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 Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Family
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is a relaxed cloudforest spa resort in Aguas Calientes, Peru. In our view the best hotel in the area, Inkaterra Machu Picchu offers charming accommodation, great facilities and straightforward access to the magical Inca ruins.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set among twelve acres of verdant cloudforest filled with hummingbirds, butterflies and orchids, Inkaterra Machu Picchu is located beside the Vilcanota River just five minutes’ walk from Aguas Calientes train station. The resort comprises 85 comfortable spacious rooms each slightly different from one another, all with lovely views of the forested gardens, and Spanish-colonial in style with stone archways and red tiled roofs. There’s a definite home-from-home feel provided by the alpaca blankets, fireplaces (in all but the Superior rooms), comfortable seating areas and spa-style bathrooms. Suites come equipped with larger living spaces along with terraces or balconies and there is also a unit that contains the Suite and Inkaterra Suite, which can either be taken separately or together for larger families. Private terraces and plunge pools and round-the-clock butler service make this last option very attractive, and rates are around half what you would pay at the Sanctuary Lodge.
There are two restaurants serving excellent cuisine. The Cafe Inkaterra located by the entrance overlooking the Vilcanota River and offers light Andean dishes whilst the main restaurant has elevated views over the Urubamba River and serves a varied a la carte menu.
The hotel also boasts a spa with beauty treatments, massages and a small pool. Within the grounds guests can also explore over 5 km of ecological trails with orchid gardens and hummingbird feeders. You can also visit Inkaterra’s spectacled bear project which rescues and re-habilitates these beautiful creatures. Buses to Machu Picchu leave Aguas Calientes, beginning before dawn, and returning up until 5.30 pm. You can also make a day-hike along part of the Inca Trail, exploring the archaeological ruins before returning by bus.
When to go
April to November is the best time to visit Machu Picchu. 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
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