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, Paracas, Nasca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu , Cusco, Puerto Maldonado
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This all-encompassing itinerary combines the best of Peru. Discover lush dramatic landscapes, ancient cultures, and an array of incredible wildlife, all whilst staying in boutique and characterful accommodation.
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From family fun to romantic getaways, this itinerary will open up your eyes to the beauty and diversity of Peru. Discover an array of natural wonders, including the Colca Canyon, the spectacular countryside of the Sacred Valley and the majestic waters of Lake Titicaca. Explore the captivating cities of Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco and soak up their colonial charm. Get under the skin of Peru's ancient culture, on a flight over the mysterious Nasca lines and at the ruins of Machu Picchu and soak up the country's magical biodiversity in the wildlife rich Paracas National Reserve and the mighty Amazon jungle. This itinerary ticks all the boxes and more!
Days 1 - 3 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Lima for 2 nights
Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel located in the trendy Miraflores neighbourhood. During your time in Lima, experience a gastronomic tour and explore Peru's culinary delights. Mix with the locals at a Peruvian market and discover a colourful array of fresh produce. Learn how to prepare a delicious Peruvian Ceviche as well as the national Pisco Sour cocktail and get a real flavour for the country.
Day 3 - 4 : Paracas
Transfer to Paracas and continue to Pisco airport. Fly over the Paracas Desert, Ica City and mysterious Nasca lines, and view the extraordinary drawings from the sky. Representing several insects and animals, including a monkey, hummingbird, condor and a spider; these drawings remain a mystery. In the afternoon enjoy the hotel facilities and surrounding areas. Overnight stay at La Hacienda Paracas.
Day 4 - 5 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Lima for 1 night
Explore the highlights of the Peruvian coast travelling to the stunning Ballestas Islands. Observe the abundant large colonies of sea lions, humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamingos and seabirds scattered around the island. In the afternoon, transfer to Lima, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Day 5 - 6 : 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.
Days 6 - 8 : Colca Canyon, Peru
Stay at Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs for 2 nights
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 the impressive canyon below, considered one of the deepest 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 8 - 10 : 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 explore 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 10 - 12 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
Discover the stunning landscapes on a bus 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.
Why not take the Andean Explorer train to Cusco instead? One of the most breathtaking train journeys in the world! Click here or call us on 020 3141 2840. We can tweak and refine this itinerary to suit you.
Days 12 - 14 : Urubamba, Peru
Stay at Aranwa Sacred Valley for 2 nights
Today you will head out on a full day, private excursion through the Sacred Valley visiting Awanacancha, Pisaq market and the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Day 14 - 15 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at El MaPi for 1 night
In the morning take the Inca Rail train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. Enjoy a private, guided tour around the ruins of Machu Picchu- the most iconic archaeological site in South America.
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 : Amazon, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion for 3 nights
This morning you will fly to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport, and taken for a visit to the butterfly house. From here it is just a short boat ride to the lodge, where you will arrive in time for lunch.
Spend the remainder of your time here enjoying activities of your choice from the lodge.
Day 19 : Return flight home
Today, fly back to Lima airport where you will connect for your flight back home.
That’s just one idea…
We have endless ideas on holidays to Peru and are experts at designing unique holidays tailored specifically to you. Call us on 020 3141 2840 to talk through your ideas and let’s see what we come up with. It’s what we do best.
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From $4736 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.