Peru Drops All Covid Travel Restrictions And This Sustainable Lima Hotel Is Ready To Welcome You

Known for some of the world’s strictest Covid protections, travel to Peru returns to normal as of November 1, 2022. Now’s the ideal time to head to the country known for its Inca ruins, phenomenal cuisine, and the only capital city in South America with ocean views. Environmental Iberostar Selection Miraflores is the ideal hotel in Lima, where you can dine on Peru’s specialties in the outdoor air and admire the Pacific both before and after exploring the rest of Peru.

Peru ends state of emergency

In place since March 2020, Peru’s state of emergency is now over and all travel restrictions and occupancy limits are repealed.

Peru’s Covid protection rules evolved during Covid’s waves and as its population was vaccinated and boosted. The country’s air borders reopened in October 2020 and its land borders reopened as of February 2022. The end of the state of emergency means that travelers no longer need to complete the immigration and health declaration to board flights, show proof of vaccination or certification of a negative Covid test to enter the country or its indoor spaces, and that masks are no longer required. Previously, proof of vaccination (including boosters) was needed to enter many indoor spaces, as were KN95-type respirators or double masks (given the ongoing pandemic and the risks of Long Covid, they’re still encouraged).

Now’s the time to visit Peru

The Christmas period — as well as July and August — is Peru’s high season, and November marks the start of the southern hemisphere’s summer (though weather in the capital, Lima, is almost always spring-like). While Peru’s top draw is the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and its nearby high-altitude city of Cusco, travelers should be sure to plan at least a few days in Lima.

Eco-hotel in Lima’s most popular tourist neighborhood

Eco-conscious travelers will want to stay at Iberostar Selection Miraflores, a five-star hotel setting the environmental bar for Lima and the country as a whole.

Chic Miraflores is Lima’s most popular neighborhood for travelers, given the ease of walking around, its abundance of restaurants and shops, and highlights like the pre-Incan pyramid, Huaca Pucllana, as well as food markets, several green parks, and accessibility to the ocean.

Iberostar Selection Miraflores’ 18 floors sit just two blocks from Lima’s malecón promenade above the Pacific, near Parque del Amor with its mosaics, kissing sculpture, and views of paragliders in the sky above and surfers in the waves below.

Environmental Iberostar Selection Miraflores

Through its Wave of Change movement, Iberostar has eliminated single-use plastics, and Iberostar is on track to becoming waste free by 2025 and, by 2030, carbon neutral. The company aims to have 100% of its seafood responsibly sourced by 2025, with Iberostar Selection Miraflores already achieving the goal.

Iberostar Selection Miraflores is also completely free of single use plastics, a feat especially challenging in Lima given the city’s lack of potable tap water. Every floor of this modern hotel has a filtered water station, so there’s no need to use plastic (check the count at your floor’s station to see how many plastic bottles have been saved so far). In the bright bathrooms, showers have large refillable containers of biodegradable Botanicus shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, reducing single-use plastics further. Even Iberostar Selection Miraflores’s coffee pods are environmental — the pods are compostable and shipped carbon neutral from Germany and they’re filled with Peruvian coffee to support local growers.

Peru doesn’t yet have a strong recycling culture — the country reuses less than 5% if its waste and it’s estimated 70% is reusable — but Iberostar Selection Miraflores has a robust recycling program working with the socio-environmental company, Sinba. And, through the Peruvian Hotel Society (SHP), Iberostar is encouraging other member hotels to follow its lead.

Staying at Iberostar Selection Miraflores

Not only will you feel good because of its environmental practices, a stay at Iberostar Selection Miraflores is the ideal introduction to Peru as well as a relaxation stop after exploring the country’s highlands and Amazon rainforest.

Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of this 214-room hotel (and from the rooftop patio and pool) are views of the ocean and malecón, plus the park with tennis court and outdoor pool that’s just outside the hotel’s front door, and the rest of central Miraflores.

Though Peru’s Covid rules have been lifted, it’s still wise to minimize chances of exposure to the virus. That’s easy at Iberostar Selection Miraflores’s onsite restaurants — rooftop Taperia 27 Tapas is outdoors with Lima’s fresh ocean air coming off the Pacific and both ground floor Ortega & Huaman and the lobby bar have outdoor patios.

Chef Carlos Testino heads Iberostar Selection Miraflores’s restaurants. Tapas and cocktails are the specialty upstairs at Taperia 27 Tapas, a very popular spot with Limeños who love the vibe and sunset views. Downstairs, the lobby bar has coffees, pastries and to-go items like sandwiches. Ortega & Huaman serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with Peruvian specialties like ceviche made with sustainable fish and lomo saltado.

Relax your muscles stretched by hiking Machu Picchu at Iberostar Selection Miraflores’s spa, equipped with a sauna, and in your room with its provided yoga mat. There’s also a 24-hour gym. Iberostar Selection Miraflores’s green decor is inspired by Peru’s Pacaya Samiria nature reserve and it will have you yearning to see the Amazon too — ideally your Peru trip features the rainforest as well as the Andean highlands and Lima’s Pacific coast.

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