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Machu Picchu, Peru

Peru Holidays

Discover the home of the Inca Empire, a land steeped in ancient culture but also teeming with wildlife. Journey with our experts to explore Peru, from the Amazon basin and arid coastline to the snow-capped Andean peaks.

Peru brings together all that makes South America special, from colourful textiles and dense rainforests to colonial architecture and Andean communities. In the highlands you will find soaring snow-capped mountains and Inca remains. In the Amazon, a plethora of remarkable species.

To say that it is diverse is an understatement. Peru has 84 of the planet’s 104 recognised ecosystems and contains more than 20% of the known plant and animal species in the world. The coast is home to the capital city of Lima with its mix of colonial buildings, pre-Inca ruins and world-class cuisine. Further south is a desert landscape with huge sand dunes and the famous Nazca lines. Probably no other country in the world has such an astonishing archaeological heritage as Peru.

The sights of the south – Arequipa, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley– are well known, those of the north much less so. Yet there is much in northern Peru well worth visiting – the historical city of Trujillo with its churches and colonial homes, the impressive ruins of Chan Chan, the mighty fortress of Kuelap and two of the most famous sites for pre-Columbian art.

Explore Peru

  • Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley
  • Arequipa
  • Cusco
  • Huaraz & Central Mountains
  • Nazca & Southern Coast
  • Northern Peru
  • Peruvian Amazon

Experiences

Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Peru holiday

Travel to Taquile Island

Admire the stunning Peruvian lake island full of handmade colourful fabrics and friendly locals.

Journey through the Mountains

Embark on a full week of hiking in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, camping at some of the most stunning alpine sites in South America.

Hike to the Llanganuco Lakes

Trek to the mesmerising turquoise Llanganuco Lakes at the foot of Huarascan mountain in the high Andes.

View the Lanzón

Marvel at this 4.5 metre carved granite monolith, which depicts the main deity of Chavin culture, in the central highlands of Peru.

Gaze at Laguna 69

Drive to Cebolla Pampa before hiking to the spectacular waterfall-fed clear glacial lake, Laguna 69.

Dune Sandboarding

Speed down the huge dunes in the desert oasis that lies outside of Huacachina atop a sand board.

View the Candelabra of the Andes

Marvel at this mysterious, candlestick-shaped prehistoric geoglyph that is etched on a sandy hillside and associated with the Nazca Lines.

Fly over the Nazca Lines

Experience the Nazca Lines, the pre-Columbian geoglyphs that are etched into desert sands, from the air to marvel at one of humanity’s greatest mysteries.

Ride a Dune Buggy

For a true adrenaline rush, head out from the desert oasis of Huacachina on a dune buggy adventure.

Sail on Lake Titicaca

Set sail on the highest navigable lake in the world and visit the communities on Isla Taquile.

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Booking a tailor-made trip gives you the flexibility to customise your journey, travelling when and where suits you. Browse our Peru holiday ideas to start planning your next journey.

Frequently asked questions about Peru

Can I walk some of the Inca trail? Is this the most beautiful walk?

If you wish to walk a stint of the best known part of the Inca trail, permits are required. These get booked up very quickly so let us know as early as possible. There are many other treks within the Sacred Valley and other parts of the Peruvian countryside. It’s hard to choose a favourite but we will happily advise on what might suit you best depending on how long you would like to be trekking for and whether you are happy with basic camping or would prefer a lodge to lodge option.

How long will I need to acclimatise?

This varies from person to person, generally though it is 24 to 48 hours. We always plan
our Peru itineraries to allow for acclimatisationnaturallyif possible, starting at lower altitudes andworking up. Do let us
know if you have had difficulties in the past or have specific
concerns with altitude; we can incorporate additional time to adjust and include suitable activities.

I have heard about some great train rides. Can I include these in my trip?

Absolutely. There are some incredible train journeys such as the Andean Explorer between Puno on the edge of Lake Titicaca & Cusco, or the journey from Cusco & the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. We will give you advice about the timetables, classes of travel and luggage restrictions, so that you are prepared for you journey.

What can I expect travelling in Peru?

Travelling involves moving around quite frequently with a number of early starts and long days, but you will be rewarded with fantastic food, culture and incredible scenery.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Reaching the sun gate and marvelling over Machu Picchu unveiled one of the most impressive landscapes that Paul has seen in his global travels.
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James Armitage

Having walked the full Inca Trail and arrived at the Sun Gate, it is in looking down over the mist-shrouded Machu Picchu ruins that James experienced the magic of the Incas.
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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

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