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Home of the Inca Empire and The Citadel of Machu Picchu


Peru is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Latin America, with so many ancient, modern and natural wonders to offer the inquisitive traveller. The Inca Empire flourished in the mountains of Peru, secure at the top of the Andes, surrounded by the sea and the Amazon rainforest, until the arrival of the Conquistadores. Spanish rule subsequently rebuilt many of Peru's cities, giving them a European flavour which is still apparent today. This fascinating blend of Inca Civilisation and Colonial Heritage gives Peru a unique culture, a country in which you can find the descendants of the Incas amid the modern world.  Lima is the cosmopolitan capital, famed for its excellent museums, and world-class cuisine.

Landscapes of Peru

Peru is made up of three distinct regions: the coastal desert strip, including Lima, Peru's simple but pleasant beach resorts, and home to the mysterious Nazca Lines etches in the southern desert. Through the central region runs the snow-capped mountain chain of the Andes, heart of the ancient Inca civilisation. We also find the 'Altiplano' or High Plain and Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. In stark contrast to these arid and unforgiving landscapes, we find to the east the green, humid slopes that run into the lush tropical plains of the Amazon basin. Bursting with biodiversity.

Peruvian Culture

Modern Peru's culture shows all the hallmarks of its historical antecedents. Modern day descendants of ancient cultures such as the Incas and Aymaras can be found not only in the cities but also in the countryside, where bustling markets abound. Market day is a big event in places like Chinchero in the Sacred Valley, where locals dressed in traditional clothing come to sell their farmed produce both for money and bartering for other goods. Many families and villages continue to produce colourful hand-woven articles, carrying on an ancient weaving tradition, in infinitely better quality than modern machine-made replicas. 

Young Peruvians have an international outlook, with links to the rest of Latin America, United States and Europe, while retaining many of their parents' religious beliefs. Older generations tend to be more reserved and socially conservative, and most have a strong Catholic faith, linking back to the Spanish colonial past.

Flora and Fauna

Each region boasts delights of animal and plant life for the traveller: colonies of sea lions and marine birds on the Ballestas Islands in the Pacific; Condors & Hawks, Pumas & Bears in the forest wilderness of the Andes, home to many unique species of orchid; and the dense, impenetrable Amazon rainforest, teeming with exotic birds, monkeys and insects, where giant bromeliads can take a century to flower.

Inca Civilisation & Colonial History

The land of the Incas, famed for the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, is a living testament to the once great empire whose golden treasures continue to be unearthed each day. One can see ancient ruins shrouded in mist and mystery dotted throughout the country, whilst on the coast unknown peoples have etched large images and mysterious lines in the desert at Nazca which can only be fully appreciated from the air. In Cusco, Inca foundations blend with stunning colonial mansions and many churches show a fascinating mix of pagan and Christian beliefs. The mysterious Nazca Lines etched into the Southern desert also give a glimpse of prehistoric peoples.

Climate

Peru's proximity to the equator gives it a sub-tropical climate, although much variation is caused by altitude. Coastal areas have moderate to warm temperatures with high humidity year-round , and Lima itself is renowned for its overcast skies. In the Andes rain is frequent during the summer (December to March) while the winter skies are often clear with temperatures getting lower, especially at night.

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Country Profile

Capital: Lima

Curreny: Nuevo Sol (NS)

Language: Spanish & Quechua

Flight time: 14h


UK Visa: None required for UK Passport holders staying up to 90 days

Factors for Consideration:


Altitude is an important consideration when visiting Peru's main sights, so make sure to give yourself time to acclimatize, take things slowly, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol when first arriving.


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Itineraries of Peru


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Chivay Tour

The Chivay Tour - Peru

Private - 13 Nights from £3511

Voyage into the Andean with stunning landscapes taking you to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and colonial cities and staying on remote Sun Island on the magnificent Lake Titicaca.

Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Puno - Lake Titicaca / Sun Island - Puno - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Criollo Tour

The Criollo Tour - Peru

Private - 14 Nights from £3697

The Andean mountains generate wildly contracting landscapes and cultures with desert and the Nazca Lines on the coast, soaring peaks by the Lost City of the Incas and lush rainforest.

Lima - Ica(Nazca) - Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Amazon - Lima

Chasqui Tour

The Chasqui Tour - Peru

Private - 14 Nights from £3749

Rambling in the stunning Andean countryside, we trek the ancient Inca Trail to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, passing remote villages steeped in history and maintaining a traditional way of life.

Lima - Arequipa - Colca - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Pucara Tour

The Pucara Tour - Peru

Private - 10 Nights from £2850

Journey to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, high in the lush sub-tropical Andean mountains, where imposing ruins occupy a seemingly impregnable position.

Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco 

Pacaya Tour

The Pacaya Tour - Peru

Private - 15 Nights from £2824

From the comfort of a river boat, we explore the pristine exuberant vegetation of the Amazon rainforest, the flora and fauna and discover the people who live along the riverbanks.

Quito - Amazon Cruise - Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Machu Picchu Tour

The Machu Picchu Tour - Peru

Private - 7 Nights from £2289

High on the mountainside, protected by jungle and a deep canyon, Machu Picchu was an ancient stronghold. We see the descendants of the Incas and explore their colonial heritage.

Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Lima

Cordillera Real Tour

The Cordillera Real Tour - Peru

Private - 14 Nights from £4428

Lake Titicaca has a serene tranquility and small isolated farming communities preserving their traditional way of life. We visit the exuberant rainforest and the history of the Andes.

Lima - Amazon - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Ninos Incas

The Ninos Incas - Peru

Private - 14 Nights from £3,117

Discover ancient cultures, mountain landscapes and the diversity of the Amazon rainforest with your little explorers, on his family-orientated tour of Peru.

Lima - Amazon Lodge - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Cusco

The Cusco - Peru

Private - 6 Nights from £1797

Perched high in the Andean Mountains, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" tell the story of the Inca Empire and the colonial legacy of the Conquistadores.

Cusco

Inca Tour

The Inca Tour - Peru

Group - 13 Nights from £2,854

Explore the Inca Empire of the Sun including the remote Colca Canyon and staying in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" before taking the train to Machu Picchu. We travel by bus along magnificent Andean landscapes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco.

Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca / Puna - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco

Cocha Tour

The Cocha Tour - Peru

Group - 11 Nights from £3,078

Luxury tour to explore the legacy of the Incas and Conquistadores, Rulers of the Andes in ancient times. Magnificent "Andean Explorer" train journey across dramatic landscapes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco and Vistadone train to Machu Picchu.

Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley

 

Moneda Tour

The Moneda Tour - Bolivia Peru

Group - 17 Nights from £3,672

Step back in time to explore landlocked Bolivia and the riches of Potosi. Cross Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Inca Empire and perched at the top of the Andean mountains, before travelling by train to Cusco and Machu Picchu fortress.

Santa Cruz - Sucre - La Paz - Puno / Lake Titicaca Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Viracocha Tour

The Viracocha Tour

Landmark - 21 Nights from £5407

Countries: Brazil Argentina Bolivia Peru

Itinerary:

Rio de Janeiro - IguazĂș - Buenos Aires - Santa Cruz - Sucre - La Paz - Lake Titicaca/Sun Island - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Shaman Tour

The Shaman Tour

Landmark - 28 Nights from £8036

Countries: Argentina Brazil Bolivia Peru

Itinerary:

Buenos Aires - Iguazu - Rio de Janeiro - Salvador - Brasilia - Manaus - Amazon Cruise - Lima - La Paz - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Osorno Tour

The Osorno Tour

Landmark - 22 Nights from £5261

Countries: Brazil Chile Argentina Bolivia Peru

Itinerary:

Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu - Buenos Aires - Bariloche - Puerto Varas - Santiago - La Paz - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Montecristi Tour

The Montecristi Tour

Landmark - 13 Nights from £3883

Countries: Brazil Bolivia Peru

Itinerary:

Rio de Janeiro - La Paz - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima

Encantada Tour

The Encantada Tour

Landmark - 17 Nights from £4,984

Countries: Ecuador Peru

Itinerary:

Quito - Galapagos Cruise - Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Libertador Tour

The Libertador Tour

Landmark - 16 Nights from £5059

Countries: Peru Ecuador

Itinerary:

Lima - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Quito - Galapagos Cruise 

Laguna Tour

The Laguna Tour

Landmark - 21 Nights from £5497

Countries: Chile Peru Bolivia

Itinerary:

Santiago de Chile - San Pedro - Laguna Colorada - San Pedro de Quemez - Uyuni  - Potosi - Sucre - La Paz - Lake Titicaca/Sun Island - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cuzco - Lima

Quechua Tour

The Quechua Tour

Landmark - 16 Nights from £3714

Countries: Peru Bolivia

Itinerary:

Lima - La Paz - Sucre - Potosi - Sucre - Sun Island - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

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Where to Visit in Peru


Select a location to find out more about where to stay and what to do in each of these fascinating places. If where you are looking to visit is not mentioned please contact a specialist advisor as these are only some of the hand-picked places we have visitied.


Lima

Cusco

Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu

Arequipa

Colca Canyon

Amazon

Lake Titicaca & Puno