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:
Hotel Sol y Luna
Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Best for: Culture History, Family, Imagine Favourites
The Hotel Sol y Luna is an award-winning hotel and spa retreat near Urubamba in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Beautiful natural surroundings, great facilities and an excellent activity centre make the Sol y Luna a charming base for exploring the Sacred Valley.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set within an exclusive 25-acre estate teeming with birdlife, indigenous and exotic flora, the Hotel Sol y Luna is just a kilometre from Urubamba between the famous market of Pisac and the Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, and offers the perfect base for exploring one of the most intriguing parts of the Andes. There are 43 stand-alone casitas, each with a lovely private verandah edged by flower gardens. All are constructed from natural materials from the valley including adobe, wood, stone and clay. The interior design reflects the typical Andean décor, with earth tones, local woods and details created by local artisans. There are also two-story family bungalows available with bedrooms on both floors, and suites that have bedrooms on the first floor and a living room on the second. The newer Luxury Suites have a private lounge and VIP service for check in/check out as well as a fireplace in each room, floor heating and private garden and terraces. The Sol y Luna is a terrific place both for couples and families to stay in the Sacred Valley, whether as a place to relax and chill out by the pool or to use as a base to explore the valley.
The Killa Wasi Restaurant serves delicious Novo Andino cuisine, a distinctive blend of Andean, coastal and international flavours; other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gift shop and Yacu Wasi spa, with a fully-equipped gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and Spanish bath. A wide selection of spa therapies are offered including facials wraps and masks, along with newer treatments such as music therapy, and energy therapies such as Reiki.
The surrounding countryside is home to fascinating Inca ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray and is an excellent departure point for the awe-inspiring lost city of Machu Picchu. One can also enjoy a range of adventure activities including horseback riding on Peruvian Paso horses, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, quad biking, canoeing on Lake Huaypo and rafting on the Urubamba River.
When to go
April to November is the best time to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. The rainy season is typically from December to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February.
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.
All Terrain Vehicles Over the Sacred Valley
This high energy, off-road experience offers an exhilarating way to enjoy the Sacred Valley. Spot colourful birdlife, take in breath-taking views and wave to farmers tending their crops as you traverse this beautiful landscape.
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, 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, 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, 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.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado and Mancora
The perfect itinerary for an adventurous couple in search of a honeymoon with a difference! Indulge in a splash of luxury and discover the best of Peru in just two weeks, travelling from the Amazon rainforest to Machu Picchu and ending at the beach.