(credit:Carlos Ibarra)

(credit:Carlos Ibarra)


A land of paradox and wild beauty, Peru’s vast terrain encompasses urbane, sophisticated cities and incredibly biodiverse wilderness areas, ranging from ancient and mysterious jungles to massive glacial peaks. From the Amazon to the Andes, this South American country offers bucket-list adventures and a myriad number of unique hotels, ranging from extravagantly sumptuous to deliciously comfortable. Whether you’ve been saving up for the trip of a lifetime, or have counted pennies to spend on your time in paradise, update your passport and check out these hotel favorites, designed for any budget
Luxury
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Calle Palacio 136, Plazoleta Nazarenas
Cusco, Peru
(800) 237-1236
www.monasteriohotel.com

Resting on the remains of the ancient Incan Amaru Qhala Palace, this Colonial-style hotel/museum was originally built in 1595. Captured by the Spanish three years later, the building became the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. Now a national landmark peppered with antique artwork and a Baroque-style chapel, the Hotel Monasterio offers guests an experience of unparalleled luxury, steeped in history, relaxation and indulgence. Activities abound for every taste, from paragliding and white water rafting, to weaving and cooking classes. Situated only minutes from both the local airport and the central square, Hotel Monasterio is located near majestic Cusco Cathedral and many significant museums.

(credit: Luis Gamero)

(credit: Luis Gamero)


High-End
Country Club Lima Hotel
Calle Los Eucaliptos 590
San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
(800) 745-8883
www.lhw.com

A golfer’s paradise, this Peruvian cultural monument was constructed in 1927 and is situated next to one of Lima’s highest-rated golf courses. Half an hour and a world away from downtown Lima, the property’s atmosphere seamlessly weaves together an intricate combination of cutting-edge modernism and cultural charm. Featuring the Magical Circuit of Water, a world-class spa, legendary dining experiences and complimentary baby-sitting service, the Country Club Lima Hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation. Must-see attractions nearby include the National Archeology and Anthropology Museum, which hosts Peru’s most comprehensive collection of pre-historic artifacts.

Mid-Range
Gringo Bill’s Hotel
Calle Colla Raymi #104
Machupicchu Pueblo, Peru
(+51) 84-211046
www.gringobills.com

Attracting world travelers since 1979, this warm and welcoming guest house hotel seamlessly blends into its natural surroundings. Tucked into the Andes Mountains and able to accommodate a mere 40 guests, Gringo Bill’s breathtaking views and laid-back atmosphere encapsulates the soul of rural Peru. This family-run gem is a 30-minute bus ride from the Machu Picchu Ruins, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. This area is peppered with atmospheric restaurants and uber-cool hangouts, but no vehicles are allowed, making it as safe as it is affordable.

Budget
Loki del Mar
Avienda Piura #262
Mancora, Peru
(+51) 73-258484
www.hostelworld.com

A budget-conscious, beach bum’s delight, Loki del Mar is located mere steps from the main surf break. Beachfront activities include diving, kite surfing, a natural swimming pool and guided tours. A carefully cultivated atmosphere conducive to meeting and mingling makes connecting with other travelers one of the main attractions of this clean and friendly, well-run hostel. Loki del Mar is situated close to Mancora’s main strip of restaurants, bars and outdoor social spots.

Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.