When thinking about a destination for a week off from work to relax and have a break from the everyday rat race, Peru often does not make the cut compared to ‘closer to home’ destinations. Even though Peru is thought of as a more exotic destination and one would need a lot of time to discover, following we would like to provide you with some arguments in favor of Peru being an excellent week-long getaway.
Peru has a wealth of destinations and diversity few countries in the world can compete with and therefore by just visiting Peru one can easily travel for months in this fascinating country. Nevertheless as in any country, Peru also has its sites that stand out against the others and prove to be a larger force in attracting visitors. One of the great things of Peru is that these sites can easily be combined in a week long adventure. Your first stop on a 7 day Peru vacation package would be the capital of Lima, home to almost 30% of the country’s population.
For a couple of years, Lima, Peru’s proud capital, is served by dozens of airlines having direct daily flights between the USA and Peru. Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston all have direct flights to Lima; some with flight times less than 6 hours. From Lima, Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu is only an hours flight away and serves dozens of flights daily. In case you would need to spend the night in Lima on arrival, do not worry; Lima is one of the up and coming metropolitan cities in Latin America and already epic when it comes to their culinary importance. Lima is full of great hotels and restaurants and some of the best museums as well as one of the nicest colonial city centers to be found.
After Lima your next stop on this 7 day Peru vacation package will be the Imperial City of Cusco. Cusco is located at 3500 meters above sea level in a large wide valley. The city itself is reached with a short flight from Lima with one of the 4 airline companies offering dozens of flights daily. The city breaths history as the Inca during the height of their empire ruled one of the largest territories in American history from this city. This makes Cusco one of the oldest still inhabited cities on the continent. The historic center of Cusco is almost entirely built of colonial buildings on top of Inca foundations creating a unique architectural style only found here. Cusco also has several amazing luxury hotels in case you would be looking for some pampering on your weeklong getaway such as the famous Monasterio Hotel, the exclusive La Casona Hotel or the newly constructed J.W. Marriott. From Cusco the next destination on this 7 day Peru vacation package would be the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
It was here that the Inca, an agricultural innovative people, produced most of their crops to maintain the population in Cusco which according to some accounts added up to almost 150,000 people. Due to the importance of the Sacred Valley, protection was something taken very seriously and hence there are several Inca citadels to be found all along the valley and their mount ridges. The most famous of these ancient Inca sites are probably Pisac and Ollantaytambo, located at the beginning and end of the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley is also located on a lower altitude enjoying a warmer micro climate. The large spaces and incredible views make that the Sacred Valley the new place to be for romantic hotels and Spa’s. Hotels like the Aranwa Hotel & Spa and the Tambo Del Inka Luxury Collection will provide you with unparalleled overnights and culinary experiences. From the Sacred Valley it is only a 1.5 Hour train drive to the undisputed highlight on this 7 day Peru vacation package; Machu Picchu.
This Ancient City of the Incas was built across a mountain ridge looking out over the two valleys running 800 meters below. This new world wonder was re-discovered in 1911 by American adventurer Hiram Bingham and ever since has fascinated and flabbergasted people around the world. The site is reached from a small town called Aguas Calientes down the valley from the site itself. Aguas Calientes can only be reached by a spectacular train drive from the Sacred Valley. There are several different trains with the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train (a beautiful Pullman Train) being by far the most luxurious way to travel. Aguas Calientes is perched in between green covered mountains with a relatively humid climate that makes you realize that you have left the Altiplano behind and made it to the cloud forest region, a preview of the Amazon Rainforest. From Aguas Calientes the site of Machu Picchu is only a short spectacular bus drive away. As the site of Machu Picchu is so elaborated many people prefer spending two days at the site. The first day is mainly focused on the central buildings and squares and the second day makes time for a small hike to one of the outer laying sites such as Huayna Picchu, the Sun Gate or Machu Picchu Mountain. From these outer sites one can see the actual magnitude of the site and this is where the most impressive pictures have been taken. With a lot of people spending the night it is no wonder that there are several great hotels at hand. The most famous is without doubt the Sanctuary Lodge by Orient Express; this small luxury hotel is located at the entrance of the site and the only hotel that actually has a view on Machu Picchu. Down in the valley other great hotels have opened in the last couple of years such as the cozy Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel with their own park and unique bungalows or the 5* Sumaq Hotel just outside of town. After your one- or- two day visit to Machu Picchu you would return to Cusco for a final night before flying back to Lima and connect with your international flight, concluding this amazing 7 day Peru vacation package.
Therefore, the next time you are thinking about where to go for your next getaway, why not think outside the box and consider Peru as a different option.
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