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Journey through Peru from amazing Machu Picchu to the Amazon and more

The Land of the Incas in 2018

As the heart of the ancient Inca Empire, Peru is brimming with archaeological treasures from legendary Machu Picchu and the geoglyphs at Nazca to the lesser-visited sites of the north and historic towns like Lima and Cuzco. Peru is also home to a large portion of the Amazon rain forest which you are bound to have a true adventure in the wild. Our expert travel team is happy to create an itinerary just the way you want it – just let us know your preferred standard of accommodation, style of travel plus all the sites you want to see, and we’ll design a tailor-made holiday to Peru in 2018 that's just right for you.

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See the best of Peru with us on a tailormade holiday

History fills the cities of Lima and Cuzco in the form of world-class museums, fine colonial buildings and ancient ruins. Peru is not short on natural wonders either claiming a sizable portion of the incredible Amazon rainforest and home to the stunning high altitude Lake Titicaca where indigenous cultures still live in the ways of old. You’ll also find one of the world’s deepest canyons in Colca Valley and a mysterious collection of geoglyphs at Nazca – plus not to forget the famous lost city of Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu

As one of the best-known archaeological sites South America, Machu Picchu is a must for all visitors to Peru....
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Lake Titicaca (Peru)

Located between Bolivia and Peru, the spectacular Lake Titicaca is South America's largest lake and the...
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Macaw birds at a lick in the Peruvian Amazon

Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

The frontier colonist town of Puerto Maldonado is a remote jungle settlement close to the Bolivian border....
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Cusco

As the ancient capital of the Inca empire and later serving as the centre for the Spanish colonisation, Cuzco...
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Sacred Valley

Tracing an astoundingly beautiful course from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley encompasses the...
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Lima

The capital of Peru is a fascinating mix of colonial Spanish history and trendy modern urbanism. It's a...
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Inca Trail

The most famous Inca path through the Andes is known simply as the ‘Inca Trail’ – the royal route to...
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Arequipa

Poised at the edge of the Andes amongst a staggeringly diverse countryside and striking backdrop of volcanic...
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Useful tips for planning your tailor-made holiday to Peru

How long would you like to holiday in Peru for?

The main archaeological attractions of Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, including Machu Picchu, can be comfortably visited in just over a week when using the scenic train to reach the ancient citadel. Anything longer than this will allow the option to visit the Amazon and if you want to see some of the lesser-visited sites in Peru then you will need between two to three weeks.

What sort of accommodation would you prefer?

Peru offers a fantastic selection of good to top quality hotels with a number of reliable chains operating in the main tourist destinations including the Peruvian-owned Casa Andina as well as international brands such as Starwoods Hotels. A number of the country's colonial buildings have been transformed into luxury hotels to offer guests a glimpse into Peru's heritage whilst enjoying a comfortable stay. For those looking for something a little more rustic there's the chance to spend a night in a tree house in the Amazon though jungle lodges can also offer 5* convenience for discerning visitors.

Would you prefer private day tours or join scheduled group tours?

In Peru you can choose to have your own private guide accompany you to the sites you wish to visit or you can join day tours that run most days with group sizes ranging from 20-40 passengers. Private guides are the more expensive option but will mean you have the guide all to yourself to explore at leisure and the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want. Selecting a private guide will generally require also choosing private transfers with a driver. Scheduled tours are a much more cost-effective option and utilise coaches to get you from your hotel to the site you will be visiting. Such tours also offer the added bonus of meeting other travellers and sharing the experience in a group situation.

What internal transport options would you prefer?

Covering larger distances in Peru, such as from Lima to Cuzco, will often require a domestic flight to save travel time eating into your holiday time. LAN Peru is a great choice of carrier operating direct flights between many of the country's top destinations. Airfares in South America are surprisingly expensive so flying can add considerable cost to your trip though there are other options, chiefly the brilliant tourist buses in operation. The vehicles may be one or two levels with roomy, comfortable reclining seats, male and female toilets on board, meals or snacks provided, air-conditioning and heating as well as on-board entertainment of TV and film. These services tend to run direct between cities either during the day or overnight saving you the cost of a night's accommodation. If you're a fan of a train journey then consider reaching Machu Picchu by scenic Vistadome train from Cuzco or travel to Lake Titicaca on the Andean Explorer, an experience in itself with an open-air observatory car, fine Andean cuisine served on board and traditional Peruvian music performed.

What pace of travel would you be comfortable with?

If you're short on time and want to see as much as possible then to maximise your time in Peru it's wise to include tours as much as possible, factoring in any necessary travel and hotel check-in and check-out. Alternatively if you have more time available then you can factor in some days or afternoons at leisure, exploring independently or simply relaxing at your hotel. Ultimately your preferred pace will need to take into account how long you have to spend in Peru and the number of places you wish to visit.

Are there aspects of Peru that you are particularly interested in?

Peru has a long and rich history influenced by the ancient Incas, the native indigenous people and the Spanish so a visit here offers a wealth of experiences. You may wish to visit ethnic markets for souvenir shopping or spend a night at a homestay on one of Lake Titicaca's floating islands in the company of a local family. If visiting Nazca head to the skies for a bird's eye view of the mysterious geoglyphs or try your hand at surfing in the northern coastal resort of Mancora.

How you can make the most of your budget

The type of accommodation you choose, the number of flights required and whether you prefer private touring and transfers will all significantly affect the price of your tailor-made holiday to Peru. Knowing how much you wish to spend on your trip will help our consultants recommend the most suitable hotels to use, suggest a mix of transport options and propose where scheduled tours may help cut costs in order to keep your bespoke tour within your budget. Other money-saving options include travelling in low season. With the Inca Trail closed in February, Machu Picchu can be much quieter than the peak tourist months of June to August. The weather may not be ideal but hotel rates will be lower than usual.

Inspirations for a holiday in Peru

You've hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spend a night surrounded by the wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest, danced the night away in Cuzco, mingled with the locals on Lake Titicaca and are now looking for some more unique experiences in Peru. Have a read of our list below with a few inspirational ideas to make your trip one of a kind.

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Go fishing

The Amazon

We are all familiar with piranhas as a predator, with their bulging eyes, sharp teeth, powerful jaws and insatiable appetite. In the Amazon you can flip roles and go fishing for this unique species of fish – bait them with fresh bloody steaks, hear the grunt and snapping of jaws as you pull them out of the water and let your experienced guide cut them loose. Later donate your fresh catch to a local village to cook up for dinner.

Colca Canyon
Spot condors

Colca Canyon

As one of the deepest canyons in the world, where in places it is impossible to see the valley floor from the canyon edge, Colca Canyon will no doubt leave you impressed. But what really makes any visit here unforgettable are the resident condors – the sight of these majestic birds drifting through the canyon walls with their 10-foot wing span is something you’ll never forget.

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Get a bird's eye view

Nazca Lines

Etched into the desert landscape on the coast of Peru, the strange and mysterious Nazca Lines are one of Peru’s greatest mysteries. The Nazca lines and geometrical figures include a monkey, hummingbird, condor, spider and even a spaceman. The motifs are spread over 500 square kilometres, completed in one continuous line and are best observed from above by flight.

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Take a boat trip

Ballestas Islands

Located offshore of Pisco, the Ballestas Islands are brimming with animal and bird life and are well worth a day trip. Cruise around the islands and spot herds of noisy sea lions lazily lounged on the rocks, watch as dolphin and playful seals splash in the water around the boat, get a glimpse of pelicans, boobies and cormorant or other resident bird life.

Suggested Tailor-made Holiday itineraries for Peru

Home to legendary archaeological marvels and incredible natural wonders, Peru offers a wealth of experiences. Explore the best of the Incan empire in Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, head to the Amazon for wildlife galore or get off the beaten track in Peru's north with mysterious ruins and attractive coast line. For even more inspiration try our interactive map below.

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Into the Incan Empire

8 days | FROM USD $3,555

This classic journey through the Inca heartland of Peru takes you from elegant Lima to Cuzco and its...

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Northern Peru Discovery

14 days | FROM USD $5,435

Explore Peru’s less-visited yet archaeologically-rich northern regions in this unique tour. From Lima and...

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Peru, Canyon & Jungle

17 days | FROM USD $5,675

Discover the treasures of Peru from the spectacular depths of Colca Canyon to the dizzying heights of Machu...

Sleep in style

Accommodation in Peru is not just about having a place to stay for the night, but can often be an experience in itself. Whether it is spending the night surrounded by the tranquillity of the Sacred Valley in a mountain chalet, combining century-old charm with modern luxury in a converted monastery, overlooking the lush rainforest in a jungle lodge or enjoying views of the Colca Valley from your cliff top room, the choices are limitless.

Explore Peru with our interactive map