Destination: Peru

Three event ideas inspired by the unique South American destination

Of all the legendary countries in the world, Peru has a spot at the top. 

Not only is it among the top 10 meeting destinations in the world, but Peru’s lush, green Andean mountain range, dramatic slice of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, the storied 15th-century Inca citadel, all make it a vacation spot for travelers from around the world. And that doesn’t even take into account the country’s culinary delights, where high-end staples take on a global twist with modern Spanish, African, Asian, French and Italian influences. 

If you can’t make it there in person, here are three surefire ways planners can weave Peru’s multilayered and vibrant culture into meetings:

Go Artisan

Draw inspiration from Peruvian folk style, famous for vibrant textiles that showcase geometric patterns. Decorate your meeting space with handwoven tapestries, soft alpaca blankets, textured pillows, carved wooden mirrors and colorful table runners. 

To complete the Peruvian look, consider Chulucanas pottery for your table centerpieces. These striking black-and-white ceramics are created using traditional, pre-Incan techniques. 

Take a Hike

Trekking the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu is a bucket-list item for many. Voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” in a global poll, these trademark stone steps attract up to 5,600 visitors a day. 

In honor of this beloved trek, organize a local walking tour in your meeting’s city. 

There are dozens of apps that make this a snap. AnyTour, for example, offers self-guided audio walking tours of places around the world—ideal for attendees who prefer to wander around independently. 

If time, geography and weather conditions permit, consider organizing a half-day hiking excursion. AllTrails allows users access to more than 100,000 trail maps around the world. You can filter by hike, bike ride or trail run, then set length, rating and difficulty level. 

Peruvian Flavor

One of Peru’s most popular dishes is ceviche, a seafood dish made with raw fish cured in citrus juices and spices, though the ingredients are versatile: Try it with sea bass (or another type of white fish) or shrimp, or mix it up with added ingredients such as sweet potato and corn.

Fancy a cocktail? Not to be missed are pisco sours, a popular Peruvian cocktail that  gets its name from the base liquor, pisco, a type of sweet brandy, and the sourness from lime or lemon juice.

Prefer drinks mixed with tonic instead? It’s hard to get more authentic than 1724, a tonic mixed with quinine harvested from 1,724 meters (or 5,656 feet) above sea level on the Peruvian Inca Trail.

Should your budget allow a trip to Peru, we encourage you to visit the JW Marriott Hotel Lima or the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. Both offer a variety of meeting spaces for every type of event.

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