Whether you’re trekking the Inca trail, admiring the ruins of Machu Picchu or exploring the wild Amazon jungle, Peru is a magical and exciting place to be. It’s full to the brim with attractions and places to discover, and travelling in Peru is most definitely a fascinating and memorable experience. When you book a an escorted holiday tour of Peru holiday or, prepare to fall in love with regions full of culture, gorgeous beaches, tropical jungle, lush mountain valleys and a long list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Peru is the South America you’ve always imagined and a true bucket-list destination, which explains why there are so many holidays and escorted tours to choose from. Tour types include active, cultural, foodie, cycling, wildlife, history, camping and walking, as well as festivals, scenic and adventure tours.
Machu Picchu is right at the top of most people’s must-do list, and for good reason. Set atop a mountain in the Andes, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is shrouded by mist and surrounded by temples and vegetation. It’s in an extraordinarily beautiful setting and stands 2,430 metres above sea-level, right in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Take the easy route and travel to Machu Picchu by rail or trek the Inca Trail on a 4-day guided tour to explore this wondrous lost city. Machu Picchu is so compelling and it is one of South America’s most visited destinations.
Another popular destination is Peru is Cusco, the captivating former capital of the Incan empire. On an escorted tour, you can wander its cobblestone streets, see colonial period architecture, explore the many pretty neighbourhoods and drink some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. You may also want to visit Lima, Peru’s capital and largest city, home to ancient Incan archaeological sites, opulent palaces, fantastic shopping and world-class food. The Peruvian capital offers something for every traveller and is a city you should visit at least once in your lifetime as it is filled with rich history and culture.
If you want to learn more about the birthplace of the Inca civilization, choose an escorted tour that takes you to Lake Titicaca, which is located in the Andes between Peru and Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world. It’s the unique cultures that live on the lake that draw so many visitors to its waters, as well as the friendly islanders who love nothing more than sharing their traditions and crafts with tourists. Lake Titicaca is an iconic destination unlike anywhere else on the planet, so it makes perfect sense to pick an escorted tour itinerary that includes a trip to this stunning area of the world.
Many visitors to Peru opt to visit Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons located in a region that boasts astounding scenery. Home to great Andean condors, Colca Canyon is a fabulous place to go if you enjoy hiking or sightseeing, and trust us when we say a Coca Canyon trek or an escorted sightseeing tour can be an amazing experience.
If you like the idea of visiting a rainforest on your Peru holiday or escorted tour, then a visit to the Amazon Jungle is a must. The Amazon Jungle covers nearly two-thirds of the country, so you’re going to need to do some research and you’ll want to do this trip with a tour guide. The Jungle region is an incredible place to visit for breathtaking scenery, wildlife opportunities and adventure tours, and there are two main gateways to the Amazon Jungle, which are Puerto Maldonado in the south and Iquitos in the north.
On this thrilling journey through the wonders of Peru, you’ll venture into the epic landscapes of Lake Titicaca, through the heart of the Inca Empire to Machu Picchu, and explore all that’s in between.
Explore the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, travel through the Andes mountains to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital and head into the Sacred Valley to trek the spectacular Inca Trail.
A family adventure combining Peru's classic Inca Trail trek with the tropical Amazon Rainforest.
Trek an isolated route with unexplored ruins, discovery at every turn and great mountain views – an excellent introduction to high Andean trekking
Nazca Lines & Colca Canyon
Leaving Lima, we drive via Paracas to Nazca where we view the mysterious Nazca Lines - huge, geometrical figures cut into the stony desert floor (800 AD). Driving into the highlands, we see the sights of Arequipa (2350m) and journey to the Colca Canyon, one of the most impressive on the planet.
Lake Titicaca & the Altiplano
We travel across the Andes to Lake Titicaca, passing jagged snow-capped peaks. We take a boat out to Taquile island, exploring pre-Inca ruins and overnighting with the local Indian community. Then we drive across the high Altiplano, pausing at the pre-Inca temple of Raqchi, to Cusco (3400m), the Inca 'Navel of the Universe'.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
We explore this fascinating city on foot and visit the great Jaguar Fortress at Sacsayhuaman. Our 5-day trek on the old Inca Trail to Machu Picchu slowly crosses the scenic Andean landscape of snowy peaks and lush tropical forests. We'll stop along the way at remote sites like Runkuraqay and Sayaqmarka, ruins that can only be reached on foot. Finally, we feast our eyes on Machu Picchu, the most astounding feat of stone engineering in ancient America.
Explore the Amazon with a 3-night extension...
It is possible to extend your stay in Peru with a 3-night sojourn in a jungle lodge deep in Amazonia. Flying to Puerto Maldonado, you can explore the Amazon jungle by dugout canoe and also on foot for close-up views of exotic tropical flora. There's plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. Ref: PEA
Like this itinerary but don't want to trek?
It is possible to book this tour and select not to walk the Inca Trail, whilst our companions are trekking we'll spend 4-days exploring and relaxing from our comfortable base in the Sacred Valley. With trips out to Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray and the chance to go white water rafting (optional), there's plenty to do and time to unwind afterwards. Call 0844 499 0901 to book your place and make sure you mention at the time that you don't want to trek.
16 Days - Worldwide Tour
Cusco and the Sacred Valley
The ancient Inca capital of Cusco is the starting point for our Andean Adventure. A fascinating fusion of Inca and Spanish building styles, combined with the colourful local sights and sounds, means there's plenty to be explored. From here we head to the Sacred Valley via Pisac, famous for its bustling market, to Ollantaytambo where there's time to try white water rafting on the Urubamba River.
Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
Threading our way through the Cordillera de los Andes, we should enjoy marvellous views of the ancient cloud forest and glaciated peak of Salkantay (6271m) - the 'Maker of Awesome Skies'. We'll camp near crumbling Inca sites where the only access is on foot. Finally, we descend the winding stone steps to Machu Picchu itself: straddling two peaks of the Andes, the terraces, residences and temples perfectly preserve the ancient world of the Incas. After exploring this unique site, we board the train back to Cusco.
Explore the Amazon with a 3-night extension...
It is possible to extend your stay in Peru with a 3-night sojourn in a jungle lodge deep in Amazonia. Flying to Puerto Maldonado, you can explore the Amazon jungle by dugout canoe and also on foot for close-up views of exotic tropical flora. There's plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. Ref: PQA