Don’t-Miss Luxury Sights in Peru

The ancient Inca civilization left exquisite ruins throughout the Andes mountains, and today’s travelers can see these sites in almost as much luxury as Inca rulers would have experienced.

Max Luxe asked some recent visitors to Peru’s Inca highlands for their recommendations.

Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu.

Our correspondents suggest the Aqua Amazon river cruise on a 130-foot boat that can accommodate up to 24 guests. Cruises run for three, four, or seven days and include fishing for piranhas, swimming in the Amazon with pink Dolphins, and jungle walks in the vast rainforest.

The week-long cruise is $7,385 per adult in a suite or $7,735 in a master suite.

The star attraction in Peru is the ancient site of Machu Picchu, considered a world landmark. Visitors can hike up to the site (or travel by bus) and walk around the majestic ruins.

On the way back to Cusco, the Hiram Bingham train offers an “incredibly luxurious” four-hour ride from Machu Picchu. The train, operated by Belmond, which also runs luxury trains like the Orient Express and the Royal Scotsman, is named for the explorer who found Machu Picchu again after hundreds of years. The train trip includes a gourmet five-course dinner and entertainment. Riders can learn to make a Pisco sour in the bar car or listen to Peruvian music while watching the landscape. A one-way adult fare is $336.

Machu Picchu.

Ancient terraces in the Andes mountains at Machu Picchu.