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 Lima
Best for: Family, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
Cool and classy, with an excellent location right in the heart Lima’s Miraflores neighbourhood, the Casa Andina Premium Collection offers excellent facilities, and makes a stylish base for exploring the city’s fabulous museums and restaurants.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Located in Lima’s fashionable Miraflores district, renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene, the Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is an excellent hotel that blends stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and an ideal location. Its quintessential Limeño flavour is accentuated by its exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and colonial-era antiques, in both the public spaces and accommodations. There are 148 rooms and suites rising seventeen storeys above Miraflores with superb views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean coast, all offering advanced soundproofing screens, LCD flat screen TVs, iPod docks and wonderful beds, and a rust-and-black colour scheme offset by soft lighting and white walls decorated by local artworks. Suites include a separate sitting area, super-king beds, a Jacuzzi, dry sauna, and a personal butler.
When you're not out exploring, indulge in a massage and sauna at the salon, slip into the heated pool or (outside the garua season) catch some rays on the sundeck. Fitness fanatics can work-out in the gym. There's also a business centre and two shops. At mealtimes, enjoy delicious Peruvian cuisine at the gourmet Alma restaurant or tuck into lighter fare at the chic travel-themed Sama coffee bar. There's also a bar where you can try authentic pisco sours.
Today Lima is a lively cosmopolitan city, and an absolute treasure trove of history, with world-class museums, ancient archaeological sites and palaces from the Spanish colonial period to explore. The gastronomic scene in Lima is rightly feted, and some of South America’s finest restaurants are here. While staying here, be sure also to head into the bohemian quarter of Barranco, where some of the liveliest night life on the continent will keep you dancing salsas until dawn.
When to go
Lima’s weather is very temperate due to its proximity to the equator. Winters in Lima can be quite grey as a result of the humid climate. Through most of winter Lima is covered in a layer of clouds and a light drizzle, or ‘garúa’; average temperatures are around 15°C. The summer months of December to March tend to be sunny and temperatures average around 22°C, though they can go as high as 27°C. The humidity factor makes these seemingly mild temperatures feel more extreme.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Lima's Gastronomic Tour
In recent years, the innovative flavours of Peruvian cuisine have exploded onto the world stage and garnered the international acclaim they deserve. Today, you will sample the unique fusion of traditional methods with exciting modern twists.
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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 and Machu Picchu
Discover Peru's absolute 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, 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
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titiaca, La Paz, Uyuni and Salar de Uyuni
Rich in breath-taking scenery, adventure and history, this two week itinerary provides a fantastic introduction to the diversity of South America. A combination of ruins, salt flats and high altitude lakes, it's an unforgettable trip.
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.
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.
Lima, Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon & Arequipa
This all-encompassing itinerary takes in the absolute best of Peru. Discover dramatic valleys and volcanic landscapes, ancient Inca cultures and an array of incredible bird and wildlife, all whilst staying in boutique and characterful accommodation.