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Peru holidays tailor-made

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 holidays tailor-made, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.


Itinerary ideas [66]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Peru holidays tailor-made. 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 Inca Trail

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Its not just the altitude that will leave you breathless in Peru. From the majestic Andean peaks to the dramatic Pacific coastline, Peru combines the legacies …

Luxury Peru with Inkaterra

From £3,195 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

Inkaterra has pioneered and promoted sustainable tourism in Peru for more than 30 years, introducing thousands of people to the country's natural wonders and …

Amazon, condors & cloud forests

From £3,195 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Exploration cruise

When it comes to Peru everyone knows about Machu Picchu, the myth- and mist-shrouded Inca citadel. But not everybody knows that the surrounding cloudforest is …

Wonders of Peru and the Galapagos

From £4,895 pp incl. flights
City Exploration cruise History & culture

Since the discovery of the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Peru has welcomed visitors from around the world, attracted by the …

Peru by Rail

From £3,295 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, highlights of any visit to Peru, are linked by rail via Cusco along some of the world's highest and most scenic tracks.

Luxury Inca Trail

From £3,645 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

This unforgettable nine-day adventure, beginning in Peru's capital Lima and ending in the Andean city of Cusco, includes a fully-guided four day Inca Trail …

Machu Picchu & the Peruvian Amazon

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Activity adventure History & culture Honeymoon

The Amazon Basin in Southern Peru offers endless wildlife viewing opportunities and can easily be combined with a visit to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the …

Highlights of South America

From £4,795 pp incl. flights
City Escorted tour History & culture

From the towering peaks of the Andes Mountains to the vast, wildlife-rich jungle of the Amazon Basin, South America offers an abundance of unique and exciting …

Machu Picchu & Galapagos tour

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On this sample tour we’ve combined the ancient culture of the Inca Empire with a memorable sailing trip around the Galapagos. Visit Inca fortresses and …

The Inca Trail in Comfort - Premium

From £2,199 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Enjoy a little extra comfort as you follow in the footsteps of the Peruvian Incas

Inca Trail Family Holiday

From £2,764 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family

Trek Peru's famous Inca Trail to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu

Inca Discovery—Lares

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Conquer the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Marvel at Sacred Valley scenery, interact with local communities, sample seafood in Lima.

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu

From £1,311 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Spot wildlife at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, explore the Incan city of Cusco, conquer the Inca Trail or enjoy the scenic train to Machu Picchu, meet local …

Amazon to the Andes & Galápagos South & Central Islands

From £3,849 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world Sports & activities

Explore the Sacred Valley, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife in the Amazon, Cruise the Galápagos National Park for seven nights aboard the …

Andean Discovery

From £1,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Conqure the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, sample the delicious Peruvian cuisine.

Colombia through the Andes–Cartagena to La Paz

From £3,799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, party in Colombian cities, experience local life in an Ecuadorian and Peruvian homestays, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu …

Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer aboard the Amatista

From £2,709 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Relaxation

Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, explore ancient ruins off the beaten …

The Great South American Journey–Quito to Rio Adventure

From £4,399 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life …

Classic Peru

From £1,079 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Feel like a local at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sample the seafood in Lima, explore ancient ruins and villages

Quito to La Paz Adventure

From £2,199 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Experience traditional life in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, set in …

Inca Explorer

From £1,799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Encounter unique wildlife in Paracas National Park and the Ballestas Islands, walk in the mysterious Nazca desert and view pre-Incan mummies, explore a historic …

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure

From £2,449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and …

Inca Empire

From £1,599 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco, witness life on Lake Titicaca, haggle at Sacred Valley markets

G Lodge Amazon & Camping - 6 Days

From £569 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world Wildlife

Discover the Amazon Rainforest from the comforts of an exclusive lodge, spot wildlife by foot and canoe, explore the Tambopata National Reserve, get closer to …

Huayhuash Circuit

From £2,699 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world

Trek this spectacular mountain circuit amidst Peru's most dramatic range

G Lodge Amazon & Camping - 5 Days

From £509 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world Wildlife

Explore the Amazon Rainforest around the famed Tambopata National Reserve, enjoy the comforts of an exclusive lodge and get closer to nature by camping in the …

Machu Picchu & Galapagos

From £4,528 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Wildlife

Discover Peru's 'Lost City of the Incas' and Ecuador's 'Enchanted Isles'

G Lodge Amazon & Camping - 4 Days

From £449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world Wildlife

Explore the Amazon Rainforest from the comforts of an exclusive lodge and get even closer by camping in the rainforest, spot wildlife by foot and canoe with …

Backroads & Highlands of Peru

From £999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine …

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima

From £3,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by …

Southern Divide

From £2,299 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore the Sacred Valley, marvel at the views from the train to Machu Picchu, witness traditional life on Lake Titicaca, encounter colonial cities and historic …

Rio to Lima Adventure

From £3,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and …

Colombia, Andes & Galápagos

From £4,849 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, snorkel with sea lions in the Galapagos, experience local life in an Ecuadorian and Peruvian homestays, conquer the Inca Trail …

Southern Cross

From £3,949 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the Uyuni Salt Flats and Andean wilderness, spot …

Quito to Lima Adventure

From £849 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Mingle with Amazon locals during a homestay, get active in Baños, explore towering volcanoes and colonial cities, chill out on the beach or surf in Mancora and …

Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos — Land & Sea Central Islands

From £3,039 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to …

Galápagos Central Islands & Inca Discovery

From £2,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world Sports & activities

Cruise the Galápagos for four nights aboard the Xavier, snorkel with sea lions and discover spectacular marine life in protected bays, find land iguanas …

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

From £869 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.

Inca Heartland

From £1,799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the world's highest capital …

Peru on a Shoestring

From £832 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, meet the locals at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, sip pisco sours and eat ceviche.

Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Amatista

From £1,549 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, …

Lima to Rio Adventure

From £3,999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and …

Peru Panorama

From £1,879 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, sample the diverse cuisine …

Machu Picchu Adventure

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore ruins and bargain at local markets in the Sacred Valley, take in the views from the train to Machu Picchu, learn about the history of the Incas

Inca Empire

From £1,599 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, see traditional life on Lake Titicaca, visit one of the …

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure

From £2,449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 …

Absolute Peru

From £2,039 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, experience local life at a homestay on …

The Inca Journey

From £1,399 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Explore the Sacred Valley ruins and bargain in local markets, enjoy the view from the train to Machu Picchu, track wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, …

Amazon To The Andes - Teenage Adventure

From £1,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family History & culture

Explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets, devour seafood in Lima, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon

Peru Multisport

From £1,669 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Soak in the views by bicycle in the Sacred Valley, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, kayak Lake Titicaca, mingle with the locals and learn about traditional …

Andean Discovery

From £1,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Sports & activities

Settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, sample the seafood in Lima.

Trekking the Huayhuash Circuit

From £1,147 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Natural world Sports & activities

Take in the glacial alpine scenery along the Huayhuash Circuit, challenge yourself conquering the high-altitude mountain passes, sleep in tents under the stars …

The High Inca Trail

From £2,359 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Trek through Peru's remote Cordillera Vilcabamba, then join the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Absolute Peru & Galápagos Central Islands

From £3,649 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Cruise the Galápagos National Park for four nights aboard the Xavier, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, snorkel with sea lions and discover spectacular …

Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

From £2,699 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Trekking, jungle and indigenous culture - the best of Peru

Peru Family Experience

From £1,149 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family

Inca Trail Titicaca & Nazca

From £2,499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Discover Peru's deserts and high Andes and follow a classic trekking route

Machu Picchu Explorer

From £1,189 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, meet local artisans at a Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op and …

Peru Explorer

From £3,199 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

An in-depth discovery of southern Peru from the Andes to the Amazon

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking

From £1,099 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Natural world

Trek the Andes, explore Choquequirao away from the crowds, discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, witness the mountain beauty of the Andes.

Essential Peru

From £2,249 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Discover southern Peru's archaeological and natural wonders

Places to stay [18]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Peru holidays tailor-made. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Peru holidays tailor-made, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.

El Mercado Tunqui, Cusco, Peru

£££££
City History & culture

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 …

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley

£££££
Food & wine History & culture Natural world

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 …

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

£££££££
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 …

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

£££££
Activity adventure History & culture 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 …

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco

£££££
Food & wine History & culture 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 …

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima

£££££
City History & culture

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

Hotel Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru

£££££
Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

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 …

Casa Andina Private Collection Suasi Island

£££££££
Activity adventure Eco-tourism History & culture

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, …

Hotel B, Lima

£££££
City History & culture

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 …

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa, Cusco

£££££
Food & wine History & culture Luxury travel

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

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

£££££
City History & culture

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 Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

£££££
City Food & wine History & culture

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

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

£££££
City History & culture

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

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