Bursting with colour and culture, Peru is one of South America’s most rewarding destinations to visit, affording ancient civilisations, stunning landscapes, wildlife in abundance and a vibrant indigenous culture. Holidays in Peru can encompass adventure, city exploration, historic insight and incredible wildlife encounters. The best time to visit Peru is from May to October, though being so geographically diverse the weather is determined by both altitude and season. From trekking the iconic Inca Trail - an experience on many a travellers’ ‘bucket list’ - to exploring the wetlands of the mighty Amazon, or sailing on the highest navigable lake on the planet, Peru offers much to the intrepid traveller. History buffs will find plenty to discover in Cuzco, the capital of the Incan empire, which also offers a burgeoning culinary scene that takes inspiration from the surrounding valleys and its plentiful and varied local produce. Animal lovers will delight in the bounty of wildlife that inhabits the Amazon, swinging from the dense canopy of trees or swimming down the many tributaries of the river that gives the region its name. Those seeking deeper exploration away from the well-trodden tourist trail will find peace and unspoilt landscapes in the north - often overlooked but no less fascinating or beautiful than the south. In short, Peru is packed with sights and is a joy to explore - though there is a lot more to the country than merely Machu Picchu.
Highlights of Peru
Peru is full of opportunities for adventure, from the foodie capital of Lima to the stunning scenery of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, replete with Inca ruins and activities to try like mountain biking or whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River. You could, of course, try the Inca Trail. Peru’s most famous trekking route, the Inca Trail is surprisingly short at just 43 kilometres long.
Romantic Honeymoon in Peru
For the adventurous, nothing beats Peru for a honeymoon to remember. Two weeks is ample time to visit all of the country’s key sights, starting in the foodie capital of Lima, exploring the colonial charms of Arequipa and the Inca ruins of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The highlight of your honeymoon is undoubtedly looking out over the once-forgotten citadel of Machu Picchu, the enduring symbol of Peru.
Luxury Peru Explorer
Peru is home to some of South America’s most iconic sights, from the steep terraces of Machu Picchu to the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca. The highlight of your journey is surely the all-new Belmond Andean Explorer, a first for Latin America, offering a premium sleeper train with all the bells and whistles you need to unwind, plus illuminating stops at Titicaca, Arequipa and small villages and ruins.
Natural Highlights of Peru
For a chance sighting of a jaguar you’re not limited to the Pantanal. On a wildlife holiday to Peru you could find yourself catching a glimpse of the notoriously shy big cat. On the way to the Amazon proper, the mist-wreathed canopy of Manu Cloud Forest is a remote and unspoilt biosphere with some of the best-protected ecology in all of South America - bring your camera and a steady hand.