Our tailor-made Peru holidays invite you to discover the ancient wonders of the Inca and other civilisations, as well as the country’s diverse wildlife and welcoming people. Besides the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu there are many more Inca sites to be explored as well as dazzling colonial cities and pre-Colombian ruins. Indigenous beliefs are as alive as ever and exist alongside Catholic traditions, evident in architecture, people and colourful festivals.
Travel by train or on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Explore Lake Titicaca and dramatic Colca Canyon. Stay at an eco lodge in the Amazon Jungle.
Peru has excellent flight connections – fly to Iguazu falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina and travel onward from there. Connect to Guayaquil in Ecuador for the mainland and Galapagos islands. There are direct flights to Santiago de Chile.
Overland travel to Bolivia offers magnificent scenery and you can see both sides of Lake Titicaca this way.
The dry season is between March and November. Peru is a year round destination. The wet season is December, January and February – you might have dry mornings and some rain in the afternoons.
Spanish. Quechua, Aymara
Nuevo Sol. The US dollar (US$) is also accepted in some places (notes only). Avoid old, marked or damaged bills. ATMs are widely available and most large shops accept credit cards although there may be a charge.
You should visit your family doctor and check that you are up to date with your immunisations for typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A.
Yellow fever immunisation and prophylaxis against malaria are sometimes recommended for risk regions. Check with your family doctor or local travel clinic.
Visa and entry requirements are subject to change and you should check with your consulate for the latest rules before you travel.
Make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport before traveling to Argentina.
UK, CAN, USA, AUS and NZ citizens do not currently require a visa to enter Peru as a tourist. You will be asked to fill out a white slip of paper at immigration, keep this with you at all times, you will need to present it at hotels, and to immigration when you are leaving the country.
Check with your consul for the latest entry requirements.
GMT -5 hours
Average flight time to Lima is 15 hours. There is a new direct flight from London Gatwick – Lima starting in May 2016. From London Heathrow there are no direct flights to Lima but airlines such as KLM, Air France and Iberia take you via Amsterdam, Paris or Madrid.
Browse our ideas for tailor-made Peru holidays including multi-country itineraries. Pick a standard itinerary or tell us about your likes, dislikes and must-dos and we will create your perfect trip. We don’t do set group departure dates, all of our trips can start on whichever date suits you best.
The high Andean plains and Lake Titicaca are stunning and give you a chance to acclimatise before you begin the classic Inca Trail. The Inca’s legacy is far more widespread than just Machu Picchu, we include a tour of the Sacred Valley and Cusco which is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial architecture and cultures.
Explore magical Peru with our Peru Family Holiday. It includes a short hike to Machu Picchu, experiencing Peruvian culture first hand and even chocolate making. Give you family a of a lifetime with this fun, comprehensive look at the wonders of Peru’s history, culture and natural world.
History and nature combine wonderfully on this trip. Retrace the Incas from Cusco to the Amazon jungle where they fled to from the Spanish.
Linked by a spectacular journey accross the high plains, Lake titicaca and Machu Picchu offer surprising contrasts in scenery, history and culture
Adrenaline and nature combine on this unforgettable adventure into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Our Peru rafting trip starts high in the Andes and culminates in one of the biggest clay licks of the region. We camp out on the river shore and travel unnoticed by the wildlife for unrivalled nature spotting opportunities.
From the ancient wonders of the Inca to magnificent Iguazu falls and classy Buenos Aires
Combine some of the best wildlife and iconic South American sites that the continent has to offer.
Retrace the legendary steps of the first Inca from Lake Titicaca to Cusco on this incredible journey.
A stunning trip taking in 3 World wonders – Machu Picchu and Iguazu falls, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
An in depth trip exploring 3 World wonders – Machu Picchu, Iguazu falls, and Christ the Redeemer. Stay in gorgeous luxury and deluxe hotels and take your time to take it all in.
Combine remote northern Chile with classic Machu Picchu on this interesting and adventurous route
Get off the beaten track and discover dramatic mountains and lesser visited Choquequirao. Trekking from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu is spectacular. At times you will feel you have the Andes to yourself. This is simply a must for adventurous trekkers visiting Peru.
This Peru trek takes an alternative route to Machu Picchu staying in comfortable lodges instead of camping. Immerse yourself in stunning mountain scenery while enjoying the luxury of these beautiful lodges before visiting Machu Picchu. The Mountain Lodges of Peru have been built to fit in with the landscape and provide employment and other benefits to the local communities.
Pre Inca civilisations and lesser visited towns make for a fascinating other side to Peru
Hike through remote communities in the Andes and stay in comfortable lodges before visiting Machu Picchu
Our favourite way to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is over 5 days rather than 4.
Prices start based on 3 star hotels. Browse our collection for more options and upgrade ideas.
Just off the main street in Miraflores this modern hotel has a fun, relaxed restaurant.
The Casa Andina Classic Centro hotel offers comfortable rooms with nice Peruvian touches in the decor.
The Rio Sagrado is a charming small luxurious hotel in lush gardens.
This is a cozy hotel with rustic touches.
You stay in four beautiful lodges on this trek.
All the lodges are sensitively designed to fit into the local environment.
Pretty walkways overflowing with flowers lead you to your own ‘casita’.
hotel originally opened in 1925 and is a romantic place to stay just set back from the platform of the little train station in Ollantaytambo.
This hotel is the perfect base for exploring the area.
18 stunning boutique rooms all with beautiful views across Lake Titicaca.
Recently renovated, the Tierra Viva is located in the centre of Puno.
The tranquil Casa Andina Private Collection blends well with its surroundings.
Bright, modern and airy.
This is the only hotel next to the entrance to Machu Picchu.
Located alongside the rushing Urubamba river.
Stunning views over the Urubamba river.
This funky, modern hotel has five star luxury with a fun twist using clever lighting and flashes of colour.
Miraflores Park is in a privileged location on the cliffs above the ocean.
A stylish, modern hotel with a fabulous restaurant, café bar and cocktail bar.
The hotel is in Miraflores, a modern, safe area on the coast with shops, excellent restaurants and all amenities close by.
This luxury resort and spa is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu.
Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent is one of the city’s most exclusive hotels.
Palacio del Inka stands in the historic centre of Cusco.
Casa Andina Private Collection in Cusco is in the heart of the historical part of the city.
Casa Andina Classic Cusco San Blas is a comfortable and cosy hotel in the district of San Blas, away from the hustle and bustle of Cusco.
Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza is a practical and comfortable hotel, only one block away from Cusco’s main square.
This luxurious hotel is in the heart of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest and most beautiful.
A real gem of a hotel, the Colca Lodge is situated on the River Colca.
Located in the heart of Chivay, this is a good location for exploring the village and surroundings.
A cosy, rustic hotel with a location that’s perfect for exploring the beautiful Colca Canyon.
Casa Andina Classic Arequipa Jerusalén was recently remodeled, and is a practical, safe, and convenient hotel.
A contemporary hotel with colonial inspiration.
This is a welcome sanctuary after the hustle and bustle of Aguas Calientes.
Regarded as one of Arequipa’s best hotels.
This charming hotel full of character is housed in an 18th century house.
A meticulously restored colonial manor house.
Restored from a former monastery and located in the heart of the historical quarter of Cusco.
This lodge blends comfort and excellent service with the local environment with great success.
The lodge sits by a natural, private “cocha” or lake, home to rich ecosystems, tropical plants and beautiful wildlife.
This hotel is a blend of classic styles and recycled materials.
The most famous of Cusco’s hotels and deservedly so.
This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.
A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.
This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.
Lorraine traveled on Hebridean Sky. Find out more here.