Peru is the third largest country in South America and a superlative land of contrasts. With its epic landscapes, jaw-dropping archaeological sites, and wealth of biodiversity, a holiday to Peru boasts all of South America’s allure and more.
From the country’s modern and vibrant cities, to its sacred and historically rich towns, Peru is packed with world-class museums, national monuments and heritage sites to discover. The coastal capital Lima is a sophisticated city wrapped in history and culture and revered as one of the culinary capitals of the world. For colonial treasures, the white city of Arequipa is known for its colonial buildings grafted out of local white ‘sillar’ stone and is packed with cobbled streets, ornate churches and a number of museums housed in baroque mansions. Peru’s crown jewel is the city of Cusco. Nestled in the Andes Mountains, it is Peru’s most captivating city; rich in colonial splendour, bursting with architectural treasures and the prime gateway to the mighty ruins of Machu Picchu.
The country’s major allure is the remnants of ancient civilisations scattered across the country. The majestic Machu Picchu is considered as the most important archaeological site in Peru and a real highlight of any trip to South America. In the Sacred valley are the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, in Nasca lay the mysterious geoglyphs etched into the desert floor, and outside of Cusco is the complex of Sasayhuamán. Largely unexplored, the north of Peru is brimming with an astounding array of sacred cities and monuments. From the pyramids, grand tombs and pre-Colombian sites in Chiclayo and Trujiilo, to the mighty fortress of Kuelap located outside of Chachapoyas - Peru is home to the greatest archaeological treasures on the continent. Together these have greatly shaped Andean culture and customs of the pre-Colombian era remain deep rooted in the daily lives of locals.
As well as its ancient heritage, Peru is home to a dizzying wealth of contrasting landscapes. From soaring Andean summits, to snow-capped peaks, enigmatic Amazon jungle and wild sandy beaches; Peru has a little bit of everything. Home to the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, the world’s second deepest canyon, Colca Canyon and encompassing the largest chunk of Amazon after Brazil, it is a biodiversity hotspot and country of remarkable beauty.
This varied terrain is fertile ground for outdoor adventures to climb, raft, trek and soar. Rafting along the rushing rapids of the Urubamba River, surfing the world-class waves in Mancora, trekking the iconic Inca Trail and mountain climbing in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range are just a few of the adventures to be enjoyed here.
Defining Peru is an impossible task, with so much diversity culturally, physically and historically, it is a country destined to be explored and has something to offer everyone. Here at Imagine Latin America, we offer an extensive range of luxury holidays to Peru. From honeymoons to family holidays, culture rich or wildlife-filled adventures, we have personally visited and explored the country to ensure we can offer you the best tailor-made experience.
During a whirlwind trip around Peru in which our Latin America specialist Simon was on the move from dawn ‘til dusk laying eyes upon breath-taking scenery at every corner, there was one place that surpassed all his expectations. Here, he tells us all why Sol y Luna in Peru’s Sacred Valley left such a lasting impression on him.
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…
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...