Take a look at my latest Forbes post - Why You Should Visit Peru Now - I tried to capture the opening party for Palacio Nazarenas and what I loved most about the trip. Thank you for following along!
“15 years ago, this square was dead,” my guide says as I stand in Cusco’s glorious central square, Plaza de Armas. “There was barely anything here.” I look around. What a difference 15 years has made. There is a palpable energy to Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage city showing off both its vast history and a joyful South American spirit. Spanish churches and squares are built right on top of centuries-old Inca ruins and the historical city buildings sport pink terracotta roofs.
I’m here for the opening party of Palacio Nazarenas, the first grand opening party that luxury brand Orient-Express has ever thrown. Housed in a former convent next door to Orient-Express’ beloved Hotel Monasterio, Palacio Nazarenas, which soft opened in June, blew me away. The party, held last Thursday night at the hotel, brought 150 heavy hitters from all over the world: fashion designers, dancers, famous Mexican actresses, the mayors of Lima and Cusco, top luxury travel advisors and even the charming British ambassador to Peru, James Dauris. Music and dancing went on into the night, and fireworks were launched over the city.