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:
Ultimate South America
Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil
Best for: First time, Culture History, Highlights
Packed with captivating landscapes, cultural treasures and outdoor adventures, South America is a continent destined to be explored. On this month long journey, discover South America's most iconic locations and experience a trip like no other.
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From the bustling colourful markets in Cusco, to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the breath-taking scenery of Lake Titicaca, get a taste of Peru before discovering the world’s largest and most spectacular salt flats in Bolivia. Continue into Chile and discover the beauty of the Atacama Desert, before flying to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, an adventure playground home to wild and magnificent landscapes. Travel into Argentina and marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate- one of the world’s only advancing glaciers and a fantastic natural phenomenon. From here, it's up to Buenos Aires, Argentina's vibrant capital city where the art of tango and love of food is the gateway to its culture. Visit the magnificent Iguazu Falls, the world's most dramatic waterfalls and end in Rio de Janeiro, a captivating city brimming with iconic sights, white-sand beaches and the infectious beat of the samba rhythm. This itinerary takes you on a journey of contrasts and boasts South America's allure and more.
Day 1 - 2 : Lima, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Lima for 1 night
Arrive into Lima and transfer to your hotel located in trendy Miraflores. During your time in Lima explore the city highlights on a guided tour.
Days 2 - 4 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
Fly to Cusco and on arrival transfer to your hotel. In Cusco, we have included a visit to Sacsayhuaman and the Inca Shrine Qenqo. You will also explore the Korikancha temple and San Pedro Market to see a traditional Andean Market in Cusco. These tours are the perfect way to explore and get to know this ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
Day 4 - 5 : Aguas Calientes, Peru
Stay at El MaPi for 1 night
In the morning, take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, pass through a diverse range of specatular landscapes and on arrival make your way to the impressive site of Machu Picchu. After a guided visit, enjoy lunch at Sanctuary Lodge opposite the ruins. Afterwards you have time to explore the fortress independently, or to take an optional hike to the sun gate. Dinner at El Mapi Hotel is included.
Day 5 - 6 : Cusco, Peru
Stay at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel for 1 night
Day of leisure in Aguas Calientes. You may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Days 6 - 8 : Puno, Peru
Stay at Casa Andina Premium Puno for 2 nights
In the morning you will the bus to Puno. On arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel. 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.
Day 8 - 9 : La Paz, Bolivia
Today take an overland transfer to Copacabana on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. On arrival explore the city highlights and take the hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, where you will explore the Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu''. Continue to Sun Island, where you will visit the Pilcocaina Sun Temple, discover the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain. Take the hydrofoil cruise to Huatajata, where you will visit the Andean Roots Eco Village, the Altiplano Museum, a handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. After fully exploring Huatajata continue your journey to La Paz and overnight at Hotel Casa Grande. Lunch is included on this transfer.
Day 9 - 10 : La Paz, Bolivia
Days 10 - 12 : Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Stay at Hotel de Sal Luna Salada for 2 nights
Transfer to the La Paz airport for your flight to Uyuni. On arrival into Uyuni begin exploring the world's largest salt flat covering an area of 12.000 square km. After visiting "Ojos de Agua" in the border of the Salt Flats, continue to Isla Pescado or Incawasi. After lunch, explore the island and transfer to your salt hotel, perched on the shores of the Uyuni Salt Lake. The following day explore the Volcan Thunupa and the Mummies Museum. The Volcan Thunupa is an extinct volcano, considered to be sacred by the local people and is one of the most important pre-Hispanic sanctuaries, containing some 24 identified archaeological sites. In the lagoon at the base of the volcano one can observe pink and brown flamingos. All meals are included at Hotel Luna Salada.
Days 12 - 15 : San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Stay at Casa Atacama for 3 nights
After breakfast visit Laguna Colorada, which runs through a unique landscape of deserts and mountains. With an area of 60 km2, at an altitude of 4,278 metres, Laguna Colorada is characterized by the red tone of its waters. It is inhabited by three species of flamingos and the scenery is exceptionally beautiful at these heights, set off by the impressive redness of the Lagoon. Continue to Sol de Mañana Geysers, an area of fumaroles and volcanic craters. The craters display intensely boiling lava and the fumaroles emit spouts of mixed water and superheated steam reaching 80 to 100 meters in height. Continue to Laguna Verde, an intensely green lake backed by the dormant 19,555ft Licancábur volcano. From here cross the border into Chile and transfer to your lodge in the Atacama, situated a few blocks from charming San Pedro’s main square. All meals and activities are included during your stay and include hiking, mountain biking, world-class star gazing, visits to the El Tatio geysers, and much more. Explore the heart of the Atacama Desert and marvel at the natural wonders of the highest and driest desert in the world.
Days 15 - 17 : Santiago, Chile
Stay at Hotel Orly for 2 nights
In the early afternoon after one last activity exploring the Atacama Desert, fly back to Santiago. On arrival into Santiago, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of Providencia. During your time in Chile's capital city explore the highlights on a city tour. Wander the main streets of the historic centre and bohemian area of Bellavista, explore the main plaza where the Cathedral and National History Museum are located, and visit the Fine Arts Museum and get under the skin of one of South America's most cosmopolitan cities.
Days 17 - 21 : Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Stay at Hotel Las Torres for 4 nights
Fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to your lodge, located within the Torres del Paine National Park. One of Chile's main highlights and revered as one of the best places to go trekking on the continent. During your stay, all meals and activities have been included and time is spent exploring the stunning natural beauty and rugged terrain of the national park. From horse-riding, to hiking, kayaking and fishing, there is a wealth of activities to enjoy here.
Days 21 - 23 : El Calafate, Argentina
Stay at Esplendor El Calafate for 2 nights
Cross the border into Argentina and transfer to your hotel in El Calafate. Explore Patagonia and visit the epic Perito Moreno Glacier, wander the various walkways where you will be able to appreciate great views of the glacier and have the opportunity to see huge ice blocks breaking off into the lake. Take a boat excursion to the face of the glacier and see it from a close-up perspective.
Note: Optional mini-trekking excursion can be added for a surcharge locally.
Days 23 - 25 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stay at Hotel Clasico for 2 nights
Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. During your time in Argentina's capital city, we have included a number of tours which will allow you to explore Argentine culture at its best. Discover the city highlights on a half day tour and visit the colourful houses of La Boca, the antique hub of San Telmo and wander around the green and leafy Palermo. Enjoy a dynamic Tango Show, which oozes 1930's glamour and is performed by some of Argentina's best selection of singers and dancers. Overnight at Palermo Clasico for two nights.
Days 25 - 27 : Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Stay at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge for 2 nights
This morning fly to Iguazu and transfer to your hotel. During your time in Iguazu, we have included a guided tour of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the waterfalls. Explore the numerous walkways and have the chance to explore the lush rainforest surrounds. During your stay, you will also embark on an exhilarating boat safari, which takes you right up to the foot of the falls, offering a completely different and close-up perspective. Be warned you will get wet!
Days 27 - 30 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly directly to Rio, one of South America's most exciting cities. The next day you will enjoy a half day Corcovado Mountain and Tijuca Atlantic Forest Jeep tour. You will be collected in a 4x4 convertible jeep before making your way the Tijuca Atlantic Forest, the largest urban forest in the world and home of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue - recently voted as one of the 7 winners of the “New Wonders of the World” contest. Your remaining time is at leisure. Overnight at Ipanema Plaza for three nights.
Day 30 : Return flight home
After a morning at leisure transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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From $12221 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Other specified meals
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.