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:
Highlights of Northern Peru
Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chachapoyas
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Spectacular scenery
A fascinating trip covering some of Peru’s most important archaeological and historical sites, dating back to 4000BC. Travel from the spectacular desert scenery of Peru's northern coast to the cloudforests of the Amazonas region as you are taken on this historic adventure, discovering wild nature and pre-Inca cultures hand in hand.
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Journey across the searing northern Peruvian desert and into pre-Columbian regions that were home to several ancient civilizations, some dating back to 4000BC. This intriguing trip has it all for those interested in natural beauty and the history before the Incas and Spaniards. perfect for a second-time visit to Peru or those who want to get away from the crowds.
Days 1 - 3 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Stay for two nights at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores, which is ideally located within easy reach of some of Lima's top dining spots. A privately guided city tour has been included to show you the highlights of Lima, before enjoying some free time to explore at leisure.
Days 3 - 5 : Trujillo, northern Peru
Stay at Hotel Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro for 2 nights
Fly north to Trujillo along the desert coast and get stuck into the rich pre-Incan history. Discover the fascinating Moche and Chimu sites that sit within easy reach of the city centre with a guide who will help bring these cultures to life, showing you temples, palaces and burial sites. Explore the vast complex of Chan Chan and the well preserved Huacas del Sol y Luna, along with their insightful museum stopping for lunch at the seaside fishing town of Huanchaco. On your final morning, drive to Chiclayo, stopping at El Brujo archaeological site on the way where the amazingly well-preserved mummy, the Lady of Cao, can be seen.
Days 5 - 7 : Chiclayo, Northern Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Select Chiclayo for 2 nights
Continue driving through desert scenery to reach Chiclayo, a bustling city further north home to more incredible archaeological sites and one of Peru's most impressive museums. Stay here for two nights and head out on a full-day excursion to Tucume, Huaca Rajada and the Royal Tombs of Sipan museum which houses many of the bodies and artefacts discovered at nearby Huaca Rajada.
Days 7 - 9 : Northern Peru, Peru
Stay at Gocta Andes Lodge for 2 nights
From Chiclayo, soak in the spectacular drive as you cross from desert into Amazonas state where dense cloudforest cloaks dramatic mountains. A box lunch will be provided and stops can be made along the way to stretch legs and enjoy some of the best viewpoints. Stay for two nights at Gocta Lodge and put your feet up on arrival in preparation for the hike to Gocta Falls the following day. Walk through the forest to the base of this beautiful double drop waterfall and feel the power as you stand within striking distance and, if you're feeling brave, take a quick dip in its icy waters. Unwind at the hotel once you make it back up the hill before a shorter trek to the sarcophagi of Karajia which sit perched up on the mountainside on a rather precarious ledge.
Days 9 - 11 : Utcubamba Valley, Northern Peru
Stay at Kentitambo for 2 nights
On the way to the southern end of the valley, stop at the hilltop ruins of Kuelap which predate Machu Picchu and rival it in terms of size and views, taking the cable car or hiking up to the entrance. From here continue to Leymebamba which will be your base for the next two nights, surrounded by beautiful gardens and an array of hummingbird species. The following day, enjoy a privately guided excursion to the mausoleums of Revash before visiting the Leymebamba museum, home to 200+ mummies found at the nearby Lake of the Condors.
Days 11 - 13 : Cajamarca, Northern Peru
Stay at Hotel & Spa Laguna Seca for 2 nights
From Leymebamba, drive towards Cajamarca, a charming city where you can relax for your final days at Hotel & Spa Laguna Seca which boasts its own natural hot springs and two swimming pools amongst beautiful grounds. It is a short drive from the centre so you can easily see the highlights of the city and its surroundings. From here, connect back to Lima and fly home.
Day 13 - 14 : Flight Home
Private transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
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We can arrange a shorter tour in the North if you are restricted with holiday time. Call 020 3141 2840 and we will start designing a holiday tailored specifically to you.
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Things to do
Fortress of Kuelap
Visit the hilltop fortress of Kuelap, hailed as the Machu Picchu of the north. These incredible ruins were built prior to the Inca period and predate Machu Picchu by about 500 years.
Gocta Waterfall Hike
Trek through the cloudforest of Cocachimba to Gocta falls, locally known as "La Chorrera". At 771 metres high, it is considered among the highest waterfalls in the world and is a breathtaking spectacle.
HD Cumbemayo Tour
Visit the unique rock formations of Cumbemayo, also known as the stone forest, and admire the beautiful natural scenery which extends in all directions.
HD El Brujo Archeological Site & the Lady of Cao Museum
Explore the El Brujo archaeological complex and museum, where the tattooed remains of the first female Moche ruler were discovered. She is now known as the Lady of Cao and the mummy can be seen in the site museum.
HD Cajamarca City Tour
Explore the city of Cajamarca on this half day city tour, taking in the main square and some of the city's architectural highlights as your guide explains the history of some of its most fascinating sites.
FD Tucume, Huaca Rajada and Sipan Royal Tombs Museum
Discover the archaeological highlights of Chiclayo on this full day tour, taking in the vast complex of Tucume, the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum which is considered one of the best in Peru and finally Huaca Rajada, where the Lord of Sipan was discovered.
Mausoleums of Revash & Leymebamba Museum
Enjoy a close up view of the mausoleums of Revash which sit perched on a striking cliffside in the Utcubamba Valley, before paying a visit to the highly regarded Leymebamba Museum where over 200 mummies are housed after being recovered from nearby tombs.
FD Huacas del Sol y Luna, Chan Chan & Huanchaco with lunch
Surrounding Trujillo there are a number of fascinating archaeological sites which date back to the Moche and Chimu cultures which prevailed before Inca times. Visit Huacas del Sol y Luna, Chan Chan and Huaca Dragon on this full day tour.
Head down into Peru's Utcubamba Valley and discover the unique Karajia sarcophagi. These intriguing funerary statues were constructed to represent the human form and are thought to be the resting place of important Chachapoya warriors.
From $5695 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
Private guided tours in English
Private 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.