From a new Relais & Châteaux hotel to Uniworld’s plans for Amazon itineraries, January was a busy month for travel in Peru. Here’s an inside look at what’s new.
In hotel news, the team behind Hotel B, Atemporal and Titilaka, announced the official opening of Cirqa, a new luxury hotel in Arequipa. Part of Relais & Châteaux, the new property is in Arequipa’s historic center, with a design inspired by the ecclesiastical tradition of the nearby San Augustin Church. Local cuisine is on offer in several dining venues at the new hotel.
In Lima, Hilton announced plans for a new Motto by Hilton hotel, representing the launch of the brand in Caribbean and Latin America. The lifestyle hotel brand combines efficient micro rooms, social spaces, locally inspired design and a community atmosphere in downtown urban destinations to serve price-conscious travelers looking for a good price and unique experiences. The hotel will break ground in May 2020, with an expected opening date in 2022.
In cruise news, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announced plans for its first South American itineraries, with sailings in the Peruvian Amazon onboard the Aria Amazon set to debut in September 2020. The new itineraries include the 15-day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that starts off with a land portion in Lima staying at a five-star hotel, followed by a seven-night cruise through the Amazon rainforest. The trip ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with visits to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The 11-day Peruvian Rivers & Rainforest Discovery itinerary, meanwhile, gives guests the chance to explore the capital of Lima and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, as well as sail the Amazon River roundtrip from Iquitos.
Finally, in terms of meetings and events, tourism officials announced that Peru hosted 30 international meetings, generating $32 million for the country’s economy, in 2019. Meetings were from a wide range of sectors, including medicine, science, technology, design, construction, architecture, real estate, administration, social, business and corporate responsibility.