Sounds amazing! Anything cool for groups to check out in the area?
Lima is one of those cities that is not very well discovered. It’s got an unbelievable amount of history to it. The historical downtown, which is 20 minutes away and very easily accessible, has some very beautiful plazas, a cathedral, ornate government buildings, the Modern Art Museum of Lima, as well as the Colonial Art Museum. People who are interested in the cultural side of Lima can see all of that.
There’s also a pre-hispanic pyramid that has been discovered and they’re slowly doing the recovery of that so people who can’t make it out to Machu Picchu or the Indian sites still have a chance to see this pyramid that is very close to the hotel.
What’s Peruvian food like?
Peruvian cuisine has an Asian influence as well as a strong seafood influence. The locals call it chifa and it’s a blend of Asian spices and ceviche, which is very well known in Peru. You can find a wide range of international cuisine but I always tell people that if you’re going to go to Peru you need to eat the chifa and the grand variety of ceviche, pairing it with various ways that you can drink pisco.
Pisco is the national drink of Peru and it’s distilled out of grapes and there’s a variety of ways to enjoy it—There’s the traditional pisco sour, but there’s also a version which is like a Manhattan. You can have it before or after dinner and people can really experiment with it.
Any nightlife in the area?
Nightlife is incredible. There’s a number of great clubs and musical venues to go to. When I was there last week the Red Hot Chili Peppers were there! You’ve got a wide variety of international music along with local scenes, as well.
What are some popular group activities in the area?
We work in conjunction with Tikariy tour operators that set up tours for small or large groups either within the city or for those who are interested in extending their stay pre or post trip to go to either the Nazca Lines or to go to Machu Picchu. You can actually do both, if you’d like. They’ve got tours that go for a day trip where you fly and come back on the same day for the Nazca lines or you can go up and spend the weekend in Machu Picchu, which is a great opportunity.
We have a luxury collection property that opened last year called Tambo del Inka, which is in the Sacred Valley, which can host people flying into Cusco. And there’s a train that actually goes from the hotel itself—it’s the only hotel that has it’s own train—that can go to Machu Picchu. Of course, Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and shouldn’t be missed.