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:
From Wonders to Wildlife: A Peru and Galapagos Islands Adventure
Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Quito, Galapagos Islands
Best for: Culture History, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
Discover the highlights of Peru and combine the culture of Lima, history of Cusco and scenery of Machu Picchu on this incredible tour before cruising the Galapagos and witnessing Darwin's wildlife wonderland.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Packed full of adventure, this 14 day itinerary provides a great insight into the world's most famous Wonder, followed by a relaxing cruise around the Galapagos Islands. From exploring the markets and museums of Peru's modern capital, to discovering the ancient city of Cusco and it's intriguing ruins, to the dizzying heights of the iconic Machu Picchu, this itinerary allows you to explore this spectacular country before heading off to the Galapagos. You'll also have the opportunity to board a luxury cruise ship and take to the waters to encounter some of Galapagos' friendliest residents. This itinerary offers contrast and is perfect for those wanting to experience two major highlights of South America.
Days 1 - 3 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Lima for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. During you stay in the capital we suggest you explore the city’s highlights. Visit colonial museums, dine on exceptional cuisine and stroll around buzzing markets - these are just a few of the attractions in this sophisticated city.
Included: Lima City tour
Days 3 - 5 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Cusco for 2 nights
Your next stop will be Cusco. Marvel at this magical city which is encompassed by the sprawling Andes and absorb its rich culture by wandering the cobbled streets, exploring the ancient fortress of Sasayhuamá and taking in the colonial architecture of the buildings.
Included: Sacsayhuaman excursion
Day 5 - 6 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at El MaPi for 1 night
Journey through stunning landscapes to Aguas Calientes and on arrival at the town enjoy a comprehensive tour of the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu - a real highlight of any visit in Peru.
Included: private Machu Picchu excursion
Day 6 - 7 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Cusco for 1 night
Before returning to Cusco in the afternoon spend the morning hiking Huayna Picchu or relaxing in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
Days 7 - 9 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at La Casona de la Ronda for 2 nights
Fly to Quito and stay in Ecuador’s colonial capital. Whilst here, enjoy a scenic tour and take in the city’s heritage by visiting the colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved neighbourhood in South America. Alternatively, visit latitude 0º and stand with a foot on each hemisphere!
Days 9 - 13 : Galapagos, Ecuador
Stay at M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey for 4 nights
Arrive in the Galapagos and board the Seaman Journey for your cruise of the illustrious archipelago. On this four night cruise you’ll learn about the geological and human history of the islands at the Charles Darwin Centre. The next day you'll encounter bountiful species of wildlife including Galapagos tortoises in Galapaguera, sea lions and a variety of seabirds on San Cristobal Island whilst relaxing on the stunning white coral beaches. During your time on this island, you'll discover the marine life as you snorkel. As the cruise continues you sight many more incredible animals and visit stunning landscapes including the magnificent blowhole of Española Island, the “Green Beach” on Floreana Island and Baroness Lookout which offers a beautiful vista of the surrounding scenery.
Day 13 - 14 : Quito, Ecuador
Stay at La Casona de la Ronda for 1 night
On the morning of your final day you’ll visit the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall and observe the adult tortoises in captivity as well as the breeding and rearing centre for hatchlings. Following this you’ll transfer back to Quito for an overnight stay and have a day to relax in the capital before your overnight flight home.
Day 14 - 15 : Flight Home.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
When to go
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galápagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $5215 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Guided tours in English
Transfers with baggage assistance
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.