Peru is home to one of the continent's most famous highlights, the iconic Machu Picchu. The Inca citadel is an awe-inspiring sight and it's hard to imagine going on holiday to Peru and not including this must-see icon. Rightly concerned about environmental deterioration, the Peruvian government has reduced the number of entrance tickets to the citadel by 50%, so make sure you book well in advance. Whilst Machu Picchu is the country's defining image, Peru holidays offer this and so much more. Natural wonders and rich cultures make this country one of Latin America's most rewarding - don't miss Lake Titicaca and its floating communities, lively Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, Arequipa and the condors in the Colca Canyon. There are also fascinating, and less well-known, pre-Columbian ruins in Northern Peru.
What to see on holidays to Peru
Set beside the coast, Lima is a lively capital with an attractively restored historic centre, good museums and a growing number of exciting new restaurants. Most Peru holidays begin here and we recommend spending a couple of days exploring the city. Read more about Lima. A few hours to south of Peru, visitors can see the mysterious Nazca lines that appear to be etched into the desert in the shapes of animals and birds.
Cuzco and the Sacred Valley
Most Peru holidays take in Cuzco, a beautiful Spanish colonial city built on Inca foundations. It is at its most colourful in late June during the annual Inca Inti Raymi Festival. Between Cuzco and Machu Picchu is another must-see the Urubamba or more commonly called Sacred Valley, with its many colourful markets and Inca ruins. Pisac is one of the most famous markets in Peru and visiting it is a great fun.
Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon & Arequipa
Also situated in Southern Peru, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is the gateway to cross into Bolivia. To the south west, the Colca Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon and is visited for both its extraordinary beauty and because it offers a unique opportunity to spend time watching the beautiful condor. Nearby Arequipa is an attractive colonial city with cobbled streets and is typically included on most Peru holiday itineraries.
Peru is one of a number of countries from which you can enjoy the Amazon Rainforest. You can stay in jungle lodges reached from Puerto Maldonado, or set off from Iquitos on a comfortable cruise or expedition on the world’s most famous river.
The Pre-Colombian ruins in the north of Peru are some of the country's most impressive. The adobe ruins at Chan Chan, near Trujillo, were the centre of the Chimu Kingdom and there are pre-Inca sites at Chiclayo. Read more about Northern Peru.
Peru Holidays - Where to stay
One of the greatest changes in recent years to tourism in Peru has been the growth of boutique and luxury accommodation, not only in the cities but even in the remotest areas. So if you want full-on creature comforts all the way on your Peru holiday - and that includes on an Amazon River cruise or a train journey to Machu Picchu - that can be arranged by our specialist travel team.
Travel & Health Assistance
All Rainbow Tours clients in Peru are provided, free of charge, with travel and health assistance whilst on holiday up to a maximum of US$2000.
This service offers a host of benefits which include - two house calls or walk-in doctor consultations, medical expenses during urgent hospitalizations up to US$1000, medical transfers within Peru to Lima up to US$700, medicines up to US$300, luggage tracking assistance and help in case of lost or stolen documents. Please note pre-existing medical conditions are excluded.
Whilst we can offer longer holidays to Peru that take in all the highlights, it’s a big country and therefore better to concentrate on fewer areas if you have less time.
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