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Owner of the hotels Inkaterra Machu Picchu Suites and Inkaterra La Casona
My Route du Bonheur… through Peru’s most beautiful sites

Born in Lima in 1945, Jose Koechlin is a pioneer of eco-tourism in Peru. Since the early 1970s, he has established himself as a key figure in upscale, environmentally-friendly tourism.

I have been active in eco-tourism for over forty years now, since participating in the films Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo by the famous director Werner Herzog. Since then, I have been tirelessly promoting Peru’s image around the world, defending and protecting its landscapes, flora and fauna. I am extraordinarily lucky to live so close to such places as Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca. My ambition was to create a tourism business which would allow people to discover these incredibly beautiful places, while preserving them at the same time. More than just protected sites, these are places that show you who you are …

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 8 nights stay from USD 1914*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Phase 1 : 2 days, 2 nights

Hotel B

Artistic break in Lima past and present
Hotel B
In January 2014, the Sunday edition of the New York Times devoted a full page to it. Named one of the world’s best new hotels by Travel+Leisure, this amazing Hotel B conceals unimagined gems behind its wonderful white facade. The building that was designed by a French architect in 1914 has, a century later, rediscovered its all-out luxury thanks to the meticulous efforts by Fine Arts sculptors. Wood and marble dominate in the rooms and splendid sitting areas and in between them, the hotel also provides a glimpse of works by major artists in the Peruvian contemporary art scene.

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The sea front, Lima

Lima is one of the few capital cities in the world which is located on the coast. I often come here to sit beside the ocean. Turn your back on the city’s hustle and bustle (almost a third of Peruvians live here) and the Pacific stretches out before you. At the weekend, the locals gather along the sea front, heading to Barranco, the artists’quarter, or Miraflores, to unwind.

Larco Museum, Lima

Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum recounts over 5000 years of history. Devoted to pre-Columbian works, the extremely well-designed museum presents superb themed collections. Unusually, the museum’s reserves and their 45,000 archeological objects are also accessible to the public.

Larco Museum

Plaza de Armas, Lima

Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Plaza de Armas is located at the heart of the old colonial town. In spite of a series of earthquakes, the Cathedral has managed to preserve many of its treasures. The remains of the building still house the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the city’s founder. Nearby is the Government Palace with its superb courtyards. This is where the crowds gather each day to watch the changing of the guard.

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Relais & Chateaux Astrid y Gastón, Lima

This restaurant is an icon of Peruvian gastronomy. Following in its wake, all of the country’s haute cuisine is constantly improving. Today, Diego Muñoz is head chef of this restaurant founded by Gaston Acurio, but the passion for local produce and the desire to highlight local flavours (maize, tubers, chilli peppers, etc.) remains the same. The restaurant features in the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Relais & Chateaux Astrid y Gastón

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Step 2 : 2 days, 2 nights

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Suites

An encounter with history in the cloud forests of Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Suites
The train station leading to Machu Picchu is just a short distance away, but our hotel will also transport you to a truly unique world. Boasting a real tropical garden that extends over five hectares, the site is entirely geared towards nature. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Suites has been recognised time and again for both its luxury and its capacity to respect and protect the environment.

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The Machu Picchu archeological site

It was in July 1956 that I visited Machu Picchu for the first time. We travelled here on a school trip from Lima, on a very bad road. It was a veritable expedition which completely changed my life. It was here, in front of these ruins, on this absolutely magnificent site, that I discovered my Andean roots. Machu Picchu should be viewed at different times of the day, from several vantage points. Above all, come here to experience the feeling of solitude …

Tea plantation and organic farm

About twenty years ago, we decided to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors by recreating a plantation where tea is cultivated by hand. Nearby, we set up an organic farm which grows vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants. The entire site follows a carbon neutral programme.

Butterflies and orchids

Right on the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Suites site you will find 206 species of bird (including eighteen kinds of hummingbird), 111 species of butterfly, several bear specimens and the world’s largest collection of orchids in their natural habitat. For us, Machu Picchu is much more than a marvellous series of ruins, it’s paradise itself!

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Step 3 : 2 days, 2 nights

Inkaterra La Casona

A jewel in the land of the Incas
Inkaterra La Casona
Built in the 16th century, this colonial house was for a long time occupied by conquistadors. From outside, passers by cannot imagine what awaits within the walls of this sumptuous hotel. Opened in 1996, La Casona brings together the most elegant aspects of Inca culture and the Spanish past.

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Strolling through Cusco’s old town

Cusco is a town like no other. Over the centuries, the old capital of the Inca has managed to preserve not only its heritage but also a unique atmosphere. Paradoxically, the successive earthquakes have re-opened this chapter of its history, allowing archeologists to discover ancient temples such as Qorikancha "temple of the sun", an incredible testament to the treasures of the past …

Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Cusco

Mochica, Nasca, Salinar, Inca … Since 2003, most of the pre-Columbian civilisations have been brought together in this museum, located in Plaza de las Nazarenas. The organisation of the museum shows each of the 450 objects on public display to their best advantage. Although certain pieces may resemble modern art, the objects on display date from 1250 BC to 1532 AD.

Pre-Columbian Art Museum

The Sacsayhuamán fortress

Located in the hills above Cusco, this Inca fortress was constructed in the 15th century. It is built in the form of the head of a puma, a sacred animal. We still don’t know how the Inca managed to transport and assemble these immense blocks of stone on the top of the hill (some of them weigh more than 100 tonnes). Every year on 24 June, a large crowd gathers here to attend a religious ceremony during Inti Raymi, the festival of the sun. It is a magnificent sight.

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Titilaka

An experience not to be missed where the sky, the land and the waters all meet
Titilaka
At the heart of a private peninsula, at an altitude of over 3800 metres, another world is waiting for you. Overlooking Lake Titicaca, Ignacio Masias has created a hotel whose contemporary lines are in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. You truly feel as if you have been born again, in this landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. Lake Titicaca is not a place to visit, it is a place to be, to exist. And Titilaka is the best place to enjoy it …

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The floating islands of the Uros

Meeting the traditional families who live on these floating islands, made completely out of totora reeds, is a unique experience. The Uros islands are located close to the Titicaca National Reserve. Today, the original inhabitants, known as Kot-Suña, "the people of the lake", have almost entirely disappeared.

Taquile Island

This isolated island is the home of weavers whose textile work has been recognised as part of the intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. The traditional social structure of the island is reflected in the women’s dress as well as in day-to-day greetings. The southern point of Taquile Island is a hour-hour boat cruise from Titilaka. Here you will meet Juan and his family, a weaver who will tell you fascinating stories about his island, his lake and the Aymara culture …

A boat trip on Lake Titicaca

You can also take a boat trip on the lake, accompanied by guides who are experts in natural history and ornithology. During the trip you will discover amazing fauna, including around sixty species of endemic bird, sailing through a space where the thin light effect allows you to have a very far away horizon view.

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