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:
Lima, Cusco, Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Best for: Walking Trekking, Culture History, Spectacular scenery
A breath-taking itinerary that takes you to some of the most fascinating areas of Peru. Rich in ancient culture, spectacular landscapes, and soaked in history- this itinerary really allows you to get under the surface of Peru's highlights
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The Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu, will take you on a journey through the ancient history, living culture and the magnificent landscapes of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, all whilst staying in deluxe mountain lodges along the way. Hidden within the magnificent snow-capped Andes, the Lares Valley offers a much less crowded, yet no less beautiful route to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. After relishing the beauty of Machu Picchu, embark on the train to Lake Titicaca and explore the largest lake in Latin America and the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,830m.
Days 1 - 3 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Hotel B for 2 nights
On arrival into Lima, transfer to your luxury art-boutique hotel in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. Explore the city highlights on a city tour, and in the evening experience a intimate and unique visit and dining experience at the Larco Museum, Lima's most prestigious museum in the city.
Days 3 - 5 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Casa Cartagena Boutique & Spa for 2 nights
Flight to Cusco and spend the afternoon acclimatising to the dizzying heights of the city. 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.
Day 5 - 6 : Lares Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Peru
Today begin a five day journey to Machu Picchu on the Lares Lodge to Lodge adventure. Stay in deluxe mountain lodges along the way, where
meals and activities are included.
Today visit the celebrated market at Pisaq or take a moderate hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its unique farming practices. Overnight at Lamay lodge.
Day 6 - 7 : Lares Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Peru
Today delve deep into the heart of the Lares Valley. Visit the unique and un-crowded archaeological site of Ancasmarca and also the traditional and ancient weavers’ village of Choquecancha. Alternatively if you prefer something more active, you can hike along the turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi. Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge.
Day 7 - 8 : Lares Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Peru
In the morning, explore the Huacahuasi community and learn about their local heritage. Afterwards embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America, spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets and overnight in a charming hotel in Ollantaytambo town.
Day 8 - 9 : Lares Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Peru
Day 9 - 10 : Lares Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for 1 night
The temple at Ollantaytambo
was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers. On this day, an optional and short early morning hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo will give you a magnicent view of the town as well as of the main archeological
site across the valley. Afterwards, enjoy a morning tour of the temple and glimpse into its majestic past.
In the afternoon, embark on a train journey to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu and overnight in your hotel.
**Please note, hotel's in this region are subject to change dependent on availability.
Day 10 - 11 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Casa Cartagena Boutique & Spa for 1 night
At dawn, begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. Explore the ruins with a guide and explore its temples, palaces and structures . Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious
origins. For the more adventurous, it is possible to hike to Huayna Picchu, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.
In the afternoon, take the train back to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
Days 11 - 13 : Lake Titicaca, Peru
Stay at Titilaka for 2 nights
In the morning you will embark on the train to Puno, and experience one of the most breath-taking train rides in Latin America. On arrival in Puno transfer to your luxury lodge, where all meals and activities are included. During your time here, explore the highlights of the majestic Lake Titicaca and soak up its stunning scenery and ancient charm.
Day 13 - 14 : Flight Home
Morning private transfer to the airport for your flight home via Lima.
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From $5478 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
Guided tours in English
Lares trek with private guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.