5. Peru

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British Airways launched direct flights to Lima last summer, where a burgeoning food and culture scene means it’s now a standalone city break. Rafael Osterling (of Miraflores’ Rafael fame) opened El Mercado recently — a simple farm-to-table restaurant rooted in Peruvian cuisine — and darling of the jet-set Jaime Pesaque will open Mayta in 2017.

The capital’s hotel scene is blossoming: new openings include Casa Republica in Pacific-edged Barranco, opening in February and the Atemporal ‘hotelito’ in Miraflores. In May, Belmond’s Andean Explorer train will ply its route from Cusco to Arequipa and the ‘second Machu Picchu’, pre-Incan fortress Kuelap, will get more accessible with the imminent opening of a cable-car. LATAM’s new flights from Lima to Jaén, meanwhile, are opening up the north of the country.

Stay in the north of the country in Jaén to access the heart of the peruvian jungle. The Urqu Hotel Boutique is the ideal base.

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