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Valleys & Vineyards of Peru & Argentina

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Mendoza & Buenos Aires

This unique journey through Peru and Argentina is perfect for an alternative honeymoon and will appeal to both foodies and adventurous travelers! Explore the highlights of Peru, including Machu Picchu, before sampling Malbecs in the vineyards of Mendoza.

At a Glance

  • Sample the finest of Malbecs in Mendoza, Argentina's wine-growing region, surrounded by mountains and vineyards

  • Be blown away by the ancient Inca ruins at Machu Picchu

  • Enjoy gastronomic delights throughout, from Lima's fine-dining restaurants to the European flavors in Buenos Aires and the finest steaks you will ever try

  • Best visited in the spring or Fall, making it easy to avoid the school vacations

  • Perfect vacation for couples with a sense of adventure and keen foodies

  • Stay at charming, boutique properties throughout where attention to detail is key

Couples, Culture, Food & wine, History

Description

Combine the rich Inca history of Peru with the vineyards of Mendoza and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires for a unique vacation, perfect for couples who wish to encounter spectacular scenery, get under the skin of fascinating ancient cultures and enjoy delicious food and wines. Staying in small, boutique properties throughout ensures a personal touch in each destination and an unforgettable journey through two of South America's contrasting countries. A surprising yet great combination!

Begin by flying direct into Lima, Peru's capital city and gastronomic heart. We recommend a stay in Atemporal, a nine-bedroom property which sits in the upmarket Miraflores neighborhood, within easy reach of a number of the city's key sites and some world-class dining options. Head out of the city to nearby Inca ruins or wander the historic district and admire the colonial architecture before flying south to Cuzco.

Transfer straight into the Sacred Valley where you will be able to spend a few days adjusting to the altitude before heading to the iconic Inca site of Machu Picchu. Stay for three nights at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, marvelling at the spectacular valley scenery, exploring Andean villages and enjoying some adrenaline-fuelled adventures before boarding the train which will take you to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the site of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour and walk in the steps of these ancient people, learning about the history of the site and its discovery. Stay for one night in Aguas Calientes at Sumaq Machu Picchu, possibly adding in a second ticket to Machu Picchu to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to enjoy impressive views over the ruins.

Head by train back to Cuzco and stay for two nights at Casa Cartagena. We recommend making the most out of the Cuzco tourist pass which includes entry fees to all the most important museums and Inca ruins within the city, giving you plenty to discover in the next few days. Cuzco's cobbled streets and pretty colonial architecture make it a wonderful place to spend a couple of days and the perfect place to end your time in Peru.

From here, fly to Mendoza in Argentina. This is prime wine country and you will be surrounded by vineyards, the soaring peaks of the Andes Mountains constantly looming in the distance making for some stunning contrasting scenery. Here we recommend three nights at the beautiful Finca Adalgisa which provides a great base for exploring the region's best vineyards and, of course, tasting the regions best wines.

End your journey in Buenos Aires, a city of vivid colors and distinct European flavors. Enjoy tango shows, fine dining and football, explore fascinating museums and familiarise yourself with each neighborhood's unique character before flying home. Stay at boutique CasaSur Palermo and use the hotel's bikes to get to know this delightful city, staying for two nights.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Lima
2 nights

Lima, Peru

Atemporal
Fly to Cuzco
3 nights

Sacred Valley, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
1 night

Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu
2 nights

Cuzco, Peru

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fly to Mendoza
3 nights

Mendoza area, Argentina

Finca Adalgisa
Fly to Buenos Aires
2 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina

CasaSur Palermo
Fly home from Buenos Aires

Location & Directions

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Mendoza & Buenos Aires

Begin in Lima, the gastronomic heart of Peru, staying at beautiful boutique hotel Atemporal. From here, fly south to Cuzco and journey straight into the Sacred Valley for a 3-night stay amongst spectacular scenery and charming Andean villages, before heading to Machu Picchu for a real bucket-list moment. Stay at Sumaq Machu Picchu for one night before returning to Cuzco by train and spending two nights in this charming colonial city at boutique Casa Cartagena. You will then fly to Mendoza in Argentina, in the heart of wine country where you can sample some of the country's finest malbecs. Fly from here to Buenos Aires and enjoy fine dining and tango before catching your direct flight home.

When to go

The best time to combine Peru with Aregntina's wine regions would be from March to May and from September to November. This avoids the rainy season in Peru and the cooler winter in Mendoza, hopefully leaving warm bright days. Machu Picchu sits in its own microclimate and it's weather is often unpredictable so is best visited in Peru's dry season when you are less likely to experience thick fog which can disrupt your views.

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