From Machu Picchu and Andean peaks to virgin Amazonian rainforest and tribal villages, a Peru holiday promises adventure amidst dramatic landscapes. Follow Incan tracks through the craggy peaks of Vilcabamba and braving bridges over colossal canyons where condors soar. Explore cosmopolitan cities, charming coastal villages and the mysterious ruins of lost civilisations for just a taster of Peru’s rich heritage. Whatever you do, you can be certain you’ll be well fed along the way. With ceviche, antichuchos and pollo la brasa Peru is the culinary capital of South America.
Holidays to Peru
Explore mysterious Incan ruins
Most holidays to Peru either start or finish with Machu Picchu, Peru’s most spectacular archaeological site. Skip the crowds on the Inca trail and instead head for the high altitude ruins via the Salkantay Trail. Not only will enjoy a little more solitude but you’ll pass through lowland jungle and vaporous cloud forest, as well as enjoying views over the immense, snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. The best part? There are so many, but it’s hard to beat the thrill of catching a glimpse of this ancient wonder amid the towering green peaks for the first time. Machu Picchu grabs the headlines but Peru is thick with lesser explored Incan ruins. Don’t miss a trip to Sacsayhuaman, a colossal complex just outside of the ancient Incan capital at Cuzco.
Lakes, jungles and wildlife galore
The Peruvian Amazon, a vast mass of rainforests and wetlands, offers plenty of opportunities to have close encounters with local wildlife. Take to the Amazon River at Iquitos to find Peru’s famed pink dolphins dancing alongside your kayak and all manner of monkeys (capuchins, howlers, squirrels) in the canopy above you as wind through the water. Venture deeper into the forest on guided walks to villages for a glimpse of traditional life, learn about the medicinal value of indigenous plants or follow tributaries in dug-out canoes to spot sloth, rare birds, butterflies, snakes and pumas.
The best Peru holidays
To cover off Peru’s star draws and more besides, opt for Rainbow Tours’ Treasures of Peru tour with time spent in Lima, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Embark on a jungle adventure on the Gourmet Peru and Amazon in Style tour to discover Peru’s diverse flora and fauna and learn about tribal traditions, all the while enjoying the exotic and indigenous flavours of Peru on your luxurious riverboat. If you want to see more than Machu Picchu, seek out some of the country’s lesser-known sites on the Northern Routes of Peru & Beach tour including vast abode city of Chan Chan and the Sun and Moon Temples of Valle de Moche.