Peru is a dearly loved travel destination, always spoken about with enthusiasm by its visitors.
It’s a land of sublime wonders, both physical and ancient. The physical takes the form of the epic glacial peaks of the Andes, Pacific beaches and Amazon jungle. The ancient: the remnants of once great and powerful Pre-Columbian civilisations frozen perfectly in the eddy of time. Exploring is what you do in Peru: and there’s no adventure quite like it.
As part of a luxury tour, you’ll take in the Imperial City of Cusco. With its colourful carnival atmosphere and its Spanish colonial buildings and ancient Incan temples, it’s one of the highlights of South America. From there you’ll descend into the breathtaking Sacred Valley, heartlands of the Inca. A wealth of archaeological treasures lie in the valley including two Incan temple-forts, while it’s a renowned setting for adventure sports.
From there you can follow the ancient Inca trail through cloud forests, jungle and twisting mountain passes, until you reach the greatest Incan citadel of all, Machu Picchu. Perched on the steep eastern slopes of the Andes, this mysterious complex of temples, palaces and storehouses is the most extraordinary of all Incan wonders in South America.
Take out Machu Picchu for a moment, and there’s still an astonishing wealth of ancient wonders to discover on a luxury tour of Peru. Take to the skies to unravel the enigma of the Nazca Lines by hot-air balloon; discover the mud city of Chan Chan, built by the Chimú people before the conquering Incas arrived. Then there’s the Sacred City of Caral-Supe, ruined out in the desert sands. At 5,000 years, it’s the oldest centre of civilisation in the Americas.
Even in Peru’s most modern city, Lima – City of the Kings – there’s a Unesco-listed historic quarter, among all the boutique hotels, designer stores and upscale restaurants.
Equally, beyond the glacial peaks, lie more spectacular natural marvels like Colca Canyon. Condors swoop from their high-up nests through a vast mist-shrouded gorge that tearing its way through the Andean landscapes, creating the some of the most memorable vistas in Peru. From Colca you can travel to Lake Titicaca, the world’s largest high-altitude lake. A dreamlike and placid expanse mirroring the sky’s blue, it’s lined with luxury lodges and provides an outdoor playground for activities like sailing and kayaking.
Then there’s the Amazon. East of the Andes, dense stretches of rainforest cover the land, home to lush national parks and thriving wildlife from tapirs to jaguars. As part of your tailor-made tour you can include jungle trekking expeditions or boat trips along river, or perhaps helicopter tours over the jungle canopy, while we’ll have you staying in a luxury eco-lodge.
With a tailor-made tour to Peru from Lightfoot Travel, our regional specialists will use their expert knowledge and experience to design your perfect itinerary.
- Capital: Lima
- Main Language: Spanish
- Population: 29.4m (2011)
- Time Zone: GMT -5
- Currency: Peruvian nuevo sol (PEN)
- Best time to go: Peru’s climate has two main seasons – wet and dry – though the weather varies greatly depending on the geographical region. The peak tourist season is from June to August.