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, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Best for: Highlights, Culture History, Honeymoon
Combining ancient history, breath-taking landscapes and living culture, this itinerary packs in the ultimate highlights of Peru, all whilst staying in some of Peru's most luxurious and unique accommodation along the way.
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 Belmond Miraflores Park for 2 nights
Arrive into Lima and transfer to your hotel located in trendy Miraflores. During your time in Lima, explore the city highlights and end with a fascinating tour of the Larco museum, an extraordinary mansion built on a pre-Columbian 7th century pyramid. Discover a unique display of archaeological treasures including the collection of the finest gold, silver and pottery from ancient Peru.
Days 3 - 5 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Belmond Hotel Monasterio for 2 nights
Fly to Cusco and on arrival transfer to your hotel. As the Ancient capital of the Inca Empire, you will explore the city highlights and visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Inca Shrine Qenqo. Mix with friendly locals and explore bustling markets.
Days 5 - 7 : Sacred Valley, Peru
Today, delve into the Sacred Valley of the Incas Empire. Stroll through the Pisac Indian Market and see the hand-made beautiful textiles. Explore the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo and its ancient fortress, and soak up the area's magnificent beauty. Overnight at the Inkaterra Hacienda for two nights.
Days 7 - 9 : Sacred Valley, Peru
Day 9 - 10 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for 1 night
This morning, take the Inca Rail 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'.
Day 10 - 11 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Belmond Hotel Monasterio for 1 night
Today you can visit the ruins for a second time (entrance fees not included) or explore the town of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Cusco.
Days 11 - 14 : Lake Titicaca, Peru
Stay at Titilaka for 3 nights
In the morning you will embark on the luxury Andean explorer train to Puno, and experience one of the most breath-taking train rides in Latin America. On arrival into Puno transfer to your luxury lodge, where all meals and activities are included.
Day 14 : Return flight home
At agreed schedule, transfer to Juliaca 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 $4940 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
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.