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Destination of the Week: Machu Picchu, Lima and Cuzco

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 Machu Picchu is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, though there’s plenty more to see and do in Peru.

With bustling cities, stunning Pacific coastline, primordial rainforests, fascinating ancient cultures and the mysterious peaks of the Andes, Peru is truly one of the world’s top travel destinations, so for our Destination of the Week we have chosen its most famous site, Machu Picchu, and have included details on how to get there via Lima and Cuzco, as well as what to do while you’re in each place.

LIMA
Like most travelers, if you’re coming from North America, you’ll start your trip to Peru in Lima, the sprawling capital on the Pacific coast. You probably won’t spend too much time there, but while you’re in the city, there’s still plenty to see.

Getting There
Lima is home to Jorge Chávez International Airport and serves as a hub for LAN Peru. LAN Peru, a member of Oneworld, has flights from Lima to New York-JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. When it comes to US carriers, Delta offers non-stop service to Atlanta starting at 45,000 miles roundtrip in coach and 90,000 miles in business, United to Houston and Newark starting at 20,000 miles each way in economy and 35,000 miles each way in business class, and American to Miami starting at 15,000 miles each way in coach and 30,000 miles each way in business class.

Using British Airways Avios is another option. One-way awards in economy from Miami-Lima is 12,500 Avios, and from New York 20,000 Avios, and from Los Angeles 25,000 Avios (double those amounts for business class).

Delta and Aerolineas Argentina have a new partnership so if you wanted to add on a few days in Buenos Aires or just to connect through, that is another option.

When it comes to airport lounges, the Lima airport has the following lounges available to Priority Pass members: Caral VIP Lounge, Sumaq VIP lounge, and the VIP club lounge and business center.

What To Do
The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru as a huge collection of artifacts and even mummies from Peru’s ancient cultures. The Larco Museum is housed in a stately old 18th-century mansion with beautiful gardens. Its collection spans thousands of years of Peruvian history, and includes jewelry, ceramics, and even an erotic art exhibit.

The Larco Museum houses an unparalleled collection of Peruvian art and artifacts.

In the historic heart of town, is the Plaza de Armas, flanked by the Palacio de Gobierno and the Cathedral, while the spooky Catacombs beneath the Convent of San Francisco. While out in the San Ysidro neighborhood, the ruins at Huaca Pucllana complex in Miraflores predate Incan culture by 700 years and you can enjoy traditional Peruvian dishes at the upscale restaurant there.

The Palacio de Gobierno sits on one side of the central Plaza de Armas.

Peruvian cuisine is having a moment – not just in Peru but around the world – thanks to the country’s beautiful produce and seafood, and the Lima restaurant scene is at the epicenter of this culinary awakening. While there, be sure to try one of celebrity chef Gastón Acurio’s restaurants like La Mar in Miraflores where you can try Peru’s national dish, ceviche. One of the city’s other hottest restaurants is Central, a beautiful, posh restaurant serving nuevo peruano cuisine whose kitchen is overseen by up-and-coming chef Virgilio Martinez. Sick of seafood? Head to Al Asador in the San Borja neighborhood for some of the city’s best steaks.

Ceviche is Peru’s national dish – this one was made with fresh Andean mountain trout, onions, choclo corn and sweet potato.

For a great night out, head to the bohemian Barranco district to hit happening bars like Picas near the 19th-century Bridge of Sighs for a selection of tropical-flavored pisco sours.

Hotels

Lobby area at the El Pardo DoubleTree in Lima.

Hilton
El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel: Located in Miraflores, which is one of Lima’s more cosmopolitan districts, this 110-room hotel features the brand’s signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree Sleep Experience bed, linens and duvet. There is a two-floor Millenium Sports Club and a 11th floor heated pool for guests to use. The hotel also offers free parking. The hotel has two restaurants, Junius Restaurant, which serves all-day dining, and Zuma Grille open for dinner nightly. Rates in September begin at $170 or 30,000 Hilton HHonors points since this is a Category 4 property.

Exterior view of the JW Marriott Lima.

Marriott
JW Marriott Lima: Also located in the Miraflores district, near the cliffside LarcoMar Shopping & Entertainment Center, this 300-room hotel is the first non-smoking hotel in Lima. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and free weights. There is complimentary on-site parking as well. Hotel dining options include, La Vista Restaurant, serving local and international cuisine and JW Sushi Ceviche Lounge offering a blend of Peruvian and Asian cuisines. Rates in September begin at $158 per night. This is a Marriott Category 6 property, and requires 30,000 Marriott Rewards Points (25,000 with PointSavers) for a free-night redemption.

Double guest room at the Crown Plaza Lima.

Priority Club
Crowne Plaza Lima: Centrally located in the Miraflores district, this hotel welcomes guests with a complimentary pisco sour at the Taki Bar during check-in. The guest rooms have 29-inch LCD TV’s, dining table, and CD player and the beds feature white linens. Guests of the hotel are provided with a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning. The hotel has an on-site fitness center, business center,an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.  September rates start at $148, whereas free nights would cost 25,000 points/night or 20,000 points + $40.

Lobby area at the Westin Lima.

Starwood
The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center: Located in one of Lima’s vibrant financial and shopping district, this property has 301 guest rooms and suites all with the signature Westin Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Shower. The rooms also have 37-inch LCD TV’s, walk-in closets, and marble bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower. There is an Executive Club Lounge for guests staying on the floor as well as SPG Platinum Members. The lounge offers complimentary continental breakfast every morning and a happy hour with light snacks and drinks each evening. The hotel has a WestinWorkout gym, indoor swimming pool and Westin Heavenly Spa. The main restaurant is Market 770 which features a variety of international cuisines. Rates in September start at $170 a night. This is a Category 5 hotel requiring 12,000 Starpoints for a free night.

Double guest room at the Sheraton Lima.

Sheraton Lima: Located near Lima’s historic center, this property has 431 guest rooms and suites with flatscreen TV’s and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. There is also the Sheraton Club for club level guests and SPG Platinum Members. The Club Lounge offers complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverage options. There is the  Neptune Pool & Fitness Center with steam room and sauna for guest use. Rates in September start at $129 a night. This is a Category 2 hotel requiring between 3,000-4,000 Starpoints for a free night.

The Miraflores Park Hotel offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Other
Miraflores Park Hotel: This Orient-Express property has 82 guest room and suites all with LCD TV’s, wireless internet access, marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. There is an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and fitness center for guest use. Located on the 11th floor, this hotel features the Zest Spa offering a variety of treatments. Dining options include Mesa 18 by Toshiro which specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine. There is the Observatory Restaurant serving a daily buffer breakfast and the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Bar located in the lobby area. Rates in September start at $350 per night.

This is a member of both Fine Hotels and Resorts where Amex Platinum cardholders are eligible for extra benefits such as room upgrades, free continental breakfast, early check-in and late check-out, dining and spa credits and more. It is also a member of Visa Signature Hotels and when  cardholders use a Visa Signature credit card to book a room through the Visa Signature Hotels website, they are eligible to receive extra perks such as discounted room rates, room upgrades, free breakfast, early check-in and late check-out, dining and spa credits and more.  Visa Signature cards include the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire, British Airways Visa, the Hyatt card, the Marriott Rewards Premier and Marriott Rewards cards, the Southwest Plus card, Bank of America’s Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines cards, Capital One VentureCiti Hilton HHonors, US Bank FlexPerks, Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature, and many more, so chances are you’re carrying at least one of them in your wallet.

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most famous sights.

MACHU PICCHU
Most folks come to Machu Picchu via Cuzco, and while it’s near enough to be a (very long) daytrip from the city, spending a night or two in the town near the ancient Inca settlement is probably a better idea so you can witness the sunrise there and have time to explore all its riches.

Getting There
To get there, you can take either a bus or taxi from Cuzco to Ollyantaytambo where you can catch a Peru Rail train the rest of the way to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of the hill where Machu Picchu perches. The total journey should take around three hours. If you want to get really fancy, take the Hiram Bingham luxury train operated by Orient-Express directly from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.

Arrive in style aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham train from Orient-Express.

What To Do
Known as the “lost city of the Inca,” and hidden from the world for centuries, Machu Picchu has now become one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations. Most hotels here are in the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountain, but buses to the summit where the ruins sit run frequently and only take about 20 minutes (you can also hike up a path).

The entrance fee is 128 Peruvian Soles (about $50), and foreigners are required to pay in cash either at the park itself, through their hotels, or via Rail Peru. Tickets are issued for a specific day and grant access to the site for the entire day. Only 2,500 tourists are allowed in daily, so get your tickets in advance either through a tour operator, through Rail Peru when you buy your train tickets, or from your hotel at Machu Picchu, which should also be able to arrange for a local guide.

You’ll be up early and will probably need several hours to explore the citadel, so consider taking an afternoon nap then heading either to one of the hotels in town like the romantic Inkaterra or the upscale Sumaq Hotel for a dinner of local delicacies, or hit one of the inexpensive (and sometimes rowdy) restaurants, grills and bars in town.

Hotels

Guest rooms at the Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado feature local design elements.

Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado: Located in the Sacred Valley settlement of Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu, this resort has 128 oversized guest rooms and suites. The guest rooms feature 32 inch LCD TV’s, iPod docking stations, Simmons Hotel Beautyrest Bed with white linens and feather duvets and the bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs and double sinks. There is the Spa at Valle Sagrado, fitness center and indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool at the property. The hotel’s fusion-style restaurant, Hawa, serves all day. Rates in September start at $240 a night. This is part of Starwood‘s Luxury Collection as a Category 4 hotel requiring 10,000 Starpoints for a free night. This is also part of the Visa Signature Hotels collection.

Double guest room at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. 

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge: This luxury Orient-Express property is right at the entrance to the ruins of Machu Picchu and has just 29 rooms and two suites. Dining options include the Tampu Restaurant serving Peruvian and international cuisine, and the Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant serving daily lunch. Rates in September start at $975 a night. This is a member of the Visa Signature Hotels.

Villas at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel offer private terraces.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel: Located on 12 riverside acres in the town of Aguas Calientes, this property has 85 casitas and villas with fireplaces and alpaca textiles, and the butler-attended villas feature private gardens and marble bathrooms and open-air showers. The hotel is home to the UNU Spa with Andean sauna, and its main dining room offers views of the Urubamba River and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also the Cafe Inkaterra which specializes in Andean cuisine. This hotel provides complimentary wireless internet access in all the rooms. This is a member of the Visa Signature Hotels program. Rates in September start at $434 per night.

Cuzco’s central Plaza de Armas with the cathedral and several other colonial-era buildings.

CUZCO
Most people and travel guides seem to think that going to Cuzco and acclimating to the altitude there before heading to Machu Picchu is the way to plan a trip to the Incan Andes. But think about doing it the other way around since Machu Picchu is at just under 8,000 feet above sea level while the former imperial city of the Inca sits about 3,500 feet higher up, making it even harder to acclimate. Don’t let the altitude talk scare you, though. No visit to Peru is complete without a stop in Cuzco, which was once the heart of the Inca empire and which still holds a myriad of cultural treasures.

Getting There
There are several non-stop, hour-long flights between Lima and Cusco daily on LAN, which only require 4,500 Avios each way for an award ticket.

What To Do
To get the lay of the land, stop by the central Plaza de Armas and see the Cathedral before heading to the nearby Museo Inka to see its Incan mummies, and the Museo de Arte Precolombino to check out the collection of native art.

Though it was later converted into a church, Koricancha was once the Golden Temple of the Inca.

If you only have a short time, though, the one must-visit sight is Koricancha, the massive Incan temple of the sun that was once covered in pure gold (the name means “Golden Temple” in Quechua) and was then over-built by the Spanish and is now the Church of Santo Domingo.

To pick up some souvenirs, hit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cuzco has beautiful fair-trade alpaca apparel, and the extensive Centro Artesanal Cuzco sells crafts of all kinds. The San Blas district up the hill from the Plaza de Armas has fantastic views of the city, plus a tons of bars, cafes and restaurants where the city’s students hang out.

You can try Gastón Acurio nouvelle Andean food (like moo shoo guinea pig) at Chicha, while Cicciolina is a great little wine bar specializing in gourmet small plates, and Fallen Angel is a fun experience where the city’s party crowd comes to let loose.

King guest room at the Hotel Monasterio.

Hotels
Hotel Monasterio:  A former monastery and national monument dating from 1592, this Orient-Express hotel now boasts 126 rooms and suites, including 65 which can be oxygen enriched to help combat altitude fatique. There is complimentary wireless internet throughout. Restaurants include the Illariy Restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch, and El Tupay Restaurant, specializing in French-style cuisine.  Guests have access to the Hypnoze Spa at the Palacio Nazarenas hotel (another Orient-Express property nearby). This is a member of both Fine Hotels and Resorts and Visa Signature HotelsRates in September start at $390 per night.

La Casona Inkaterra features 11 guest suites.

La Casona Inkaterra: This boutique property has only 11 suites furnished with antiques and feature a blend of Spanish and local designs. The suites have large marble bathrooms with dual sinks, separate shower and tubs. There are flatscreen TV’s, iPod speakers, heated floors and free wireless internet. This is a member of Visa Signature HotelsRates in September start at $975 a night.

The final Orient-Express property here is the Orient-Express Rio Sagrado not far outside of the city of Cuzco. It is also a Visa Signature Hotel.

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  • sil

    There is also the Radisson in Miraflores for 38k points from Club Carlson. I will be staying there for 2 nights next month.

  • Riceoven

    There is a jw Marriott opening in Cusco in October, which I am booked at :)

  • Mike

    Great timing I’m in the early stages of planning a trip Machu Picchu and figured it might be a great way to use my Avios points.

  • Lizcaskey

    I stayed at the newly opened Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco last month, it is by far the most spectacular hotel in Cusco in terms of amenities and service (all suites and they have their own butler). Virgilio Martinez, of Central, is the consulting chef for their organic, clever cuisine. They are doing soft opening rates until the end of the year that are a very good deal. After, rates increase considerably.

  • Phil

    Nice writeup. I believe the Huaca Pucllana complex is in Miraflores, rather than San Isidro.

  • Cory

    If doing Machu Picchu and you’ve got the time, willingness to get a bit dirty, sweaty and worn down, I highly recommend doing the 4-day Inca Trail hike. It was a phenomenal experience. Machu Picchu is clearly the attraction of the Inca Trail, but there are many other Incan sites along the trail. And the scenery is incredible. But, you’ll be very tired.

    There is a fantastic small pizza place across the street from the Hotel San Agustin Internacional near the intersection of San Agustin, Maruri and Cabracancha

  • http://mreverydaydollar.com/ Mr. Everyday Dollar

    As another poster said, the Inca Trail hike – in my opinion – is the only way to see and get to Machu Picchu. The last night on the trail we camped very close to the entrance to Machu Picchu so were able to get up early and make the short hike. It was absolutely fabulous to reach the Sun Gate and witness the sun wash over a people-free Machu Picchu! A gem not to be forgotten. Shortly afterwards you start seeing all the tour buses making it up the switchbacks and then it swarms with tourists.

    Cuzco is one of my all time favorite cities, a can’t miss as well!

  • xzolian

    The Wayna Picchu hike (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huayna_Picchu) was worth it.

  • Paul

    I agree with the comments about arriving at Machu Picchu via the 4 day Inca Trail hike. It is an amazing hike and you get to Machu Picchu for several hours before the busloads of tourists arrive from Aguas Calientes pack the ruins. That gives you plenty of time see the ruins and climb Huayna Picchu before the last bus leaves for Aguas Caleintes. Save money by setting up your hike through an outfitter in Cuzco, you may be able to do that online, in 2004 I had to fax them my credit card number to reserve a spot. And there are plenty of quaint little hostels where you can get a private room cheap, $11/night in 2004. Plan to spend 3 days or so visiting Cuzco, there is plenty to see there.

  • Jimgotkp

    There is a new JW Cuzco hotel opening later this year and I must say that it looks really nice especially from the outside!

  • Marv

    We had a fabulous tour/hike to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, etc several years ago. We arranged our tour through a small company in Missoula Montana. The company website is http://www.adventure-life.com/
    They offer no-frills packages at a great value we felt. I am a commercial pilot and the flight from Lima to Cuzco scared the *$$!!!## out of me, I’ve never seen a 737 with so much oil slick down the side of it and it rattled something terrible. But, we made it. A couple other comments, when you hike the trail at those high altitudes we ate asperin like candy because of the headaches – so take LOTS OF IT, way more than you think you’d even need. Also, the trail is beautiful in scenery, however, it is strewn with toilet paper everywhere – it is hard to find a place that hasn’t already been used as a toilet & that is how it is done, you just find a bush and use it. Oh, it is also hard to avoid getting a stomach bug, but you can buy Cipro over the counter in Cuzco. This trip and Vietnam are two of the highlight trips we have done.

  • lburbank

    Central Restaurant is great — but eat before you go. TINY portions! La Mar is excellent, too, though I believe it is open only for lunch.

    I would stay clear of the Sheraton in Lima, or any hotel in the center of the city — not the nicest/safest part of town. The Marriott and Miraflores Park are top picks — very nice hotels, and right on the cliffs above the ocean (note that the Marriott’s pool is only open Jan-March). Weston is beautiful, but in the business district and further from the ocean.

    United from Newark to Lima drops to once a week between Sept and Dec.

    Definitely listen to the guides and acclimate in Cusco, not Machu Picchu — you need to start a Machu Picchu trip in Cusco, anyway. Fly in, spend a day in town acclimated, then do the rest of the trip.

    And no wallets in back pockets! :)

  • Ann

    You should warn people to get their tickets to MP and the train (if not hiking) in advance online; they can and do sell out, and you don’t want to be go all that way just to be turned back!

  • Kevin

    You are correct, it is in Miraflores, I went there in April, and it was just down the street from my hostal.

  • calbear77

    I would like to second this statement. Also, both of these websites are perhaps the worst websites in world history and work very poorly. It may require multiple attempts to secure tickets, so be persistent.

  • Kevin

    I hiked up Machu Picchu Mountain, and it was also worth it. Wayna Picchu always sells out, but this hike was available:

    http://www.everintransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/machu-picchu-10.jpg?9d7bd4

  • http://twitter.com/TravelisFree Travel Is Free

    You can take the train straight to/from Cusco. I mean, you can go to Ollyantaytambo if you want, but its a little bit of a bus ride, though it will save you money. The more you bus the more money you’ll save.

  • Kevin

    I personally don’t think it’s worth using points in Lima, Cusco or anywhere else in the Sacred Valley. Peru is SUPER cheap, and if you’re paying US prices in terms of points, you’re paying 3 times too much. Also, I’d recommend staying at least 3 days in Lima and eating yourself silly. The food is amazing, and a 4 star meal is the same price as a hamburger joint in the US. You can get Pisco Sours, Aguaymanto Sours, Maracuya (Passion Fruit) Sours… Oh man. Sooooooooooooo good.

    Also, stay only one night in Aguas Caliente (the base town for Machu Picchu). It’s a shanty town with zero personality and exists only as a touristy bus and train station. Plus, it’s twice as expensive as anywhere else in the Sacred Valley.

    I do love the BA Avios redemption from Lima to Cusco. 4500 pts will save you $200! But I found availability to be spotty.

  • Eric

    Taking the bus is also faster than taking the train all the way from Cusco because of the track switchbacks getting out of the city.

  • Eric

    According to the government, you’re not allowed to purchase tickets online due to the high incidence of credit card fraud, as I noted above. You can pick up Machu Picchu tickets in advance at the Rail Peru office when you get your train tickets though.

  • calbear77

    umm… $45/night in 2012. Inflation’s a B!

  • calbear77

    Interesting… this must be a brand new policy, because I was there in April.

  • Brian

    You forgot to mention Astrid y Gaston ranked in top 50 restaurants in the world. Haven’t tried it, but will soon! I read by another blogger the prices are not too bad considering it is ranked 35th in the world.
    http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/astrid-y-gaston/

  • http://www.facebook.com/JakeOls2 Jake Olson

    A couple people have said it, but I feel the need to repeat. Hiking is the only way to get to Machu Picchu. Anyone can do it, and it’s one of the most amazing hikes in the world. Plan your trips accordingly. So, you should go to Cusco first to acclimatize for the hike which gets as high as 13,829 ft.

    Also, a repeat. Hike Wayna Picchu. As soon as you get into Machu Picchu head to Wayna. There are a limited number of people allowed to hike it each day and if you do that first, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the main ruins of Machu Picchu.

    That’s my 2 soles.

  • arcticbull

    I highly recommend a guide or tour group, we got one via Gap Tours last time we went, and they were fantastic. It’s one of those places where it’s better to have someone who knows take you around, and tell you what to eat (and more importantly not to haha) and where. Highly recommended.

    Also you’re going to want to take the Inca Trail!

  • Sam Goh

    The restaurant at Huaca Pucllana is really nice and you can sit out on the open patio part of the restaurant and view the ruins. It’s quite the sight at night. Food was pretty good too and they had a decent selection of wines. It’s hard to imagine being in a bustling city of 9 million and be able to eat in front of pyramid/ruins literally downtown.

    One hotel not mentioned is the Swisotel Lima. It is a fabulous property and situated where you can stroll around very safely. Service was impeccable and accommodations nice.

    If you want to venture down to the seaside, we went to one restaurant that I highly recommend (http://www.larosanautica.com/peru/ing/home.php). It is on stilts out in the ocean, again very pretty at night. Was packed with locals and is very shall we say traditional. Went there with two female colleagues. I kept pointing out items on the menu and the prices and my colleagues were getting mad at me asking where I was looking. Well apparently only the gentleman gets the menu with the prices! Didn’t know whether to be dismayed or if they thought I was the stud with the double date :)

    Machu Pichu is one of the main draws but it’s usually (if you don’t fly and take the train) a 2-3 trip to get there, do what you want, and then get back. If you don’t have that much time, consider an afternoon bus tour out to Caral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caral). It’s way out in the countryside and you will get to see a lot of what the real Peru looks like, both good and bad. We were driving in the middle of the desert, there’s this light haze with swirling mist and I’m kicking myself for not bringing my SLR. It’s picture perfect and then suddenly I see dotting this desert landscape, overlooking an ocean view, tons of what look to be colorful outhouses – !#%! perfect picture. But it was equally heartbreaking to learn from the tour guide that those were houses by squatters. The landowners come by every few years and bulldoze those tiny outhouses to the ground to prevent them from getting any land/squatter’s claims. That’s how people live. Caral itself predates Machu Pichu and is supposedly the oldest known settlement in the entire Americas. Not much there but pyramid ruins and some initial excavation/preservation efforts but it is located in a picturesque valley with a river flowing through the settlement.

    Going to quit writing now and see how many miles it takes to get to Lima… damn you people!

  • Sam Goh

    Oops, you’ll have to take off the trailing ) on the hyperlinks that I posted but you should at least look at the first picture of the restaurant :)

  • Santastico

    Stayed one week in Lima for business at the Swissotel in San Isidro. Great hotel if you are going to be in that area. Otherwise, Miraflores is the place to be in either the JW Marriott or the Miraflores Park.
    As for restaurants, Lima is a top culinary destination. Here are my favorite restaurants (list made by many friends that are local):
    Astrid&Gaston
    Rafael
    La Mar
    Malabar
    Huaca Pucclana
    Chala
    La Gloria
    Central
    Fiesta Chiclayo
    Las Brujas de Cachiche
    Amoramar
    Pescados Capitales
    El Mercado
    Cala

  • lburbank

    Excellent list! I especially like Rafael and La Gloria.

  • ASen

    Can you expand on how to book Machu pichu in advance? I am really puzzled as to how to get Machu Picchu tickets in advance sitting in US

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  • Lritchievfx

    I went on the website and put in LAX to Buenos Aires and it routed me through Heathrow, how do I avoid that?

  • jenby1

    How was the JW Marriott? I was thinking of staying there this May but I’ve heard mixed reviews.

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