Above: Calle San Francisco, Arequipa - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR

On our latest trip to Peru, we anonymously reviewed seven hotels, paying the full rate and never disclosing our identity. We checked in on three previously recommended properties — Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel; Sol y Luna; and Inkaterra La Casona — all of which continue to merit our endorsement. Of the four new hotels we tested, only two made the cut: chic CIRQA in Arequipa and the more traditional Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel, in the Colca Canyon.

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