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:
The Luxury Inca Trail: Lodge to Lodge Salkantay Adventure
Lima, Cusco, Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Best for: Luxury, Walking Trekking, Specialist
This itinerary will take you on a road less travelled as you journey to the iconic Machu Picchu. Experience Peru's spectacular topography, ancient culture and immerse yourself in the country's living culture, all whilst staying in utter luxury.
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The Salkantay lodge to lodge adventure, leads you on a magnificent journey along the ancient “Salkantay Inca Trail". From majestic peaks, to emerald-green glacial lakes and pristine rivers, the trail is packed with a variety of beautiful landscapes. As you trek this unexplored terrain, each night is spent in deluxe mountainside lodges, where you have access to gourmet dining, hot showers and outdoor Jacuzzis. After reaching the lost city of Machu Picchu and marvelling at its wonder, take the train to Lake Titicaca, and relax in your luxury hotel overlooking the majestic waters of the worlds highest navigable lake.
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 : Cusco to Salkantay Lodge, Peru
Today embark on the spectacular Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, a once in a lifetime journey where you will explore the Incas ancient history and discover an array of dramatic landscapes. All meals and activities are inlcuded during your stay as well as accomodation in deluxe mountainside lodges.
After an early start, visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo, and pass through the mountain village of Mollepata. Begin your trek to Soraypampa, along a old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six hour trek.
The following day, enjoy an optional hike to the breathtaking Humantay Lake, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay the views here are incredible. Explore the area and even take a dip if your feeling brave enough. The afternoon is at leisure, relax at the lodge, soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or simply enjoy the magnificent surroundings.
Overnight at the Salkantay Lodge for two nights.
Day 7 - 8 : Crossing the Salkantay Pass, Peru
After an early start, hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak, across from Salkantay Peak.
The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). Once at the top, take in views of snow capped
peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above you and keep your eyes open for Andean condors, often visible in this area.
Continue your descent toward the Wayra Lodge, your destination for the evening.
Day 8 - 9 : Crossing the Salkantay Pass, Peru
Day 9 - 10 : Descending into the Cloud Forest, Peru
On this day, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, before beginning your hike along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery and striking orchids. Arrive at Colpa Lodge, your home for the night, where you will be greeted with a Pachamanca, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones. Everything is then covered with hot stones, plantain leaves, high Andean grass and local herbs and the contents are baked in this underground oven.
Day 10 - 11 : Descending into the Cloud Forest, Peru
Day 11 - 12 : Following the Santa Teresa River Valley, Peru
Early this morning, hike down to the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas. Stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking, a private vehicle arrives to take you to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30-minute drive).
From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min.) to the Lucma Lodge, your home for the evening and nestled in an avocado orchard. In the afternoon explore the small village of Lucmabamba and mix with members of the local community, before retreating back to your lodge for a hot shower and gourmet meal.
Day 12 - 13 : Following the Santa Teresa River Valley, Peru
Day 13 - 14 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for 1 night
After a hearty breakfast, tackle the last day of your trek. Hike uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where you will come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary- a view very few travellers ever get a chance to see.
Explore the Llactapata Ruins and enjoy lunch overlooking the majestic Machu Picchu. After lunch, continue to the Aobamba River through lush
bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations, where you will then board a train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 14 - 15 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Belmond Hotel Monasterio for 1 night
This morning, take the bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min) and enjoy a complete guided tour of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, after fully exploring the magic of the ruins take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for your train journey back to Ollantaytambo (1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take you to Cusco (1 ½ hrs).
Days 15 - 18 : Lake Titicaca, Peru
Stay at Titilaka for 3 nights
Today embark on the 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 18 : 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.
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All accommodation and breakfasts
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Guided tours in English
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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.