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Peru

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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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

Peru's climate varies across the country according to altitude, season and a variety of other factors. The coastal climate is affected by the cold Humboldt Current; cool sea air coming into contact with the hot desert sands condenses into rain during the winter months, from May to November, forming a thick sea fog that settles over the southern part of the coast and the cities here. However, it hardly ever rains. During the summer, the coast is hot and dry, especially in the north.

Inland, the dry season is from April to October. Temperatures are steady and consistently warm during the day but chilly at night and can drop below freezing. In the jungle, temperatures can climb high, to 35C, although the evenings are often chilled. November to April is the wet season. At tis time inland is cool and dry during the morning with showers typically in the afternoon. The jungle is hot and humid, with heavy rainfall possible at any time during these months.

A climactic effect known as El Niño affects Peru roughly every three to seven tears. The phenomenon, connected with warm water currents causing the average sea temperature to rise, isn't well understood but the results are dramatic and can include droughts, fires, crop failures and poor fishing

In general, the busiest time for foreign visitors is June to September. You should time when to go based on where you want to go and what you want to do though. The high season for coastal Peru is September and again from late December to March. In the highlands the high season lasts from May to September. The Amazon is best visited during the dry season, from April to October.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital - Lima

Size -1,285,216 sq km

Language - Spanish and Quechua are official languages; Aymara and Ashaninka, as well as a number of other native languages, are spoken.

Population - 29.5 million

Religion - More than three quarters of the country population are Roman Catholic, around 10% are evangelical and the remainder follow various smaller or traditional beliefs.

Currency - Nuevo Sol (PEN)

Time zone - GMT -5

Flight time from the UK - Depends on the length of time it takes to make your connection as there are no direct flights from the UK to Lima but typically expect to spend 13-15 hours travelling to Peru.

Festivals

Peru's festivals are colourful, traditional affairs. Many of these occur in the wetter months but for example, the fiesta of La Virgen de la Candelaria in February, Carnaval on the weekend before Ash Wednesday and Semana Santa (the Holy Week that ends on Easter Sunday) continue despite the poor weather. Other festivals to be aware of include Q'ollyor Riti in late May or June, Inti Raymi on 24 June, the Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima on 30 August and El Señor de los Milagros, a celebration of the Lord of Miracles, on 18 October.

Visas

Most nationalities, including those in the European Union, North and South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, do not require a visa. Visitors are allowed a 30- to 90-day stay. You'll also receive an Andean Immigration Card upon arrival, which must be returned when you leave the country. If you lose this card you will be forced to get a replacement, which could involve a lengthy queue at the immigration office.

Passport requirements

All visitors to Peru require a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their stay.

Money

The Peruvian Nuevo Sol (s/) come sin notes of S/10, S/50, S/100 and S/200. It's also divided into 100 céntimos, with copper- and silver-coloured coins worth S/005, S/0.10, S/.20, S/0.50, S/1, S/2 and S/5. Restaurants, shops and markets work in local currency; make sure that you have small denomination notes as many people do not have change for larger bills.

More upmarket hotels and operators will also accept payment in US dollars. Other currencies are much less recognised.

Regions [8]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Peru, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.


Itinerary ideas [9]

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.

Places to stay [15]

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.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

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  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture Mountains Natural world

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge holds the unique and highly privileged honour of being the only hotel located adjacent to the iconic ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, a …

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

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  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture City

The beautiful Belmond Palacio Nazarenas enjoys a superb location, tucked away in a peaceful plaza behind Cusco's historic main square. This former palace and …

Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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City History & culture Spa

Located amid beautiful gardens and with magnificent views across the Pacific, the Belmond Miraflores Park occupies a prime position in one of Lima's most …

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

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  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Wildlife Activity & adventure Jungle

Set in a private reserve on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, surrounded by the vast expanses of the Amazon Rainforest, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers …

Hotel B, Lima

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  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture City

Hotel B is located in the seaside district of Barranco, a bohemian revival neighbourhood that was at one time a favourite of the Limeño aristocracy, before, in …

El Mercado Tunqui, Cusco, Peru

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture City

Set in the premises of a former market in centre of historic Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, El Mercado Tunqui is the latest offering …

Hotel Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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Natural world History & culture Activity & adventure

Hotel Sol y Luna is located in the district of Urubamba on the banks of the river of the same name, around an hour from the city of Cusco and surrounded by the …

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture Natural world Food & wine

In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains, lies Hotel Rio Sagrado. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this …

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture Natural world Mountains

An intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village within the secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to …

Casa Andina Private Collection Suasi Island

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture Eco-tourism Relaxation

Casa Andina Private Collection, Suasi Island is a rather special hotel that shelters below flower-strewn terraces on the only private island on Lake Titicaca, …

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture City

Located in Lima’s upscale Miraflores district, Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores offers a stylish design, a distinguished collection of contemporary …

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture City

Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa is an attractive colonial mansion house built with white volcanic stone.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture City Food & wine

Right beside Cuzco’s lively central square is Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592.

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa, Cusco

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture Food & wine

Casa Cartagena Cuzco Boutique Hotel is located in the historic center, 200 meters from Cuzco’s Plaza Mayor (Main Square). Casa Cartagena was built in an urban …

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco

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  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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History & culture Food & wine Honeymoon

Inkaterra La Casona, located just steps away from the picturesque main square, is an exquisite 16th century colonial manor and one of the first Spanish …

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