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:
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The Arts Boutique Hotel B is a delightful boutique hotel in Lima’s bohemian Barranco district. Filled with artworks and very evocative, Hotel B is one of Imagine’s favorite hotels in Peru and a great way of experiencing Lima’s culture and cuisine.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Surrounded by elegant mansions that hark back to Lima’s heyday in the early 20th century in the city’s bohemian Barranco neighbourhood with its art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants, The Arts Boutique Hotel B (Hotel B for short) is modelled after a turn-of-the-century Explorers Club where travellers would meet to swap tales. Reflecting the elegance of a 1920s Belle Époque mansion, interiors feature seaside-inspired hues along with vases of fresh flowers and aromas of jasmine and fig. Each of Hotel B’s 17 guests rooms (ten in the main house and seven in an annex) are all unique and elegantly designed with private terraces, patios, and foyers. Many rooms have high ceilings and exposed wood beams that add to the charm and history of the hotel. They are all equipped with modern comforts such as high-speed wireless internet, mini-bar, plasma TV with HD channels and an iPod docking station.
Continuing with the building's exploration theme from last century, La Biblioteca aims to orient guests to their surroundings with a curated collection of Peruvian books and maps, along with prints and paintings. There is also a rooftop sun deck with a plunge pool and stationary bicycles. The dining room is small and appealing, filled with interesting artworks, and makes an atmospheric venue for enjoying seasonal Mediterranean and Peruvian dishes such as avocado, anchovy and olive oil bruschetta and fresh ceviche skilfully prepared by celebrated Peruvian chef Oscar Velarde. A complimentary Peruvian style afternoon-tea service (with fresh herbs, biscuits, hot chocolate or coffee and open-faced sandwiches) is also offered.
Next door is Lucia de la Puente Gallery, a renowned art house, and a perk for hotel guests is the opportunity to have a private viewing of the gallery, the perfect pairing to the hotel's own collection, which specializes in Latin American and Peruvian art. Stepping out into leafy Barranco will let you experience fabulous restaurants, quirky shops and great bars where Peñas are often performed. And Hotel B is just two blocks from the Pacific, making it a prize destination among Peru’s surfing community.
In June 2017, Hotel B launched some new culinary experiences where guests (and non-guests) are taken to explore the city's hotspots with the hotel's chef. Taking in two different districts of Lima, coffee tastings and a local market visit, you will be exposed to some of Lima's most exciting and extravagant culinary delights.
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.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Lima, Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco, Puno, Guayaquil, Galapagos, Quito
An incredible holiday combination staying at the finest places along the way! Mix the cultural sights of Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu, with the natural wonders of the impressive Lake Titicaca and the endemic wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands.
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Cuzco, Lake Titicaca & Arequipa
Combining breath-taking landscapes and rich Andean culture, this itinerary packs in the ultimate highlights of Peru, all whilst staying in some of Peru's most luxurious and unique accommodation, taking in Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Cuzco.