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:
Inkaterra La Casona
Best for: Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites, Luxury
Inkaterra La Casona is a gorgeous and intimate boutique retreat in historic Cusco. With spellbinding interiors, top-notch service and remarkably good value for money, La Casona offers its guests a stylish connection with Cusco’s past.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Housed in a painstakingly restored 16th-century mansion in the heart of historic Cusco, Inkaterra La Casona is an intimate boutique hotel on Plaza Las Nazarenas. A short walk from many of the city's most important sights and the beautiful cobblestoned streets of the San Blas artists' district, La Casona offers guests all modern comforts combined with the sense of privacy and privilege shared by those who once lived there, and consists of just eleven beautifully furnished suites all restored to reflect the colonial and Inca origins of this historic building. The suites are air-conditioned and feature king-size or large twin beds and have an immense range of luxurious amenities, including high-count cotton sheets, feathered duvets, extra pillows, flat-screen cable TVs, iPod docking stations, safes and mini-bars. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, fully appointed with extra-soft towels, hand-made toiletries and separate oversized bathtubs.
Fresh, local ingredients form the basis of the excellent cuisine served in the dining room, and La Casona will be happy to make up a gourmet picnic for you to take out as you explore the Sacred Valley. Yaku spa therapies can be provided at an additional cost, and there are plenty of quiet civilised nooks where you can sit down with a good book or relax on a day bed in one of the interior courtyards.
The concierge at La Casona is extremely good, and can arrange private guided excursions in and around Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley. Explore Cusco’s layers of history through its temples and churches, browse for wonderful artisan handicrafts in San Blas, or head out into the astonishing scenery of the high Andes for adventure treks, white water rafting and horse riding opportunities.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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.