Few countries in the world can rival Peru for the sheer drama of its archeological sites and the awesome physical beauty of its landscapes. Add distinctive cultures and Peru provides award-worthy adventures.
The mist-shrouded peaks of the Andes Mountains envelop Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, once thought to be mere legend. The Sacred Valley and the royal tomb of Sipan testify to the early inhabitants of Peru. Intriguing riddles remain unsolved such as the dry desert site of the famed Nazca Lines. Peru shares the world’s highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca, with Bolivia. Other Peruvian gems include the rainforest of the upper Amazon River; and Colca Canyon, with depths of 11,000 feet, making it twice that of the Grand Canyon. Many of Peru’s ancient cultures and traditions are still splendidly alive in villages such as Pisaq, Willoq, and the floating islands of the Uros culture, where families live much as their ancestors did. Whether hiking the ancient Inca trail, strolling the narrow streets of colonial Cusco, or boating remote Amazonian headwaters, a Peru luxury tour is rather like an extraordinary gourmet meal, where every morsel tastes better than the one before.
Peru experiences two very distinct seasons, wet and dry - terms that are more relevant than "summer" and "winter." Peru's high season for travel coincides with the driest months: May through September, with the most visitors in July and August. May and September are particularly fine months to visit much of Peru.
Peru is in the same zone as U.S. EST (GMT -5 hours).
Nuevo Sol (S/), divided in 100 cents. Coins come in 5,10,20 and 50 cents. Banknotes are in denominations of 10 20 50 100 and 200. US dollars are welcome at most shops, restaurant and services stations at the current exchange rate.
The electric voltage in Peru is 220 volts, 60 cycles. Most hotel bathrooms include an electric outlet with 110 volts for electric shavers but not to be used for irons or hairdryers.
President’s Picks: Peru 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,800
“When I look at Peru, I see more than just the phenomenal Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. Most travelers have the opportunity to see maybe ten percent of Peru’s true nature. There is so more to discover in addition to the Incan Empire and three or four major sites. It’s time to reinvent the way we think about Peru, to change our viewpoint. This journey is about blending history with nature and adventure. It’s about bringing out the active historian in you.”
Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers 20 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $19,990
Hikers explore the Andean landscapes of Peru during a dramatic lodge-to-lodge adventure that encompasses treks in altitudes of 3,868m/12,690 ft to 4,636m/15,213 ft. As you end your mountain trek, you will savor a distant but spectacular view of the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu from the southeast. Then experience this ancient Incan fortress. You also explore the classic colonial cities of Lima and Cusco and enjoy a scenic flight over the famous Nasca and Palpa Lines. This is a luxury hiking journey for active adventurers seeking an unrivaled, high altitude experience of the Peruvian Andes.
Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,800
Explore some of Peru's extraordinary landscapes from the amazing Amazon Rainforest, where you stay in a treehouse and take an unforgettable journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast on the brand new Interoceanic Highway. Encounter with river communities to learn how they coexist with the remarkable environment. Travel by train through simply spectacular mountain scenery as your train winds through dramatic scenery to reach the monumental mountain fortress of Machu Picchu... the Lost City of the Incas. Get an aerial look at the mythic Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines, ancient geoglyphs in the desert as well the oldest Chakana (Andean Southern Cross) that can be seen from the air.
Peru’s Amazing Amazon 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,100
Explore the Amazon, one of the oldest and largest remaining rainforests in the world, on a 4-night river cruise on the fabled river and its tributaries. Learn about the people and wildlife that inhabit this region.
Peru Adventure 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,900
Take your family on a rich exploration of some of the most fascinating aspects of Peru, and savor opportunities for river rafting through Class II and III rapids, ziplining, trekking, camping, and canoeing.
Northern Peru & Lake Titicaca 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,100
For those returning to Peru or those looking to go off the most popular routes, this adventure presents new experiences and challenges to explore a fascinating region of Peru. It takes in important archaeological sites such as Chan Chan and the Royal Tombs of Sipan, shows you the remarkable Nazca Lines and the people of Lake Titicaca.
Peru – Culinary Roots of the Inca 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,750
Explore Incan culinary traditions through their use of quinoa, a grain developed more than 5,000 years ago in Peru. Travel into the Andes to the remarkable mountain Incan fortress of Machu Picchu.
Colombia, Ecuador & Peru 14 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,750
This journey explores South America's pre-Incan societies that over the centuries settled along the Peruvian coast and highlands, the highlands of Ecuador and in Colombia. Visit archeological sites in Colombia’s San Agustín Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. Travel to desert coastal zone of Northern Peru to enjoy special access to see the excavations at the pre-Incan site of the Sipan ruins.
Peru: The Flavors of Peru 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,350
Explore Peru's culinary traditions as you explore its capital city, Lima. See Pachacamac, an archaeological site overlooking the Pacific Ocean that predates the Inca Empire. Visit the Quechua village of Chinchero to learn about their traditions and the ancient textile techniques they still employ. Discover Urubamba (Sacred) Valley, the ruins of Moray, ancient agricultural terraces, and Maras with its nearby salt pans. Then take in the awe-inspiring site of Machu Picchu, 7,900 feet into the Andes. Savor a train journey aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham that travels through the high Andean landscapes.
Custom Peru Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,500
Peru offers a varied menu of adventures that encompass colonial history, indigenous traditions, dramatic archeological sites, and a plethora of adventure options including hiking the ancient Inca Trail, discovering Lake Titicaca and the culture around it, exploring the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu, and experiencing Lima's noted culinary and art scene. There is enough in Peru to satisfy most travelers' expectations.
Peru: Walk among the Ancients 14 Days Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $6,890
Trek along the old route of the Inca Trail, and discover White City of Arequipa and Colca Canyon. Explore the fascinating colonial city of Cusco, at 11,200 feet above sea level. Along the way, enjoy comfortable lodges, watch Andean condors soar, visit small villages and Incan ruins on this thrilling adventure!
Peru 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,190
Peru is rich in art and architecture of both the Inca and Spanish Colonial. Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating cities; Lima and Cusco. Travel to the Andean village of Pisaq in the fertile Urubamba (Sacred Valley). Then enjoy a train journey to Machu Picchu, rolling through spectacular, evolving landscapes. Venture into the sanctuary fortress of Machu Picchu and discover the ruins of Moray.
Peru: Adventure in the Andes 13 Days Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,400
This Peru journey offers some extraordinary adventures including ziplining into the Sacred Valley; spending a remarkable night in a completely transparent bedroom hanging from the side of a mountain; enjoying a classic train journey through the Andes to discover mythic Machu Picchu; and travel to the edge of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon on the planet, reaching depths of 11,000 feet – twice that of the Grand Canyon.
Peru: A Spiritual Journey 9 Days Interest(s):
Starting Price: $5,550
Highlights include Machu Picchu, Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas) and colonial Cusco.
Speed Collection Peru 10 Days New Reality Interest(s): Adventure Travel
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