Peru is one of the most diverse and dramatic countries in South America, providing a real snapshot of all the delights this buzzing continent has to offer. Our Peru specialists have put together their top ten reasons to visit this stunning country…
The legendary Inca Trail is generally considered to be one of the best treks in the world and is undoubtedly the most famous hike in South America. The journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu is unique and challenging and follows an ancient trail established by the Incas. It’s a spectacularly beautiful four-day trek studded with ruins from the Inca civilisation, revealing a fascinating story as it travels deep into Peru’s mysterious and complex past. Here’s the lowdown on trekking the Inca Trail.
The legendary Inca Trail may be revered as one of the best treks in the world, but it's not the only way to arrive at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. There are a handful of alternative routes to reach this impressive lost city, each offering something slightly different and appealing to different types of travellers. Read on for what we consider to be the best alternative ways to get to Machu Picchu...
Peru is bursting with archaeological sites and sacred cities scattered across the country. Home to the largest, the oldest and most iconic pre-Colombian ruins on the continent; Peru is one of the best places to explore a wealth of Ancient civilisations. Here at Imagine Latin America, we have put together the most significant and interesting sites in Peru to start you off on your archaeological adventure!
Peru, undoubtedly boasts the finest cuisine in Latin America and its capital city Lima is one of the culinary capitals of the world. The countries varying terrain, numerous micro-climates and ancient history intertwine to create a host of tantalising and diverse flavours. Our Peru experts have put together their favourite dishes (and drinks) to inspire and whet your appetite for a holiday to Peru.
Peru is a thrill seeker's dream. With so many diverse ecosystems and terrains, it is the perfect adventure playground. With hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, rafting, zip lining, and surfing, there really is something for everyone. With so much variety on offer, we’ve helped you out and narrowed down our top five adventure activities to help you get out and explore the country’s natural wonders...
Rich in history, culture and wildlife, family holidays in Peru have it all! From the magnificent Amazon jungle to the impressive Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, and of course not forgetting Machu Picchu - to name just a few highlights, there is something for every family member in Peru.
Having completed the Inca Trail 45 times, Latin America specialist Sonia knows her stuff! Here she gives some tips about what is absolutely essential to bring with you when doing the Inca Trail. You will be provided with a duffle bag which will be taken by our porters to the tents every night – you should fill it with clean clothes and all toiletries you’ll need for the night time. In terms of the packing list to take with you during the days, here’s Sonia’s lowdown:
Andes, Inca Trail and Jungle Wilderness
Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Inca Trail and the Amazon
Best for: Culture History, Walking Trekking, Spectacular scenery
Combining the perfect mix of ancient culture with outdoor adventure, this itinerary takes you on a journey to some of Peru's unmissable highlights. Perfect for those who love the great outdoors and want to do something that little bit different.
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This itinerary is packed with dramatic and spectacular landscapes and takes you on a journey to discover the best of Peru. Wander around the white-washed city of Arequipa, before witnessing the mighty Andean Condors swooping in the Colca Canyon. Travel to the shores of Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in its ancient culture, before crossing an array of specatular landscapes into the Inca city of Cusco. Hike the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and experience one of the world’s most stunning treks, before ending in the pristine wilderness of the Amazon Jungle in search of wildlife.
Day 1 - 2 : Lima, Peru
On arrival into Lima, you will be met and assisted to your airport hotel where you will overnight.
Day 2 - 3 : Arequipa, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Arequipa for 1 night
This morning fly to the white-washed city of Arequipa. On arrival, relax and allow sometime to acclimatise before enjoying a city tour. Explore the city highlights, including the beautiful Colonial district of San Lazaro, the Santa Catalina Monastery, the Main Square and the Carmen Alto viewpoint to witness the three spectacular volcanoes surrounding the city: Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Pichu.
Day 3 - 4 : Colca Canyon, Peru
Stay at Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs for 1 night
Visit the stunning Colca Valley and discover the foothills of Chachani volcano and admire the Misti and Picchu Picchu Volcanoes. Cross the vicuñas reservation of Pampa Cañahuas and witness wild vicuñas running in the high Andean lands. The next day head to the spellbinding Condor Cross viewpoint, where you can fully appreciate one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is also the best place to see the majestic condor birds in full flight. These endangered Andean birds symbolise the Andes Mountains and are one of the largest flying birds in the world. Explore the villages of Maca and Yanque and immerse yourself in Peruvian culture. In the afternoon you have the time at leisure, we would highly recommend soaking up the spectacular views in the thermal springs dotted around the area.
Days 4 - 6 : Puno, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Puno for 2 nights
This morning, set off for Puno, which takes approximately five hours. During your time in Puno, enjoy a full day tour to Lake Titicaca. Visit the floating islands of Uros, which are man-made from tortora reed, and learn how the lives of the Uros people are intertwined with the tortora reed, using it for just about every purpose imaginable in order to survive on the lake. Experience the lifestyle of traditional weavers on the island of Taquile and discover their unique history and amazing textiles.
Days 6 - 8 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
Discover the stunning landscapes on a journey to Cusco. Explore the Pucara Museum and purchase traditional bull shaped ceramics, before enjoying a scenic lunch with panoramic views from the natural border, La Raya. During your time in Cusco, enjoy a full day tour exploring the best of the city, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Inca Shrine Qenqo. Marvel at the legendary firestone walls of the Koricancha temple, witness the fascinating geometry of the Stone of the Twelve Angles and visit the magnificent Cathedral housing invaluable colonial works of art.
Days 8 - 11 : Cuzco to Machu Picchu, Peru
This morning, transfer to Piskacuchu (2,700 meters above sea level), where the legendary Inca Trail begins. Cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Arrive in the Inca city of Patallacta (2,750 meters) and continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until you reach your first campsite in the Wayllabamba village (3,000 meters).
The next day leave Wayllabamba and embark on the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for nine kilometres. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). Descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3,600 meters), where you will camp after approximately six hours of hiking. Total distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles). Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours.
On your third day, climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3,970 meters) and go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at Winaywayna; an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Total distance: 16 kilometres (9.9 miles). Estimated walking time: 8 hours.
Days 11 - 14 : Classic Inca Trail, Peru
If permits for the Inca Trail are no longer available, then why not hike the Lares or Salkantay Inca trail, which are equally rewarding. Click here to enquire or call us on 020 3141 2840 to find out how you can make the most out of your trip.
Day 14 - 15 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at El MaPi for 1 night
On your final day, leave Winaywayna and climb to the Sun Gate, where you will then descend to Machu Picchu for a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel. In the afternoon, take the bus to Aguas Calientes and enjoy the afternoon at leisure, if you like, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths. Total distance: 4 kilometres (2.4 miles). Estimated walking time: 2 hours.
Day 15 - 16 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel for 1 night
Today is at leisure. You may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, you will board the train to return to Cusco.
Days 16 - 19 : Near Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Stay at Refugio Amazonas for 3 nights
Morning transfer and flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon. Upon arrival, transfer by boat and overland to your lodge nestled deep within the Amazon. All meals and excursions are included during your stay and time is spent exploring the jungle. From hiking through verdant jungle trails, to canoeing along the murky Amazonian creeks and walking through the jungle canopy on a hanging bridge, there is plenty of ways to get under the skin of this pristine wilderness. See giant otters frolicking in the water, playful packs of monkeys swinging in the tree-tops and a plethora of neon-coloured birds fluttering through the canopy.
Day 19 : Return flight home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Lima.
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