– Machu Picchu should top any itinerary. More of the site is continually being closed to the public, so now’s the time!
– Adrenaline junkie? Take your pick of rafting, biking, and paddle boarding. And for the cultural buff, expect plenty of history and art.
– Did you know? The north coast has rowdy surfing. Check out the nine-room Kichic hotel boutique for easy access to wave riding.
Note: The order of your itinerary is key in order to survive changing altitudes! This is why working with a travel advisor is key. As an example: a landing in Cusco right after coming from Lima can make you sick. We’d recommend heading down in altitude to the Sacred Valley upon arrival to get acclimated before returning to Cusco.

– explora Sacred Valley. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, this explora outpost is basecamp to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Programs include more than 20 exclusive explorations.
– Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. Located in Cusco, 55 oxygen-infused suites are nestled in a serene plaza behind the city’s main square. Spa, outdoor pool, and fine dining? Check.
– Belmond Andean Explorer Train. This is South America’s first luxury sleeper train, and a scenic way to experience Peru. One- and two-night itineraries journey between Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa, with stops at Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon en-route.
Titilaka Lodge at Titicaca Lake. A Relais & Chateau property, this beautiful hotel is located in the cradle of Inca history. All rooms have lake views, made even more memorable with endless skies and snow-capped peaks.
Macchu Picchu will wow any discerning traveler, while a visit to Lake Titicaca includes the last remaining Uros floating island villages and the island of Taquile. Both reveal fascinating, vanishing cultures.

– Cally Pirrung
Jill Taylor

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Unique Cultures of Peru


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If you’re looking to divert from the popular path for a deeper experience of the lifestyle and culture found exclusively in the unique peaks and valleys of Peru, then a visit to Lake Titicaca is the perfect addition to your journey. Sharing a border with Bolivia in Southern Peru, it is the world’s highest navigable lake and home to some of the most interesting cultures that exist today – not only in Peru, but globally. Both National Geographic and UNESCO have been working to preserve the traditions of the communities in this area for many years. Unfortunately, due to draws of the modern world, we don’t know how much longer they will exist.

Once you settle in at Titilaka , you are immediately engulfed by gorgeous views and mesmerized by the peacefulness of its surroundings. Titilaka, which rests on a peninsula, is situated on rural farmland belonging to the local Peruvian farmers just beside it. Their colorful local artwork and weavings fill the bright and fresh interior, as does a welcoming team of local staff. The 18 rooms, restaurant and common areas throughout the resort have panoramic glass windows with views over the lake, which can occupy your mind for hours. In no time, the property transforms into your luxurious home base from which to embark on daily excursions through the landscapes and communities in the area.

You will find yourself astounded on a full day guided excursion to visit the pre-Incan people inhabiting the Uros floating islands, as well as marvel at the UNESCO protected Taquile Island, home to some of the finest craftsman in Latin America. On land, you can explore the neighboring farmlands by bike, foot or car to observe locals harvesting of crops. Titilaka encourages a visit to learn about the famous weaving community of Copamaya, where all the hotel’s rugs and textiles are made. If your thirst for Peruvian culture still is not satisfied, exploring weekend markets and ancient ruins are just an easy trip away.

It is important to arrange a marvelous visit to Titilaka through a trusted and experienced travel designer. At almost 13,000 feet, altitude sickness is quite common and makes travel from sea level directly to the lake inadvisable.

Plan your own perfect Peruvian adventure through Cally Pirrung:

JetSet Destinations: Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, situated at an elevation of 12,500 feet in the Andes Mountains on the Bolivian border of Peru, is a magical and mystical destination.  Though the landscape is alluring, its residents are most intriguing.

The Uros people have lived on an island of floating reeds since the Incas expanded onto their land hundreds of years ago.   Their lifestyle and subsistence is basic.  They make their living from fishing, selling their reed handicrafts, and weaving beautiful textiles.  Bright colors are dominate as the Uros believe the rainbow harmonizes people and nature – and ultimately leads to heaven.  Thus, their vibrant clothing sends a message to the gods that they are happy.

Titilaka is equally vibrant with 18 uniquely styled lake view rooms, Relais & Chateaux gourmet cuisine, and unlimited exploration offered in their fully inclusive experience.  The magic transcends the destination and engulfs those fortunate enough to visit this remote corner of the country.

Immerse yourself!  Let Jill Taylor design your Andean adventure: