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Peru tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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 Cusco'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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12½ hours

Time zone
GMT -5

Currency
New sol (S) = 100 céntimos

Language
Spanish and Quechua

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Top itineraries in Peru

Peru by Rail

10-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,125 pp incl. flights

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 Peru with Inkaterra

11-day itinerary from £3,205 pp incl. flights

See the likes of Peru’s Amazon Rainforest and citadel-capped Andean peaks in luxurious comfort, enjoying private touring, included excursions and gourmet dining. In between, this comprehensive tour showcases everything from Cusco’s colonial charms to the Sacred Valley’s Incan history.

Discover the Amazon, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,410 pp incl. flights

Between stays in the depths of the world’s largest rainforest and trips to ancient cities you’ll experience the very best of Peru.

The Best of Peru: Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

14-day tailor-made journey from £4,150 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Peru's beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and fascinating culture on this tailor-made journey, which visits Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca before heading to the Andes and the ancient sites of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

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What our clients say about our Peru holidays

  • Informative and efficient service. The handling agent in Peru and their team of experts / co-ordinators were excellent, everything ran smoothly.

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  • Heather Harris was extremely polite and personable.

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Top places to stay in Peru

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

Contemporary lodge

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.

Hotel Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley

Traditional lodge

Hotel Sol y Luna is a luxury lodge and spa, surrounded by Peru's beautiful Sacred Valley, offering world-class food created by Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. It serves as an excellent base for exploring the renowned Machu Picchu.

Colca Lodge, Colca

Contemporary lodge

The natural beauty of the Colca Valley is complemented by the rustic luxury of this garden-ringed retreat.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Historic hotel

The stunning Belmond Palacio Nazarenas enjoys a superb location, tucked away in a peaceful plaza behind Cusco's historic main square. This former palace and convent has been lovingly restored and is now one of the city's most exclusive hotels.

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Where to go in Peru

Lima

Dubbed the City of Kings, Lima was the capital of the Spanish Empire in South America for almost two centuries, unmatched in the Old World for wealth and elegance until a disastrous earthquake in 1746.

Northern Peru

Peru's northern coast is a region of numerous monumental ruins built by highly skilled pre-Inca cultures, best seen around the elegant colonial city of Trujillo.

The Amazon

Almost 60% of Peru is covered by the Amazon rainforest, an area teeming with wildlife and biodiversity. The two major areas to discover are the northern and southern jungles.

Puno & Lake Titicaca

The deep sapphire-blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, straddle the southern border of Peru and landlocked Bolivia.

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When to go to Peru

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 …

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Peru articles

  • The world’s best journeys by rail

    Travel in style with the ultimate collection of train journeys, chosen by our rail experts reporting back from the tracks. There’s everything from such old favourites as the Orient Express to new classics as Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

    We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

  • Cruising the Amazon

    Far away from Peru’s usual tourist trail, two luxury cruise ships explore seldom-seen stretches of the Amazon basin.

  • Wexas Wins at Wanderlust Travel Awards 2016

    Everybody at Wexas is delighted to announce we have been awarded Top 10 Tour Operator status by Wanderlust at the 2016 Wanderlust Travel Awards.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0691 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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