Podcast conversation with Nicolas Ramirez, Tanit Trails.
Peru is a perfect destination for active and adventurous travelers, foodies, people who want to immerse themselves in a warm, welcoming culture and lovers of history, archeological sites and architecture
Nico and I could have talked for hours about the many areas of Peru. Instead we squeezed many of the best nuggets about our favorite places into 50 minutes.
The crown jewel of Peru is known to be Machu Picchu and that’s well deserved. But there is SO much more to experience and see while you are in Peru!
- Nico’s favorite way to arrive at Machu Picchu is a one-day 10km hike, arriving through the Sungate.
- Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the most well-located hotel for direct access to MP. It’s ideal for families or adults. With only 31 rooms, and limitations on development because of its location, it fills fast. Belmond is one of my favorite hotel brands for its sense of place. And I love that my clients get VIP treatment and extra perks.
- There are also several other stunning hotels with amazing service nearby. We forgot to talk about our favorite family suite at Machu Picchu. Send me a note if you want to find out.
- The Sacred Valley is known for its activities and adventures – SUP, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, paragliding (which I did on my first trip to Peru and loved!), horseback riding, via ferratas, ziplines, canyoning, glamping and so much more.
- There are 2 options to go deep into the Amazon in Peru – Puerto Maldanado or near Nauta. Aqua Expeditions’ luxury boat is a favorite in the North and Tambopata Research Center and Inkaterra are favorites in the South. Macaws and jaguars are visible if you are lucky.
- Lima is absolutely worth a 2-3 night stay. Especially if you love food. Three of the world’s top 50 restaurants have been in Lima. Central and Maido are two. In addition to those high end culinary spots there are other local gems with delicious everyday food. Definitely eat ceviche and drink a pisco sour. In Lima there are many ways to enjoy and learn about the food – including a tasting tour around town and hands on cooking classes with a local chef.
Watch the video or listen to the podcast for my personal bucket list in Peru, the best surf and fishing spots, OTBP restaurants and destinations, our favorite gems for a bite to eat, the OTT place to stay (or eat lunch) if you are super adventurous and the other OTT places on our list.
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