Peru

Ancient Inca ruins, stunning mountains, wildlife rich Amazon rainforest and those cute llamas!

Natural wonders and rich cultures abound in this South American country renowned for Machu Picchu, recognised as one the new seven wonders of the world. Active travellers can trek into Machu Picchu, the less active can take the picturesque train.  There are some spectacular train journeys and accommodation varies from simple lodges in the jungle to boutique colonial hotels in the cities.  Highlights of Peru include:

  • Cuzco, not just the gateway to Machu Picchu but a striking colonial Spanish city built on Inca foundations.
  • The sacred valley with its terraced mountains and incredible Inca sites.
  • Machu Picchu!
  • Treks to Machu Picchu but also along other less visited Inca trails.
  • The Peruvian Amazon where you can see capybara, tapir, otters parrots and even jaguar and ocelot.
  • The intensely blue waters of Lake Titicaca and the indigenous communities that live on the floating reed islands.
  • Colca Canyon (twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in the US), a deep gorge where in the early morning you can see Condor gliding on the thermals.
  • Travelling across the altiplano between Puno and Cuzco by train.
  • Flying time: 12.5 hours
  • Time difference: -5 hours
  • Currency: Peruvian Sol
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round but April to October is best time

Ideas for a trip to Peru

Here are some ideas for trips to Peru all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch.

Inca Trail Adventure

from £2250 per person
Ten days and nine nights visiting Cuzco and the Sacred Valley and taking the four day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which you will see at sunrise. Return to Cuzco by train.

Wonders of Peru

from £4475 per person
Twelve days and ten nights visiting Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, taking the train to Machu Picchu and staying there for a night. Transfer by plane to Iquitos and board a boat for a three-night cruise of the Amazon including wildlife spotting excursions.

Luxury Peru

from £3495 per person
Highlights of southern Peru including Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Staying in luxury accommodation and travelling to Machu Picchu on the luxury Vistadome train and to Lake Titicaca by train from Cuzco.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, if the purpose of your visit is tourism.

Check here for NHS advice.  You will almost certainly need some vaccinations if visiting the Amazon.

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