Travel back in time and immerse yourself in ancient Inca heritage in extraordinary Peru
Inca ruins, dramatic landscapes and rich culture converge to make Peru a beloved travel destination; a living museum of one of history’s greatest civilizations, blended over time with Colonial influences from the Conquest era. The immense Amazon, awash with wildlife, winds its way across 60% of the country, before reaching the foothills of the central Andean region and the Inca heartland of historic Cusco, the fertile Sacred Valley, the lost citadel of Machu Picchu and magical Lake Titicaca. Clinging to the Pacific coast is a thin strip of land, home to coastal deserts and vibrant Lima, the culinary capital of South America. Discover a Peru where condors soar, where mysteries abound and where rural life and proud local traditions have remained intact during the country's rise to prominence.
The high altitude central Andean region is home to Peru’s most popular tourism destinations; the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the four day Inca Trail leading to the lost city of Machu Picchu, plus historic Cusco and Lake Titicaca further sou…Learn More
The high altitude central Andean region is home to Peru’s most popular tourism destinations; the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the four day Inca Trail leading to the lost city of Machu Picchu, plus historic Cusco and Lake Titicaca further south...
Peru is divided into three distinct regions; a thin desert coastal stip, home to the capital Lima, the sprawling Amazon which covers 60% of the country and, separating these two, the high altitude central region. Flanked to the west by the snow-capped mountain chain of the Andes, this area was the heart of the ancient Inca civilisation and is what attracts the vast majority of visitors to Peru’s shores. The fertile Sacred Valley follows the path of the Urubamba River from Pisac to Ollantaytambo and is charactarised by traditional agriculture, ancient Inca ruins and colourful handicraft markets.
Just beyond Ollantaytambo is the start of the four day Inca Trail, winding its way past spectacular mountain passes all the way to the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon reaching the Sun Gate, weary trekkers are presented with their first glimpse of one of the world’s most recognisable travel icons, the same view which Hiram Bingham would have stumbled upon back in 1911 when he rediscovered a site which the Incas managed to keep hidden from the Spanish conquistadors back in the 16th century.
Further south is the start of the Altiplano (High Plain), home to the ancient city of Cusco, the former capital of the Incan empire which sits at 3,400 metres above sea level, and Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, shared between Peru and Bolivia.
Pucara - Journey through the Peruvian heartland to discover Inca ruins and stunning scenery in Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca and Cusco
It isn’t the wonderful food, coastal deserts or sprawling Amazon that defines Peru, but instead the Inca archaeology which is spread throughout the central region. Visiting here is to immerse yourself in the history and heritage left behind…Learn More
It isn’t the wonderful food, coastal deserts or sprawling Amazon that defines Peru, but instead the Inca archaeology which is spread throughout the central region. Visiting here is to immerse yourself in the history and heritage left behind by one of the world’s most advanced civilisations...
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. The four day Inca Trail leads trekkers past 30 Inca sites and affords spectacular views of ancient agricultural terraces before arriving at Machu Picchu, undoubtedly the country’s star attraction.
The nearby Sacred Valley is also home to some of the best preserved archaeology, particularly in the spectacular ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo at either end of the valley. In Cusco, the former capital of the empire, Inca foundations blend with stunning colonial mansions and many churches show a fascinating mix of pagan and Christian beliefs.
Chasqui - Get to know Peru on this comprehensive tour and walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peru might be famed for the Inca ruins dotted throughout its rural heartland, but it is also home to a diverse collection of fascinating cities, providing the perfect base from which to explore this extraordinary country...Learn More
Peru might be famed for the Inca ruins dotted throughout its rural heartland, but it is also home to a diverse collection of fascinating cities, providing the perfect base from which to explore this extraordinary country...
Cusco is the former capital of the Inca empire and today still shows evidence of a time when it was one of the most important cities in the world. Ancient Incan foundations today support sumptuous colonial era buildings erected following the Spanish conquest of Peru, topped with the amber tiles which today are a symbol of one of Latin America’s most beautiful and popular cities. Most visitors combine Cusco with visits to the nearby Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and perhaps the four day Inca Trail.
Coastal Lima is the cosmopolitan capital of Peru, famed for its excellent museums, and world-class cuisine. It is a city of wide avenues, large plazas, green parks and ornate buildings in a historic centre.
Further south lies beautiful Arequipa, known as the ‘White City’, situated in a sweeping valley and dramatically framed by three snow-capped volcanoes. The city gets its nickname from the colour of its intricately decorated colonial facades, largely created from white volcanic sillar rock. From here, most visitors set off on tours to the Colca Canyon, around three hours away by road.
Chivay - Combine magnificent landscapes and Inca heritage with tours of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
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" Valle Sagrado de los Incas - Urubamba valley near Pisaq, Peru, " by Jason Hollinger - licensed under CC BY
The Cordillera Real Tour
14 Day Itinerary from £5383
Serene Lake Titicaca, Ancient Civilisations of the Andes and Rainforest Exuberance
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The Incas Group Tour
14 Day Itinerary from £2796
Travel into the Inca heartland to explore islands of Lake Titicaca, terraces of Colca Canyon, fields of Sacred Valley and fortress of Machu …
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The Moneda Group Tour
17 Day Itinerary from £3494
Explore the strong traditional communities of Bolivia and the source of Spanish wealth, before exploring the Inca civilisation on our journe…
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The Laguna Landmark Tour
21 Day Itinerary from £5600
Remote Salt Flats, Desert vistas, Lagoons and Flamingoes, the Descendants of the Incas and Awe-inspiring Mountain Landscapes of the Andes
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The Pachamama Landmark Tour
21 Day Itinerary from £3642
Coastal desert and oasis, mysterious Nazca Lines & the culture of the High Andes.
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" Tiled Roofs and Colonial Architecture - Sucre - Bolivia " by Adam Jones - licensed under CC BY
The Quechua Landmark Tour
17 Day Itinerary from £4082
Incas & Conquistadors built empires stretching the Andean mountains of South America
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Valle Sagrado de los Incas - Urubamba valley near Pisaq, Peru, by Jason Hollinger - licensed under CC
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