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For many travelers to Peru, visiting ancient ruins offers one of the best reasons for venturing into the wild. After all, the fact that these sites are usually off-beat and well-protected — often to serve out their former purposes as spiritual centers, military strongholds, and imperial homes — is part of the joy. But what else is there to see and do if you start to feel “ruin-ed” out?
Ever wanted to see all – and we do mean all – of South America’s coastline? Holland America’s newest Grand Voyage for 2015 will let you do just that. The 68-day journey will make a complete loop around the continent from Fort Lauderdale, with a few additional ports of call in the Caribbean, Central America, and, weather permitting, Antarctica.
Even if you’ve never been to South America, or left your hometown, you’ve probably heard of Machu Picchu: it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary. Even though visiting this historic Inca site site requires a certain degree of planning, it turns out that it’s entirely possible to visit Machu Picchu in a single day. Here’s how to do it… Read more
The airline industry as a whole takes its fair share of flack. It seems that every other month, some new fee is being added, services are being cut, price increases are being slid into fares, and flexibility is nothing more than a cute notion. But for all the negatives, billions are being spent on airport expansions to make flying a little bit more pleasant. Here’s a look at three of the year’s biggest airport upgrades, though if immediate results are your thing, don’t get too excited. Some of the work isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2030. Read more
While exploring charming Cartagena, Colombia, a colonial gem of a city fronting the Caribbean, I bumped into a group of New Yorkers who had just flown in on a nonstop 4.5-hour JetBlue flight from NYC. Exciting news! The airline recently launched the only nonstop service between New York’s JFK and Cartagena this fall, making it easier (and cheaper!) than ever before for Northeast-area travelers to make their way to this sexy South American hotspot.
In life, being in the right place at the right time is often due to serendipity, but in travel, it almost always is a result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, venture out between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, destinations are still welcoming travelers, and you can explore a locale at your own pace. We call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot and make it a point to round up the best of them for you each season. We’ve covered the 40 best places to travel for spring value and grouped them by region – follow the links to the right to discover this season’s Sweet Spots, then search our travel deals to start planning your trip.
We’ve written about all sorts of niche butlers on this blog (see: baby butlers, butler picnics) but Lima’s Miraflores Park Hotel might have one of the more sensuous offerings: Bath Butlers, a service only available in Junior and Presidential suites.
True to the brand, this Orient Express property is known for its elegant surroundings and highly personalized service. Once you check in to this chic Lima property in Miraflores, a trendy residential neighborhood within the city, summon your butler.
Enjoy a half-hour massage arranged in your room prior to your bath to quiet the mind and relax the body. As you slip away in to a state of bliss, your butler will be busy drawing a bath to your liking. Carefully and individually selected bath oils, salts and soaps will be added, along with candles dimly lit and surrounding the bath.
Foodie enthusiasts from across the globe are pouring into Peru’s capital city of Lima to celebrate and savor its provocative culinary culture. For centuries, waves of immigrants have long descended upon this key city.
As you explore Lima’s gastronomy today you see influences from the Spanish, African, European, Chinese, and Japanese. America’s own Nobu is known to have cut his culinary teeth and to be deeply and forever influenced by his time spent in Lima.
For the tasteful traveler in search of seduction both on and off the plate, check in to Miraflores Park Hotel in Miraflores, a trendy upscale neighborhood in Lima and the epicenter of the culinary movement. This Orient Express property in this exclusive residential neighborhood is by far the city’s sexiest and most sophisticated hotel.
Once the bags are dropped, it’s up, up and away. The expansive and picturesque views of the Pacific is reason enough to book a spa treatment at Zest. Located on the hotel’s 11th floor, Zest uses indigenous products sourced locally in Lima and from the Peruvian Rainforest.
The urban flair and joie de vivre of Buenos Aires prep your senses for a 10-day, mystical journey through Peru and Argentina. Discover orphaned cities tucked away in the clouds, traverse the stunning countryside, and dance the tango in Argentina. Starting from a deeply discounted rate of $1,799, with airfare from New York*, this breathtaking tour of South-American shrines, landmarks, and legends is available for booking between May 19 and November 23.
The Peru and Argentina tour includes:
• Round-trip airfare between Lima and New York
• 3-Nights’ accommodations in Buenos Aires
• Buenos Aires guided city tour
• Exclusive discount coupons for shopping in Buenos Aires
• Snack at Hard Rock Café in Buenos Aires
• Two-for-one happy hour with drinks, food, and dance in select restaurants
• Entrance to floating casino in Buenos Aires
• 1-Nights’ accommodations in Lima
• 4-Nights’ accommodations in Cuzco
• Half-day Cuzco tour (Sacsayhuaman and the shrines of Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay)
• Full-day Sacred Valley excursion with lunch
• 1-Nights’ hotel accommodations in Machu Picchu
• Full-day guided tour of Machu Picchu with lunch
• All airfare transfers
• All domestic transportation
Call (800) 722-4522 to reserve your spot or visit www.gotmyfare.com for more information.
LAN Airlines has announced a new sale on round-trip fares from eight U.S. cities to cultural hotspots in South America. Fares start as low as $399 on flights from Miami to Lima, Peru, but there are plenty of other exciting destinations, including, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Montevideo, Uruguay that are reduced up to 30 percent. Whether an exotic beach in Uruguay, the glaciers of Patagonia, or a bustling Latin American metropolis, these rock-bottom rates will get you to those tantalizing, far-off locales. Tickets must be purchased before April 5 and the offer is valid for travel through June 15.
In addition, LAN Airlines has announced nonstop service from San Francisco to Lima beginning in July 2010, making it the only nonstop service from San Francisco to South America. Visit www.LAN.com for more information.
Sample Fares (Round-Trip, Excluding Taxes):
• Miami–Lima, Peru: $399
• San Francisco–Lima, Peru: $599
• New York–Buenos Aires: $799
• Los Angeles–Montevideo, Uruguay: $799
• New York–Santiago, Chile: $899
• And more!
To book your flight visit www.LAN.com
Avianca Airlines is offering round-trip fares starting as low as $188 (without taxes) to Colombia and Peru. Flight destinations include Lima, the coastal capital of Peru, as well as four extraordinary cities in Colombia: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, and Pereira. Flights leave out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Although no book-by date is listed, you can be assured that these flights will fill quickly. Our editors put these fares to the test and found prices as low as $308 round-trip – taxes included! To book your flight, visit www.expedia.com.
Sample fares (round-trip, taxes included):
• Fort Lauderdale – Bogota: $308
• Fort Lauderdale – Cartagena, Colombia: $349
• New York – Bogota: $384
• Miami – Medellin, Colombia: $388
• Miami – Lima: $408
• Washington, D.C. – Pereira, Colombia: $462
• And more!
Lima, the capital city of Peru, is best known for its split personality. This buzzing, Peruvian business metropolis is also a slow-paced cultural haven where history and nature thrive alongside each other. ShermansTravel editors have spotted bombshell round-trip summer fares from the U.S. to Lima starting from $349 (taxes included!) through June, July, and August. Omitted from any inclusive fare sale, these free-standing rates have flown right under the radar.
Avoiding the peak season, which lasts from December to May, allows travelers to take advantage of these economical rates in addition to dodging the crowds of the previous months. Flights leave from major U.S. cities, on numerous carriers including Continental and Spirit Airlines. Rates are subject to change over time, with cheaper flights Monday through Wednesday.
Sample Round-Trip Fares (with taxes) to Lima Include:
• Fort Lauderdale: $349
• Chicago: $391
• New York: $391
• Detroit: $391
• Atlanta: $391
• And more!
Flights to Lima, Peru, from New York City are now on sale for only $250 round-trip – including taxes! Our editors found this low fare to be available for travel nearly every day from May through mid-June of 2010 (prices shoot back at the end of June). This route usually costs over $600, so this deal is truly remarkable. Even better, nonstop flights are also available at this incredible price!
To book this fare use ShermansTravel’s QuickSearch. This fare is unadvertised, so book soon before it goes up.
Mamma mia! Choosing just 10 of the world’s best cities for food was no picnic. In the process, we let our taste buds wander the globe in search of sustenance. Our definitive list finds cities chosen for their unique dishes – if you hanker for snake, head to Hanoi, or for cuy (guinea pig), make way for Lima – others for their celebrity chefs (witness Las Vegas and New York), and still others for creating dishes known the world over – thank you Tokyo for your superlative sushi and sashimi. Of course, France and Italy are renowned for their local cuisine, so you’ll find two stellar cities worth visiting here to sate your appetites; Barcelona, however, gets a nod for its winning combination of design and dining; and Vancouver and San Francisco are recognized for their seafood and stellar Chinese cuisine. Bon appétit – wherever your foodie cravings take you!
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