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About Peru

: Situated at South America’s heart, Peru is a country where the myths and legends of the great Incan civilisation are at their most vivid in the remote beauty of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. It is a country of immense landscapes where the snow-covered peaks of the Andes descend through the Altiplano to the heady jungles of the Amazon in the north and campesinos in bulbous petticoats and bowler hats tend to llamas in the patchwork fields surrounding Lake Titicaca, the Andean birthplace of the sun. From the modern bustle of Lima, to the white-washed elegance of Arequipa and the former Incan capital of Cusco, Peru is a captivating mix of ancient history and wild beauty where guinea pig is a prized delicacy and intricate textiles weave together cultures clinging to their ancestral past.

Peru Tour Packages for 2018 - 2019

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Ruins of Ancient Inca Kingdoms

Why only visit southern Peru? Apart from an unforgettable visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu, venture to the north of the country and discover a regions blessed with gargantuan pyramids, royal tombs and larger-than-life ruins. 

itinerary: Lima - Trujillo - Chiclayo - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
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Peru for Starters

This is a journey that will allow you not only to perceive the mystery and history of MacchuPicchu but also make contact with the most ancient civilizations of ancient Peru. Tour the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo magnetism; Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Kenko and gentle Cusco Inca capital.

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Lima
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15
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Inca Highlights & the Amazon

Enjoy the majestic and mystical culture of Peru with this complete packaged tour, from the top of the Peruvian Andes to the lush greens of the Amazon River. Feast your eyes at the incredible sights of the geoglyphs as you take flight in the most breathtaking landscape of Nazca.

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Puno - Titicaca - Paracas - Nazca - Iquitos - Lima
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4x4 Andean Highlands Expedition

This 4x4 adventure takes you to Peru's essential destinations and beyond: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Nazca and Ballestas Island, together with the colonial cities of Ayacucho and Andahuaylas. 

itinerary: Lima - Pisco - Ayacucho - Andahuaylas - Abancay - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Titicaca - Colca - Arequipa - Nazca - Ica - Paracas - Lima
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Essential Peru

Welcome to Peru's ultimate landscape adventure. Admire the mythical Machu Picchu, soak in the indigenous essence of Cusco, contemplate the snowy peaks over Lake Titicaca, and lose tour breath with the imposing flight of condors in the Colca Valley. 

itinerary: Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Puno - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Lima
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4x4 North Peru Adventure

Ride a 4x4 to the fascinating north of Peru. Soak in the culture of Trujillo and Cajamarca, explore the massive Chan Chan ruins, climb up pyramids and admire the royal tombs around Chiclayo, and discover the Inca ruins at Chachapoyas. 

itinerary: Lima - Trujillo - Chiclayo - Pacasmayo - Cajamarca - Chachapoyas - Tingo - Kuelap - Lima
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Indigenous Groups of Peru

Feel the warmth of the locals on this unforgettable journey to the ancient Kingdom of the Incas. Discover Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca as you soak into the village life and crafts of the Andes. 

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Puno - Lake Titicaca - Lima
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Inca Treasures & Lake Titicaca

Unearth the treasures of the ancient Inca culture covering its must-see destinations. Embrace the indigenous identity of Cusco, explore the sacred Machu Picchu, and visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. 

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Puno - Titicaca Lake - Lima
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peru, bolivia

Andean Highlands of Peru & Bolivia

Cross the cultural heart of the Andes with this magical journey. Start in Peru's melting pot, Lima, then journey from the Inca capitals of Cusco and Machu Picchu, to the stunning Lake Titicaca, and finish in the Bolivian capital of La Paz. 

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Puno - Lake Titicaca - La Paz
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North Peru Highlights

Venture to a less visited route in Peru that is yet more significant than Machu Picchu. Discover the northern pre-columbian civilizations visiting Trujillo, Chan Chan ruins, and the pyramids and royal tombs around Chiclayo. 

itinerary: Lima - Trujillo - Chiclayo - Lima
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Machu Picchu & Amazon Cruise

Embark on a journey deep down the Amazon to see its unique wildlife as you relax on a cruise, then fly across the Andes to visit the city of Cusco and Peru's undisputed archeological jewel: Machu Picchu.

itinerary: Lima - Iquitos - Pacaya Samiria - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Lima
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Colombia Amazon & Caribbean Islands

Unearth Colombia's bounty of nature traveling to the jungles of the Amazon Rainforest, then fly to the other side of the country and relax on the white sand and turquoise waters of its Caribbean islands. 

itinerary: Bogotá - Leticia - Calanoa - Puerto Nariño - San Andrés Island - Providencia Island
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Classic Peruvian Cuisine

Visit southern Peru's must-see destinations, search for tasty ingredients in markets, and learn how to cook worldwide famous ceviche as well as unique regional Andean dishes.

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
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9
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peru, bolivia

Inca Discovery in Peru & Bolivia

Venture across the Andes from Peru to Bolivia. Explore the ruins and colonial treasures of Cusco, the lost city of Machu Picchu, the proud indigenous tradition of Titicaca Lake, and the geology extravaganza of La Paz. 

itinerary: Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Puno - Titicaca Lake - La Paz
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Adventure in Amazon River

You will never forget this magical short break to the heart of the Amazon jungle. Stay in a tree-top house and discover the exotic wildlife of the largest rainforest in the world, including psychedelic amphibians and river dolphins. 

itinerary: Iquitos - Amazon River - Iquitos

Peru Suggested Itineraries

Highlights, Culture, Landscape

Classic Machu Picchu 7 Days

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Lima

From the modern streets of Lima to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, discover Peru’s diverse destinations on this week long itinerary.

Highlights, Culture, Landscape

South Peru Highlights 14 Days

Lima - Paracas - Huacachina - Nazca - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Lima

From deserts, canyons and colonial cities to Inca ruins, this two week Peru itinerary offers a diverse look at this country.

Culture, Landscape

Peru North Coast and the Andes 14 Days

Lima - Trujillo - Pacasmayo - Chiclayo - Cajamarca - Chachapoyas - Tingo - Kuelap - Lima

Escape Machu Picchu's crowds and discover the rich history of Peru’s archaeological sites and ancient civilisations of the north.

Adventure, Landscape, Culture

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trekking 7 Days

Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Take a step back in time to explore the remote mountain landscapes of the Sacred Valley on the iconic Inca Trail during this one week itinerary in Peru.

Highlights, Culture, Landscape

Inca Heritage of Peru and Bolivia 10 Days

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Puno - Isla del Sol - La Paz

From the ancient Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca, this itinerary passes through some of Peru’s most stunning destinations.

Culture, Landscape

North Peru Ancient Ruins 7 Days

Lima - Barranca - Sechin - Chavin de Huantar - Trujillo - Chiclayo - Lima

Uncover the history behind Peru’s most ancient civilisations on this 7 day itinerary, traveling from modern Lima through the north of the country.

Culture, Landscape

Peru Southern Andes 10 Days

Lima - Huancayo - Huancavelica - Ayacucho - Andahuaylas - Abancay - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Experience the little visited vibrant highland towns of Peru and the magnificent Sacred Valley on this 10 day itinerary.

Nature, Wildlife

Amazon Jungle River Cruise in Peru 7 Days

Iquitos - Amazon River Cruise - Pacaya Samiria - Iquitos

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Amazon Rainforest - the world’s most biodiverse stretch of tropical rainforest - on this 7 day itinerary.

Peru Travel Guide

Country Guide

Peru - an enticing blend of ancient history and natural wonders

With exciting wildlife spotting opportunities and unique sights found nowhere else on Earth, such as the Nazca Lines, Peru emerges as a magnificent holiday destination.

Travel Guide

Peru Lake Titicaca - 5 ways to explore its indigenous villages and Inca ruins

The Quechua people, as well as indigenous Aymará, continue their ancient farming methods on Titicaca’s terraced slopes while the Uru weave floating ‘islands’ of reed.

Traveler Story

Trekking Peru's Lares Trail within Machu Picchu's Sacred Valley

The shy faces of Andean village children wrapped in colourful ponchos of llama wool peeking out from behind doors, playing football at more than 3000 metres with porters.

Travel Tips

7 tips for taking travel portrait photography

Some indigenous groups believe that when a photograph is taken it steals the soul of the person and you should never take an image if culture dictates otherwise.

Travel Tips

5 Tips: how to take unique pictures of famous landmarks

Zooming in on individual section can create a better sense of the immensity of the structure, as well as highlight details or aspects of it that you normally wouldn’t notice.

Travel Guide

7 best ways to explore Antigua Guatemala

From wandering through the magnificent architectural ruins along cobble-stone streets to experiencing the bustle of local Guatemalan life, the city is a living, breathing museum of its Spanish colonial legacy.

Peru Top Destinations

Llamas in Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

Set on a mountain ridge above the spectacular Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu is without a doubt Peru's most famous destination. The ruins of this ancient civilisation, 'The Lost City of the Incas', date to the 15th century and remained hidden from the outside world for much of their existence.

Hummingbird Geoglyph, Nazca Lines, Peru

Nasca Lines

Shrouded in mystery, the Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs within the Atacama Desert, believed to have been created between 400 and 650 AD by the Nazca people. Naturally preserved, the flora and fauna motifs are best viewed from above in a cessna plane.

Uros floating islang, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Uros Islands

Lake Titicaca along Peru's border with Bolivia is home to the artificial Uros Islands, made from woven tortora reeds that grow along the shore. Here indigenous people have made their home in floating reed houses, welcoming tourists to witness their unique lifestyle and handicrafts.

Sea lion in Ballestas Islands, Paracas National Park, Peru

Reserva Nacional Paracas

This desert reserve along the Península de Paracas is not only a sanctuary for a number of marine and bird species, but also contains ruins from ancient Paracas people who once inhabited the region. It serves as the launching point for boat trips to explore Peru's 'Little Galapagos', Islas Ballestas.

Huacachina Oasis among Sand Dunes, Near Ica

Huacachina

The small oasis town of Huacachina is nestled between towering sand dunes around a small natural lagoon in the southern Ica Region. This desert landscape is bathed in legendary tales and a great place to sand board or dune buggy, as well as experience some of Peru's most impressive sunsets.

White heron in Amazon River, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve is one of Peru's largest protected areas, set within the magnificent Amazon. Its rich biodiversity includes a number of endangered species, such as the pink Amazon dolphin, and boat trips along the river allow you explore its dense jungle and waters, as well as local villages.

Incas built Farming Terraces with Pond and Cliff, Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon

Twice as deep as the United States' Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon offers impressive trekking through steep terrain and ancient hanging tombs to explore at both Choquetico and Litomaquetas. Most come, however, to witness the great Andean condors soaring on rising thermals above the canyon walls.

Peru Top Cities

Koricancha-Temple of the Sun, Cusco

Cusco

Lined with captivating colonial architecture and home to an impressive Incan history, the city of Cusco is perhaps Peru's most beautiful. Wander its streets and open plazas, take in the history at its museums, and visit the pre-Incan ruins that surround.

Santa Catalina Monastery-Alleys, Arequipa

Arequipa

Backed by towering volcanoes, the historic centre of Arequipa is home to grand Catholic churches and monasteries, interspersed with elaborate Spanish colonial mansions. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site with streets that glisten white from the 'sillar' stone used throughout its construction.

City Center, Ayacucho

Ayacucho

Once largely isolated from much of Peru, the beautiful colonial city of Ayacucho is a blend of pastel-coloured buildings, set along cobble-stone streets, and dotted with elaborate churches. It is home to some of the country's most intriguing festivals with a unique and fiercely independent cultural spirit.

Cathedral and Main Square in Downtown, Lima

Lima

Peru's capital is an energetic mix of modern development and ancient history, where some of the country's best restaurants, museums and art galleries await. Explore the upmarket Miraflores beachside district, then venture north to the temples and pyramids of Caral, dating back to 2,500 BC and considered the oldest civilisation in America.

Itaya River, Amazon Rainforest, Iquitos

Iquitos

Set along the banks of the mighty Amazon River, Iquitos is the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. A city which flourished with the rubber boom at the start of the 20th century is today an atmospheric blend of distinctive neighbourhoods, beautiful architecture and bustling traditional markets.

Peruvian Unique Experiences

Pattallacta-Inca Ruins of Agricultural, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

Trek the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous hikes in the world, stretching more than 40 kilometres through spectacular Andean mountain scenery to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Typical Indian Tribes Settlement, Amazon

Explore the Peruvian Amazon

Considered by many to be more untouched that its Brazilian counterpart, the Peruvian Amazon is a remote landscape of dense rainforest and tropical wildlife, best explored along its magnificent rivers.

Surfer Beach, Mancora, Peru

Surf the legendary breaks around Mancora

Mancora in Peru's far north is home to endless stretches of white sandy beach and offers some of the country's best surf.

Vineyard for Pisco, Ica, Peru

Wine taste in the Ica Valley

With the Andes as a backdrop, the desert-like landscapes of the Ica Valley are home to elegant bodegas and vineyards where the country's best wine can be sampled.

Andes-Mountain Landscape, Cordiliera Blanca, Peru

Hike the Cordillera Blanca trek

Surrounding the town of Huaraz, the Cordillera Blanca is traversed by stunning mountain trails where glacier-fed lakes emit an otherworldly blue colour, and home to Peru's highest mountain, Huascaran.

Best time to visit Peru

When to travel to Peru depends largely on where you want to visit, with the country's geography (and temperatures) contrasting dramatically.

Coast. If you are heading to the coast, then opt for the Summer months (Dec-Feb) when warm temperatures and sunny days are perfect for the beach.

Desert. In the desert, temperatures soar during the summer months, while Spring (Sep-Nov) and Autumn (Mar-May) are more bearable, with little to no chance of rain and fewer crowds than the Winter high season (Jun-Aug).

Andean Highlands. In the Andes, heavy rains descend from December to March (and the Inca Trail closes altogether in February) while the dry and busiest trekking season extends from June to September.

Amazon. The Amazon sees very heavy rains between December and February, while the Spring and Autumn shoulder seasons are still relatively crowd-free.

In-depth details for the best time to visit Peru

Peruvian Ethnic Groups

Quechua Women Sitting, Puno, Peru

Quechua

The Quechua include a number of indigenous groups throughout South America that speak the Quechua language. They inhabit vast areas of the Peruvian Andes, farming the slopes and rearing llamas, and are known for their colourful dress and elaborate headwear or bowler hats. They are also noted for producing beautiful traditional handicrafts, sold throughout the region at local markets.

Aymara People Weaving, Peru

Aymara

The Aymara live in large areas of the Peruvian Andes and along the shores and islands of Lake Titicaca. The women are known for their elaborate chola dresses, as well as bowler hats, originating in La Paz, Bolivia but becoming an identity symbol for the group across the region.

Festivals in Peru

Festival Peruvian Dancers, Puno, Peru

Virgen de la Candelaria Festival, Puno

The first fortnight of February sees the city of Puno come to life in celebration of its patron saint, the Virgin of Candelaria. This religious festival features traditional dance and music, as well as artistic representations of the local Quechuan culture. The traditional feast which is held during the festival is listed by UNESCO for its cultural heritage importance.

Festival-Peruvian Dancers, Cusco, Peru

Inti Raymi Festival, Cusco

While the religious ceremony known as Inti Raymi or 'Festival of the Sun' traditionally occurred across the Incan Empire, today it is celebrated with most vigour in Cusco. The main plaza is ignited with music, dance and feasting by indigenous Quechua, as well as masked costumes and animal sacrifices to the Earth God, Pachamama.

Virgen del Carmen Festival, Paucartambo

In mid-July each year, the town of Paucartambo celebrates the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, with street parades of traditionally-costumed locals, masked dancers, musicians and market fairs. Black-masked Capaq Negroes represent African slaves who once worked the silver mines, while blue-eyed masks are the oppressive white man.

Peruvian Gastronomy

Peruvian cuisine is a reflection of its multicultural past, fusing indigenous Incan staples, such as corn, potatoes, legumes and quinoa, with Spanish ingredients (including rice and wheat), and others brought by the country's diverse immigrants. It is also heavily influenced by the region's contrasting geography and includes a few delicacies not found elsewhere, as well as unique preparation techniques.

Fish Ceviche, Peruan Typical Food

Ceviche

Peru's Pacific coastline offers up an abundance of seafood, and the famed dish known as ceviche is irresistible. This mixture of raw fish, marinated or 'cooked' in citrus juice, has a chewy texture and makes for the perfect Summer lunch.

Lucuma Fruit, Peruan Typical Food

Lucuma

Resembling a mango, the lucuma fruit has a delicious, custardy texture and its sweet flavouring makes it a popular after-meal dessert, served fresh or as an ice-cream variety.

Pollo A La Brasa, Peruan Typical Food

Pollo a la brasa

Pollo a la brasa is roast chicken, Peruvian style. First the bird is marinated in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, cumin and red peppers, then slow roasted and served with fried yuca, the Peruvian alternative to French fries.

Alpaca Tenderloin, Peruan Typical Food

Alpaca

While you will see these camelids and their prized woollen garments all over Peru, few taste alpaca meat, a long-established source of protein in the country. The lean, 'gamey' meat is delicious and incredibly healthy.

Cuy-Guinea Pigs on Spit, Peruan Typical Food

Cuy

Commonly known as guinea pig, cuy is a Peruvian delicacy that tastes somewhat like rabbit. It is normally baked or barbecued on a spit and (uncomfortably for some) served whole with the head still attached.

Shopping in Peru

From the boutiques of Miraflores to the jungle produce at Iquitos' Belen Market, Peru offers exceptional shopping experiences. For traditional handicrafts you can't go past the Sunday markets at Pisac and Chinchero with sellers dressed in typical costume, while the best quality alpaca and vicuña are said to be found in Arequipa. If you want to pick up a one-off piece of art, then don't miss Barrio de San Blas overlooking Cusco where open studios allow you watch artists at work.

Alpaca Weaving, Chincheros Woman, Peru

Alpaca wool ponchos

Perhaps the most classic Peruvian souvenir is an alpaca wool poncho, worn the country over by indigenous people and perfect for staying warm in the Andean highlands.

Vicuna Wool, Colorful Peruvian Textiles

Vicuña garments

Once upon a time only royalty were permitted to wear garments made from the prized vicuña's wool, but today this soft, warm fibre is available for everyone willing to pay the premium price.

Ceramic in Local Market, Peru

Ceramics

Ceramic production in Peru dates back to the pre-Columbian era when they served a ceremonial or religious purpose, but today earthen pottery and figurines make an ideal souvenir.

Uros Women Sewing, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Taquile textiles

The indigenous people on Isla Taquile in Lake Titicaca are famed for their fine woven textiles, sold through a local co-operative. While it is more expensive than that found elsewhere in Peru, the quality is also superior.

Paintings

You can find original, contemporary Peruvian artwork throughout Lima's galleries, as well as Cusco's bohemian neighbourhood of San Blas where artists often work out in the street.

Controversies in Peru

Rain Forest in Small River, Iquitos near Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is home to around 15 indigenous tribal groups who have no regular contact with the outside world and some tour agencies have recently been exploiting these groups for economic gain, offering unique 'sightings' to tourists. These 'human safaris' should be avoided out of respect for the 'un-contacted' tribes, allowing them to retain their traditional lifestyle.

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