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Route :Lima,Paracas,Ica,Nazca,Arequipa City,Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Rainbow Mountain,Sacred Valley, Santa Teresa Trek to Machu Picchu.
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South Circuit Peru 15-Day
Route :15 day trip from the coast to the peruvian mountain range, a solid holiday package to make the most of your next adventure.
2-Week Itinerary From Lima to Machu Picchu
Route :Two week in Peru ,a Solid And Realiable Trip Itinerary From Lima to Machu Picchu, small group tours with all-services included.
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15-Day Gringo Trail Itinerary
Route :Enjoy a series of places most frequently visited by adventurous travelers, a very popular itinerary among the most explorers throughout Peru.
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Gringo Trail Itinerary With Inca Trail
Route :Combine and enjoy this famous travel itinerary in Peru visiting the most outstanding destinations in the southern circuit and get to Machu Picchu by the classic Inca trail.
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Gringo Trail Itinerary With Salkantay
Route :2 weeks trip in Peru, follow the famous gringo trail itinerary which explores the best of the southern circuit and immerse yourself in the wild mountain of Salkantay until you reach Machu Picchu.
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Backpacking in Peru 2-Weeks
Route :Itinerary for free-spirited travelers who like to adapt to the city where they go and share group experiences, a perfect 15 day trip ever.
South Peru Circuit & Northern Kingdom
From North To South Trip In Peru
Route :Tour of pre-Inca cultures in northern Peru and the Inca empire in the city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, 15-day trip.
From Kuelap To Machu Picchu
15-Day Trip from Kuelap To Machu Picchu
Route :The trip from Kuelap fortress to Machu Picchu is one of the most sensational itineraries in Peru, the cloud tribes in Kuelap and the Inca Empire in Cusco, a captivating adventure.
From The Ocean Pacific to the Rainforest
From Lima to Tambopata
Route :Follow the classic south circuit of Peru and climb gradually to the peruvian andes on search of Machu Picchu , explore Cusco and its main attractions and get into a place where every corner is alive, the Tambopata Reserve.
Peru Unforgettable Trip
Peru Unforgetable Trip
Route :14-day trip through the places most visited by explorers adventurous, an unforgettable trip itinerary is a collections of travel experiences selected carefully along the time.
Peruvian Andean Treasures
Route :Peruvian Andean Treasures, is a tour of the most outstanding of the Andes of Peru, the cities of Arequipa, Puno and Cusco are the 3 points of reference for this travel itinerary with exclusive destinations.
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Machu Picchu & The Lake Titicaca
Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
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Machu Picchu & Southern Circuit
Route :From Machu Picchu to the Nazca Lines, crossing the Paracas bay and the Ica desert, an unforgettable 10-day trip.
Machu Picchu & The Amazon River
Route :Travel from Machu Picchu to the Amazon River in a 10-day holiday package, a categorical travel itinerary that involve the archaeology with the nature.
Machu Picchu & The Tambopata Reserve
Route :9-Day Trip in Peru, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Tambopata reserve,the ultimate trip in Peru.
Machu Picchu & Manu National Park
Route :Travelers who enjoy adventure, this is a journey of much life and nature everywhere. 10 days tour in the Cusco region that explores its mountains and jungle.
Machu Picchu & Paracas
Machu Picchu And Paracas
Route :A relaxing and fun trip to the Andes of Peru and the most important reserve on the Peruvian coast, 8 days to travel from Machu Picchu to Paracas on the southern circuit of Lima.
Machu Picchu & The Nazca Lines
Route :Machu Picchu and the Nazca lines, becomes one of the most frequent and traveled combinations of trips, from the mountains to the desert, a crucial route to immerse yourself in the Peruvian culture.
Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Colca Canyon
Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Colca Canyon
Route :A carefully designed itinerary to go from Lima to Arequipa, visit the Colca canyon, continue to the city of Cusco by bus, visit the sacred valley of the Incas and arrive in Machu Picchu by train, a trip that lasts 8 unforgettable days.
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From Chavin De Huantar to Machu Picchu
Route :A preferred destination for mountaineers and lovers of archeology, the white mountain range and its underground ruins Chavin de Huantar, a jump to the Inca empire visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu.
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Route :Best tour in Peru, a solid travel itinerary that seeks excellence in its guided visits to the most exclusive destinations in the South of Peru, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Cuzco & Inka Trail to Machu Picchu
Cusco & The Inka Trail to Machu Picchu
Route :Adventurers from around the world come to Cusco with a single purpose, to hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, more than an adventure, a life experience that you will never forget.
Cuzco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Route :Its name means the wild mountain, snowy peaks, rain forest, and the lack of oxygen is due to the emotion of being so close to heaven, Salkantay to Machu Picchu is for all those who enjoy the mountains.
Cuzco & The Rainbow Mountain
Route :A colorful and exhaustive ascent to the mountain of 7 colors, the famous rainbow mountain contrasts with the greenery of Machu Picchu, the perfect couple for your next trip to Peru.
Cuzco, Moray & Saltmines
Route :8 days of tours between Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, daily guided visits to highly recommended destinations.
Machu Picchu & The Humantay Lake
Machu Picchu & Humantay Lake
Route :Visit one of the hidden gems in the Peruvian Andes, the Humantay lagoon and continue your visit with a charming and captivating train trip to the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Route :Classic holiday package from Lima to Machu Picchu with all inclusive, small guided group tours and activities, private transfers, hotels, flights, train tickets, entrances fees to all attractions during the journey.
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Route :Visit your favorite destinations and attractions in 1 week,Lima city tour, flights to Cuzco RT, Guided Visit in Cusco city and nearby ruins, Train journey to/ from Machu Picchun all entrances fees ibcluded.
Lima & Machu Picchu At a Glance
Machu Picchu At A Glance
Route :If you do not have much time for your visit to Machu Picchu then this travel itinerary is for you, visit one of the 7 wonders of the world with this tailor-made tour package.
Machu Picchu Wayna Picchu 2-Day Tour Ticket
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Route :Machu Picchu with Wayna Picchu become the most prominent of all the attractions to visit in Cusco, get your entrance ticket and the guided tours here.
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Route :1 day tour to Machu Picchu, train tickets, entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, transfers to the train station round trip, bus tickets up and down to Machu Picchu all that and much more, get your tour ticket here.
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2 Week Peru plus Bolivia Trip Itinerary
2-Week Peru Bolivia Trip
Route : From Lima to Uyuni salt flat, crossing the Peruvian and Bolivian mountain range , visit most important highlights of these 2 andean countries in South America
11-Day Peru Bolivia trip
11-Day Peru Bolivia Trip
Route : :Peru Bolivia Trip in 11 days, a famous, solid and well-known tourist itinerary from Lima to Machu Picchu crossing the South American Andes to reach the captivating Uyuni salt flat.
The Perfect 2 Weeks for Peru and Bolivia
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Peru Bolivia in 3 Weeks
Route : 3-Weeks in Peru and Bolivia, Explore Lima, city , the Paracas reserve and Ballestas islands,Ica & Huacachina oasis,Nazca,Arequipa & The Colca Canyon,Cusco,Rainbow mountain,Sacred Valley,Machu Picchu,Puno,La Paz,Uyuni salt flat
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Route : South American Holiday Package, visit Machu Picchu, Uyuni salt flat and Galapagos islands in a 22-day trip, includes private transfers, all hotel stays, flights, daily guided small group tours, entrances fess, and meals
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Route : Travel from Machu Picchu to the Galapagos islands in a 10-day trip, exclusive destinations in south america, a solid holiday package that include all services.
From Machu Picchu to Galapagos 15-Day Trip
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Very Best of South America
Route : Top destinations in South America, Cultural, archaeological and ecological is what combines this vacation package on your visit to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos.
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Total adventure & adrenaline in the inca jungle trail to Machu Picchu, 4-day trek to Machu Picchu.
Trek to Ausangate Mountain, 5-Day real adventure to the most remote mountain in Cusco region.
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Book your 1-day trek to Lagoon 69 in Huaraz, impressive landscapes,unique experiences.
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1-Day Tour to Churup Lake, Landscapes-seekers enjoy exploring the trail to this Lake, Get Your Ticket here.
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Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most famous in the White Mountain Range , this adventure ensures a unique experience.
Huayhuash classic trek 10-day.
Among the best in the world, the trek to the Huayhuash mountain range is an experience of life that you will never forget.
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- Hike through the legendary Inca trail, across beautiful Andean mountain passes, past dozens of mysterious Inca relics and through dense cloud forests.
- Explore the spectacular ruins in the lost city of Machu Picchu, majestically perched on top of a remote mountain.
- Float along the waters of Lake Titicaca and glimpse into the indigenous life of island communities.
- Cut into a slice of Lima’s colonial heritage showcased by ornate mansions, plazas and cathedral. Discover an interesting mix of Spanish colonial and Incan architecture in the colourful city of Cusco.
- Stay in a remote eco lodge and plunge into the heart of the Amazon rainforest at the Tambopata National Reserve.
- View the fascinating Nazca Lines, a series of ancient, mysterious geoglyphs engraved in the desert.
- Relax in the refreshing oasis of Huacachina or indulge in some exciting sand-boarding and sand-buggying in the surrounding desert landscape.
- Watch giant Condors fly over the Colca Valley near Arequipa and go river rafting amidst stunning scenery in the Colca Canyon.
- The Inca Trail leading up to Machu Picchu is closed for maintenance during the month of February.
- May to September offers clear weather and is the peak tourist season.
- The Peruvian coast is best experienced between December and February.Avoid referring to the natives as ‘indio or indios’.
- For a different take on Peru’s heritage, try a culinary tour.
- Popular souvenirs include Alpaca wool sweaters, llama rugs and silver jewelry.
- There is a ‘no food or beverage policy’ at Machu Picchu but there are restaurants outside the entrance in case you’re hungry.
- Avoid touching stray dogs even if they appear friendly.
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Peru is brimming with famous sites to explore. Scenic landscapes, archaeological ruins, mouthwatering flavors, and eye-popping nature are all part of your Peru adventure. Must-see places in Peru include.
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century stone citadel sitting at the top of a mountain. Built by the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and “New World Wonder” that is sure to take your breath away.
Follow 500-year old stone pathways directly to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu by hiking the Inca Trail. Choose between the classic 26-mile 4-day Inca Trail trek, or opt for the shorter 2-day Inca Trail. Permits are limited so plan with your Peru for Less travel advisor 6-months in advance.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest jungle in the world and is the perfect destination for animal sightseeing. Comfortable lodges near Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos will be your base for daily activities and excursions into the rainforest. Those wanting an extra dose of luxury should highly consider an Iquitos Amazon River cruise.
Once the capital of the mighty Inca Empire, Cusco is an outdoor museum with archaeological ruins, colonial buildings, and endless opportunities for exploration. Here you can find Cusco’s best restaurant and hotel options. Don’t miss the picturesque city views from the Sacsayhuaman ruins before you visit Machu Picchu.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the entire world. Its waters are home to the Uros and Taquile floating islands made from totora reeds. Witness stunning sunsets, colorful textiles, and panoramic views of Lake Titicaca.
Lima is the capital city of Peru and where you’ll find award-winning restaurants, government palaces, and the UNESCO World Heritage historical city center. You’ll also come across pre-Incan ruins, artsy bohemian districts, and lots of shopping! We recommend enjoying a Pisco sour with views of the Pacific Ocean.
See some of Peru’s most spectacular landscapes as you visit the Sacred Valley. Surrounded by the Andes mountains and with the Urubamba River snaking through, adventure awaits. Zip line or white water raft, see the Maras salt mins, explore Ollantaytambo and the Pisac market, options here seem endless. Sacred Valley hotels are idyllic retreats you’ll wish you had even more time at!
Hundreds of years ago, the Nazca culture drew huge geoglyphs and geometric shapes into the coastal desert of Peru. Today, they are a beautiful mystery that can be explored in a 12-seater plane that gives everyone perfect views of the famous Nazca Lines. You’ll see the spider, the monkey, the hummingbird, the astronaut, and more!
Paracas National Reserve
The Paracas National Reserve brings you close to nature on the coastal desert landscapes of Peru. Resting along the Pacific Ocean, you’ll witness rock formations, migratory birds, and sea lions. The protected Paracas National Reserve houses museums with well-preserved artifacts from pre-Incan cultures. Choose from ATV rides, boat trips to Ballestas Islands, or sit pool-side with a Pisco sour.
Arequipa is the second-largest city in Peru, though it doesn’t feel like it with its quaint shops and cobblestone streets. The white stone used in the construction of the cities buildings like the white-stone basilica Cathedral in the historical center, have given Arequipa its nickname as the white city. See El Misti Volcano backdropped against this city brimming with great food and rich history.
Colca Canyon is where to go in Peru to see Andean condors flying freely. The lush valleys, terraced mountainsides, and crystalline rivers offer spectacular views. Relax in the natural hot springs of one of the deepest canyons in the world.
The famous Intihuatana, whose Quechua name is often translated to English as “The Hitching Post of the Sun,” is a carved stone which is thought to have possibly been used as a type of sundial.
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When is the best time to visit?
The very best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September (Peru’s winter). This is the dry season in the Andes Mountains, therefore it’s the best time to see the most popular sites like Machu Picchu , Cusco and the Inca Trail . The best time to visit coastal Lima is the opposite, between December and April (Peru’s summer). During the summer months you can enjoy Lima’s warm sunshine and avoid the chilly mist and clouds of winter.
How much time do I need?
You can see the top sites of Peru in as little as four days, while you can get the full breadth of the country in two weeks. The majority of visitors spend somewhere in between — around a week to 10 days depending on what destinations they wish to see. Travelers focused on the beloved Andean sites of Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco need a week or so. Travelers wanting to see the coast, mountains and rainforest should plan 10-11 days. Additional destinations like Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Nazca Lines each add another 2-4 days.
Do I need a visa?
Visitors from the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and select other countries do not need a tourist visa to visit Peru. Peruvian Immigrations will mark your passport upon arrival to Peru with how many days you are permitted to stay, typically 90 days. Remember that your passport must be valid for more than six months after your departure date. For specific information about additional countries’ visa requirements, visit VisaHQ .
What vaccinations should I get?
In general, all travelers should have their routine vaccinations up-to-date, plus Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines (especially those staying in rural areas). Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for those visiting the Amazon rainforest. For more information, visit the CDC Peru website and speak with your doctor for information about vaccination recommendations and requirements when traveling to Peru.
What language is spoken in Peru?
The primary language spoken throughout Peru is Spanish. Other official languages of Peru are the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara, which you will hear more in rural areas. English is not widely spoken in Peru, though you can get by with no problem with the help of guides, hotel personnel and language translation apps. It is helpful to learn some basic Spanish before your trip if possible as well.
Is Peru safe?
Yes, Peru is a safe tourist destination . Violent crime is no more common in Peru than any other tourist destination in the world. Of course, like anywhere, you should exercise caution to avoid petty crime like robbery by keeping your valuables secure and avoiding dark, non-touristy places at night. Be aware of your surroundings, know your route and keep your personal items secure and you will be fine.
Is the water safe to drink?
In Peru, the tap water is not safe to drink. For drinking water, stick to bottled water. We recommend brands like San Mateo and San Luis, which can be found at any corner bodega or supermarket. Tap water boiled vigorously for a minute or more is also safe for hot beverages, although those with a sensitive stomach should boil bottled water instead. The tap water is fine for brushing your teeth, just avoid swallowing it.
What is the best mode of transportation?
At Peru for Less, our vacation packages include all your secure transfers and transport with specific pickup locations for your ease and convenience. For any independent exploring throughout the city, we recommend simply booking a secure taxi through your hotel. Or, you can use a rideshare app like Uber or Cabify. We recommend apps like Uber over hailing a street taxi, so that you can confirm your driver/vehicle and easily visualize your route. The street bus system can be a bit tricky to navigate, but Lima’s Metropolitano offers easy rides to the historic center.
What kind of adapter/converter do I need for my electronics?
Peru uses a 220 volt, 60 cycle current while the US uses a 120 volt supply. Luckily, most laptops, cameras and mobile phones can accept dual voltage (110V/220V) , but be sure to confirm before plugging in. Other electronics, like hair straighteners, are likely 110V so you will need a converter for those. Conveniently, the outlets in Peru are often the two-pronged flat type like in the US, especially at popular hotels, but in some locations you will find the two or three prong circular kind. It’s a good idea to bring both a converter and adapter just in case. However, the converter can be skipped if you are sure your electronics are dual voltage.
What is the exchange rate?
The currency in Peru is Peruvian Soles and abbreviation is PEN. Currently, $1 USD is equal to 4.10 PEN. Money can be exchanged at any casa de cambio (exchange house). The touristy areas all have several casas de cambio that you can go to and find a good exchange rate. Some major supermarkets accept USD although the exchange rate won’t be as good, and change will be given to you in soles.
Can I use the ATMs?
Yes, and they are plentiful in the major cities. You can step into any BCP, Scotiabank, Interbank, BBVA Continental or others and use their ATM with your debit card for a $3-$6 fee. The machines at these banks all have options in English. Opt to use an ATM located inside a bank rather than on the street for higher security.
Is Lima worth visiting?
Absolutely! Lima is a very interesting metro area with many things to see. There is a historic central area, a beautiful coastline with 2+ miles of continuous parks, an artsy bohemian district and a world-renowned culinary scene. You can stay at a comfortable hotel in the popular Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco districts and enjoy day tours or wander around at your leisure sampling the amazing food and wandering into the shops. Keep in mind that between the months of June and October it is extremely cloudy and often misty in Lima, the rest of the year is more moderate and sunny.
How do I get to Machu Picchu?
To get to Machu Picchu first you need to fly into Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. From there, you need to take an hour and a half flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you can take a three hour and 15 minute train. Once in the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, you take a 40 minute shuttle bus up to the citadel.
Most travelers get to Machu Picchu more gradually than outlined. They spend a night or two in Lima, a night or two in Cusco, and a night or two in the Sacred Valley before making their way to Machu Picchu . The train from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu takes a little less than two hours. Some travelers also opt for a multi-day trek to Machu Picchu like the Inca Trail , Lares Trek or Salkantay Trek instead of train.
Will I get altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness, occurs in 40-50 percent of people who live in low elevation areas traveling to an elevation of 10,000 feet or more. It occurs in 25 percent of people traveling to a destination of 8,000 feet or more. It is a temporary condition characterized by slight headache, shortness of breath when walking, fatigue, minor dizziness and loss of appetite. Symptoms develop between 6 to 24 hours of being at higher elevations, and last one to three days. It is typically mild and no need for alarm.
There are many ways to combat altitude sickness , like drinking lots of water, avoiding heavy and fatty foods, no smoking or drinking alcohol, eating whole grains and veggies and taking it slow the first couple days. Do not begin a challenging hike the first two days at high elevation, start your trek on day three the earliest.
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Can I visit Machu Picchu in a wheelchair?
No. Machu Picchu is not wheelchair accessible. Regulations for the site’s preservation don’t permit alterations to the Machu Picchu ruins for wheelchair accessibility.
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Peru offers the visitor on a Peru vacation an extraordinary array of wonders both historical and geographical. The country is divided into three regions. There is the coastal Pacific plain on which the capital, Lima is located, the Altiplano of the Andean mountain range and the jungle which covers approximately half of Peru in the Amazonian Rainforest . The inhabitants of Peru are a mixture of ethnic backgrounds (Spanish, Indigenous and African) and contribute greatly to the cuisine and the music of the country.
Lima, situated on the Pacific Ocean, is a large busy city. The centre or Centro Historico as it is known locally is a UNESCO World Heritage site based on its beautiful pre-Hispanic and Colonial architecture. The oldest buildings can be found in an area called Barrios Altos. One museum that is a must-visit is the Museo Larco which relates the country’s history in an interesting and engaging way. The upscale suburb of Miraflores situated on the ocean with its many parks and gardens is where a large number of tourists stay. It has many high-rise modern buildings and is home to a number of hotels and restaurants, all to be enjoyed on Peru tours.
Cusco , also known as Cuzco, is a magical city with a rich archaeological legacy. It was the capital of the Inca Empire and as such is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cusco is easy to walk around to get to know this colourful walled city. The beautiful and lively Plaza de Armas in the very centre consists of churches, shops, restaurants and bars. The vibrant San Pedro Market is an excellent place to watch the locals do their shopping. Nearby is Sacsayhuaman which is approximately 1 mile/2 kilometres outside of Cusco. It is something of a climb to reach on foot but well worth the effort due to its ambience and its Inca relics.
- Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley is not too far from Cusco and is so named because the Incas found it to have the best land. Situated in the Urubamba Valley, it contains numerous archaeological remains. Visit Pisac, famous for its Indian market with excellent handicrafts for sale and also its Inca ruins. On Peru tours, another interesting town in the valley is Ollantaytambo which is laid out as it was in Inca times. It is an old town built over a period of 500 years by the Incas. The Inca ruins here are large of religious significance and date back to the time when the Incas defeated the Spanish in a battle here.
- Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is one of the true wonders of the world. Only discovered in 1911, the name in the ancient language of the Incas, Quechan, means “Old Mountain”. It is actually a citadel perched high on top of a mountain and was the centre of worship for the Incas. It also served as an astronomical observatory.
The Inca Trail is a well-known trekking route on Peru vacation packages which starts 3 to 4 days of walking outside Machu Picchu arriving eventually at the site of Machu Picchu. It is 43 kilometres/27 miles in length. This stone-paved trail is not only Peru’s most popular trek but one of the most spectacular walks in Latin America.
- Lake Titicaca
If one takes the train from Cusco to the south of the country to Puno on Lake Titicaca , the journey will be awe-inspiring as it travels through the most amazing mountain scenery.
Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake and is shared by both Peru and Bolivia . Puno is a port on the banks of the lake and also a picturesque hillside city. It is here that one can see many local women and men in their traditional clothing. One of the main attractions is the floating islands of Uros. These do actually float and are made of reed as are the houses and the boats of the local residents. Not too far away is the uninhabited Isla de la Luna known for its mythological significance for the Incas.
Peru’s second-largest city is Arequipa located on the southern coastal plain of the country below the Andean Altiplano. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its well-preserved old buildings and many churches. There are over 250 colonial buildings here. The Plaza de Armas is a beautiful square in the centre. Other attractions are the magnificent cathedral and the Convento de Santa Catalina, the most visited building in the city. The latter is actually a “city within a city” with narrow streets and a timeless air
Not far from Arequipa is the amazing Colca Canyon, the world’s deepest canyon and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The area is astoundingly scenic. There are endless trails in the area which link around 14 villages which have been preserved from early Colonial times.
One other region which is of interest on Peru tours is the Amazon Jungle best travelled on board a small cruise vessel which will take you deep into the heart of the jungle to the meeting point of two Amazon River tributaries.
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One very unusual place to visit is Paracas on the Pacific Ocean. It is from here that one can view the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft. These are an age-old mystery. They are an area of land seen only properly from the air consisting of complex designs up to 300 metres/980 feet in length. They consist of vast drawings of figures of animals, insects and deities. They were only discovered in 1927 and date back to as early as 300 BC.
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Best Peru Vacation Packages
7 nights from $1,569*
Our Peru #1 Best-Seller! Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine. Next, fly to Cuzco airport and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World. Next, visit Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Lima and out of Cuzco
- Hotel for 2 nights in Lima
- Flight Lima to Cuzco
- Private transfer Airport in Cuzco City to Hotel in Sacred Valley
- Hotel for 2 nights in Sacred Valley
- Full day Machu Picchu tour including round-trip train ride, all transfers, guided tour and lunch.
- Hotel for 1 night in Machu Picchu
- Hotel for 2 nights in Cuzco
- Private transfer from Hotel in Cuzco to Airport
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Tambopata Reserve - Machu Picchu
9 nights from $4,007*
The most popular itinerary to experience the Peruvian Amazon combined with a visit to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu . Fly to Lima , the capital of modern Peru, continue with an Amazon Lodge stay at the Tambopata Reserve for an unforgettable adventure filled with tours, meals and activities. Next, fly to Cuzco and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions come alive. Proceed to stay in Machu Picchu , and enjoy a full service tour of the complex. Finish with a stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Private transfer Hotel to Airport in Lima (suggested flight is before 1pm)
- Flight Lima to Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado
- 2-night excursion to Tambopata Reserve with full board and tours
- Flight Tambopata - Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco
- Private transfer Airport in Cuzco to Hotel in Sacred Valley
- 2 nights in Sacred Valley
- Round trip Tain to Machu Picchu + Guided tour to the ruins + lunch and all transportations.
- 1 night in Machu Picchu
- Transfer from Ollanta Station to Hotel in Cuzco
- 2 nights in Cuzco City
- Private transfer Hotel to Airport in Cuzco
Basic Peru 5 nights
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The classic route to see Peru's most popular highlights: Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned Peruvian cuisine then fly to Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, and a Legendary river. Proceed with a tour to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Lima City and out of Cuzco City
- Assistance upon arrival in Lima City
- 2 nights in Lima City with Breakfast
- Half day Lima City tour
- Domestic Flight Lima to Cuzco must arrive Cuzco no later than 10.30am
- 2 nights in Cuzco City with Breakfast
- Half day City Tour and nearby ruins in Cuzco with all entrances
- 1 night in Sacred Valley of the Incas with Breakfast
- Full day excursion to Sacred Valley, visiting Chinchero Ruins, and Ollantaytambo with buffet lunch
- Full day excursion to MachuPicchu with Expedition train and lunch
- English Speaking guides
- All Airport and tours transfers.
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Lima - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu Full Day - Cuzco - Lake Titicaca
9 nights from $1,800*
Peru's highlights! Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned Peruvian cuisine. Next, fly to Cuzco airport and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World and stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites. A train or bus ride will take you to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno, where more adventures await you. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Lima and out of Puno
- Hotel for 1 night in Lima
- Private transfer Hotel to Airport in Lima
- Private transfer Cuzco Airport to Hotel in Sacred Valley
- Hotel for 3 nights in Sacred Valley
- Round Trip Train to Machu Picchu + Guided tour, Lunch and all transfers
- Private transfer Hotel to Bus Station in Cuzco
- Bus transfer Cuzco to Puno - Lake Titicaca
- Private transfer Bus Station to Hotel in Puno
- Hotel for 2 nights in Puno - Lake Titicaca
- Private transfer Hotel to Airport in Puno - Juliaca
- Flight Puno - Juliaca to Lima
Cuzco - Machu Picchu Full Day - Iguassu Falls (Brazil) - Rio de Janeiro
9 nights from $2,442*
The Best of Peru and Brazil! . Visit Cuzco (the former capital city of the Incas and UNESCO World Heritage Site ) and after that, enjoy a fantastic Tour to Machu Pichu ( the most spectacular urban creation of the Inca Empire and the most visited tourist destination in Peru; designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007). After that, visit Lima (the Peru's capital city steeped in history; is enveloped by beautiful colonial vestiges bestowed upon the city by the Spanish ). Continue in Brazil, visiting Iguassu Falls (the most dramatic and among the most monumental waterfalls in the world, tumbling over the cliffs on the border with the Argentine province of Misiones and Brazilian state of Paraná) and finally, Rio de Janeiro (is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere, famed for its natural settings, its Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema ). These destinations are connected by flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Cuzco and out of Rio de Janeiro
- Hotel for 3 nights in Cuzco
- Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu. Including: Tour, Round-Trip Train Ride, guided tour, lunch and all transfers - tour ends in Cuzco
- Flight from Cuzco to Lima
- Flight from Lima to Iguassu Falls (Brazil)
- Hotel for 2 nights in Iguassu Falls
- Flight from Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro
- Hotel for 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro
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Enigmatic Peru, From Nazca Lines to Machu Picchu
7 nights from $2,414*
Discover the ancient treasures of Peru! Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine. Continue with a bus ride to Paracas an excellent nature and biodiversity destination; recommended as a start point to visit the mysterious Nazca Lines , a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, spend a night in Lima before heading to Cuzco to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu, the new Wonder of the World and continue with a stay in Cuzco City before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Assistance upon arrival in Lima.
- 3 nights in Lima.
- Half day Lima city tour.
- Transfers by bus Cruz del Sur, Lima/Ica and Paracas/Lima.
- Assistance upon arrival in Paracas.
- Overflight to Nasca Lines from Pisco`s aerodrome
- 1 night in Paracas.
- Transfer to Paracas and excursion by motor boat to Ballestas Islands.
- 2 nights in Cuzco.
- Half day City Tour and nearby ruins in Cuzco with all entrances.
- 1 night in Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Full day excursion to Sacred Valley, visiting Chinchero Ruins, and Ollantaytambo with buffet lunch.
- Full day excursion to MachuPicchu with Expedition train and lunch.
- English Speaking guides.
- Airport transfers.
Lima - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco - Lake Titicaca
9 nights from $2,430*
Andean Highlights! Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine. Next, fly to Cuzco airport and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World and stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites. The next flight will take you to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno; Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake, the dwelling of culture hold fast to their ancient traditions and that will welcome you and provide you a few days of intense experiences. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Lima and out of Puno - Lake Titicaca
- Private transfer from Hotel in Lima to Airport
- Flight Cuzco to Puno - Lake Titicaca
- Flight Puno - Lake Titicaca to Lima
- Daily breakfast (most hotels)
High Lands of Peru - Cuzco - MachuPicchu - Lake Titicaca
7 nights from $2,338*
Basic Andean Highlands! . Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine then fly to Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed with a tour to Machu Picchu , the new Wonder of the World. A bus ride will take you to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno, where more adventures await you. The perfect trip combining MachuPicchu and Lake Titicaca. Enjoy 6 Tours in 8 days, including Lima and Cuzco city tours, excursions to Incan ruins, Full day visit to Chinchero Ruins, Moray and Ollantaytambo fortress in the Sacred Valley, Full day tour of Machu Picchu, Tour to the Uros floating islands and Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca and Tour of Sillustani Graves (flight time permitting) in Puno. Plus Tour Bus from Cuzco to Puno with 3 stops to visit Andahuaylillas town and church, Racchi Inca Temple and La Raya scenery point. Breakfast daily + 3 lunchs included. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Assistance upon arrival in Lima
- Hotel for 2 nights in Lima with Breakfast
- Half day: Lima City Tour
- Hotel for 2 nights in Cuzco with Breakfast
- Half Day City Tour: Nearby ruins in Cuzco with all entrances
- Hotel for 1 night in Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Full Day Excursion to MachuPicchu with Expedition Train and Lunch
- Transfer from Cuzco Bus Station
- Bus from Cuzco to Puno with stops in Andahuaylillas, Racchi Ruins and Puca Pucara. Lunch on bus
- Hotel for 2 nights in Puno town or Lake Titicaca shore (according to your hotel selection) with Breakfast
- Half day Tour of Lake Titicaca visiting Uros floating Islands and Taquile Island
- English Speaking Guides
- All airport and tours transfers
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Nazca Lines - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca
11 nights from
The wonders of Peru!! Visit Lima (for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned Peruvian cuisine), then take a transfer to Paracas/Nazca Lines . After that, go back to Lima to catch a flight to Cuzco (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style on its own, where you will have the chance to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife ), proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World, and last but not least, Lake Titicaca's town of Puno, where more adventures await you. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into and out of Lima
- Transfer from Hotel in Lima to Hotel in Paraca
- Hotel for 2 nights in Paracas
- Transfer from Hotel in Paracas to Hotel in Lima
- Private transfer from Airport to Hotel in Sacred Valley
- Hotel 2 nights in Sacred Valley
- Round trip Train to Machu Picchu + Guided tour + Lunch
- Private transfer from Hotel to Airport in Cuzco
- Flight Cuzco to Puno
- Private transfer from Airport to Hotel in Puno
- Private transfer from Hotel to Airport in Puno
- Flight Puno to Lima
- Private transfer from Airport to Hotel in Lima
- Private transfer from Hotel to Airport in Lima
Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca - Machu Picchu
12 nights from $2,271*
From the Pacific Coast to the Top of the Andes! Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine then fly to Arequipa ; the so-called 'White City' abounds with colonial mansions and churches made of with white volcanic stone, which have been perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. Continue with a visit to the Colca Canyon , three times deeper than the Grand Canyon, is not just scenically beautiful, but is also home to various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor. Then, take a bus to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno; Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake, the dwelling of culture hold fast to their ancient traditions and that will welcome you and provide you a few days of intense experiences! A bus ride will take you to Cuzco and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World and stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites. Finish this amazing journey with a stay in Lima before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight in and out of Lima
- Hotel for 1 night in Lima City
- Flight Lima to Arequipa
- Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Arequipa
- Hotel for 1 night in Arequipa City
- Hotel for 2 nights in Colca Valley including:
- Transfer Hotel in Arequipa to Hotel in Colca
- Transfer Hotel in Colca to Chivay Bus Station
- Bus transfer Chivay Station to Puno Station
- Private transfer Bus Station into Hotel in Puno
- Bus Puno to Cuzco
- Transfer Hotel in Sacred Valley to Train Station
- Train ride to Aguas Calientes Town
- Hotel for1 night in Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
- Round Trip Bus ride to Machu Picchu Ruins with Guided Tour
- Train ride Aguas Calientes to Ollanta Station
- Transfer Station to Hotel in Cuzco.
- Hotel for 2 nights in Cuzco City
- Flight Cuzco to Lima
Lima and Cuzco with Machu Picchu Full Day Tour
Basic Peru in 6 Days! Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine then fly to Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Procced with a tour to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Private transfer Airport to Hotel in Cuzco
- Private transfer Hotel in Cuzco to Airport
Peru and its Wonders The Amazon and MachuPicchu
7 nights from $2,089*
Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine then fly to Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed with a tour to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World. Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue with an Amazon Lodge stay at the Tambopata Reserve for an unforgetable adventure filled with tours, meals and activities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- 2 nights in Lima
- Half day Lima city tour
- 2 nights in Cuzco
- 1 night in Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Motor Boat ride from dock to Tambopata Lodge.
- 2 nights in Puerto Maldonado - All Meals
- Guided Eco-Activities
- Transfer from Tambopata Lodge to dock
- Airport transfers
Machu Picchu - Iguazu Falls (Argentina) - Buenos Aires
11 nights from $2,808*
Magic Cultures and Natural Wonders in Peru and Argentina! . Discover Lima (for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine). Next, catch a flight to Cuzco airport and immediately continue to the The Sacred Valley of the Incas (a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river). Continue to Machu Pichu (the the most spectacular urban creation of the Inca Empire and the most visited tourist destination in Peru; designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007); and after that, enjoy a couple of nights in Cuzco City , to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Finish this trip in Argentina visiting Buenos Aires (to stroll in the streets of the Paris of South America and experience one of their Tango Shows) and Iguazu Falls and its breathtaking natural spectacle declared Natural Wonder of the World . Finish this journey with a night in Buenos Aires before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Lima and out of Buenos Aires
- Transfer from Hotel to Airport in Lima
- Flight from Lima to Cuzco
- Transfer from Cuzco Airport to Hotel in Sacred Valley
- Hotel for 2 nights in Sacred Valley of The incas
- Round Trip Train to Machu Picchu Including: Guided Tour + All transfers
- Hotel for 1 night in Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes Town
- Transfer from Hotel to Airport in Cuzco City
- Flight from Cuzco City to Buenos Aires
- Hotel for 2 nights in Buenos Aires
- Flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
- Transfer from Airport to Hotel in IIguazu Falls (Argentina)
- Hotel for 2 nights in Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
- Transfer from Hotel to Airport in Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
- Flight from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires
- Hotel for 1 night in Buenos Aires
History - Myths - Legends Nazca - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca
9 nights from $3,038*
Peru Must See Attractions Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine. Continue with a bus ride to Paracas an excellent nature and biodiversity destination; recommended as a start point to visit the mysterious Nazca Lines , a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, spend a night in Lima before heading to Cuzco to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World and continue with a stay in Cuzco City. Finally; a bus ride will take you to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno ; Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake, the dwelling of culture hold fast to their ancient traditions and that will provide you a few days of intense experience. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Overflight to Nasca Lines from Pisco's aerodrome
- Transfer to Cuzco Bus Station.
- Bus from Cuzco to Puno with stops in Andahuaylillas, Racchi Ruins and La Raya. Lunch on bus.
- 2 nights in Puno town or Lake Titicaca shore (according to your hotel selection)
- Half day tour to Lake Titicaca visiting Uros floating Islands and Taquile Island.
Amazon Cruise (MV Aqua Expeditions) - Machu Picchu
Discover The Amazon and Machu Picchu in Style! Fly To Lima Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned peruvian cuisine. Next, fly to Iquitos and begin this your journey cruising the world's greatest rivers in unparalleled luxury, The Amazon River . Indulge your curiosity, expand your intellect and taste the exotic flavors of international cuisine as you float downriver in the custom-designed 5-star vessels of Aqua Expeditions. Next Fly to Lima to spend a night before going to Cuzco airport and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed to Machu Picchu , the new Wonder of the World and then, stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Finish this trip with a stay in Lima before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- 1 night in Lima
- Flight Lima to Iquitos
- 3 nights cruising through the Amazon with full board, guided tours and transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights. Please note flights with arrival and departure after 5pm are the most recommended ones
- Flight Iquitos to Lima
- Private transfer Airport to Hotel in Lima
- 1 night in Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes town
- Thursday Departures
Cuzco - Lima - Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Ushuaia by Air
11 nights from $2,654*
Visit the Inca empire and marvel at the Patagonia during your vacation in Peru and Argentina! . Discover in Peru: Cuzco (the former capital city of the Incas and UNESCO World Heritage Site . The ruins of the old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture you see today, and many of the stone walls that line the streets were built by the Incas) and Lima (Peru's capital city steeped in history; is enveloped by beautiful colonial vestiges bestowed upon the city by the Spanish ). Continue in Argentina, visiting: Buenos Aires (the argentine capitol, where first hand Tango, Shopping, Sightseeing, Entertainment and Dining experiences await you), El Calafate (known for the imposing and legendary Perito Moreno Glacier) and Ushuaia (located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.”). Combine all them with intercity flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
- Flight into Cuzco and out of Buenos Aires
- Flight from Lima to Buenos Aires
- Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
- Hotel for 2 nights in el Calafate
- Flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia
- Hotel for 2 nights in Ushuaia
- Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
- Hotel for 1 nights in Buenos Aires
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Peru is known as the `Land of the Incas` - home to ancient ruins, indigenous cultures and fabulous food and festivals! From Machu Picchu high in the majestic Andes Mountains to the arid desert etchings at Nazca and the lush rainforest of the Amazon River, Peru offers stunning glimpses into its 5000 year history. Explore the country's culture through its cuisine (Ceviche and Pisco), its markets with traditional pottery and weavings and its festivals, which can last for days! Hike the Inca Trail, cruise down the Amazon or across Lake Titicaca or just relax on the beach and take in the museums of the capital city of Lima.
The premier archeological site of Machu Picchu is Peru`s main attraction with its magnificents sights and ruins, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The extraordinary, vibrant and fascinating city of Cuzco is brimming with a variety of sights, attractions and activities along with delicious authentic cuisine and vibrant markets. The Amazon River is the mightiest river in the world, originating in streams running through the Andes, the longest river on earth surrounded by pristine wilderness, exotic wildlife, and birdlife. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an alluring destination in Peru encompassing a massive area, a lush verdant valley filled with roaring rivers, soaring snow-capped peaks and unique geography.
Peru can be visited all year round, and the country experiences two main seasons. The dry season between May and October sees sunlit days, brilliant blue skies in the Andes, and crisp nights. It is a fantastic time to be in Peru; but being the high season, early booking is necessary. Between November and March, guests will observe more frequent rain, with January and February being the wettest months to visit. Sightseeing during this time does provide the benefit of fewer visitors, greener landscapes, and a little lower price for flights and hotels. Although the Amazon also seea more rain between November and March, this should not keep you from visiting - the flora and fauna will still be ample and there are always breaks in the showers. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit Peru
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
Getting around Peru can be done in several ways including buses and trains. Peru is a large country with difficult mountain terrain and other landscapes that can be difficult to navigate. Train services are very limited and only offer a few tourist routes. By Bus: The country has a complex network of private bus companies that crisscross the country and cover the most popular tourist routes. By Train: Train travel in Peru connects passengers to some of the fascinating sights such as Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Cuzco. The journeys can be a simply spectacular experience steaming through the magnificent Peruvian peaks boasting breathtaking views.
The local currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, and each Sol is subdivided into 100 centimos. Exchange rates vary, but you can change US dollars, or travelers check locally and obtain cash advances via ATMs in most towns, and cities. Always advise your bank, and credit card issuers, when you intend to use your cards abroad. For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in Peru
Ninety percent of Peruvians speak Spanish as their first language. English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-Spanish dictionary and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.
Lima - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (7 nights)
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Includes: Flight into Lima and out of Cuzco, Hotel for 2 nights in Lima, Flight Lima to Cuzco , Private transfer Airport in Cuzco City to Hotel in Sacred Valley , Hotel for 2 nights in Sacred Valley, Full day Machu Picchu tour including round-trip train ride, all transfers, guided tour and lunch. , Hotel for 1 night in Machu Picchu, Hotel for 2 nights in Cuzco, Private transfer from Hotel in Cuzco to Airport
Tambopata Reserve - Machu Picchu (9 nights)
The most popular itinerary to experience the Peruvian Amazon combined with a visit to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu . Fly to Lima , the capital of modern Peru, continue with an Amazon Lodge stay at the Tambopata Reserve for an unforgettable adventure filled with tours, meals and activities. Next, fly to Cuzco and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions come alive. Proceed to stay in Machu Picchu , and enjoy a full service tour of the complex. Finish with a stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites.
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The classic route to see Peru's most popular highlights: Visit Lima City for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned Peruvian cuisine then fly to Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites and enjoy lots of shopping and endless nightlife. Continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, and a Legendary river. Proceed with a tour to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World.
Lima - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu Full Day - Cuzco - Lake Titicaca (9 nights)
Peru's highlights! Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and world renowned Peruvian cuisine. Next, fly to Cuzco airport and immediately continue to the Sacred Valley , a magical land where Indian Markets and Incan Constructions mix with Corn Fields, the Andes Mountains, Picturesque Towns, Salt Mines and a Legendary river. Proceed to MachuPicchu , the new Wonder of the World and stay in Cuzco City to discover more Incan and Colonial sites. A train or bus ride will take you to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno, where more adventures await you.
Cuzco - Machu Picchu Full Day - Iguassu Falls (Brazil) - Rio de Janeiro (9 nights)
The Best of Peru and Brazil! . Visit Cuzco (the former capital city of the Incas and UNESCO World Heritage Site ) and after that, enjoy a fantastic Tour to Machu Pichu ( the most spectacular urban creation of the Inca Empire and the most visited tourist destination in Peru; designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007). After that, visit Lima (the Peru's capital city steeped in history; is enveloped by beautiful colonial vestiges bestowed upon the city by the Spanish ). Continue in Brazil, visiting Iguassu Falls (the most dramatic and among the most monumental waterfalls in the world, tumbling over the cliffs on the border with the Argentine province of Misiones and Brazilian state of Paraná) and finally, Rio de Janeiro (is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere, famed for its natural settings, its Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema ). These destinations are connected by flights.
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The guides were informative and made interesting stops along the way during our transfers. We added the tour of the Sacred Valley and saw the Temple of the Sun, which was a highlight after being at Machu Picchu the previous day. We saw even more of the Inca's amazing architecture and terraces.
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Located on the west coast of South America , Peru is a country that ignites the imagination of travelers worldwide, with its fascinating ancient civilizations, wondrous natural attractions, and iconic monuments. Bordered by Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil, and with a vast coastline along the Pacific Ocean, a tour of Peru is one of the must-do travel experiences. The country has a diverse landscape, stretching from the arid plains of Nazca , where the mysterious Nazca Lines are located, to the high altitude peaks of the Andes. The legacy of the Inca Empire and the remnants of this mighty civilization, preserved in monuments such as Machu Picchu and the Rachqui Ruins, are unmissable sights on a vacation to Peru, along with the colonial architecture of its colorful cities, such as the capital, Lima. Peru encourages visitors to be adventurous, with a multitude of activities on offer, from sailing on Lake Titicaca to trekking in the Sacred Valley . The famous Inca Trail , reserved for the most adventurous of travelers, is perhaps the most famous of all trekking routes, culminating in an ascent to Machu Picchu . One of the region's most prosperous economies, with a huge tourist industry, Peru has become increasingly popular in recent years, with travelers keen to tick its many sights off of their bucket lists.
Nature in Peru
Peru is a megadiverse country, and the sanctuary of many of the world’s species of animal, bird and plant life, including a large number of endemic species. From the Altiplano to the Amazon Basin , the country’s diverse geography and accompanying wildlife makes it a paradise for nature lovers. The Amazon Rainforest in Peru, known for its heavy rainfall and tropical, humid climate, is home to a plethora of weird and wonderful animals species such as the pink river dolphin, found in the Amazon River , jaguars, giant otters, and primates, along with an impressive one-third of the worlds bird species. The national bird is the bizarre Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, whilst the mighty Andean Condor is the highlight of Peru’s Colca Canyon , a deep river canyon in the south of the country where viewpoints such as the Cruz del Condor allowing onlookers to watch the flight of huge Condors , the largest flying bird in the world. The uninhabited Ballestas Islands, located off the coast of the port city of Pisco , is home to large populations of sea lions, pelicans, Peruvian boobies, and Humboldt penguins, and is a popular day-trip destination for travelers on a vacation package to Peru. Aside from the country’s rich wildlife, Lake Titicaca stands out as an incredible natural attraction, owing to its immense size and altitude, securing it the title of the world’s highest navigable body of water and the largest lake in South America. In Andean traditions, it is thought to be the birthplace of the Sun God , and its glistening, reflective waters, which stretch across the border between Bolivia and Peru, are home to numerous floating islands, such as Taquile and Isla del Sol, where traditional communities live and work. Tour packages to Peru all-inclusive offer travelers a chance to discover the great variety of the country’s bountiful nature in one exciting trip.
History of Peru
Peru’s history can be traced back to the 4th century BC and to the ancient societies of the Chavin, Moche, and the Nasca. The most well-known era of Peruvian history came later, in the 15th century with the enigmatic Inca civilization, which emerged as a powerful state in this period. Growing out of their capital in Cusco , this revered civilization started as a small ethnic group of Quechuas , but soon their influence expanded and incorporated their neighbors under the great Emperor Pachacuti . The Inca Empire eventually controlled most of the Andean region, stretching into modern-day Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, and are thought to have had a population of approximately 16 million inhabitants, who were encouraged to worship the Sun God, Inti and practice human sacrifice as a means to appease the gods. This mysterious civilization did not last for long, as by 1532, Spanish conquistadors had captured the Inca Emperor in the Battle of Cajamarca , marking the beginning of the end for the Incas. The emperor was later killed and a long conquest ensued, resulting in many deaths for the indigenous community, caused by both disease and warfare. Spanish victory came in 1572 , with colonization and the destruction of much of the culture, monuments, religion, and heritage of the Incas following shortly afterward. Spanish language, culture, and Catholicism replaced the indigenous beliefs and way of life, although even today, populations continue to speak in their native languages, such as Quechua. Most travelers on a Peru vacation are excited to discover the lost ruins of the Inca Empire , such as Machu Picchu, and to understand the values and traditions of this iconic civilization.
Culture in Peru
With a population of approximately 32 million, made up of a variety of ethnicities, Peru has a diverse culture, ranging from Spanish influences, as seen in the language and architecture, to indigenous traditions as demonstrated in the varied folklore and musical styles and dances, which often include references to ancient beliefs surrounding spirits and the Sun God. The indigenous communities are also well known for their arts and crafts, such as the brightly colored Andean clothing, with their intricate embroidery and vibrant patterns. The different regions of Peru possess their own unique influences and traditions; in the highlands of the Andes you can expect to see folklore displays with flute and drum music, ritualistic dance, and masks, whilst down in the Amazon , tribal influences are more evident. In the coastal cities, there is an obvious Spanish character, both in the cuisine, terraced cafes, and architecture. In contrast, travel through the Sacred Valley and you may feel as if you have been transported back in time, as you pass through the traditional villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, with their authentic markets, artisan textile weavers, Quechua- speaking communities and monolithic temple ruins, considered sacred to the inhabitants. Despite the modern feel of the coastal capital of Lima, you are never far from making contact with the ancient traditions and culture of the country’s earliest civilizations.A trip to Peru will allow you to walk in the footsteps of the Inca’s, get up close to some of the world's most diverse and unique wildlife, uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines and realize your dreams of navigating Lake Titicaca. A paradise for the most intrepid travelers, a tour of Peru is a must-do bucket list experience.
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Peru is an indomitable land of deserts etched with ancient geoglyphs, rainforests teeming with wildlife, and soaring peaks harbouring secret cities.
While many travellers come to visit one of South America 's most famous sites, the ruins of Machu Picchu , the real Peru lies within its warm, proud inhabitants – many of whom can trace their bloodlines back to the Incas . What you might not expect is the foodie bonanza found in Lima or the adventures that await you in the ancient capital of Cusco. Whether you’re exploring the cobbled streets of Arequipa, bobbing on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca or learning about mummies in Nazca, our Peru tours will have you feeling like a modern-day Indiana Jones. Just don’t forget to pack your fedora.
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Best time to visit peru.
Peru is a fascinating country with four distinct geographical regions. Not many countries can offer beaches, mountains, rainforests and deserts on one visit. These distinct regions offer something for everyone, which is why most Intrepid tours operate all year round.
June, July and August are considered the driest months in the Highlands and Amazon basin and are optimal for hiking and river journeys. However, even during the rainy season in the Amazon, the rains only fall for a few hours at a time. In the Andes, the rainy season can sometimes just mean a bit of overcast weather.
Remember that the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February, although there are other treks to Machu Picchu which are available at this time.
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Culture and customs
Like many other South American nations, contemporary Peru is a rich mix of the modern and the ancient. In the highlands, where most of the population is Quechua or Aymara (descendants of the Incas), people speak their local language, wear traditional clothes, follow Inca traditions and chew coca leaves. Most lead agricultural lives and there is a great deal of poverty.
This is a stark contrast to the European -influenced coast, which is considerably wealthier and mixed with Europeans, Mestizo (mix of Spanish and indigenous), Afro-Peruvians, Japanese and Chinese immigrants.
Cultural festivals offer fascinating insights into the ancient customs of Peru that have been carried on from Inca times, with centuries-old food, clothing, song and dance playing an integral role in these celebrations.
What unites the country is a reverence for religion and family, as well as a love for soccer, or futbol , as it’s called here.
Eating and drinking
Peruvians take their food seriously. Whether you’re in a village or a large city, your taste buds will thank you for visiting this South American nation.
Peruvian cuisine draws on a mix of Andean, Spanish, African and Asian influences. Stews and soups made with potatoes (Peru grows more than 4,000 varieties!), corn and quinoa are common, particularly in the highlands. Japanese-inspired seafood dishes and chifas (Peruvian-Chinese fusion) restaurants are also popular along the coast.
The cuisine is meat-heavy, but vegetarian options aren’t hard to come by - particularly dishes featuring avocados which grow abundantly throughout the country.
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Foods to try in Peru
Peru's national dish is made with fish marinated in lime juice, onions, salt and chilli peppers. It's typically served with chunks of corn on the cob and sweet potato. Cevicherias in Lima do it best.
Adventurous eaters should add cuy (guinea pig) to their must-try list. Roasted and usually served whole, it’s a popular staple in the highlands.
3. Lomo saltado
This beef or alpaca stir-fry is a popular chifa dish found across Peru.
4. Pisco sour
Made by mixing pisco, the national brandy, with lime juice, egg whites and sugar, this creamy and zesty cocktail goes down a treat.
5. Coca tea
Rumoured to help with altitude sickness, this tea made from coca leaves is drunk by locals all over the Andes region and is hailed for its 'medicinal' properties.
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Geography and environment
Peru is home to a diverse range of landscapes, including parts of the Amazon Basin, the Andean mountain range and Lake Titicaca. Not to mention areas of tropical savanna, desert, cloud forest and mangroves. Peru also has a long stretch of coast along the Pacific Ocean.
The Pacific Coast alternates between narrow bands of desert and fertile valleys, while the Andes cut through the centre of the country, separating the coast from the jungle. Machu Picchu, Cusco and Puno are all located in the Highlands region.
History and government
Archaeological evidence indicates that early life in Peru started up to 11,000 years ago, with nomadic people living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Organised civilisations based on land cultivation appear to have been established sometime around 6000 BC.
Over the centuries, Peru has seen many different civilisations rise and fall, grow and decline and evidence of these ancient civilisations can be found all around the country today, with the Nazca Lines being one of the most enigmatic examples.
However, the Incas lay claim to being one of the most famous and revered empires of all. Spanning from 1438 to 1532 AD, the audacious Inca Empire was responsible for one of the world's most impressive archaeological ruins – Machu Picchu.
Peru's more recent history has been dominated by military coups and regional disputes. The period between 1960 and 1990 saw lots of political instability and economic difficulty. With world commodity prices levelling out, Peru's agriculture-based economy suffered, as did its population who were largely reliant on farming.
New leadership in the 1990s and beyond has led to economic reforms and trade promotion, which has driven economic growth.
Celebrating the centenary of the re-discovery of Machu Picchu in 2011, Peru continues to enjoy widespread international attention for its cultural and historical riches.
Must-visit places in Peru
Peru isn't short of bucket list-worthy wonders. Here are just a few must-visit places to experience on your trip:
1. Machu Picchu
No matter how many photos you've seen, nothing can prepare you for seeing Machu Picchu in the flesh. Time slips away as you try to uncover the ruins' secrets and marvel at how such grandeur is possible in such a remote place.
Immerse yourself in ancient history on our 8 day Inca Trail Express from Lima tour.
History comes to life in Cusco . You can't turn a corner without coming across another reminder of its Inca past. Ruins are everywhere, and even new, elegant buildings have been built upon old Inca temples, houses and markets.
3. Sacred Valley
This fertile valley is packed with Inca sites including the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit on market day when the laidback villages come to life. The cobbled streets fill with every colour, produce and animal imaginable.
Trek through llama-filled plains on our 15 day Sacred Land of the Incas trip.
4. Amazon Jungle
Spend mornings watching colourful macaws and monkeys, and afternoons learning about traditional plant usage or spotting crocs in oxbow lakes. Then, at night, get your torch ready to seek out the jungle's larger creatures.
Spend a weekend in the Amazon on our 4 day Amazon Jungle Short Break.
Peru's capital is home to unexpected treasures. Dig beneath the city's surface to uncover pre-Columbian temples, a touch of elegance and a huge dose of modern distractions; like the cafe-rich district of Miraflores. Lima is also world-renowned for its incredible food scene.
Savour the flavours of Lima on our 20 day Peru Encompassed tour.
The White City, as it's affectionately known, is spectacular. Surrounded by canyons, volcanoes and deserts, the location is perfect for exploring Peru's wild side. But the true beauty of the city is in its buildings, built from white volcanic rock.
7. Colca Canyon
While the canyon is a dramatic sight (it's twice as deep as the Grand Canyon), it's a glimpse of the elusive Andean condor that will really get your heart racing. With a wing span of 3.2 metres, this bird doesn't just glide, it soars.
Marvel at this massive canyon on a 21 day Peru Essentials tour.
8. Lake Titicaca
Big enough to house countless island communities, coca smugglers and the entirety of Bolivia's navy, Lake Titicaca is massive. Remnants of ancient cultures are everywhere and many communities live on reed islands as they have done for hundreds of years.
See Peru through the eyes of the locals on a Lake Titica Homestay.
9. Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines are one of the world's great mysteries. Shapes of spiders, monkeys and birds are drawn into the desert landscape over 500 sq kilometres. The most amazing part? They're only visible from the air.
10. Aguas Calientes
Whether you've just trekked the Inca Trail or travelled by train through the Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes is the perfect place to stop, soak in a steaming thermal bath and reflect on the adventure so far.
Explore the 'gateway to Machu Picchu' on our 9 Premium Peru trip.
You'll find vendors selling colourful Peruvian handicrafts at tourist spots across the country. When possible, try to carry small bills and coins, as it can be difficult for vendors to give change, especially in remote areas.
Things to buy in Peru
1. Alpaca wool clothing
As one of the largest alpaca wool producers in the world, you'll find alpaca wool clothing almost everywhere in Peru. Beautiful shawls, ponchos and jumpers are the perfect way to keep warm, as Peruvians have traditionally done for centuries.
The classic hallmark of any backpacker who has travelled through South America, the chullo (knitted hat with ear flaps) might be a bit of a travel cliché but will be well-received as a gift back home.
Good quality gold and silver earrings, rings and bracelets are widely available throughout Peru, with classic Inca-style designs proving popular.
Highlights of Peru
However you get to Machu Picchu – whether it’s through spectacular scenery on the classic Inca Trail, through small Andes villages on the Inca Quarry Trail, or over mega mountain passes on the Choquequirao Trail – the feeling of reaching this otherworldly archaeological site will stay with you for a lifetime. This ancient 15th-century citadel is a spectacular reminder of the ingenuity of the Inca civilisation.
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Be dazzled by the 'White City' of Arequipa. Standing at the foot of El Misti Volcano, Arequipa vies with Cusco for the title of Peru's most attractive city. Wander the famous Plaza de Armas and while away the days in cosy cafes, admire the city's beautifully built churches and the iconic Basilica Cathedral, or learn about ancient mummies in the Andean Sanctuaries Museum.
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Shrouded in mystery, the Nazca Lines is one of the world’s most intriguing archaeological sites. Thanks to dry desert conditions, these geoglyphs – which date back to the 2nd century BC – and the mummies, textiles, ceramics and other relics that have been discovered here, offer a rare glimpse into pre-Inca life. Climb to the viewing platform, or perhaps take a flight over the lines for an epic view.
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4. Puerto Maldonado
Experience the magic of the Amazon on an enthralling jungle adventure. Hike beneath cool, leafy canopies while looking for monkeys, parrots and otters; cruise along the Amazon on a canoe; learn about the healing properties of native plants with a local guide, and swap your alarm clock for the songs and croaks of toucans and other tropical birds.
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Welcome to the capital of Peru. Lima is one of the most up-and-coming foodie destinations, so the best way to explore is through your tastebuds! Be sure to sample ceviche (the country’s national dish), washed down with a pisco sour in the bustling Barranco neighbourhood. Then, stroll through the beautiful Lima Cathedral, or swing your hips to folk music at a peña (a traditional Peruvian music venue).
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6. Lake Titicaca
Defy logic while standing on Lake Titicaca’s famous floating islands, which are made entirely out of reeds by the Uros people (who still live on them!). Surrounded by striking peaks on the border of Peru and Bolivia , this is one of the highest lakes in the world. Dive into learning about the history of the lake and its communities, or simply enjoy the bliss of being immersed in nature.
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Cusco is South America's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Inca for two centuries before the Spanish arrived. Today, it’s a fascinating combination of both cultures. Tour the Coricancha Temple, wander the World Heritage-listed Cusco Cathedral, peruse the colourful San Pedro market, or do the incredible Inkilltambo trek on the city’s outskirts.
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8. Sacred Valley
Treasured for its climate and fertile land, Sacred Valley has long been the main food source in the high Andes. It’s also home to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, another site that will show you how incredible the Inca civilisation was. Take part in an ancient cooking ritual known as pachamanca with the Chichubamba community; do a traditional chocolate and corn beer workshop; or climb the steep terraces to Ollantaytambo where sweeping views over the valley await.
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Festivals and events in Peru
Festivals are an important part of Peruvian culture. If you're lucky (or very organised), your trip may coincide with one of these lively fiestas:
1. Virgen de la Candelaria (Virgin of the Candlemas)
The city of Puno celebrates its patron saint with an epic, two-week party each November. Join in the revelry as performers parade the streets in elaborate costumes and masks.
2. Mistura Culinary Festival
Mistura is a massive event held in September where thousands of Peruvians and tourists come together to celebrate the country’s cuisine in Lima.
3. Cusco Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun)
Every year on June 24, Cusco celebrates the winter solstice with street dances, parades and a re-enactment of the Inca winter solstice festival at the Sacsayhuaman ruins.
Each year before Lent cities across Peru host Carnaval celebrations, but the festivities in Cajamarca are known for being the wildest – and wettest. Visitors flock to the city for nine days of dancing, partying, parades and water fights.
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Peru travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?
Peru has visa-free travel agreements with most countries, and foreign nationals including those from the United Kingdom , United States, New Zealand and Canada do not require a visa for tourism purposes. Eligible foreign nationals will be issued a free visitor permit in their passport upon arrival.
Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information.
Please visit the relevant consular website for Peru for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
You can also check the Essential Trip Information section of your itinerary for more information.
Is tipping customary in Peru?
While tipping isn't mandatory in Peru, it's customary to add spare change or a small amount to restaurant bills. Although most restaurants and bars may already include a 10% service charge within the bill, feel free to add more if the service is really good. Taxi drivers generally don't expect tips.
What is the internet access like in Peru?
Internet can be accessed at hotels, restaurants and cafes in large cities, but it can be more limited in rural and remote areas.
Can I use my mobile phone while in Peru?
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Peru’s cities, but may not be available in more remote and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home. You could also buy a local SIM card when you arrive.
What's the weather like in Peru?
The weather in Peru differs from region to region with coastal areas experiencing a subtropical desert climate, a tropical climate in the Amazon rainforest and a temperate climate in the Andes (places like Cusco and Arequipa). While varying climates can mean the best time to visit Peru changes depending on the region you're visiting; generally, May to October sees consistently dry and sunny days perfect for enjoying the vibrant cities and beautiful landscapes of this South American country.
What to wear in Peru
There are a few things to bear in mind no matter where or when you're going, though. Dressing in layers is key, as you’ll need to layer up and down as the weather changes throughout the day. Wear clothes made of natural, breathable fabrics like linen, cotton (although cotton doesn't dry well in high humidity) or merino wool; merino is particularly good for hiking as it wicks away moisture and regulates body temperature. Sportswear is also a good shout for hot weather as it’s lightweight and quick-drying.
What are the toilets like in Peru?
Peru has a mix of both squat toilets and western-style flushable toilets. It’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser, as they're not always provided. Toilet paper isn't supposed to be flushed, and most toilets have a bin next to them to dispose of the used toilet paper. Some public toilets charge a small usage fee. Expect to use squat toilets if travelling on the Inca Trail.
What will it cost for a…?
Prices in restaurants and stores are generally listed in Peruvian nuevos soles (PEN). Below are the average prices you can expect to pay for everyday items and services:
- Short ride on a public city bus = 0.5-2 PEN
- Bottle of beer = 8 PEN
- Street cart snack/lunch = 5-10 PEN
- Lunch in a café = 15-20 PEN
- Dinner at a nice restaurant = 40-80 PEN
Can I drink the tap water in Peru?
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Peru. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader or the hotel where you’re staying where filtered water can be found. It's advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Are credit cards widely accepted in Peru?
Most hotels, large retailers and tourist attractions accept credit cards but will usually charge a fee (about 7%) for using them. Make sure you carry cash for when you're dealing with small vendors, family-run restaurants and market vendors.
What is ATM access like in Peru?
ATMs can be found in most of Peru's major cities and tourist areas. ATMs are far less common in rural areas and small villages so have enough cash to cover purchases when travelling away from the larger cities.
What public holidays are celebrated in Peru?
- 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
- 19 April: Good Friday
- 1 May: Labour Day
- 25 June: Inti Raymi
- 29 June: Feast of St Peter and St Paul
- 28-29 July: National Independence Days
- 30 Aug: Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima
- 8 Oct: Battle of Angamos Day
- 1 Nov: All Saints Day
- 8 Dec: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 25 Dec: Christmas
Please note: Peru public holidays may vary.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
What kinds of transport will I used in Peru?
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Pedal along Lima’s incredible coastline, making your way through local areas and go on a cycling adventure to the epic Sacred Valley.
Spot exotic flowers, birds and mammals while enjoying a canoe ride down the mighty Amazon River.
Everyone gets a window seat while riding on the Vistadome train. The clear roof and windows allow maximum viewing for all.
What kinds of accommodation will I be staying in?
Experience home-grown hospitality and food while staying with a local family who live right on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
- Jungle Lodge
Stay close to the wildlife action in a lodge located within the leafy wilds of the awesome Amazon Jungle.
Camping along the Inca Trail is one of the world's most sought-after travel experiences. Bond with new friends over delicious local food and rest up before another day of trekking.
Do I need any vaccinations before visiting Peru?
No vaccines are required in order to enter Peru but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.
Recommended travel vaccines for Peru:
1. Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated water) 2. Typhoid (transmitted through contaminated water) 3. Yellow Fever (transmitted by mosquitos): This vaccination is recommended if you’re visiting Puno or the Amazon. Some countries require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry after visiting Peru. Do your research before leaving home to see if you require this vaccine.
Will I experience altitude sickness in Peru?
Most people can start to feel the effects of altitude at over 2000 m (6561 ft) regardless of age, gender or fitness level. While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you make yourself aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. It’s important to take it easy, drink plenty of water and speak to your group leader at once if you feel unwell.
We recommend seeing your doctor if you have any health concerns before undertaking the trip. Particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition or take any medication.
Is Peru an LGBTQIA+friendly destination?
While it might be common to see rainbow flags displayed throughout the Andes, this is in fact the flag of the Inca Empire and not a Pride flag. Peru is a conservative, Catholic country where LGBTQIA+ rights are still developing. Many members of the LGBTQIA+ community don’t publicly identify themselves and generally Peruvians will tolerate homosexuality on a ‘don’t-ask-don’t-tell’ basis. While Lima may be more tolerant towards LGBTQIA+ travellers, it’s advised that you should exercise discretion when travelling in country areas.
For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.
Does my trip to Peru support The Intrepid Foundation?
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Peru directly support our foundation partner, Awamaki.
Awamaki empowers indigenous women in Peru with education and job opportunities. They offer lessons in quality control, product development and technical skills training for women artisans in rural Andean communities. Donations from our trips support the growth and development of their programs to lift more women into financial independence.
How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
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From the UK?
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
From the US?
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.
What is it like travelling on a small group tour?
Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’re about to embark on your first trip, travelling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organising amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), travelling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.
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Visit a local market in Lima
Known as the culinary capital of South America, Lima’s markets are filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. We’ll introduce you to Chef Ignacio Barrios, who will show you around a local market in Lima, then take you to his cooking school to prepare some of Peru’s favourite dishes.
Board a Vistadome train for an epic journey to Machu Picchu
We’ll take you to the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll board the Vistadome train and ascend to the Lost City in the Clouds. Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and you’ll delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation with our Local Specialists.
Meet a master Quechua weaver
The Quechua people of Peru are known for their colourful handicrafts, and you’ll learn about the tradition of weaving from Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a local Quechua scholar. We’ll take you to Awakancha to see how the fine llama, alpaca and vicuña wool is sourced, then discover the ancient Andean weaving techniques.
See the Magic Circuit of the Water
Our Peru holiday packages take you to the Magic Circuit of the Water, the largest fountain complex in the world. The interactive fountains shoot water to a height of more than 80 metres and you’ll marvel at the mesmerising lights, lasers and water swaying with the music.
Attend a workshop at the Peruvian Choco Museum
Visit the Peruvian Choco Museum in Cusco, where you’ll discover how Peruvian chocolate is made, from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. The museum’s chocolate makers will share their secrets and you’ll participate in the chocolate making process, with plenty of opportunity to sample the sweet delicacies.
Our top 5 things to do in Peru
Our Peru guided tours will reveal the best of Peru, from the mysteries of Machu Picchu to ancient Andean weaving and vibrant local markets.
Located in an 18th-century vice-royal building in Lima, the Larco Museum houses an excellent collection of pre-Columbian artefacts. You’ll take a journey through Peru’s history, with chronological galleries that display 5,000 years of pre-Columbian history, including ceramics, jewellery, crowns, masks, garments and gold vases.
One of the top museums on the continent, Museo Inka is an incredible showcase of the Inca Empire. You can spend hours immersing yourself in the world of the Incas, with rooms full of crockery, textiles, jewellery, goldwork, models, ancient mummies and the world’s largest collection of queros (ceremonial wooden drinking vessels).
Gold Museum of Peru
The Gold Museum of Peru is a fantastic display of Peruvian gold craftsmanship. There are thousands of items from centuries of Peruvian history, including the earflaps and bracelets of the Vicus, the belts and earrings of the Frias, the masks and wristbands of the Nazca and the crowns of the Chancay.
Best museums in Peru
Our guided trips to Peru will reveal the country’s rich history through the top museums, from ancient Peruvian goldwork to the wondrous world of the Inca Empire.
Chifa is a Peruvian word used to describe a Chinese and Peruvian fusion style of cooking. Influenced by a wave of Chinese immigration in the late 19th century, chifa is now one of the most popular types of food in Peru. We recommend trying Pato Cuarto Tiempos and Arroz Chaufa.
Anticuchos can be traced all the way back to the Inca Empire, and today they’re one of the most beloved dishes found in street stalls and restaurants all over Peru. They’re a tasty meat skewer usually made with beef, and they’re served with bread or boiled potato on the end of the skewer.
A traditional potato dish of Peru, causa rellena is made from layers of spiced yellow mashed potatoes, tuna, chicken, avocado, black olives, mayonnaise and hard-boiled egg. This delicious dish was first made by women for the soldiers during the Pacific War in 1879, when food was hard to come by.
Best food in Peru
Peruvian cuisine is wonderfully diverse and our Local Specialists will show you the best places to try everything from traditional meat skewers to Chinese style chifa.
What to pack for Peru
Spanish is the national language of Peru, and learning a few Spanish phrases is highly appreciated and will make it easier to connect with the locals.
Peru’s climate is wildly diverse, with 28 of the 32 world climates, and you’ll need versatile clothing to take you from the cool Andes mountains to the steamy jungle.
Whether you plan to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or explore the markets of Lima, you’ll need a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
In Peru the standard voltage is 220 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A and C. The standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Bring a camera to capture Peru’s beautiful scenery, bright buildings, adorable llamas and Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most extraordinary wonders.
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Day 1-2: To get to Lima, most travelers fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport. Collect your bags, check in to your hotel and then explore the top attractions. Larco Museum, Huaca Pucllana Pyramid and San Francisco Convent and Catacombs are fantastic places to start.
Day 3-5: Take a short flight to Iquitos, the Peruvian gateway to the Amazon. Visit indigenous villages and cruise down the mighty Amazon River. Keep an eye out for wildlife like pink river dolphins and three-toed sloths.
Day 6-9: Fly to Cusco and explore this charming high-altitude city before heading to arguably Peru’s most famous attraction, Machu Picchu. Take the train to this lost Incan city and marvel at one of the world's most incredible archaeological sites.
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Known for its thermal baths, trekking routes and beautiful scenery, this deep valley village is an attractive stopover for those waiting to climb up to Machu Picchu.
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