Above: Calle San Francisco, Arequipa - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR

Newly Recommended Hotels in Peru

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.

It was especially exciting to be able to recommend two properties in such beautiful places. CIRQA occupies a historic building in the colonial heart of Arequipa, a beautiful old city that has yet to become touristy. Belmond’s Las Casitas has a contrasting countryside location, set amid the Colca Canyon’s sculptural Inca and pre-Inca terraces, a short drive from condor habitat.

These videos were taken during our stays at these two lovely properties, and they give you a sense of what we experienced in the hotels as well as on our excursions. We won’t soon forget our time in Arequipa or the Colca Canyon.

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