The Belmond Essential Peru Tour includes some of the favorite sights and experiences Peru has to offer. From Peru’s capital city of Lima, head to the incredible archaeological capital of Cusco to visit the famed monument of Machu Picchu.

Over 6 days, the Belmond Essential Peru Tour includes a stay at the luxurious Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, a stay at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, a guided tour of Cusco city, an expedition aboard the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, and a guided tour of Machu Picchu itself. Throughout your visit, enjoy being treated to the Belmond signature first-class attentive service.

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Cusco is located in the southern Peruvian Andes and is the main tourist destination in Peru with around two million visitors each year. Cusco sits on the location of the capital for the Inka Empire, which spanned from 13th century to 1532. Because of this, the city is a mix of colonial and Inka architecture and the city itself is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as the wealth of archeology, Cusco is the base to experience a contrast to lowland Amazon Rainforest, the misty cloud forest of Manu National Park.

Manu National Park Cloud Forest

The largest National Park in Peru, Manu contains an astonishing diversity of life. Manu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains many endangered, threatened and endemic plants and animals, and also lots of species that are still unknown to science. Because of the position of Manu, which includes land on the eastern slope of the Andes, you can visit the Manu Cloud Forest and see the contrasts to lowland rainforest. Enjoy incredible Cloud Forest bird life and see different Orchids and other flowers. You may not think of bears living in the Amazon Rainforest, but the Cloud Forest offers many exceptions as you will stand a chance of seeing the only bear on the continent, the Spectacled Bears that live in these dense Andean rainforests.

Manu National park Lowland Rainforest

As well as the Manu National Park Cloud Forest, you can combine tours from Cusco to experience the lowland Manu rainforest to see beautiful Oxbow Lakes home to Giant Otters, Turtles, Caiman and many birds. The park offers a change to see Clay Licks to see Macaw Parrots and Tapir (South America’s largest land mammal), and of course the forest itself with its abundant Monkeys, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians.


Being the ancient capital of the Inkas, Cusco is full of archeological sites. Here you can visit the famous Machu Picchu, however, given the restrictions and the worries about degradation along the Inka Trail, there are alternatives. For example, behind Machu Picchu is the Cradle of Gold, built to rival its famous neighbor. You can take the Weaver’s Way to Machu Picchu as well to see Lares and the andean communities of Patacancha and Willoq.

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The hotspot in Peru is the city of Cusco located in the southern portion of the country. From Cusco, you can organise tours to see the archaeological sites of the Inkas, the main attraction being Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inka site draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to see the ancient ruins and hike the Inka Trail. However, there is much more to Peru than this site and there are even more archaeological interests, such as the Inka Cradle of Gold and Northern Kingdoms.

In addition to archaeology, Peru boasts the second largest amount of Amazon Rainforest and more species of animals and plants have been found in this region than in others. As Earth’s largest container of life, this is clearly a must see if you’re even a little bit interested in nature.

If you like Monkeys, Sloths, Macaws, Parrots and other Birds, the Amazon Rainforest should be on your list. If you would like to unwind free from the stresses of city life, a tour of the Amazon Rainforest is also recommended. You can choose budget friendly visits, such as from Puerto Maldonado, as well as luxury cruises from Iquitos. If you’re after adventure for deeper experiences of the Amazon Rainforest, you can find these tours from both Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos. We have selected some of the best tour operators to make sure you make the most of your visit. Continue To Amazon Tours >>

Protected Areas

The protected areas in Peru include the following UNESCO World Heritage listed areas:

UNESCO World Heritage listed Cultural Protected Areas:

  • Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (1986)
  • Chavin (Archaeological Site) (1985)
  • City of Cuzco (1983)
  • Historic Centre of Lima (1988)
  • Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (2000)
  • Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana (1994)
  • Sacred City of Caral-Supe (2009)
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (1983)

UNESCO World Heritage listed Natural Protected Areas:

  • Huascarán National Park (1985)
  • Manú National Park (1987)
  • Río Abiseo National Park (1990)

Complementing these areas, there are many more national parks and reserves that protect an incredible number and diversity of birds, mammals, amphibians, plants, insects and reptiles as well as offering protection for the Amazon’s remaining indigenous populations.

Other protected areas of Amazon Rainforest:

  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Loreto
  • Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Loreto
  • Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, Loreto
  • Matsés National Reserve, Loreto
  • Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Madre de Dios
  • Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios
  • Otishi National Park, Junín

Other Peruvian protected areas:

  • Paracas National Reserve, Ica
  • Lachay Hills Reserve, Lima
  • Titicaca, Puno
  • National Reserve of Pampa Galeras Barbara D’Achille, Ayacucho
  • Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, Arequipa
  • Tumbes National Reserve, Tumbes


These reserves, especially those in the Amazon Rainforest, contain an incredible diversity of wildlife. Some reserves, such as the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, protect Peru’s wild camelids, the ancestors of llamas and alpacas.

Peru is a bird enthusiast’s paradise. From the Andes to the Amazon, you can find incredible bird life. The National Bird of Peru is the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruvianus), easily seen near the Cock of the Rock Lodge on a 3D/2N tour from Cusco.

As Peru contains a large portion of the Amazon Rainforest, the country includes a large amount of Amazon wildlife, such as sloths, monkeys, macaws, giant otters, anacondas and much more, which you can see from Peru’s top Amazon Rainforest Lodges.


Peru is a hit with food lovers worldwide for its traditional and unique cuisine. If you’re even a little bit interested in sampling different foods, you will have already heard about ceviche, a dish originating in Peru consisting of raw fish drizzled with lemon, lime and spices.

Lock up your pets for the next dish, as you may not have realised that Guinea Pigs were originally bred for food and as Europeans farmed Sheep, Goats and Cows, Peruvians living in the Andes farmed Guinea Pigs known locally as cuy.

There are many other main meals to try like various beef, chicken and even alpaca dishes as well as meals centered around the potato. Potatoes originated in Peru and only a few varieties from the thousands available were exported to the rest of the world.

For dessert, again there are many varieties available like the Suspiro a la Limeña, which had its origins in the 19th Century and includes peanut and meringue flavors. Another traditional dessert from the colonial era is Frejol Colado, which is made using black or red beans, honey molasses, clove and toasted sesame seeds. The preparation varies, but usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, red wine, molasses, and brown sugar.

Of an evening, the cocktail of choice is the Pisco Sour, which has a heavy citrus, sour flavor and had its origins in Lima, Peru.


The main cities in Peru to base yourself for a Peruvian adventure are:

  • Lima: Gastronomy, culture, base for tours to other areas
  • Cusco: Machu Picchu, Cradle of Gold, Manu cloud forest
  • Puerto Maldonado: Most developed Amazon tourism industry
  • Iquito: Amazon lodges & cruises on the Amazon River
  • Cajamarca: Explore Inca history
  • Chiclayo: Explore Chachapoyas history
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South America

South America

A continent of contrasts, South America split from the African landmass and joined with North America to merge a distinct set of flora, fauna and geographical features. The South American continent is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and is the jumping off point for Antarctica to the south. After the merger with North America, the Isthmus of Panama in the north would be the land bridge by which many different animals, including humans, migrated south into this diverse continent. Welcome to South America.

South American Rainforest

The largest tract of continuous rainforest on Earth is found in South America. The Amazon is larger than the other largest rainforests, the Congo Rainforest in West Africa and the New Guinean Rainforest in Australasia, combined. This incredible forest has filled the hearts and minds of naturalists and explorers for hundreds of years and can be accessed from any one of the nine nations it crosses. For the majority of Amazon tourists, the two countries to base themselves for an Amazon Adventure are Peru and Brazil, which contain the largest portions of the rainforest, but there are lesser known adventurous alternatives…

The Brazilian Cerrado

The Brazilian Cerrado is the country’s 2nd largest habitat after the Amazon Rainforest. The Cerrado is a tropical savanna habitat that experiences a humid climate. The habitat is home to many endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. Here you will see incredible wildlife, such as Endangered Maned Wolves, Hyacinth Macaws, and tool-using Capuchin Monkeys.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal Wetlands allows a higher chance of seeing some of the Amazon Rainforest’s most sort-after wildlife, such as Jaguar, Giant Otters and Capybara. The open and often treeless habitat means Capybara can roam the grasslands in huge numbers and animals cannot easily hide from view. Although lesser known than the Amazon, the Pantanal houses an equal concentration of wildlife to the densest areas in Africa.

Brazilian Atlantic Forest

When the Portuguese first set foot on South America over 500 years ago, they were met with the Atlantic Forest. One of the most threatened tropical forests, the Atlantic forest in southern Brazil is home to many highly threatened animals and plants. Over 85% of the original forest cover has been deforested, but because of its significance as a home for many endemic species, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and charities are working to restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South American Countries

The main countries that make up South America are, in order of highest population, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (France).

Eco Regions in South America

Tourists can explore the different eco-regions in South America, which offer a chance to view breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and contrasting environments. You can explore the Amazon Rainforest or Atlantic Forest previously mentioned, the wetlands, which are home to abundant animals and plants, Andean Cloud Forest to see incredible bird life, the Atacama desert, Earth’s driest area, the Andean mountain range, the world’s longest mountain range, and the famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador to see uniquely famous animals and plants.

Wildlife and Protected Areas

Within these Bio Regions are the main National Parks that protect South America’s famous and world renowned wildlife for future generations. View the famous macaws of Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park and see Jaguar in the Pantanal.

Tourist Attractions – Culture, History and Nature

In addition to South America’s cities and bio regions, tourists flock to South America to see its rich cultural heritage for a glimpse into a land before the modern world as well as natural wonders, such as Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall.

South America History

Like the pyramids of Egypt, South America is home to its own archeological sites of now vanished societies. Machu Picchu in Peru alone draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to visit this mystical Incan ruin. As well as Machu Picchu, Peru is home to other archaeological sites like the Cradle of Gold and the latest tourist destination, the Northern Kingdoms.

There have been many different civilizations in South America, such as the Chavin, which spanned 900 BC to 300 AD, the Moche, from 100 BC to 700 AD, the Chachopayas, from 1000–1450, but none that have caught the public attention as much as the Inkas, which dominated the Andean region from 1438 to 1533 and were invaded by the Spanish in one of the most significant periods in South American history. To explore South America’s rich and interesting Archeological sites, travel to one of our popular Ancient Destinations.

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While enjoying the Belmond Essential Peru Tour, you will enjoy two different Belmond Hotels. For a night either side of your Cusco itinerary, you will enjoy a stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park in Lima. While in Cusco, you will enjoy a stay at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio.

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel is located in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas. Enjoy the central location to explore the city’s best visitor highlights.

At the Belmond Miraflores Park, enjoy delicious cuisine, personalised service, and a range of excellent facilities to make the most of your time in Peru’s capital city. The hotel features a heated rooftop pool, executive lounge, and modern fitness centre.

On your Belmond Essential Peru Tour on the standard program, you will be accommodated in the Ocean View Junior Suite. The suite features fine cotton linens and a separate sitting space and work area where you can enjoy fantastic ocean views.

Room Features

  • King-sized bed
  • Living area with desk
  • Spacious marble bathroom
  • Size: from 45 m2 / 484 ft2


  • Two phone lines
  • Wireless internet
  • Widescreen LCD TV and DVD
  • Fully stocked minibar

The Belmond Hotel Monasterio

The Belmond Hotel Monasterio is located in the central area of Cusco city. The building itself was a former monastery and dates to 1592 making the hotel part of the attraction.

The hotel combines the historical architecture, paintings, and decor with modern luxury hotel service. All of the rooms and suites are then places around the central courtyard. Within the hotel, you can explore our own art collection and Baroque chapel.

On your Belmond Essential Peru Tour on the standard program, you will be accommodated in the Deluxe Room with either 1 Double or 1 King Bed. The rooms are unique and reflect the charm of the original monastery and comes with wood furnishings, antique artwork and various architectural quirks from a bygone age.

Room Features

  • King-size or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with shower


  • LCD TV
  • iPod dock
  • Air conditioning available on request
  • Wireless internet


Day 1 - Arrival

After you arrive at Lima International Airport, you will be met by a Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative in the arrivals hall.

You will then be escorted to the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, which will take around 45 minutes from the airport dependent on traffic conditions.

Check-in from 15:00hs / Check-out at 12:00hs

Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

1 Ocean View Junior Suite (1 Double / 1 King Bed)

Meals included: -- / -- / --

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco

At 07:30hs, you will meet your Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative at the lobby for your private transfer to Lima Airport for your scheduled flight.

Flight LA2021 from Lima to Cusco. Departure at 10:00hs / Arrival 11:15hs (Suggested flight)

After arrival in Cusco, you will be met after luggage collection by your Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
In: Day 02-17 Out: Day 05-17
1 Deluxe Room (1 Double / 1 King Bed)

Check-in from 14:00hs / Check-out at 11:00hs

At 14:30hs, you will start your tour of Cusco city. Experience the fascinating heritage of the once mighty capital of the Inca Empire. Your tour includes the Koricancha temple (temple of the Sun), which one had walls lined with solid gold. You will then visit the Cathedral, which contains over 400 paintings of the classical Cusqueña schools. After this, we will head up to the hills overlooking the city to the spectacular Sacsayhuaman fortress with its giant boulders, Qenqo and its mysterious underground chambers, the military complex of Puca Pucara and Tambomachay with its incredible waterworks.

Overnight at Belmond Hotel Monasterio.

Meals included: Breakfast / -- / --

Day 3 - Cusco / Sacred Valley / Cusco

Today, the tour begins at 09:00hs in the town of Pisac. Here, you can admire the mix of Incan and Spanish architecture and its traditional market. Browse handicrafts and produce from all over the Sacred Valley region. The fortress you will find was founded as a stronghold to protect the empire from the Antis tribes of the western Amazon basin. See the fortress of Inca Pisac, which sits nestled on a mountaintop overlooking and protecting the village.

We will also visit the Awanakancha Center. This is where weavers of more than 12 communities from south Peru provide an exhibition of spinning, dyeing and weaving of Andean traditional textiles. This helps the communities stay in contact with their culture and identity. You will also enjoy an exhibition of the four types of South American camelids. This is also where you will find some of the finest Andean textiles from the alpaca and vicuña.

Lunch will be served at a local Hacienda called Huayoccari.

We continue our journey and visit the lush Sacred Valley and on to Ollantaytambo, which was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region in the early years of the Incan expansion. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, Ollantaytambo was a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, the leader of the Inca resistance. Today, it stands as one of the only continuously inhabited towns since the Inca Empire. In Ollantaytambo, we can find original Incan houses, natural water canals, and “andenes". These are ancient terraces that were used by the Incas for agricultural purposes.

Overnight at Belmond Hotel Monasterio.

Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / --

Day 4 - Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Today at 08:00hs please meet your Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative at the lobby for your private transfer to Poroy train station. Today will be when you travel to Machu Picchu aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham train: Departure: 09:05hs / Arrival: 12:24hs.

The Hiram Bingham train is the most luxurious way to travel between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The Hiram Bingham provides a fascinating journey in comfort and some fantastic memories. The carriages are painted a distinctive blue and gold while interiors are comfortable, luxurious, warm and inviting. The cabins are elegantly decorated in in the style of the 1920's Pullman trains. As you step on board, you are invited into a world of polished wood, shining cutlery and glittering glass. The train consists of two Dining Cars, an Observation Bar Car and a Kitchen Car. In total, the train can carry up to 84 passengers. In the morning en route to Machu Picchu a brunch will be served as you enjoy the stunning landscape that surrounds you.

When you arrive, you will take the short bus to the archaeological site, meet your private guide, and marvel at one of the world’s most outstanding archaeological wonders. It’s hard to imagine that Machu Picchu was hidden from the world until 1911. After exploring the ruins, you will return to the hotel for afternoon tea.

You will enjoy this unique Inca citadel and its surrounding complexes on a private visit. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level. It is found in the middle of a tropical mountain forest in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height. The giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally from the continuous rock escarpments. The natural environment on the eastern slopes of the Andes encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of wildlife. Entrance to the citadel is included.

Train departs at 17:50hs. An elegant dinner will be served on board (including soft drinks, Peruvian wine and Pisco), while being entertained by our staff.

At 16:50hs you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes where you will take the Hiram Bingham train to Cusco.

Arrival in Cusco at 21:16hs, transfer from Poroy train station to the Hotel.

Overnight at Belmond Hotel Monasterio.

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch onboard / Dinner onboard

Day 5 - Cusco / Lima

At 08:05hs please meet your Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative at the lobby for your private transfer to Cusco Airport for your scheduled flight.

Flight LA2076 from Cusco to Lima. Departure at 10:05hs / Arrival 11:30hs. (Suggested flight)

Upon arrival in Lima, please collect your bags and meet your Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative who will be waiting in the arrivals hall to escort you to your driver/vehicle for your transfer to your hotel. The journey time will take approximately 45 minutes, depending on local traffic conditions.

On your way to your hotel enjoy a panoramic tour of Lima, visiting downtown, the Plaza Mayor, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Pass by the Cathedral with its splendid carved stalls, the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue sightseeing through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.

Belmond Miraflores Park
In : Day 05-17 Out : Day 06-17
1 Ocean View Junior Suite (1 Double / 1 King Bed)

Check-in from 15:00hs / Check-out at 12:00hs

Overnight at Miraflores Park Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast / -- / --

Day 6 - Departure Lima

At an agreed time, please meet your Belmond Essential Peru Tour representative at the lobby for your private transfer to Lima Airport for your scheduled flight.

Meals included: Breakfast / -- / --


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