Peru tailor-made holidays
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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Combining contemporary luxury with an ancient setting, this new for 2016 property is poised to explore an ancient civilisation.
Top itineraries in Peru
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.
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.
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.
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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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Top places to stay in Peru
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 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.
The natural beauty of the Colca Valley is complemented by the rustic luxury of this garden-ringed retreat.
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Where to go in Peru
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.
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.
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.
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 …
explora properties offer some of the most luxurious accommodation in South America's most spectacular settings. Expect open bars, full-board fine dining and included excursions that range from archaeological hikes in Peru to bike rides in Patagonia.
Whether it's the old world charm, luxurious surroundings and service or the incredible sense of place that comes with train travel, the option remains one of the most sophisticated and sought after modes of travel around.
Our travel specialist Emma recently returned from a nine-day tour of Chile and Peru. Read her in-depth review for an insight into her spectacular trip as well as advice if you're planning your own tailor-made holiday.
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