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:
Luxury Highlights of Peru
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Cuzco, Lake Titicaca & Arequipa
Best for: Highlights, Culture History, Honeymoon
Combining breath-taking landscapes and rich Andean culture, this itinerary packs in the ultimate highlights of Peru, all whilst staying in some of Peru's most luxurious and unique accommodation, taking in Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Cuzco.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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From the modern capital city of Lima, the ancient capital of Cusco and the lost city of Machu Picchu, this itinerary takes you on a journey of contrasts. Explore world-class museums and indulge in gastronomic fusion in Lima, visit the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, discover bustling colourful markets in Cusco and soak up the dramatic scenery in the Sacred Valley and majestic Lake Titicaca. This is perfect for those wanting to see the best of Peru and indulge in luxury along the way.
Days 1 - 3 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Hotel B for 2 nights
During your time in Lima, base yourself in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco where you can find some fantastic galleries and museums, alongside cool boutiques and quirky cafes. Lima is well-renowned for its foodie scene and is home to some of the world's best restaurants as voted by Michelin. A guided gastronomic tour has been included to help you get under the skin of Peru's mouthwatering cuisine. The rest of your time is at leisure to explore.
Days 3 - 5 : Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Stay at Hotel Sol y Luna for 2 nights
Today, delve into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a spectacular valley with easy reach of Cuzco, rich in culture and natural beauty. Spend two nights here getting acclimatised to the altitude before heading to Machu Picchu. During your stay a tour to see Chinchero, Maras and Moray has been included, some of the regions must-see cultural highlights. We recommend enjoying some down-time at your hotel too to enjoy the views and gardens.
Day 5 - 6 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for 1 night
This morning, take the train to Machu Picchu, wind through the mountains and follow the Urubamba River through a region of outstanding beauty. Disembark in the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy a guided tour around the iconic 'Lost City of the Incas'. return to the town and stay for one night. We can add a second entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for the following morning, including a hike up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, or you may wish to take the train to Cuzco in the morning.
Days 6 - 9 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Belmond Hotel Monasterio for 3 nights
Take the train to Cusco from Machu Picchu, once the capital of the Inca Empire. Explore the city highlights and visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Inca Shrine Qenqo, utilising the Cusco tourist card which has been included to grant you access to many of the city's top museums and cultural sites. Mix with friendly locals and explore bustling markets, soaking in the buzz of this captivating colonial city.
Days 9 - 12 : Lake Titicaca, Peru
Stay at Titilaka for 3 nights
In the morning, embark on the train to Puno, and experience breath-taking scenery as you go. On arrival into Puno, transfer to your luxury lodge which sits on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where all meals and activities are included. Visit the floating Uros islands and enjoy a range of more active adventures, from kayaking to hiking or cycling.
Days 12 - 14 : Arequipa, Peru
Stay at Cirqa for 2 nights
Transfer to the 'White City' of Arequipa, located in the shadow of El Misti volcano, so-called because of the white sillar stone used to build many of the centre's houses. Spend two nights here at the end of your stay and unwind, exploring the charming streets of the centre and paying a visit to the museum which houses Juanita, the famous Inca mummy found preserved in the mountains.
Day 14 : Return flight home
At agreed schedule, transfer to Arequipa airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima, check-in for your flight 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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $7194 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Cirqa on a half board basis
Other specified meals
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.