finest: from the

views during the journey to the service, which starts

with the friendly smiles of the train crew. Beautiful details

are everywhere from art nouveau vases to embroidered

linen, glassware and crockery. The bar is

always open, with background music and musicians

playing creole rhythms to go with your chilcano or pisco


Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on the

time you board the train. Everything is tasty and as

exquisite as the journey itself. We suggest you don’t

go to sleep as this is a once in a lifetime experience.



And when you are in the sanctuary,

thank the apus, Andean gods

What you should know

Only 200 people per group can make the ascent to Huayna Picchu

(first group from 7 to 8 a.m., second group from 10 to 11 a.m.) We

recommend you reserve your place. The climb can take an hour and

a half or more for each stage, depending on your physical condition.

The largest mountain rises more than 652 metres over the Lost City

and the ascent is moderate to difficult.

The climb up Putucusi is for those in good physical shape only,

who like climbing and do not suffer from vertigo. The route is more

difficult and takes between three and four hours.

Rodrigo Cabrera

Admire the Ver beautiful Machu landscape... Picchu

desde la puerta del

Machu Picchu in Cusco attracts thousands of travellers every year. A magic sanctuary that enchants but

also radiates energy, especially at dawn from the Puerta del Sol when the light filters through the imposing


buildings that have survived for centuries.

Mountains surround the scene and one can only enjoy the silence and share a little peace. The mysticism of

Machu Picchu cannot be put into words, it has to be sensed.

Located at 2430 m.a.s.l., you have to know what to look for to understand it. Its key aspects are the main

square, the temple of the condor, Intihuatana, the three windows, the water mirrors room, the Inca’s palace, the

sacred stone and Intipunku with its panoramic view, and the climb to Huayna Picchu.

One kilometre south from Machu Picchu takes you to Puerta del Sol or Intipunku. This was probably a look-out

controlling access, due to its strategic location: it offers a view of the whole complex. It is also the entrance gate

to Machu Picchu when hiking the Inca Trail.

… or go for the triple crown

Since 1956, LimaTours has hosted

close to 1 million people from all

over the world in their visit to Machu

Picchu and helped them discover

the "Lost City of the Incas" in their

own personal way.

Chrisitan Declercq

This challenge is not for everyone; it’s for those with a

spirit of adventure and conquest, and involves scaling

three peaks: Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and

Putucusi, in the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

The sanctuary is a protected area and covers 32,592

hectares, defined by Mount Salkantay (6271 m.a.s.l.)

and Mount Veronica (5822 m.a.s.l.), and includes the

whole of the Inca Trail from km 82 on the railway linking

Cusco with Quillabamba. The whole site provides

a beautiful panoramic view. You first arrive at Machu

Picchu and then climb Huayna Picchu and Putucusi.

Huayna Picchu is the highest mountain close to Machu

Picchu and contains some interesting Inca ruins.

From there you can get to the Temple of the Moon,

one of the finest examples of masonry in the sanctuary.

Putucusi is opposite the city and it takes around two

hours to reach the summit, depending on the climber’s

physical condition. The end result is breath-taking: one

of the best vantage points in the area.



Peru is one of the countries classified as megadiverse,

and one of its treasures is the variety and quantity of its

orchids: more than 10% of the total number of species in

the world (around 30,000).

With great dedication and effort, Inkaterra Asociacion

(ITA) has built an admirable sanctuary at the Inkaterra

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. An orchid trail has been

created as a result of work carried out with the “Centro

de Investigacion y Conservacion de Machu Picchu”. You

can see 372 native species —consisting of 80 genera—

at least 15 of which are newly discovered. A number of


According to the American Orchid Society,

the Inkaterra Orchid Trail contains a world

record number of endemic species: 372.

From the world’s largest orchid,

Phragmipedium caudatum, to small species

that can be seen only with a magnifying

glass, and others new to science.


distinguished scientists and observers have already

visited the Trail. Despite our meagre knowledge of the

subject, we have visited a couple of times.

A visit when the orchids are in flower is fantastic. The most

intense colours and shapes intertwine with the rainforest

foliage and there is something new round every corner.

It is a trail to approach calmly, so as to see beauty in its

purest form. And don’t forget to take a camera.

Orchid (Telipogon koechlinorum).

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Also make time to see the

Inkaterra orchid walk.

It has 372 species!

Archaeologist and professor Sarah Parcak, winner of the 2016 TED prize, managed to explore

and discover archaeological sites from space using satellite images, analyzing them using

complex algorithms to see changes in vegetation. The project will be officially launched in

January 2017 and the first place to be investigated will be Peru, elected to begin for its incredibly

vast archaeological heritage; an opportunity for Peruvian and archeology lovers to discover and

continue searching the wonderful history of the country. Her vision is the Global Xplorer Project,

an online platform that will allow anyone to search and give notice of possible archaeological

sites and warn of damage or threats to heritage.

In coordination with

Sustainable Preservation

Initiative, sustainable

development programs

are being planned with

communities surrounding

archaeological sites, involving

the local population in the


Off the beaten track by the old Inca bridge, in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

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