On part two of our virtual trip to Peru with photographer Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography…she takes us to Machu Picchu! A lifelong dream of hers to see, she gives us more insight into what a luxury meets adventure honeymoon in Peru is really like.
“There are few places in the world that offer the diversity that Peru does. In just a short time you can visit jungles, deserts, mountains, valleys, beaches, remote farmland and plains, and of course unimaginable Incan ruins. The most famous of all and the climax of our trip – Machu Picchu. There are certain pinnacles in one’s life where they will never forget the ‘feeling’ of a place and the sense of accomplishment it took to get there; it was amazing to experience this…and then be able to go back to our luxury boutique hotel and have a nice dinner and glass of wine. ““Most people have to hike 5 days and sleep on the ground to get to Machu Picchu, but we took a First class train ride with epic scenery, and stayed at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu. This hotel exists in a world apart. An intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel in a sprawling Andean-style village within the secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two-story whitewashed casitas. I have never really allowed myself to travel in luxury. I always felt that it took the adventure out of everything, but this trip I experienced all the adventure and beauty of Peru through ‘a trip of a lifetime’. I came back energized, yet relaxed, more appreciative, knowledgeable, inspired, awestruck, and amazed at what all I witnessed with my own eyes. Who says that you can’t have romance, adventure, AND luxury all at the same time?” In addition to this adventure, Celestielle Travel also took Laura and crew to other epic places in Peru.
“We took long bus rides with breathtaking scenery just to visit some of the remote little towns and saw the most amazing people working in the fields wearing top hats and brightly woven garb out of llama wool.”“Celestielle travel plans trips thinking of adventurers and backpackers during the day, yet 5 star luxury and comfort for all of the travel, accommodations and food at night. Every day was full of amazing tours, guides, learning and adventure, but we always did it in style and had our every need attended to. We climbed to almost 16,000 elevation and back into Colca Canyon to see the deepest canyon in the world, sit in the volcanic hot springs under the stars after getting a massage, and then went exploring to see the 11 foot long Andean Condors; a rare sight. Amazing!”In addition to adventures aplenty, the hotels and properties were noteworthy as well. Laura also visited several other parts of Peru and has a list of great properties to stay at for you!All slightly off the beaten path or non-chain like hotels, Laura loved the boutique nature and culture of these fun places to dwell throughout your Peru travels.
Lima: Miraflores Park
Arequipa: Casa Andina Private Collection
Colca Canyon: Colca Lodge