Peru is perhaps best known as the site of the myth- and mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, but it is so much more besides.
The vast jungles of Peru are home to the greatest diversity of plants and wildlife on earth, the rivers to the scariest white-water rafting anywhere, and the mighty Peruvian Andes to the best in unexplored adventure.
There are more ancient archeological sites in Peru than any other South American country, while Cuzco's Spanish colonial heritage and Incan historical foundations make for one of the most fascinating cities on earth.
From Lima's historic districts and famed gastronomy to trekking in the Sacred Valley and discovering the indigenous custodians of Lake Titicaca, Peru holidays are perfect for tailor-made travel and luxury indulgence.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.
Heavy rain in the mountains and jungle from December to April. It never rains in Lima and rarely on the coast.
Peru celebrates as many as 3,000 festivals each year. Many are held in homage to a patron saint and are part of the Christian calendar, with Easter being particularly important. But traditional Inca festivals live on, and the Andean communities still honour Pachamama, the earth goddess, either purely or as a hybrid with their Christian faith. One of the most impressive festivals is Inti Raymi, a spectacular annual ceremony in Cuzco to mark the winter solstice and harvest each June. The central event is acted out on the esplanade below the imposing Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán on the edge of the city, and the entire city breaks out in festivities lasting for days. Other notable events include Puno Day on 5th November, which features flamboyant costumes and street dancing in the town of Puno, near Lake Titicaca.
Hot pepper (aji) and garlic (ajo) flavour most Peruvian food. Typical dishes include chupe de camarones (a soup made from shrimps, eggs, cream, potatoes and peppers), sopa criolla (spicy soup with beef and noodles) and anticuchos (beef or fish marinated in vinegar and spices, then barbecued). A potent brandy-based cocktail, Pisco sour, is infamous.
The majority of Peruvians speak Spanish, but many business people also speak English. When leaving Peru, do not take coca leaves or coca tea out of the country, as it is illegal to bring these substances into most countries. Likewise, visitors are not allowed to take any artefacts out of the country without the consent of the proper authority.
Lima (LIM) 10 km from the city, Cuzco (CUZ).
Fairly extensive domestic air network. Peru is home to the highest railroad in the world. Roads are in reasonable condition but affected by landslides in the rainy season.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Peru. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Peru. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Peru, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.
Alison Nicolle - South America Specialist
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