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Machu Picchu, Peru

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Introduction

Peru’s majestic Andean peaks are the mantelpiece to ancient empires while colonial gems characterise historic cities and the overwhelming beauty and biodiversity of the Amazon never ceases to amaze.

Peru's history, brought to life

Work your way back from Lima where a colonial tapestry treads between European architecture both colourful and palatial to be combined with South American enthusiasm and flavours. Then, there are the lost civilisations of Macchu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, the seat of the once almighty Incan Empire and fully detailed overleaf. However, step back even further to near prehistory where you’ll find golden pre-Incan pyramids, Colca’s mysterious tribes, deserted mud-brick cities and the Nazca Lines. Dating back to the 6th century bc, these great desert scratches have long itched the curiosity of historians.


Peru's spectacular natural world

Then there’s Peru’s natural world. And, while you can read up on the world’s largest rainforest – the Amazon – in its own chapter, Lake Titicata has its own superlative. It’s the largest lake in South America and the fabled birthplace of the Incas’ sun god creator. Fittingly, it’s nothing short of deific, complete with piercing blue skies and islands created entirely from floating reeds. But the laudation doesn’t end there. Colca – a valley in the western Andes – features the world’s deepest canyon and highest chain of active volcanoes, enlivened by age-old Peruvian communities and one of the largest flying birds – the condor. Its colonial gateway, Arequipa, has a beauty all of its own. Termed the White City, its UNESCO-listed centre is crafted from sillar rock sourced from its volcanic backdrop.


 

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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
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Special offers in Peru

Explora Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

explora Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley

Contemporary hotel

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offer

Free Machu Picchu excursion & Stay 5 Pay 4 night offer
Book by: 15 October 2019

Combining contemporary luxury with an ancient setting, this new for 2016 property is poised to explore an ancient civilisation.

Top itineraries in Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Essential Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,610 pp incl. flights

Short but perfectly formed, this superb-value holiday might last for just over a week, but it still manages to encapsulate the very best of Peru’s ancient wonders, colonial heritage and spectacular Andean landscapes.

Belmond Andean Explorer

Highlights of Peru by Rail

10-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,535 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.

Huillos, Sacred Valley, Peru

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

14-day tailor-made journey from £4,435 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Peru's beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and fascinating culture on this tailor-made journey. Visit 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.

Belmond Andean Explorer

Luxury Peru by Rail with Belmond

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £5,970 pp incl. flights

Whether it’s lavish accommodation, exclusive tours or trips aboard the continent’s most luxurious trains, this itinerary showcases the very best of Peru, from its Incan treasures to its spectacular natural world.

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Top places to stay in Peru

Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

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.

Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley

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

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

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

Machu Picchu

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Cusco is a colonial gem at the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore its myriad wonders with our collection of bespoke holidays, topping it all off with a visit to that iconic world wonder – Machu Picchu.

Poison Dart Frog, Amazon, Peru

The Amazon, Peru

Much is predicated on the world’s largest – and second longest – river. Superlatives aside, it’s the author of continent-spanning jungles, myriad wildlife, secretive tribes and even one fifth of the very oxygen we breathe.

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Puno & Lake Titicaca

Vast and spectacular, Lake Titicaca straddles the southern border of Peru and landlocked Bolivia – a region of rolling highlands and barren altiplano framed by the soaring peaks of the Andes.

Colca Canyon, Peru

Arequipa & Colca Canyon

The canyon country surrounding the colonial city of Arequipa – with its Spanish churches, stately mansions and volcanic sillar-white stonework – is one of high altitude deserts, volcanoes, and terraced valleys.

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When to go to Peru

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
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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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