Peru is a colorful country with a multitude of climates. Our itinerary was planned around Machu Picchu and started in Lima. Lima is a modern city full of shopping and restaurants. It boasts some of the world's best food, so you can skip the room service-- think fresh ceviche for every meal. Next, we flew to Cusco where we amped up our skincare routine due to Cusco's cold, dry climate. We easily used generous amounts of Earth tu Face Rosemary + Salt Lotion and Grown Alchemist Camellia & Geranium Blossom Hydra-Repair Day Cream. Since Cusco is over 11,000 ft above sea level, a short time in the sun left us a little sun burned. Luckily, Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Body Mist came in handy.
Machu Picchu hiking left us with sore limbs and craving a soak in the tub and a massage. So we headed to the Peruvian Amazon for that much needed R & R. We shifted our routine to accommodate the high temperature and humidity levels We used Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Face Toning Balance Mist to keep breakouts at bay.
With all the frequent flying, the Earth tu Face Skin Stick, Grown Alchemist Desert Lime & Amino-Peptide Hydra-Mist and Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream really came in handy.
Casa Andina Private Collection, Cusco
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, Tambopata
1. Bojosan, Calle San Agustin 275, Cusco 084, Peru
A simple, traditional Japanese soba restaurant with fresh ingredients and great flavor. $8 USD pp.
2. Picarones Ruinas, Ruinas St. 200, Cusco
If you love doughnuts, you can't miss eating picarones (made with sweet potatoes, flour and molasses). This little corner shop makes them fresh while you wait. Rosa has been making picarones here for 38 years. Four pieces come on a plate, $1 USD.
Food: AGUAS CALIENTES
1. Cafe Inkaterra, Railroad Km 110 Agua Callientes, Aguas Calientes, Peru
2. Treehouse, Av Imperio de los Incas, Aguas Calientes, Peru
All the reviews will tell you the same thing, "Treehouse has amazing food." Well they're right. In a small town with limited options, this little Peruvian fusion restaurant is making flavorful, interesting dishes. Easily the best food in town, but do make reservations ahead of time. $20 USD pp.
1. La Mar, Av. La Mar 770 Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Lunch, about $16 USD pp.
2. Central Restaurante, Santa Isabel 376 Miraflores Lima, Peru, Peru
11 courses. $100 USD pp.
Not to be missed
1. Hike Huayna Picchu
If you're up for it, book tickets far in advance (only 400 people allowed per day). This hike will challenge your body, mind and soul. The views of Machu Picchu sanctuary aren't bad either.
2. Tambopata Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon
Inkaterra Hotel included a 5 hour nature walk and boat tour on Lake Sandoval. The incredible amount of wildlife and plant species you'll see will make you never want to leave.
3. Tandem Paragliding, Raimondi's Park, next to “Parque del Amor”, 2nd block of Malecon Cisneros Avenue., Miraflores, Peru
If you're up for a short adventure with great beach and cliff views, 10 mins paragliding will cost about $80USD