Best Hotels, Lodges, and Transportation In Peru That I Personally Loved!
Peru is a place where I want all my readers to visit at least once in their lifetime. Staying in Peru is also as diverse as the country itself. It has sturdy mountains, a dry coastline, snow-capped peaks, rivers, and large plots of the rainforest. We can spend one night in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, and then we can spend on any of the Spanish monasteries more than 7000 feet above sea level. The best time to visit Peru is in the summer, and the best hotels near Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Nazca areas are crowded with travelers from all over the world.
As you know, I went on a big trip to Peru and wrote my complete trip about it. I bird-watched, and then I observed countless animals, mammals, and today we are going to talk about the best hotel, lodges, and transportation that I enjoyed myself.
Peru Hotels, Guest Houses and Lodges –
Like most places, hotels in Peru are rated from zero to five stars.
It’s always better to stay at hotels that have three stars or more. We should also remember that not all three-star hotels are adapted to foreign travelers; some interest to budget-minded South American business travelers, who might not be speaking in English. If you find a three-star property you like, you’ll know it’s oriented to tourists if it has English-speaking staff. Five-star hotels used to be practically nonexistent in Peru. Still, several chains have extended properties in recent years, contributing nicer and even luxurious benevolence in the main cities, and they cater to business commuters and tourists alike.
Here are some of the hotels that we stayed in.
In Lima, we stayed in Hotel Suites Larco 656 Miraflores Lima, Peru.
The hotel is in a commercial area with cafes, and this casual hotel is a 12-minute walk from the Miraflores Indian Market and a 4-minute walk from the nearest bus stop. The pared-back rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and en-suite bathrooms. Suites add living rooms with microwaves and minifridges; apartments feature kitchens and dining areas. Amenities include a low-key cafeteria with a breakfast buffet. The staff is amiable, and the hotel is central to everything in Miraflores. Check-in and out was speedy and efficient.
Address – Av Jose Larco 656, Miraflores 15074, Peru
In Huarochirí, we stayed in El Champal Hotel.
It is a beautiful place, right next to the main road. The view is incredible, and the staff is super friendly. They offer day trips, which are probably still unknown, and it’s convenient because there are no other groups of tourists visiting these places.
Address – Carretera Central Km 52. 5 Cocachacra, Huarochiri 15635 Peru
In Huancayo, we stayed on Mauri Apart-Hotel
Address – Jr. Hermilio Valdizan 785, Huánuco, Peru
Phone number – +51 6262 1235
The hotel is modern, comfortable, and clean. The owner is amiable and helpful. The hotel is centrally located near Plaza de Armas.
Since it’s established in a busy street near a bus station, some rooms can be quite noisy.
In Lima, we stayed in the Pool Paradise
Address – Ulloa 324, Miraflores 15047, Peru
Phone number – +51 941 773 804
The hotel has fun stuff, Really helpful, enjoyed our stay there! The courses they offer were enjoyable and extremely convenient and of high value! The location of the hostel itself is great because you’re in the middle / nearby and can walk to all sorts of fun things no matter what your interests are! Food, art, night bars, the mall, etc.!
In Puno, we stayed in Lucky Your House
Lucky is a comfortable hostel in downtown Puno, 3-blocks from Plaza de Armas. It is conveniently located a 3-minutes drive from the bus station and a 2-minutes drive from the train station.
The spacious rooms at Lucky Your House have light beige carpets and pastel walls. All are equipped with free WiFi, cable TV, and have private bathrooms.
Address – Av. Titicaca N°144, 051 Puno, Peru
In Chivay, the lodging was included in the Salidas Travel itinerary, and I’m not sure about the hotel name as it was for a quick time.
In Paracas, we stayed in Paracas Backpackers’ House
Address – Av. Los Libertadores s/n, Paracas, Peru
Located 100 m from El Chaco beach, Paracas Backpackers’ House features a fully equipped shared kitchen, hammocks, and free WiFi access. Paracas History Museum is 11 m away.
Paracas Backpackers’ House features rooms with either private or shared bathroom facilities. Some rooms are made from wood, while rooms with private bathrooms are made of brick. The Guests are provided with complimentary coffee, tea, and sugar during their stay. Even the rooftop terrace is gorgeous.
Some of the other lodges we stayed in –
In Pilcopata, we stayed in Manu Paradise Lodge: This lodge lies just below the much more famous Cock-of-the-rock lodge along the Manu road, at ca. 1400m altitude. It was a lovely lodge with good rooms, friendly staff, and delicious food.
Near Manu National Park, we stayed in the Pantiacolla Lodge: This lodge lies halfway along the Rio Madre de Dios towards the much more famous Manu Wildlife Center, at ca. 450m altitude.
And last but not least, Amazonia Lodge: This might be one of the most famous lodges in Peru, but it’s being sold right now. So if you’ve always dreamed of owning your chalet in the amazon and have 2 million dollars to spare, go for it! It’s situated just 15 minutes downstream from Atalaya, at 550m altitude, but with a different set of birds, than Pantiacolla. There’s a canopy tower some 20-30 minutes up a nearby hill and a small lagoon with tons of Hoatzins.
Peru has excellent connected transportation, and it wasn’t much of an issue at all. If you travel to the larger cities in Peru, they have a pretty good public transportation system. The bus system in Lima is the most accessible and most secure form of public transportation. Arequipa’s public transportation system consists of a bus and minibus system. We went around the city quickly and cheaply.
Overall, in the first part of the trip, we used the Volkswagen Crafter EcoProfi Kombi with a hanger. This was very comfortable, and it was easy to get in and out when a bird was spotted.
The second bus was an LDV Maxus, and we stored our luggage on the roof (where unfortunately it got wet). This was far less comfortable than the VW Crafter and way more challenging to get in and out. This is the boats looked like, that took us to Pantiacolla and Amazonia Lodge.
Important tip – Regardless of where you travel by taxi or a private car in Peru, make sure that you negotiate the price beforehand and that the taximeter is on. We learned the hard way.