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    From lush jungles to vast deserts, Peru is a country full of mystery and adventure. Discover the unyielding natural beauty and ancient civilisations of Peru with Abercrombie & Kent’s wellness-inspired cultural journey. Learn about the sacred rituals of the Incas, walk the through the ancient city of Machu Picchu and kayak the Huaypo lagoon.


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    Lima

    Your Abercrombie & Kent Peru: Spirit of the Incas journey begins in Lima. The city is a fusion of ancient civilisation and modern metropolis. Its pre-Columbian temples and modern high-rises create a stark but somehow perfect blend of two worlds. Relax into your new setting at the luxurious oceanside Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel.

    After a night of R&R, wake up to a morning yoga session followed by a food lover’s exploration of the markets led by a local chef. With your fresh market ingredients, you’ll learn to make traditional Peruvian dishes and then, with a full stomach and some new culinary skills under your belt, you’ll head out on an exploration of Peru’s capital city.

    Being vegan in Peru is easier than you think. In fact, most Peruvians follow a plant-based diet in their day-to-day lives. Plant-based foods can be found in abundance here thanks to the diverse micro-climates found across the country. Some of our favourite vegan and vegan-adapted dishes are: mushroom or mango Ceviche, Pachamanca (vegetables cooked in a clay pot) and picarones (sweet potato dessert).

    Finish your day by learning about the proposed healing powers of ayahuasca. This medicinal and spiritual plant is used by indigenous tribes throughout the Amazon basin.


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    Sacred Valley

    Leave Lima behind and journey into the mystical realm of Peru’s Sacred Valley. Fly from Lima to Cusco, the Incan capital of Peru. Visit the llamas and alpacas of Awana Kancha, then explore your next luxury stay: the 100-acre surrounds of Hotel Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, which is nestled between Cusco and Machu Picchu.


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    Head deep into the Andes for a kayaking experience like no other, gliding through the pristine lagoon waters of Huaypo, taking in the stunning mountain surrounds.

    Get in touch with Mother Nature, or as the Peruvians know her, Pachamama (Mother Earth goddess), giving an offering to Pachamama with a local shaman in a traditional “payment to the earth” ceremony: this is one of Peru’s oldest and most sacred rituals. Enjoy a lagoon-side lunch followed by an interactive demonstration in ancient traditions and medicinal plants. With thanks given to Pachamama, it’s time for you to feel a little spiritual wellness with a replenishing spa treatment.


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    A&K Philanthropy supports sustainable conservation projects of benefit to local communities and environments. You can meet underprivileged children at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow) at the Kuychi Centre, one of the A&K Philanthropy projects. Join the owners of a local organic farmstead on a tour of their fields, followed by a farm-to-table lunch.

    Cusco

    Machu Picchu was a place of significance for the ancient Incas, and visiting Machu Picchu is just as much of a spiritual experience today as it was then. Learn all about this historic site from an expert in the field before boarding the PeruRail Sacred Valley train to experience the wonders of Machu Picchu with a guided afternoon visit. Stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, which sits adjacent to the citadel.


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    The next morning, you’ll walk through the crumbling ruins of Machu Picchu as the sun rises, casting its light on the ancient citadel – truly one of the most remarkable experiences you’ll have in Peru. Before boarding the train back to Cusco, hike to the peak of Huayna Picchu for a spectacular view you’re unlikely to ever forget.

    The last two nights of this epic journey will be spent at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. On your final day, you can create your own bespoke itinerary. From private morning yoga to lectures on the divine coca plant and coca-leaf oracle readings, Cusco is yours to discover.


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    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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