Peru Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

An adventure vacation of this magnitude – walking in the ancient footprints of the mystical Incas to Machu Picchu – demands the best Peru Tour package. Or, a custom-woven vacation that includes a diverse range of the truly amazing things this country offers.

This South American country has it all. Peru is the land of towering peaks in the Andes, lush Amazon jungles and arid plains leading to the Pacific Ocean. In fact, it is home to more than 90 micro-climates! It’ ...

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Group tours

Travel to Peru with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Arequipa

Arequipa lies in an oasis at 2,300 metres surrounded by desert and mountains. The city has been built out of white volcanic rock from the nearby Misti Volcano, the reason for its popular nickname 'the ...

Colca Canyon

The most famous canyon in the region of Arequipa is the Colca Canyon, formed by the Colca River and covered in hundreds of pre-Hispanic terraces, which are still used today. The valley is studded with ...

Cusco

Until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1532, Cusco (also spelt Cuzco or Qosqo) was the centre of the Inca Empire and is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent ...

Lima

After its founding by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima (originally named 'La Ciudad de los Reyes') soon became the commercial and administrative centre of the Spanish empire in South ...

Lake Titicaca Peru

Lake Titicaca is located on the border between Peru and Bolivia between the two mountain ranges of East and West Cordillera. The lake is 8,372 square kilometres wide, including both the deep main basin ...

Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes town is the gateway to Machu Picchu ruins, and is also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. It is located in the valley below the world famous citadel and really the only reason to stay here ...

Southern Peruvian Amazon

This is the least populated territory in Peru, with only 600,000 people living in its 30,880 sq miles of jungle area. Gold panning on the Tambopata and Madre ...

The Sacred Valley

A mere hour's drive from Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is home to picturesque communities, impressive terraces and several important archaeological sites. In Inca times, the valley was the ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

No matter how adventurous you are, or how deeply you want to dive into the traditions of the ancient Incas and the glories of the Andes and Amazon, a good night’s sleep is important!

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Antigua Casona San Blas, Cusco

The Antigua Casona San Blas is a lovely colonial property with just 26 rooms, located in the trendy San Blas area of the city, a stone's throw from Cuzco's main attractions, bars and restaurants. The…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon

Las Casitas is a luxury property in the heart of the Colca Valley, just a few kilometres from the small town of Chivay. The hotel has just 20 casitas (small houses), all beautifully decorated with…
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Casa Andina Premium Puno, Puno

This boutique chain hotel on the outskirts of Puno offers guests personalised service in traditionally decorated rooms. The hotel has just 46 rooms and suites with varying views and each with a small…
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Casa Andina Select, Arequipa

Overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Casa Andina's Select in Arequipa is blessed with an incredible location right next to the massive Cathedral and a short walk from Santa Catalina Monastery and the best…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Cirqa, Arequipa

Cirqa is the latest edition to the list of outstanding Relais & Chateaux properties found in Peru and is set in a building dating back to 1540, the same year the city itself was founded. The city's…
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Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon

At 3,250 above sea level and just three and a half hours from Arequipa, the Colca Lodge hotel is located on the banks of the River Colca, surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca terraces that have been…
Superior | Boutique Hotel

El Albergue, Sacred Valley

The boutique El Albergue Hotel is one of the best places to stay in town and is something of an institution in Ollantaytambo, the heart of the Sacred Valley. Situated on the edge of town, on the train…
Luxury | Lodge

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

Considered to be the most luxurious of all southern Amazonian ecolodges in Peru, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is located along the steep banks of the Amazon River tributary of Madre de Dios River…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

La Casona Inkaterra, Cusco

La Casona Inkaterra is an exquisite, private Relais and Chateaux 16th Century mansion just a block from the main Plaza de Armas with a small and peaceful plaza in front of it. With just 11 suites over…
Luxury | Hotel

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge was an Orient Express property now managed by the high-end Belmond group and has a truly privileged location. Just a few metres from the entrance to Machu Picchu,…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, Sacred Valley

The Relais & Châteaux, Sol y Luna property is a rustic yet luxurious hotel with 38 spacious and beautifully decorated suites and bungalows, spread amongst the manicured grounds of the hotel. The…
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Tambopata Research Center, Tambopata National Reserve

Located on the banks of the Tambopata River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River, lies the Tambopata Research Center. TRC is one of the most remote jungle lodges in South America and can be…
Luxury | Lodge

Titilaka, Puno

The five star Titilaka is by far the most luxurious way of experiencing Lake Titicaca. This is an exclusive lodge situated on a secluded part of the lake with 18 ‘dusk’ or ‘dawn’ suites boasting…
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Casa Republica Barranco, Lima

Casa Republica is housed in a beautifully restored 18th century mansion and renovated to reflect the glory days of Lima’s Republican era. Located in the artistic Barranco neighbourhood, the hotel…

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WHEN TO GO

Peru’s climate has two main reasons- wet and dry- though the weather can vary greatly depending on the geographical region. There are three main geographical climatic regions; the Amazon Jungle, the Arid Coastal Desert and the Andean Mountains and Highlands. Though really an all-year round destination the best time to visit is between May and November during the dry season and the wettest months in the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu are from December through to March.

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The world is drawn to Peru by the tip of the iceberg: Machu Picchu. Yet sublime nature, stunning geography and a rich living culture abound, as do a myriad of multi-sport activities to enjoy.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Peru, though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Peru, so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments as we are not medical professionals.   

Currency 

In Peru the official unit of currency is the Nuevo Sol.  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.  

Language & Religion 

In Peru, the three main languages that have official status are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Spanish is by far and above the most useful language, although if you can muster a few words of Quechua, you’ll be amongst the few foreigners who take the trouble to do so. Over 90% of the country is Roman Catholic (at least nominally), although many of the indigenous people also hold strong traditional beliefs.  

Time 

Peru is 5 hours behind GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

Peruvian food may not be considered amongst the world’s most famed cuisines but there is much to enjoy here. On the coast any seafood lover should try ceviche, Peru’s version or sushi. Traditional staples include lomo saltado (a beef and vegetable stiry-fry) and palta a la reyna (avocado stuffed with chicken salad). Quinoa, maize and local potatoes are also widely found.  

Vegetarians can be catered for, although please be aware that the variety available to you will be limited in certain areas.With regards to alcohol, Cusqueña beer is available pretty much everywhere as is the ubiquitous pisco sour. Coca tea (mate de coca) is made from the coca leaf and can assist with altitude acclimatisation. This is the same leaf from which cocaine is produced but don’t expect to be feeling anything other than refreshed after a cup or two!