Peru

Tailor made holidays, treks & small group tours to Peru 

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Peru is a fabulous country, encompassing varied landscapes from the Amazon rainforests through to the ancient cultural Mayan and Inca sites to the vibrant capital of Lima on the Pacific Ocean.  Cuzco, Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley, Nazca Lines and Lake Titicaca are just some of the wonderful places to be explored here.  

In recent years a lot of high quality accommodation has been developed, making Peru more of an appeal to the discerning traveller as well as those seeking adventure and camping. Even in the remote Amazon or high up at Machu Picchu, luxury lodges can be found. The best time to visit Peru is between April to November in the dry season, although temperatures at night can be cold at altitude.  The main rains fall from January to March.  The Amazon is hot and humid all year round.

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and there are options for trekking and trains to this fabulous site – see the seperate experiences section for details. It is 100 years in 2011 since Hiram Bingham, an American explorer discovered Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. To reach this awe inspiring site you have to either take a gruelling high altitude trek along the Inca Trail or travel by train to the village of Aguas Calientes.  From there it’s another 25 minutes by bus to make it to the site.  In the last hundred years many things have changed, most of all the tourist infrastructure which now makes Peru one of the most popular holiday destinations in Latin America.  See updated news for entry to Machu Picchu in July 2017

Cuzco is a charming Spanish city worth spending a few days in, built itself upon Inca foundations and home to the Raymi Festival in late June each year.  Travelling from Cuzco to Machu Picchu you will find ‘Urubamba’ the Sacred Valley which has Inca ruins and colourful markets.  Around this region you will find pretty postcard mountain villages and can partake in horse riding, mountain biking and river rafting if you wish.

South to Puno, you will reach Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world being shared with neighbouring Bolivia.  The lake has an altitude of 3,800m and bright blue waters which make an amazing sight against the snow capped Andes mountains. There is a train from Cuzco to Puno, decorated in 1920s style which takes you high into the altiplano where you can see vicuna and alpaca in high mountain farm villages. Some of the islands on the lake can be visited and are home to some of the oldest indigenous tribes people in Peru and Bolivia where their traditional ways of life are still preserved to this day as they carry on with farming and fishing.

To the south west of Peru, towards the Pacific is the attractive city of Arequipa which sits in the shadow of three high volcanoes.  The white volcanic rock here gives rise to the name of Arequipa which means ‘white city’. There is an historic centre and important monastery here and as the city sits at 2,400m in altitude it can be a good acclimatisation to the higher peaks surrounding it. 160km from Arequipa is the Colca Canyon which is a pretty valley with colourful villages. The canyon here is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in USA, you can visit the viewpoint ‘Cruz del Condor’ in the early morning or evenings and try to see the endangered Andean Condor, a huge bird of prey.

The Nazca Lines in southern Peru are a series of hundreds of ancient geoglyphs engraved into the Nazca desert, of which the real meaning has still yet to be agreed on but many designs feature wildlife or people.

So however you want to explore Peru, get in touch and we can plan your bespoke travel itinerary in conjunction with our specialist colleagues in South America. Whether you want to travel with a small group adventure tour, join a trek in the Andes, or stay in Boutique hotels and luxury lodges, ask us for your perfect holiday to Peru!  

 

My 6 and 8 year old daughters loved every minute and didn't want to come home, it was a perfect family holiday, with plenty to do and very educational for them but fun at the same time
Moss Family – Costa Rica (April 2015)
May 18, 2015

Julie and John travelled with Exodus as part of a Peru Explorer group trip which included Nasqua Lines, Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu and the Amazon.  As the Inca Trail was too busy they opted for the less well trodden ‘Moonstone Trek’ which still ended at Machu Picchu but much […]
Julie & John Spence – Peru with Moonstone Trek (August 2014)
September 22, 2014

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July 12, 2014

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Ian Furbank – Peru (November 2012)
December 22, 2012

We had a wonderful time in Peru - thank you for organising this, the people were lovely and I particularly enjoyed the train travel. The Amazon lodge was amazing and we did all the tours day and night!
Camilla & Jeremy – Peru (September 2012)
December 27, 2012

As Andy was 50 this year, we wanted a special trip and Jules did an amazing job of organising our trip to Peru and Machu Picchu in May. Thanks to Jules the trip was stress free and very enjoyable.
Carole & Andy – Peru Inca Trail (May 2012)
July 10, 2012

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Peru Panorama

A small group adventure tour covering highlights of Peru. Machu Pichu, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines,Cuzco, Puno and much more!

Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an ancient 'lost world' in the most amazing setting deep in the Andes mountains in Peru - travel there by train or on foot, hike the world famous Inca Trail through stunning scenery.