While Machu Picchu is clearly one of South America's most popular ancient monuments, as you will discover on our range of tours, that's not all Peru has to offer.
For travellers looking for outdoor adventure, Indiana Jones style exploration and colourful cultures, Peru is just the place. Brimming with archaeological treasures from Machu Picchu to the little-visited sites of the north, Peru also claims a sizeable portion of the Amazon rain forest, a must for nature lovers with its unique biodiversity of wild animals, towering trees and vivid plants. 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, Lake Titicaca where indigenous cultures still live in the ways of old and the mysterious geoglyphs at Nazca too. Discover Peru's top spots on our adventure-style group tours or create your own bespoke journey with our tailor-made service.
Top Peru Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours
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|Peru Encompassed - 21 Days||Lima, Peru||03 Jun 2017||USD $4,271||was $4,745 10% off|||
|South America Coast to Coast - 32 days||Lima, Peru||08 Jun 2017||USD $7,610||was $8,455 10% off|||
|Lima to Santiago - 21 days||Lima, Peru||08 Jun 2017||USD $5,198||was $5,775 10% off|||
|Peru to Chile Express - 15 days||Lima, Peru||14 Jun 2017||USD $3,416||was $3,795 10% off|||
|Highlights of Ecuador & Peru - 26 days||Quito, Ecuador||30 Jun 2017||USD $5,081||was $5,645 10% off|||
Peru Group Tours
Our adventure-style group tours are a fun and social way to explore the delights of Peru. With an average group size of 12, our trips are fully escorted by a tour leader who will be on hand to recommend the best spots for food, shopping and nightly entertainment. We use local public transport and stay in a range of locally-owned accommodation from simple hotels and guesthouses to campsites, home-stays and jungle lodges with plenty of local character, providing an authentic experience whilst in Peru. read more
We include a range of excursions, such as a visit to legendary Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins, plenty of museums, national parks and more, plus we also use the services of expert local guides at sights of interest wherever possible. There's also a range of exciting optional excursions and activities which you can book locally in Peru. Cover the highlights of Peru in under a week or consider extending your time in Latin America to combine Peru with neighbouring Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile on one of our longer expedition trips.
Peru Private Tours
If you're looking for comfortable travel with private services then our thoughtfully designed exclusive journeys are just the ticket. Delve into the Incan sites around Lima and Cuzco visiting Machu Picchu by scenic train, plumb the depths of Colca Canyon and scale the dizzying heights of Lake Titicaca or get off the beaten track in northern Peru visiting lesser-visited ruins and trendy beach resorts.
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. Whether you're on a tight budget or are out to splurge, we'll make sure your holiday fits your requirements.
Peru tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.86 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews — See All Peru Reviews
We had a great time and it helped that the group got along so well. Our Guide Christian was well organised, reliable and liked by everyone. He was super efficient in getting us to our various destinations on time. He also knew lots of excellent restaurants so we were always sure of good meals. He managed to get the balance right between being very much part of the group but also standing back as well.
The various guides (Inca, Uyuni) were all very professional and friendly, in particular Sante (Inca). The drivers were also reliable. The only negative comments are regarding the hotel in La Paz and the dormitory on the last night in the desert before crossing from Bolivia to Chile. These were below the standards of the rest of the accommodation. I can be more forgiving of the dormitory but I think a better hotel could have been chosen in La Paz.”
Christian is a fantastic tour guide, always going above and beyond to help everyone in our group with their questions/needs etc.
The tour was excellent and thankfully great weather the entire trip. We really enjoyed it. ”
Wilson was one of the best guides I have come across during any trip. He was always helpful and gave us a lot of insights of the countries we visited. He even helped me apply for the Brazil visa as I couldn't do that in the home country. I was able to visit Brazil just because of his help.”
Recent Travel Articles on Peru
Mighty and mysterious, Machu Picchu was, for centuries, an abandoned citadel known only to the local peasants. In 1911, however, this all changed when Hiram Bingham, an American archaeologist, stumbled upon it and spread the news of his discovery around the world, driving curious explorers to Peru to witness its magnificence firsthand. To this day, the purpose of this hilltop complex remains a matter of debate, with theorists claiming it could have been a royal retreat or a monument to nature, among other possibilities.
Recommended places to visit in Peru
Everyone knows Peru claims one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites but what about the mysterious geoglyphs, expansive lakes, colourful indigenous cultures and thriving cities that the country also offers? Check out our recommended places for the low-down.
The dramatic landscape of Colca Valley is home to many things – colourfully-attired locals, the large Andean Condors that soar on the thermal air and, of course, the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon - one of the world's deepest. 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, and the stonework ruins of the Koricancha complex.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Peru Travel Guide
A well-prepared trip can make all the difference so to help you we've put together an essential guide on travel to Peru.
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Peru
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Peru
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Opt for added comfort on your tour
Visa requirements for Peru and info on getting your visa
More about travelling on our group tours to Peru
Available touring combinations in South America
The best ruins, when best to visit, places to stay & more
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit
Our recommended packing list for the Inca Trail
- Conversation in the Cathedral
by Mario Vargas Llosa
- The Conquest of the Incas
by John Hemming
- At Play in the Fields of the Lord
by Peter Matthiessen
Facts about Peru
- Peru is home to the world's deepest canyon and highest navigable lake - the incredible Lake Titicaca.
- Second only to India, Peru has one of the largest numbers of Shamans in the world.
- In Peru, it is tradition to give friends and family yellow underpants on New Year's Eve.
Peru Travel Advice:
We keep track of the latest travel guidance to Peru and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is high priority and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.
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The Wildlife of the Amazon
The Amazon is not only the world’s largest rainforest, but is also known globally for its unparalleled biodiversity. Home to over 2,000 species of animals and birds, one in every 10 known species can be found within this vast, verdant expanse. Some of the most famous players in the Amazon’s wildlife scene include capybaras, anacondas, sloths and jaguars - the largest cats in the Americas. Other animals that can be found within the rainforest, but might be harder to spot, are spider monkeys, as they dwell at the top of the canopy, and giant river otters, endangered due to hunters killing them for their skin. Toucans, harpy eagles and macaws are just a few of the hundreds of birds that flutter through the uppermost regions of the forest, while the murky waters of the Amazon river are home to bullsharks, electric eels, piranhas and river dolphins.