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Enchanting Peru is a land of ancient Incan ruins, lost civilisations and spectacular landscapes. Discover this enigmatic country on one of our specially crafted Peru Tours or choose from our hand-picked hotels and multi-centre itineraries to create an unforgettable tailor made holiday.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is April to November when the days are bright and sunny. The rainy months tend to occur January to March and travel can be difficult in some areas. Peru has three different climatic areas: the coastal desert from Lima southwards experiences hardly any rain; the Amazon is hot and humid throughout the year; whilst the high Altiplano of Peru and enjoys dry winters, but it can be very cold in the evening and early morning.
Lima, Peru’s capital and largest city, is home to stunning colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins. Take the time to explore this bustling coastline city and you will also discover excellent museums, great shopping, lively nightlife and some of the finest Peruvian cuisine – with an emphasis on delicious seafood.
Cuzco was once the heart of the Inca Empire and it is now a treasure trove of archaeological remnants as well as stunning colonial architecture. The city is the gateway to the beautiful Sacred Valley and legendary ruins of Machu Picchu.
Just north of Cuzco lies the beautiful 26 mile-long Sacred Valley of Urubamba. This stunning region offers rural relaxation away from the cities, and the chance to immerse yourself in traditional Peru – from exploring the Inca ruins, browsing handicrafts at colourful markets and visiting tiny Andean towns.
Machu Picchu, known as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, attracts people from all over the globe who are drawn to this mystical site by its incredible architecture, mysterious history and spellbinding setting. Named as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, visitors can discover this incredible attraction by taking a picturesque train journey to the top of the mountain, or by following in the footsteps of the Inca on the legendary Inca Trail.
The enchanting Peruvian Amazon is remarkablly rich in biodiversity and boasts the most species of birds in the world. The remote north is accessible via the city of Iquitos, the starting point for a number of luxurious river cruises while the southeast city of Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to the Tambopata and Manu Biosphere Reserves.
Lake Titicaca lies on the border of Peru and Bolivia and its shimmering sapphire waters are backed by snow-capped mountains. The small city of Puno is thet gateway to the world’s highest commercially navigable lake which is home to Uros communities that live on floating islands made of reeds.
The remote south coast is home to the Paracas National Reserve which encompasses the UNESCO-listed Paracas Peninsula and the remote Ballestas Islands which provide sanctuary toincredible wildlife including dolphins, penguins and sea lions. The nearby town of Pisco is best known for the grape brandy called Pisco which is used in the nation’s famous cocktail – the Pisco Sour. It also provides a great base for discovering the region’s Inca ruins.
'The White City' of Arequipa boasts striking volcanic buildings and an attractive setting ringed by volcanoes. It is also a gateway to the spectacular Colca Canyon – a remarkable natural wonder that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and is a superb place to see Andean condors soaring high above the valley.
Venture north to discover some lesser-known treasures such as Kuelap Fortress, a vast citadel in Chachapoyas, which is estimated to have taken 200 years to complete. Trujillo is renowned for its proximity to Chan Chan – South America’s largest pre-Columbian city, while Chiclayo is home to an impresive collection of pre-Inca ruins.
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Peru is the most amazing country I have ever visited. My most treasured memory was looking over Machu Picchu through the pouring rain – absolutely breathtaking! Watching the sun rise over the Amazon and observing the endangered giant otters was incredible was incredible.