Discover the best of Peru on our selection of tours and tailor made holidays to the land of the Incas. Brimming with archaeological treasures from Machu Picchu to the little-visited sites of the north it’s little wonder that Peru is one of South America’s most popular destinations.
Peru claims a sizeable portion of the Amazon rain forest - a must-see on any visit - and is also home to Lake Titicaca where indigenous cultures still live in the ways of old. History echoes through the cities of Lima and Cuzco, filled with world-class museums, fine colonial buildings and ancient ruins. There's plenty more to this fascinating country including one of the world’s deepest canyons in the Colca Valley and the mysterious geoglyphs at Nazca too.
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See the real Peru
On our tours to Peru you'll get a true flavour of the country - spend a night with a local family on Lake Titicaca's Amantani Island, sample Cuzco's vibrant nightlife, cruise out to the wildlife rich Ballestas Islands, go fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, explore the colourful Pisaq Market and make your way up to Machu Picchu, trekking the famous Inca Trail or embarking on the spectacular and lesser known Lares Trek.
Styles of travel to Peru
With an average group size of 12, our group tours in Peru are escorted by tour leaders, use local public transport and stay in a range of charming locally-owned accommodation from simple hotels and guesthouses, to homestays and jungle lodges. We cover many of Peru’s key highlights from the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu at dawn, to the unique wildlife of the Amazon rainforest.
Fancy creating your own itinerary to Peru, designed specifically for you? With the help of our expert team of tailor made consultants you can do just that. Using their expertise of the region they will help you put together your dream itinerary with hand-picked accommodation, the places you want to see and experiences you want to have.
Browse our selection of private tours that take in some of Peru's most loved places and hidden gems off the beaten track. Our private tour itineraries are also a good place to get some inspiration for a tailor made holiday or if one of our group tours fits the bill, we'd be happy to arrange an identical itinerary on a private basis for you too.
The routes to Machu Picchu
The most famous Inca path through the Andes is known simply as ‘the Inca Trail’, the royal route to Machu Picchu. The spectacular 44 kilometre trail crosses three stunning high passes and weaves between many ancient archaeological sites, culminating at the famous Lost City of the Incas. An alternative route up to Machu Picchu is through the picturesque Lares Valley which is nestled in the Andes and has all the natural beauty of the Inca Trail but without the crowds. For a less physically demanding trip to Machu Picchu, travel the scenic rail journey with incredible views of the Andes.
“When traveling in a small Andean Village, we took photos of local families who had never had photos taken before. We arranged for the photos to be to...”
by Shari Tucker
Posted on 28 Jul 2015
Recommended places to visit in Peru
Often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu is a stunning sight that will amaze and astound even the most seasoned traveller. Surrounded by lush mountain forest, no trip to Peru would be complete without entering the Sun Gate at dawn for your first glimpse of this 15th century city basked in the golden hue of the morning sun.
Located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, this shimmering body of water is certainly a sight to behold and is well worth exploring for a day or two. On the Peruvian side the city of Puno is the gateway to Lake Titicaca, which is dotted with islands and the famous floating reed villages of the Uros people, where you can stay for a night to get to know the locals and learn about their fascinating way of life.
With unparalleled biodiversity and indigenous settlements, the Amazon cannot fail to inspire. The best way to experience the Amazon is to spend a night or two in an eco-lodge surrounded by nothing but rainforest. Kick back in your hammock, go on a jungle trek, explore the waterways by kayak, learn about indigenous life at a jungle farm or climb a canopy tower for a bird’s eye view.
Etched into the plains of the arid Peruvian desert, the Nazca Lines are one of the most enigmatic sights in all of Latin America and are best seen by flight from a bird’s eye view. The nature, size and quantity of the lines have astounded archaeologists for years and continue to intrigue travellers who venture here from around the globe every year.
The dramatic landscape of Colca Valley is home to many things – colourfully-attired locals, the elusive Andean Condors and of course, the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon. Nearby you can also find the hot springs of La Calera, the perfect place to kick back and relax for a while.
An intoxicating blend of colourful markets, charming cafes, bars blasting salsa tunes, traditional Andean culture and architectural wonders, Cuzco has a vibe you simply won’t be able to resist. If you can tear yourself away from the streets, why not take a day trip to the Sacsayhuaman Ruins – an erstwhile Inca fortress that overlooks the city.
While it’s no Big Apple, Lima is the largest city in Peru and a treasure-trove of fascinating museums, edgy art galleries and colonial facades nestled in its beautiful UNESCO-listed centre. There are also first-class restaurants, high rises and bars brimming with locals, so whether you are a culture vulture, fine diner or night owl, Lima will have something for you.
A very enjoyable holiday with a good group & mix of people & a very good tour leader who is obvioulsy very enthusiastic about his home country of Peru. As well as they key activities such as Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Amazon Rain Forest also had the opportunity of experiencing the Peruvian way of life & culture. A great experience.”
Peru Travel Guide
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Information on climatic and weather conditions in Peru
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Peru
Visa requirements for Peru and info on getting your visa
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit
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