Mysterious Inca ruins, piquant piscos and the mist-cloaked Andes mountains beckon explorers
Venture to the land of the sun on Peru holidays and you’ll be richly rewarded with world-class trekking, mysterious ruins, vast natural wonders, a majestic rainforest, seemingly-magical floating islands, and mind boggling ancient riddles… for Peru is a country that’s only just beginning to offer up its secrets. Once home to the sun-worshipping Inca civilisation, bought to its knees by gold hungry Europeans, the glorious mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu was only uncovered in the last century.
On a Peru trip with Exodus, there are a wide range of adventure and activities. Aside from some of the world’s best trekking, there’s rafting, zip wires and bike trails, all yours for the taking. A backdrop of the wildest imaginable landscapes, from frozen peaks peeping through clouds to the deepest rainforest – where you can sleep in a riverside jungle lodge – is home to a wonderful selection of wildlife.
1. Tackle the Inca Trail: Trekking the Inca Trail will leave you gasping with astonishment. Pass through Inca ruins and exotic cloud forests as you walk the worn Inca pathways to the glorious citadel of Machu Picchu.
2. Marvel at Machu Picchu: At thismysterious lost city, hidden for hundreds of years above the clouds, the view of its ruins and terraces set high amid the Andes is perhaps the most famous in the world.
3. Island-hop on Lake Titicaca: Clear azure-blue waters are punctuated by ancient man-made floating islands, where indigenous communities with centuries-old customs await.
4. Gaze over Colca Canyon: This 100km-long, 3000m-deep canyon is surrounded by volcanoes, with snow-capped mountains in the distance. It’s home to decoratively adorned Quechua women, traditional Peruvian villages, and families of condors cruising on thermals above.
5. Solve the mystery of the Nazca Lines: Super-sized neoglyphs of animals, abstract symbols and geometric shapes etched into the desert, the Nazca Lines are spread across an astounding 500 sq km, and only visible from the sky.
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While you could spend a lifetime uncovering the wonders of Peru, we recommend visiting for between 7 and 20 days, depending on what you’d like to see. Our Peru Explorer trip guides you on a comprehensive tour of southern Peru, taking in epic sites such as the Andes and Amazon. Or if you have a little less time, set off on a 7-day trek along the Inca Trail and discover the archaeological city of Cuzco in the Peruvian Andes.
Is Lima worth visiting?
Affectionately known as the City of the Kings, Lima is a Peruvian gem with lots to offer. Whether you want to admire the colonial-style architecture, sample world-class food, walk along the iconic malecón pathway or explore the city’s catacombs, Lima is definitely worth visiting on your Peru holiday with us.
What is the best way to travel in Peru?
One of the best ways to explore Peru is on foot, as you’ll get closer to the country’s beating heart. Our guided Peru tours are led by experts with a wealth of knowledge who’ll take you off the beaten track and pass down centuries-old secrets that you wouldn’t discover otherwise. Peru travel is exhilarating and many of our guided tours in Peru include point-to-point walking with full porterage so that all you have to do is soak up the incredible scenery.
How many days do you need in Machu Picchu?
New regulations have been put into place for Machu Picchu tours and visitors are allowed a maximum of four hours inside the site itself. However, this is ample time to appreciate the dramatic mountain scenery and explore this architectural wonder.
How difficult is walking around Machu Picchu?
Aside from the lengthy Machu Picchu treks, walking around the site of Machu Picchu itself is relatively easy for anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness and mobility. You’ll need to navigate some steps and acclimatise to the high altitude.
Most people begin the climb to Machu Picchu from the visitor centre of Aguas Calientes, from which it’s a two-hour walk up a mix of stairs and road.
Is walking the only way to get to Machu Picchu?
Although there are several walking routes to take, the Salkantay route and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are two of the most popular walking holidays in Peru. If, however, you don’t feel you have the right level of fitness to complete the Machu Picchu hike to the summit, there are two trains that can take you Aguas Calientes Station, where you’ll then need to take a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Can you walk the Inca Trail without a guide?
Since 2001, regulations have been in place stipulating that you must always be accompanied by a guide. At Exodus, all our Peru trekking holidays along the Inca Trail are guided, meaning you’ll enjoy all the benefits of having one of our highly experienced leaders on hand.
How difficult is it to hike the Inca Trail?
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is no easy feat and we have graded it as a moderate trek (level 3), which means you will require a good level of fitness to tackle the steep ascents. As you’ll be reaching a maximum altitude or 4,215m, we also recommend that you physically prepare beforehand and don’t choose this route if you have medical conditions that could affect your health while trekking.
What is the weather like in Peru?
Weather varies from region to region in Peru, so you’ll probably want to take a variety of clothes that’ll see you through no matter where you are.
If you’re delving into the Amazon Rainforest, it rains most of the time. It’s even wetter during November-March, which is also the time when it rains in the Andes Mountain region (where Machu Picchu is located).
The coastal regions are mostly dry throughout the year and are hottest during December-March, making it a great destination to get away from the Northern Hemisphere cold! This is also the warmest, sunniest time to visit Lima. In May-September, Lima is often shrouded in dense fog (“La Garua”) and can be drizzly. Of course, this is the driest time of the year to see Macchu Picchu, so if your Peru tour includes several parts of the country, you will probably have to come prepared for all weathers!
When is the best time to visit Peru?
The answer to this question depends on the regions in Peru that you intend to visit, as climates vary across the country quite dramatically.
If you’re going to Machu Picchu, located in the central and southern Andes range, you should be aware that it’s best to visit in the dry season, which spans from May to September. The busiest time for tourist season in July-August.
If you’re travelling to Peru’s coastal regions, the climate is pretty stable and remains dry for most of the year.
What should I wear in Peru?
Chances are, you’ll need summer clothes, swimming gear (especially if travelling when it’s hotter in December-March), warm layers and waterproofs! If you’re going to be enjoying the local restaurants at nights, you may want to bring some smart clothes as well so that you blend in – Peruvian people are typically well-dressed!
For trekking the Inca trail, sturdy walking shoes, warm layers and a practical backpack are all essential.
For the Amazon, your wardrobe should take into account the mosquito population! Long-sleeved but loose-fitting layers for your top and bottom half will help you fly under their radar somewhat. Ensure that you’re armed with an effective bug repellent and add a sunhat, sunglasses and waterproof walking shoes to your outfit so that you’re ready for the rainforest’s climate as well!
How long is the flight to Peru?
Fights to Peru vary in length depending on the airports you use for your departure and arrival. It’s also typical for there to be one or two connections along the way, when flying from the UK. As a guideline, a trip from London to Lima may take 14-21 hours.
Why book a Peru adventure holiday with Exodus?
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