Small Swiss-run hotel blending pre-Inca stonework with indigenous handicrafts and colonial design elements, including a lovely courtyard and terrace with panoramic views of the city.
The small Swiss-run Los Apus is on an atmospheric street in the artisan district of San Blas, a short distance uphill from the main square. In a style typical of Cusco, it fuses ancient features (including original pre-Inca stonework) with colonial design elements and indigenous artefacts to reflect the varied history and culture of the region.
From the foundations of a 17th century Spanish house, the hotel has been restored to accommodate 20 high-ceilinged guestrooms decorated in simple Andean style. There are two restaurants: one in a colonial-style courtyard bathed in light from the glass roof, and the other on the top floor where a panoramic view of the city unfurls from the rooftop terrace.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Highlight?: Walking and running on the cliffs of Lima. Food tour in Lima.CC, Settle
"The people, mixing with the Peruvian people in the markets, talking and laughing with them."JL, Cobham
The Inca Trail with the 3 day camping has to be the most memorable part. It was an extraordinary adventure - tough, exhilarating, stunning and as a family with grown up children an amazing challenge to do as a group of 5. We all loved Peru and our holiday. Peru surprised us. It blew our minds. The country is stunning, the people charming, the history fascinating and the food absolutely delicious. We look forward to returning and maybe trying the Salcantay trek! We will definitely want to return to El Tambo for more chill time!GC, London
“We enjoyed all the places we visited on our holiday in Peru, and the experience was enhanced by friendly and knowledgeable local guides. The spectacular scenery we saw will stay in our minds for quite some time.”MM, Newcastle upon Tyne
Most memorable experience: “The jungle was fantastic and being alone in Lake Titicaca as well.”SD, South Ealing
Most Memorable Moments?: Seeing a forest of Puyas de Raimondi near Huarez The trek from Ascobamba to Pillcocancha particularly the hospitality of the campesinos and watching cows being milked by hand. The visit to Tarmatambo visiting the ruins and being approached by a small boy called Kevin who persuaded his mother to give us lunch. Having a small face carved for me at Molinos near Jauja by a woodcarver. He wouldn't take any money.RM, London
Most Memorable Moment?: Getting to the top of Huayna Picchu.PR, Edinburgh
Highilght: Watching condors rise on the thermals in Sondondo.RE, London
Most Memorable Moment?: Machu Pichu probably the best experience but the train journey there was amazing (and unexpectedly so).TA, Edinburgh
Most Memorable Moment?: Machu Picchu... does anyone traveling to Peru ever put anything else? :-)ME, Carlisle
Most memorable experience: “Probably visiting the islands on Lake Titicaca followed closely by HB train and Machu Picchu"TS, Birmingham
Most Memorable Moment?: Perhaps looking down on Machu Pichu for the first time, or was it the ceviche for lunch as part of the buffet in the Sacred Valley, or maybe Buenos Aires( a mixture of New York side walks and Parisian Boulevards )or the tranquillity of the gardens @ L'Auberge Hotel. and not forgetting the splendour of the Basilica at CuscoAD, Cheltenham
Machu Pichu of course.IB, London
It was all good and every location was special so cannot choose one in particular.BC, Beckenham
Undoubtedly visiting Machu Picchu. Albeit have to give special mention to Soy y Luna, Colca Lodge and Antigua Casona San Blas, they made us feel very special. Finally the organisation and the guides were all warm and friendly and made us feel like family.RS, Northwood
"We saw some amazing scenery, the train was wonderful and Machu Picchu unbelievable."PS, Stanmore
Highlight: Machu Picchu - truly breath taking.PT, Swindon
Highlight: Being able to recreate photographs at Sasqaywaman above Cusco of our relatives who came to live in Peru in 1910.CC, Bristol
Highlights?: Maccu Picchu and the trains to and from the Sacred Valley, also the hotels in Cusco and the Sacred valley.AJ, London
Highlight?: Probably the condors at Colca Canyon.PT
“The range of experiences was like an assault course on the senses. The geography, the cultural diversity, the wildlife, the colours.”RC, Ealing
We love Peru and the people every time we go back it is a memorable experience.JL, Cobham
Highlights?: White water rafting on the Urabamba river, Pirahna fishing and the lake titicaca tour.MH, London
For me, I think that it was the Lords of Sipan and Royal Tombs Museum, and the Temple of the Moon at Trujillo. For Angela, it was Tucume and the Temple of the Moon.PS, Reading
It was memorable because of the cultural and geographical variety so can't pick out particular part. We were in 3 different climates, in mountains, jungle and coast. Probably enjoyed the places where we had most interactions with nature i.e. Lake Titicaca and jungle.SL,
Highlight?: Too many to mention but the Condors and Machu Picchu were spectacular.GB, Westerham
Seeing the Condor being released back into the wild.JA, Glasgow
Most memorable experience: “Colca Canyon, Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu without doubt. The journey from Ingapirca to Cuenca was very beautiful.”CR, Truro
Everything was fantastic. We had a great holiday that we will remember for years to come.CLA,
Inca trail, Machu Picchu, cusco, colca canyon, Arequipa, uros islands Guides on inca trail, sacred valley, 3rd party: cooking course in cusco, trek in colca canyon, salsa dancing cusco, via Ferata in sacred valley.CM, Eastleigh
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