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 Puno
Best for: Culture History, Family, Highlights
The Casa Andina Premium Collection Puno is a first-class contemporary hotel near Puno on the shores of Peru’s Lake Titicaca. The Casa Andina offers excellent value, great facilities and extraordinary views of the world’s highest navigable lake.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Perched 3,800m above sea level on the edge of Lake Titicaca and taking full advantage of its privileged location to offer resplendent views of the Cordillera Real, the Casa Andina Premium Collection Puno is a first-class hotel offering excellent value for money. The hotel is a reflection of its location, built with rustic local materials, including stone, wood and clay tiles, while stone fireplaces warm the lobby lounge and restaurant. With Lake Titicaca the premier draw, guests can set off to explore the unique islands right from the hotel’s long private pier extending over the lake. The hotel also has its own private train station for easy access to the historic town of Cuzco. The majority of the hotel’s 46 contemporary guest rooms boast unparalleled lake views (a small minority overlook the mountains) and come with a private bathroom with bathtub, telephone, hairdryer, heating, cable TV, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access, safety deposit box and coffee maker & coffee supplies.
The Casa Andina’s gourmet restaurant serving freshly caught lake fish and Andean specialties, enclosed by a glass wall framing the lake and gardens; and a large, sunny terrace invites guests to contemplate Lake Titicaca’s seemingly endless expanse. There is also a lounge bar with an inviting large stone fireplace, an outdoor terrace bar overlooking Lake Titicaca, a private pier (for boating excursions to the islands) and even a private train stop (available for groups incoming from Cusco).
Activities from the hotel include visiting the famous floating Uros Islands, made from totora reeds which are ubiquitous around the lake, or you can overnight on Taquile and Amantani, two of the most interesting islands, where the inhabitants only speak Quechua and where there are no roads or electricity. Taquile is a great place to discover some of the intricate social customs and admire the exquisite textiles that the men knit. The lake is also a good place for spotting wildlife and protected plant species.
When to go
The temperature around Lake Titicaca fluctuates widely during day and night. The best time to visit the area is from May to October, when days are sunny, rain showers infrequent and daytime temperatures often topping 25°C. Temperatures plunge to nearly freezing at night, however.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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