Our hotel is situated in the prestigious residential area of San Isidro district of Lima and is approximately 20 minutes from downtown Lima. Built in 1927 and declared a Peruvian Cultural Monument, this hotel presents the perfect marriage of architectural charm, history, and modern comfort. All rooms and suites are decorated in a delightful mix of classical and Peruvian artworks. Celebrated for their innovative style, creative flavors and sophisticated ambiance, three acclaimed destinations are the cornerstones of hotel’s dining experience. This property is simply Lima’s finest hotel.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Our hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just half an hour from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern and Minimalist-styles.
Our hotel in Machu Picchu is in an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.
After exploring the Historic Sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Our boutique hotel in Cusco is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. A museum hotel built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, which houses more than 300 pieces of art between paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings which transport us to the greatness of the time. The elegant rooms are equipped with intelligent oxygen system and heating floor in the bathrooms for a great stay.
A land of archaeological, cultural, and natural treasures, Peru offers a memorable experience. Extraordinary ancient civilizations left their footprints on the landscape and their spirit in the heart of the people. At its height the Inca Empire comprised of some six million people and was a highly developed civilization as reflected by the magnificent remains of its cities and temples.
Biotrek's small group tour to Peru presents the dramatic visage of the Inca ruins, the majestic Andes mountains and the friendly faces of the Inca descendants. Dine at some of the world's best restaurants in Lima. Wander the charming Cusco markets. Marvel at mysterious Machu Picchu. You’ll experience ancient ruins and ancient traditions, be delighted with exotic flora and fauna in the verdant cloud forest, and wonder at the snow-capped mountains that tower over the Sacred Valley.
For many travelers, their first glimpse of Peru is the sprawling metropolis of Lima. In addition to having some of the countries best museums, restaurants, and nightlife, Lima also features beautiful Spanish architecture, spacious green parks, and quaint oceanfront suburbs. Home to 9 million people, almost one third of the country’s population, Lima is a large part of what the Peru of today is all about and it should not be overlooked.
- Pisac: At the beginning of the valley are some of the most spectacular Inca ruins in Peru. Equal parts city, religious temple, and military complex — and perhaps a royal estate of the Inca emperor — the Pisac ruins enjoy stunning views of the valley. The ruins are second only to Machu Picchu in their archeological magnificence. A hike up the steep hillside to the ruins, beginning at Pisac’s main square, is one of the most rewarding climbs you’re likely to take.
- Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site. Huge terraces much taller than an average man make up the fortress known as Temple Hill, which was the site of one of the few successful battles against the Spanish conquistadors. The views from the fortress are stunning.
- Awanacancha Textile Center is a hillside farm with alpaca, llama & vicuña. Learn about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques and shop for handicrafts.
- Chinchero is an authentic Andean village with a colonial church that houses a large collection of painting from the Cusqueñan School of Art.
- The Moray Terraces are a bowl-like depression resembling a Greek or Roman amphitheater. The views from the colossal terraces are impressive.
- The Salt fields of Maras were founded in 1556. The salt is produced naturally in about 5,000 pools of 5 square meters each, forming different levels of terraces, nourished by salty water from a creek and then evaporated by the intense sun to form thick crystals.
One of Peru’s most famous destinations and one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world, this spectacular site contains archaeological treasures from the lost Inca city. Built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472) and often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas” it is the most familiar icon of the Inca world.
The beauty and mystery of the walled ruins, once palaces of fine Inca stonework, is magnified by the lush landscape of its surroundings. The ruins blend harmoniously amid the narrow and uneven topography. This historic region sits nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, on top of a ridge between two peaks. With its discovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu made its debut as an authentic archaeological enigma. Its purpose continues to intrigue, with mysteries that perhaps will never fully be unraveled. In 1983 UNESCO designated Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site, describing it as “an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization." Even as ruins, Machu Picchu rises to the stature of great architecture. Brilliant elements of design and stone masonry can be found around every corner. But perhaps the greatest example of architectural expertise is the Temple of the Sun. A tapered tower, it has the finest stonework in Machu Picchu. A perfectly positioned window allows the sun’s rays to come streaming through at dawn on the South American winter solstice in June illuminating the stone at the center of the temple. A cave below the temple, carved out of the rock, has a beautifully sculpted altar and series of niches that create mesmerizing morning shadows.
Once the capital city of the Incas, and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas, in 1983 Cusco was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins of this old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture that exists today. Walking through the narrow streets lined by Inca walls, visitors can’t help but feel the history that exists here. Cusco is a living museum of Peruvian history with Spanish colonial churches and mansions sitting atop perfectly constructed Inca walls of exquisitely carved granite blocks that fit together without mortar. Climb up hill to visit the San Blas district with it’s cobblestone streets and quaint areas that offers fine views over the entire city.
Peru welcomes the tourist, the ecologist, the anthropologist, the historian — it is a country that fascinates people from all walks of life and appeals to our sense of curiosity and adventure. You will appreciate the gracious hospitality, breathtaking beauty, and World Heritage sites of this intriguing country.