Peru

The ancient land of the Incas… a country of vast and varied landscapes, from soaring forest covered mountains to stunning lakes and wild beaches Peru makes for an unforgettable holiday. For the ultimate combination, many also choose to complete their adventure with a stay in the Galapagos, Ecuador whilst others spend longer exploring this unique destination!

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If you are looking for a mix of culture and wildlife, we can put together an exciting itinerary for you arriving in Lima and featuring Reserva Amazonica, only accessible by boat and located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. From there, we would suggest a short flight to the beautiful town of Cusco, the starting point for some breathtaking treks through the Sacred Valley and of course the gateway to the iconic Machu Picchu which surely has to feature on any first time visitor’s itinerary. Watching the sun rise over this stunning ancient citadel is a sight to behold and something that will remain etched in your memory long after you’ve returned home…

If you have longer to linger in this fascinating country, don’t miss the colonial-era town of beautiful Arequipa and the raw beauty of Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, with its majestic condors soaring on thermal currents over fertile terraces created long ago.  You can also learn about the traditions of the local inhabitants of the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca, who still live today in floating huts made from reeds.  Nazca is of course famous for the lines on the land only visible by air, whilst the lesser known Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Park are the Peruvian version of the Galapagos Islands, home to penguins, sea lions and whales.

Whichever corner of Peru appeals to you, there are some truly lovely character hotels and lodges to tempt you to explore this unique destination.

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When to go

Peru has two main seasons – wet and dry – though the weather varies greatly depending on the region and elevation: generally the higher you climb, the cooler it becomes.

Peak season is from May to September, which coincides with the cooler dry season in the Andean highlands. This is the best time to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, although availability can be tricky as it also corresponds with school holidays in Europe and North America.  Travel to this region is not recommended between December and March due to the rain.

The best time to visit the Colca Canyon is similar.   Though sunny during the day, it can also get quite cold (below freezing) at night so make sure to pack some warm clothing.  The Peruvian Amazon is, by its nature, wet, but the soggiest months are December to May, so again best visited in our Summer Months. That said, rain usually falls in short sharp bursts in the afternoon and there is still plenty of sunshine.

Cusco weather chart

Travel Essentials

LATAM have now launched a direct flight to Lima from London Heathrow. Alternatively there are direct flights to Lima but there are regular flights via Europe, eg Iberia, Air Europa and KL, taking approx. 15-17 hours depending on connections. Conveniently located seven miles (11km) from central Lima, Jorge Chavez International Airport also serves as a hub for several South American airlines.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight to Cusco Via Lima (Economy) per person: 4.22 tonnes.

Time Zone: GMT-5

Local Currency:
Sol

Capital City: Lima

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