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A NEW GOLDEN AGE
From the fragrant shores of Lake Titicaca, where the Uros Indians live on floating islands made of totora reeds, to the slopes of Machu Picchu and the narrow lanes of Cusco, the visitor is enchanted by the spectacle of eternal Peru. Scenes right out of an illuminated manuscript could give the impression that the country is trapped in its own picturesque history. But a taste of Lima soon dispels the deception: this is a dynamic, effervescent world capital, achieving excellence in every creative field. This 21st-century golden age is embodied in a noble discipline: gastronomy. With star chef Gastón Acurio leading the way, Lima has become an international hotbed of fusion cuisine. The flavors and aromas of the high plateaus — vegetables, flowers and spices — have joined in lasting union with the refinements of the Far East, borne here by the currents of the Pacific, just as Chinese dockers once came to join in the country’s first economic boom, in the days of the guano industry and bountiful fishing.
Restaurant in town. Founded 20 years ago in Lima, Astrid&Gastón has recently moved to a beautiful 300 years old house in the centre of San Isidro district. It epitomizes Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche’s dream of sharing their contemporary take on Peruvian cuisine with the entire world. Astrid&Gastón’s cuisine draws its inspiration from the traditions and the biodiversity of Peru, and yet never breaks its links with the world around it, responding first and foremost to the challenges posed by the future and by our environment.The tasting menu is a journey throughout Peru's different environment in five parts: a living experience with a hint of magic and sensitivity. ... Learn moreless
Luxury cruises on a river. Embark on the Delfin to explore the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve in Peru. The cabins of this triple-decker ship have floorto- ceiling windows, allowing you to enjoy the spectacle of the Amazon rainforest all day long — whether in the plunge pool, when looking up from your book or while sipping a pisco sour on the upper deck. In the evenings you will be lulled by the humming sounds of the jungle. Fill your days with new experiences: explore the shore by kayak, visit villages, swim with pink river dolphins, hop on a paddle board and enjoy night safaris. On board, guests can enjoy exquisite Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine, adding to your full immersion in the Amazon. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. This summer pavilion, dating back to the Belle Époque, is tucked away in the heart of the Barranco district, a protected historic area next to the Pacific Ocean. Marble, exotic woods, a beautifully columned white façade, open balconies and skyhigh ceilings lit by skylights in the roofs – Lima teatinas – give it a charm all of its own. Its renovation was entrusted to sculptors from the Fine Arts Academy and to an Italian cabinetmaker with a view to preserving and showcasing its rich architectural heritage. Hotel B draws its inspiration from the Bohemian atmosphere of the surrounding district and exhibits works by contemporary Peruvian artists, adding to the hotel’s character. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. This exquisite 16th-century colonial manor was one of the first Spanish buildings in Cusco, located just steps away from the picturesque main square. Once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru, it is now an exclusive boutique hotel that has been carefully restored to retain its historical heritage and décor. With its suites set around a Spanish courtyard, replete with antiques and original architectural details, Inkaterra La Casona offers sober elegance without sacrificing authenticity. This is the perfect base from which to explore the vibrant capital of the Incan Empire and absorb the mysticism of the surrounding Andean valleys and villages. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. At an altitude of 2800 m, colours are brilliant: the blue of the sky, the red of the earth and a fragmented mosaic created by a profusion of flowers. Sol & Luna is inspired by this luminous setting and is a paean to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its architecture is a mix of avant-garde and primitive Peru, its clay walls are a backdrop to both contemporary and traditional Peruvian art, and its stones, beams and bricks from the valley find their natural home here. Its mouthwatering cuisine also draws its inspiration from local gastronomy, yet with a contemporary twist. Sol & Luna is close to archaeological sites and offers a doorway to this lost civilisation. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. The mere mention of Lake Titicaca is enough to conjure up a dramatic, mysterious world. At an altitude of more than 3 800 meters in the Andes, on the border between Peru and Bolivia, this cradle of Inca civilization is still home to one of the oldest communities in South America. Titilaka Lodge is tucked away in this unique landscape, totally off the beaten track on its own private peninsula, in a refurbished building. The rooms, each with a splendid lake view, are decorated in a contemporary style with touches of local heritage, in symbiosis with the luxuriant natural setting. Just outside the village of the same name, Titilaka offers a taste of the lake dwellers’ traditions and way of life. ... Learn moreless