How our favorite vacation destinations have changed in 2021



Highlights for me would be the Inca citadel of Choquequirao, the Amazon clifftop Chachapoya site of Kuelap and the Huayhuash hiking trail. There is something in each one for walkers, bird watchers, photographers, history buffs, and spiritual travelers who seek seclusion as well as a wonderful spectacle. You also don’t need to be in Ironman’s shape to access the most remote corners: a cable car in Kuelap, opened five years ago, saves visitors all their energy to gasp and admire the sights. majestic stones and condors.

Change here is slow but constant and another recent mini-revolution is how Lima’s food scene has spread to many other cities, from laid-back Trujillo on the coast to the beautiful ‘white city’ of Arequipa. deep in the land. Chefs and cooks are extremely proud that foreigners from much richer countries have heard of ceviche, causas, pisco, papa a la huancaína – and even roast guinea pigs – and have traveled to sample the delicacies of the Andes, Amazonia and the Pacific Ocean. .

Tickets to Machu Picchu are very popular this year. While the ancient Inca citadel received around 5,000 visitors a day before the pandemic, only 3,400 tickets will be available in 2022 and visits will be limited to just four hours. This means that while it will be more difficult than ever to get there, those who do get there can expect fewer people and more space to enjoy the iconic site.

The Peruvian people are a rich crossbreeding – or mix – of different ancestry, cultures and traditions. There has been a collective realization that this mixture is the country’s greatest strength. As the West works to decolonize museums and history, it might learn a thing or two from this ancient colony.

How to do: Latin routes (020 8546 6222; latinroutes.co.uk) offers a 10-day Peru Highlights Vacation, including stays in Lima and Cuzco, trips on Belmond Andean Explorer and Hiram Bingham trains, and trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, from 4 £ 899 per person, including all accommodation, tours, selected meals and domestic flights

Chris Moss

15. India

The most engaging, colorful, chaotic, spiritual and lively country in the world, India rewards the curious and the open-minded, especially if you visit its small towns and villages where so much is still made by hand.

After a few months of total containment, the country has reopened, but foreign tourists are only returning. To some extent, domestic travel has intensified to support the tourism industry, but guides have been going through a rough patch. Some have used the pandemic to expand their knowledge and now offer themed walks and routes focused on food, artisan villages or marginal communities. The South Indian specialist Storytrails (storytrails.in) has also put up videos and podcasts for those who miss their annual dose of India. There is also good news from India’s national parks: the number of tigers and birds is said to be on the rise and even the Sariska reserve in Rajasthan now has 23 tigers, including four cubs.

For a post-pandemic trip to India, I would recommend exploring the more rural south of Rajasthan. For a real treat, stay at the newly opened Six Senses Fort Barwara near Ranthambore National Park. Set in 14th century ramparts, the design of the hotel respects the authenticity of the fort; the spa and wellness center is a modern take on life lived in women’s quarters a century ago.

To the south is Bundi, my favorite town in Rajasthan, which stretches like a pale blue skirt beneath the magnificent Garh Palace, which was renovated during the lockdown to reveal rooms painted from floor to ceiling with the finest murals. Turkey.

To the west, Bijaipur Castle is one of the most affordable places to hang out with a princely family and a good base for guided walks, horseback riding and bird watching from its woodland setting on the waterfront. the water.


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