Vibrant. Mountainous. Fascinating. Peru’s vistas are nothing short of epic.
Peru stretches south from the Equator for 1,300 miles. The landscape is stacked with Andean highland villages, soaring glaciated mountains and volcanoes, and is flanked by the impenetrable jungle of the Amazon basin and 2,000 miles of Pacific coastline. Inkas and Spanish Conquistadors influenced local traditions, creating an eclectic vibe.
Explore the Inkan ruins at the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu; take a private flight to the mysterious Nazca Lines, carved meticulously into miles of rock; arrive at Easter to see the colourful and often mind-boggling Andean celebrations; trek the Inka Trail, taking in the Humuntay Lake and the Chakana sacred viewpoint, followed by a mountain top ceremony by a local shaman and a traditional Pachamama dinner; horseback ride through the Sacred Valley or take a journey on the Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Aguas Calientes, from where you will be transported to Machu Picchu for a private tour and dinner; go white-water rafting on the Urubamba River; gain exclusive access to ancient archeological sites; take a private flight to the Ballestas Islands and enjoy a tranquil private boat tour to see penguins, sea lions and blue-footed boobies; get lost in the bustling modern capital, Lima, known for its award-winning food scene; haggle over brilliant hand-woven textiles in the market place.
Where to Stay
Combine nights in mountain lodges with resplendent former colonial palaces and city boutique hotels.
When to Go
The Peruvian winter (May to September) is the best time of year to travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco area or follow the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.