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:
Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Best for: Culture History, Family, Highlights
Located three blocks from Cusco’s main square, the Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century house oozing authentic colonial character and providing an excellent value base for exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Offering the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property, the Casa Andina Premium Collection's 94 rooms and suites are removed from the street and surround three interior colonial-style courtyards with wooden balconies. Rooms include Superior, Suites and Imperial Suites. Superior Rooms occupy adjoining colonial-style structures around two interior patios, while Suites and Imperial Suites are located in the hotel's original colonial manor house and open onto the main courtyard with its gurgling stone fountain. Oxygen is available in all rooms – a bonus for guests having difficulty adapting to the high altitude, and several rooms in the original building feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.
The gourmet restaurant is one of the most elegant dining experiences in Cusco, and sprawls across four colonial salons, decorated with romantic candelabras, wrought-iron chandeliers and Cusco School colonial paintings and showcases the creative Novo Andino cuisine of head chef Javier Morante. The Casa Andina’s charming lounge and reading room contains a massive stone fireplace that’s always crackling, and perfect for enjoying a cocktail or a quiet read.
The Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is ideally located for exploring colonial Cusco with its impressive Plaza de Armas, beautiful cathedral and wealth of churches, museums, handicraft shops, restaurants and bars. It is also possible to arrange excursions to nearby archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo and of course Machu Picchu, although we would normally advising spending at least a night at these fabulous ruins.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Discover Peru's prime highlights on this express itinerary. Combining stunning landscapes with colonial charm and ancient treasures, it captures the essence of Peru and is sure to leave you wanting more.
Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu
Visit Machu Picchu, Peru's iconic Inca citadel, on this whirlwind trip to the country's most famous cities and greatest landmark. Discover the hidden gems of Lima's cosmopolitan maze, Cusco's traditional markets and Machu Picchu's magnificence.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon
This action packed family itinerary is the perfect way to explore the highlights of Peru. From white-water rafting in the Sacred Valley, clambering around the ruins of Machu Picchu and exploring wildlife in the Amazon, there is something for everyone
Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Quito, Galapagos Islands
Discover the highlights of Peru and combine the culture of Lima, history of Cusco and scenery of Machu Picchu on this incredible tour before cruising the Galapagos and witnessing Darwin's wildlife wonderland.