Belmond Hotels and LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE) may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of luxury travel, but over the past decade the brand that brings us the couture works of Christian Dior, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton has been strategically purchasing luxury hotels and resorts around the globe. This includes hotels in Venice, on both ends of the Orient Express, and most recently the Belmond Hotels in Cusco, Lima, and Machu Picchu Peru.
They specialize in experiential travel to some of the most revered destinations in the world. Not the tourist hotspots but destinations that immerse travelers in the local culture without compromising luxury, comfort, or style.
The Best Of Both Worlds
Traveling to Peru is more than just a vacation it’s an experience. It’s for tourists looking for something off the beaten path. They want to be immersed in nature and enjoy an authentic experience, but they don’t want to give up the luxurious accommodations they crave while traveling. Staying at a Belmond hotel offers the best of both worlds. Their hotels deliver all the luxury amenities you would expect. From 5-star dining and rooms to partnering with local tour companies to offer their guests a variety of packages to personalize their trip. Head out and enjoy nature by day and return to the comfort and privacy of your room at night.
You can take the train to Machu Picchu which we will discuss below but the best views of the Inca Trail are seen on a 4-day hike of the Sacred Valley Cloud Forest, with many enriching stops along the way. Not to worry as the Comfort Trek is strategically broken up to be moderate, averaging between 4 and 4.5 hours per day. You’ll have to carry your own backpack but water, meals, and your accommodations are taken care of. Yes, you’ll be sleeping in tents, but you’ll be glamping not roughing it.
Enjoy hot water to bathe, a portable toilet, and tents with modern foam mattresses to rest at the end of the day. An English-speaking tour guide is with you every step of the way and your meals are prepared with local ingredients by a 5-star chef and served at restaurant-style outdoor accommodations.
A Luxury Train Ride To Machu Picchu
Not to worry if 4 days of glamping isn’t your style as you can still enjoy the picturesque views of the Sacred Valley Cloud Forest by Train. The 2-day 1-night Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu train and tour takes you to the legendary lost cist of the Incas “Machu Picchu”. Board this luxury train anywhere along the Inca Trail, Lares Trek, or Salkantay Trek.
Choose from either the standard Expedition Train Service or the Vistadome Service that allows you to enjoy a 360-degree view. The train ride is 2 to 4 hours depending on your pick-up location. You may be tempted to window watch your breathtaking view the entire trip, or you can socialize with other travelers from around the world—and enjoy your luxury accommodations. These aren’t your average train as they are designed for comfort and style.
You may be taking a train all the way, but you’ll still have the opportunity to get out and explore nature. After you arrive at your Belmond hotel on day one you can head off solo and take a 25-minute hike to the Manuel Chávez Ballón museum and orchid exhibition. You can also take a 2-hour round trip walk to the Mandor waterfall and nearby Hot Springs. Be sure to bring your binoculars to bird watch and zoom in on the beauty of your surroundings.
On day two you will enjoy a full 3-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu before the scenic tour back to your Belmond hotel.
Your Vacation Your Way
These are two of the most popular tours we partner with the Belmond to ensure you make the most of your Peruvian vacation, but they are far from your only options. For those who want a mix of high and low, you can stay at the Belmond hotel, but take a 4-day hiking and camping tour that appeals more to nature enthusiasts. We understand you are traveling which is why we provide as much as we can so that you can pack light. Rent your tent sleeping bag, air mattress, hiking poles, headlamp, daypack, and more. This option is also a bit more budget-friendly.
You can also join in on a 9-day, 8-night yoga retreat that includes daily activities and excursions, including making your way to Machu Picchu. This is perfect for yoga lovers and those who travel solo but want to do more than just focus on yoga and wellness on their next vacation. For those who are hard-core yoga lovers, you will enjoy a retreat with cultural immersion, and a spiritual setting to practice.
What each of our tours has in common is that they provide you with the opportunity to experience local culture and customs. From arts and crafts to music, dancing, and the Peruvian culinary delights. Tour solo, as a couple, with your family, or with a large group. Reach out today to learn more about your luxury Peruvian vacation!