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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.
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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, Huaraz, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chaparri, Chachapoyas
Best for: Highlights, Culture History, Spectacular scenery
A fascinating trip covering some of Peru’s most important archaeological and historical sites dating back to 4000BC! Travel through the spectacular desert scenery as you are taken on this cultural and historical adventure.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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Travel through 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!
Day 1 - 2 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores for 1 night
Upon arrival in Lima, airport reception and private transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima for one night at Casa Andina Miraflores Centro.
Days 2 - 5 : Huaraz, Peru
Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Huaraz (9 hours approx). Upon arrival, reception and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Huaraz for three nights at the Andino Club Hotel.
Full day excursion to the Llanganuco Lakes in the heart of the Huascaran Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy the picturesque scenery while visiting the towns of Cahuaz, Mancos and Yungay, before a short guided hike along the Chinacocha path. Views of Peru’s highest peak, Huascaran (6,768masl), are usually seen. Lunch will taken in Yungay today. Return to Huaraz in the late afternoon.
Full day excursion to Chavin de Huantar (4000BC-1300AD), home to South America’s oldest and most advanced pre-Columbian culture and one of the six independent centres of civilization in world prehistory, predating the Incas by some 2000 years. The highlight of the visit is witnessing the Lanzón Gallery with its supreme deity of Chavín, a large stone idol of 4.5 m carved with human, jaguar, anaconda, and harpy eagle iconography. After lunch visit the museum, where you can appreciate Chavin ceramics and lithic sculptures like the famous “Tello Obelisk”. Return to Huaraz in the late afternoon.
Days 5 - 8 : Huaraz, Peru
Days 8 - 10 : Trujillo, Peru
En route to Trujillo, visit the archaeological site Sechin Alto. The capital of a pre-Incan culture located on the northwest coast of Peru, occupied between approximately 1800-900 BC. Overnight in Trujillo for two nights at the Gran Marques Hotel.
Full day excursion visiting colonial Trujillo, the Sun and Moon pyramids in the Moche Valley, Chan Chan and the seaside town of Huanchaco. The Sun and Moon pyramids were the centre of power during the Moche times. Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian adobe city in pre-Columbian America and was the capital of the Chimu Kingdom. In Huanchaco, watch the local fishermen on their traditional “Caballitos de Totora” or reed boats. Return to Trujillo in the late afternoon.
Days 10 - 12 : Trujillo, Peru
Days 12 - 14 : Chiclayo, Peru
Morning private transfer to Chiclayo, taking approximately three hours. Detour to the Brujo Archaeological Complex and Museum, named after the polychrome friezes on its walls. In the surrounding areas you will find a pre-Inca cemetery. Then visit the Lady of Cao Complex to appreciate this amazingly well preserved mummy, discovered only a few years ago. Overnight in Chiclayo for two nights at the Costa del Sol Hotel.
Morning visit to the Sican Museum located in Ferreñafe, about 20 km from Chiclayo. The museum shows different aspects of daily life of the Sican culture, including pottery making and metal crafts. Continue on to Túcume, an imposing site of 26 pyramids belonging to the Lambayeque culture. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Afternoon visit to Peru’s finest museum, the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán. The three-story museum contains, by far, the greatest intact discovery of gold artefacts in the Americas. The museum is also a mausoleum, as the Lord of Sipan’s remains are placed in a wooden coffin as the final exhibit.
Days 14 - 16 : Chiclayo, Peru
Days 16 - 18 : Chaparri, Peru
Visit one of the best protected dry forest areas and home to a range of wildlife, including many endemic and threatened species. Chaparri is now a model community-led conservation and ecotourism project, where local people benefit from protecting their natural resources. Overnight in Chaparri for two nights at the Chaparri Lodge on a full board basis.
You then have a full day to spend at your leisure.
Days 18 - 20 : Chaparri, Peru
Day 20 - 21 : Chiclayo, Peru
Morning at leisure. Early afternoon transfer to Chiclayo (About two hours)Evening at leisure. Overnight in Chiclayo for one night at the Costa del Sol Hotel.
Day 21 - 22 : Chiclayo, Peru
Days 22 - 27 : Chachapoyas, Peru
Transfer from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. A spectacular drive that goes through one of the driest deserts on earth, then climbs into the Andes, descends onto the Marañón river and finally ascends via the great Utcumbamba canyon. Overnight in Chachapoyas for five nights at the Casa Andina Hotel.
After a one hour drive, start a smooth two hour uphill trek to observe the remarkable cliff mausoleums of Revash. Overnight in Chachapoyas.
The Leymebamba Museum will surprise you with its outstanding collection of 229 Mummies and an array of well-preserved, unique archaeological offerings rescued from the Chachapoyas shrine called “Lake of the Condors”. Overnight at the hotel.
Full day excursion to Kuelap, an amazing fortress with high walls and hundreds of circular houses located 3000 metres above sea level in the cloud forest. You will explore ceremonial constructions and aqueducts. Lunch in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we head to Cruzpata town from where you will walk to see the sarcophaguses of Karajia. Overnight at the hotel.
Days 27 - 32 : Chachapoyas, Peru
Day 32 - 33 : Chachapoyas, Peru
Full day excursion to the Gocta waterfall, the third highest in the world at 771m. Starting from Cocachimba village, hike approximately 5km through dense rainforest to the falls. In the late afternoon, arrive to the lodge. Overnight for one night in the Gocta Lodge.
Day 33 - 34 : Chachapoyas, Peru
Day 34 - 35 : Chiclayo, Peru
Transfer back to Chiclayo (about 10 hours). Evening at leisure. Overnight in Chiclayo for one night at the Costa del Sol Hotel.
Day 35 - 36 : Chiclayo, Peru
Days 36 - 38 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores for 2 nights
Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima. Upon arrival, airport reception and private transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima for two nights at the Casa Andina Miraflores Centro Hotel.
The following morning, journey through the historic centre on a city tour of Lima—one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. In the afternoon, visit the Larco Herrera Museum, a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art.
Day 38 - 39 : 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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $5248 per person
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.