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Latest News from Akorn Peru
New hotels in both Cusco and Lima!
We are happy to announce that the launch of Hotel B in Lima is moving along as planned and the hotel is scheduled to pre-open in January 2013. The much awaited hotel will feature 17 large suites with deep bathtubs and a signature restaurant by Oscar Velarde, one of Peru's best known restaurateurs.Just last month JW Marriott opened a 153-room property in downtown Cusco. Built in the former San Agustin Monastery, the hotel features an elegantly relaxed décor with a distinctly colonial feel. In addition to the oxygen delivery system in all rooms, they are all equipped with luxurious bedding and sumptuous bathrooms with soaking tub and separate shower, as well as the latest in-room technology.
After years of hard work, on June 15th the Orient Express finally opened their new hotel in Cusco, Palacio Nazarenas. Surrounded by walls of Inca stones, the hotel combines the old with the new showing a contemporary side of Cusco with a state-of-the-art spa, the city's first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine. This luxury retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and its own private bar where guests (or their private bulter) can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
To see more about the new Palacio Nazarenas please check its video here.
Titilaka joins Virtuoso
As of June 1st, 2012, Titilaka, the most exclusive retreat in Lake Titicaca, has joined the Virtuoso network. This 18 all-suite property is located at the less touristy side of the lake, providing an exclusive experience, privacy and utmost comfort. Enjoy panoramic views of the highest navigable lake in the world, outstanding staff, knowledgeable guides from the area, great variety of activities, gourmet andfusion meals including drinks, cocktail hour and tea time every day.
Recognised by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the World's Best New Hotels of 2012, a new jungle lodge 'Hacienda Concepcion' has opened just 45 minutes from Cusco in the Peruvian jungle. Owned by Inkaterra, the property promises to add an exciting twist to itineraries in the area. It is an ideal for those clients looking for a taste of the Amazon but with limited time to spare. The small 15-room hacienda is located on a 2,000 acre private estate in Tambopata, one of the Peruvian Amazon's most impressive natural reserves. This location provides the perfect combination for a trip to Machu Picchu, as the area is just a 45 minute flight from Cusco, whilst being conveniently positioned within walking distance of the beautiful and solitary Lake Sandoval, which offers a wide range of land and river excursions within its surroundings. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to watch exotic Amazon species such as hoatzins or shanshos and other animals in their natural habitat.
To find out more or to add this property to your clients itinerary please contact us.
Starbucks in Cusco
Starbucks has announced the opening of its 41st branch in Peru, located in the historic centre of Cusco. The new outlet, currently the third store in southern Peru, can accommodate up to 86 people, and will employ approximately 40 people staff from the region. Local flavours have been incorporated such as the Algarrobina Frappuccino, and Starbucks are showing social committment to the community of Villa Rica, thereby fulfilling the their self-proclaimed corporate social responsibility guidelines.
Rafting Peru's Amazon
The 13th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race event will take place next October 6th, contestants will set out on homemade balsa rafts from the beaches of Nauta, and paddle their way back to Iquitos over three days--covering some 180k along the way. Almost every year, the overall event is won by teams from nearby, either "Los Increibles" or "Los Invencibles". They dominated the annual race until 2008 when the first international winners, David Kelly and his USA team "Easy Living", won in record time by finishing in 12 hours, 19 minutes, a record that still stands. So far, the 2011 line-up includes 34 teams from eight countries participating, with colorful and humorous team names such as "Team Macho Man,"Electric Amazon Lovefest," "The Crazy Cuys," "River City Donkey Show," to name a few.
Peruvian cuisine takes a trip to Nebraska!
Peru is a country that offers one of the richest and varied cuisines in the world. Thanks to the legacy of our ancient civilizations and to the influence of immigration from countries on 4 continents mixed together with the fact that Peruvians enjoy every bite, the country has become a hub for foodies, offering a unique range of delicious choices. To promote Peru, an agency took a group of famous chefs and personalities to a small town in Nebraska, called Peru, to spread the word on what it means to be Peruvian. Check out the hilarious documentary of this group of Peruvians heading to the heartland of America:
Itinerary adjustments in Perú
Over the last couple of days some local communities in Puno have been protesting against the potential future activities of some mining companies which have unfortunately affected operations in the Titicaca area.
Although the Government is working hard to solve the issue, operations have become a little more difficult over the last couple of hours. Given the situation Akorn Peru has taken to the decision to adjust itineraries visiting the Titicaca and Puno area over the coming few days so that they are not inconvenienced in any way. Our Operations department will be in touch with all those who have clients in the area to give more specific details.
Taca increases operations in Perú
TACA, one of South Americas leading Airlines has announced that they will be increasing frequencies for domestic flights within Peru including a substantial increase in weekly flights to Cusco from 13 to 21. Elsewhere the airline has announced the launch of routes from Lima to Juliaca (the access point to Lake Titicaca), Tarapoto in the Peruvian Amazon and Trujillo in the north of the country.
NEWS: Peru Rail announces changes in its services to Machu Picchu, Vista dome and Hiram Bingham...
From Jan 1st until Feb 28th both trains will run from/to Ollantaytambo station. This will be particularly helpful for times when landslides sometimes occur during the rainy season, causing inconveniences especially at Pomatales canyon.
The route Cusco/Ollantaytambo/Cusco will be served by regular buses provided by Peru rail however following our commitment to offer you a high quality service and suitable comfort, Akorn Peru will arrange this drive exclusively for our passengers
ITINERARY IDEAS: A new hiding place in the heart of Peru
Cusco and Machu Picchu are two must-visit destinations on all travellers lists, but often particularly with newlyweds. From a shamanic blessing, a romantic picnic in the desert to a carriage ride through the colonial streets of Lima, Peru continues to surprise. To end your days of countless enigmatic experiences why not take a rejuvenating treatment and de-stress at the Spa Hotel Unno Aranwa in the sacred valley: something we know all our passengers will appreciate.
NEWS: Yale University's pieces of Machu Picchu will return to Peru at the end of the 100-year agreement...
Their new home will be the Casa Concha in the city of Cusco. From July 2011 and to commemorate the first sighting of Machu Picchu the first 363 pieces will be on exhibition expecting for the remaining 46,000 pieces to arrive in 2012. The Casa Concha has 70 rooms and is near to complete the restoration (98%). The house is incredible as it features Inca areas, remnants of the colonial times, of the transition period as well as of the republican era. Peruvian archaeologist and Yale commissioner are making every effort to ensure the proper conservation of the archaeological object as well as installation of windows, humidity control equipment and security systems.
Lima – New restaurants highlight Peru’s gastronomic boom
With gastronomy becoming such an important part of travel within Peru due to it’s unique influences it’s important to recommend the best to your clients. El Mercado, Amor Amar and Central are three restaurants all right on the cutting edge of Lima's finest dining experiences. Whilst Amor Amar and El Mercado focus on Peru’s world famous seafood including the national dishes of tiradito and ceviche, Central concentrates on elegant surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere to deliver dishes that resemble artworks rather than dinner but deliver some of the finest tastes to be found in the city. If you would like more information regarding restaurants in Peru or even to organize a gastronomic journey from the coast over the Andes and into the Amazon please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
NEW AIR ROUTES: New LAN destinations
We are very excited about the new LAN routes. Since last September we have flights from Lima to Galapagos via Guayaquil and Quito and from January 5th direct flights from Lima to Easter Islands will start every Wednesday and Sunday. Furthermore beginning January 16th direct connections with Iguazu will be offered from Lima. Wherever you want to fly from Lima you can do it via LAN!!.
NEWS: Cusco one of the most popular cities of America
Cusco, the Imperial city of the Incas, was chosen by thousands of readers of the American magazine Condé Nast Traveller among the top 10 destinations in America, during the Readers Choice Awards 2010. The best hotels in Peru, according to the readers are the Monasterio Hotel in Cusco, Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Marriot in Lima and Libertador in Cusco.
New General Manager in our Peruvian office
With great pleasure we want to introduce you to our new General Manager in Peru, Rodrigo Custodio. With almost 25 years of experience in the Peruvian Travel Industry, he has been mainly involved on adventure and nature expeditions, running a Multi-location operation that included treks to Machu Picchu and four rain forest lodges in the Southern Amazon, very close to Cusco. A thorough professional, very environmentally aware, well connected and with excellent knowledge of new developing areas like Trujillo, Chiclayo and Chapapoyas which is right on the cutting edge of new products that you all demand from us!.
NEWS: Air France will recommence flights to Lima
From June 2011 Air France has re-commenced operations to Lima with 5 weekly services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The French company is proud of strengthening a cultural and commercial exchange between France and Peru, one of the peak tourist destinations in Latin America. They plan to fly with Boeing 777-200, with a capacity for 309 people.
NEWS: Northern Peru witnesses another important archaeological discovery at the site of the Lord of Sipan
Upon its discovery in 1987, the site of The Lord of Sipan was heralded as the King Tut of South America for the elaborate jewelry within the tomb including pieces made of gold, silver and semi-precious stones. Those travelling to northern Peru will now have the opportunity not only to see the Lord of Sipan’s tomb but also the ongoing excavations which recently uncovered an entire family buried close by which are believed to date back over 1800 years predating the Lord of Sipan by 120 years.
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