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:
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Award-winning Titilaka is a contemporary luxury lodge with unbeatable views of Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Guests of Titilaka can enjoy superbly innovative experiences designed to reveal the lake’s natural and cultural heritage, while enjoying supreme comfort.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
On a small, remote peninsula on the shores of the earth’s highest navigable lake, Hotel Titilaka brings a sophisticated boutique lodge experience to one of Peru’s most stunning landscapes, immersing you in the overwhelming peace and timelessness of Lake Titicaca and the Andes. The hotel’s small inventory of 18 stylish suites ensures an intimate visit and significant interaction with the staff. High-thread-count linens are mixed with Andean textiles, and organic bath products in the spa-style bathrooms balance modern amenities such as iPod docks and heated floors. Lake Titicaca is always the focus of attention, framed in the oversize windows and wraparound balconies.
At dusk, pause and consider cocktails on Titilaka's waterfront terrace, watching the idyllic sunset give way to a velvet-black night sprinkled with stars. Your intimate fireside dinner will be prepared with wholesome regional ingredients: fresh trout from the lake, alpaca meat from the highland plateaus and the famously varied potatoes and grains of Peru.
Lake Titicaca is one of world’s most visually and culturally inspiring wonders, sitting 12,500 feet above sea level. Diverse Indian communities have inhabited the reed-clad shores and verdant mountaintops for centuries, preserving their identities with distinctive attire, languages and beliefs.
In this special environment, Titilaka offers 16 excursions (twelve of which are included in your stay) that bring you up close with the region’s inhabitants and their unique way of life. One of the most popular expeditions the hotel offers involves a visit to the Uros Islands. This small community lives on “floating islands" made entirely of totora reeds. Other activities include horseback riding, Land Rover and kayak expeditions, highland treks, bird watching and visits to the Sillustani chullpas, colonial churches and local villages. In line with a rigorous programme of sustainable tourism, Titilaka allows guests to experience Lake Titicaca in a non-intrusive way, and supports local communities through job creation, the use of local products, health care and wildlife protection.
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
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Combining ancient history, breath-taking landscapes and living culture, this itinerary packs in the ultimate highlights of Peru, all whilst staying in some of Peru's most luxurious and unique accommodation along the way.
Lima, Cusco, Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
A breath-taking itinerary that takes you to some of the most fascinating areas of Peru. Rich in ancient culture, spectacular landscapes, and soaked in history- this itinerary really allows you to get under the surface of Peru's highlights
Lima, Cusco, Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Adventure, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
This itinerary will take you on a road less travelled as you journey to the iconic Machu Picchu. Experience Peru's spectacular topography, ancient culture and immerse yourself in the country's living culture, all whilst staying in utter luxury.