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:
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Best for: Culture History, Luxury, Spa
On a cobbled street close to Cusco’s central plaza, the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel offers an authentic colonial experience with all the modern extras, and makes an excellent and well-priced base for exploring the city and Peru’s Sacred Valley.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Housed in a 16th-century heavy stone mansion, the 43-room Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is set around an interior courtyard and wraparound hallways are stuffed with paintings, period furniture, carvings and original paintings from the Cuzqueña School. All rooms are individually designed but show a fondness for romantic wood-frame beds, heavy silk curtains and patterned carpets. Bathrooms have all the 21st-century extras, including acres of dark marble, heated floors, Scottish showers with multi-angled jets and, in all but Classic Rooms, deep soaking tubs.
Gas fireplaces in common areas and standing heaters in the courtyard go a long way toward making this high-altitude hotel feel like home. You may not even realise it, but an extra thirty percent of oxygen is pumped into rooms, which helps keep the altitude sickness away. Straddling the courtyard, the Mishti Mestizo restaurant caters primarily to hotel guests and is a good bet for local delicacies such as tenderloin of alpaca with an elderberry sauce. After dinner, Aranwa’s streetside bar, Khasikay, is a nice spot to get your essential pisco sour fix.
Aranwa is a superb base for exploring the foremost city of the Inca Empire, and its cultural heritage is never less than fascinating, especially if you are lucky enough to time your visit to coincide with the Inca festival of Inti Raymi or religious festivals such as Corpus Christi or Lord of the Earthquakes. Beyond the convents, temples and plazas, there is a whole adventure playground where you can go horse riding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, mountain biking, and trek to colourful markets and ancient temples.
When to go
Cuzco’s location and altitude result in only two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season typically lasts from November to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February. The best time to visit Cuzco and the surrounding area is during April-October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Pisac Indian Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress
In the morning you will explore the sounds and colours of Pisac Market where indigenous communities come to sell their products. In the afternoon, visit the stunning Inca site of Ollantytambo, thought to be used as a fortress during the Inca resistance.
Chinchero Town, Moray and Maras
Uncover hidden sites in the Sacred Valley for an intimate adventure through Inca history. Marvel at unspoilt beauty of the town and stunning archaeological site in Chinchero.
FD Private Sacred Valley of the Incas
Spend your day visiting the most outstanding sites around the Sacred Valley, experience local traditions and learn about the history and culture of the Incas.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Lima, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Uncover a wealth of ancient civilisations as you discover the depth of Peru's history, taking in some of the country's most culturally rich sites, from the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu to the Moche and Chimu sites surrounding Trujillo and Chiclayo in the north.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro
This is the ultimate itinerary to get under the skin of South America. In just over two weeks, you will discover the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu, explore the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, and enjoy the breath-taking views from Christ the Redeemer
Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil
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.