Peru

Travel to Peru and immerse yourself in a land of archaeological wonders, from the mysterious desert petroglyphs of the Nazca Lines to the mesmerizing Inka ruins of Machu Picchu. Be captivated by the astonishing wildlife of Peru’s varied ecosystems, from the rainbow-coloured macaws of the Amazon to the soaring condors and slender-necked alpacas of the Andes. Indulge your tastebuds with Peru’s world famous cuisine – a delicious fusion of indigenous, European and Asian culinary influences.  Come to Peru and delight your senses.

 

Our Peru Tours


Peru features a huge variety of landscapes from the colourful southern deserts and the towering Andes to the exotic Amazon rainforest. Among the most popular attractions in Peru are Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley, home to stunning Inka ruins and colourful indigenous markets and the hidden sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Capital: Lima
  • Population: 2 million
  • Language: Spanish & Quechua are the official languages. Aymara and other indigenous languages are official languages where predominantly spoken.
  • Food: ceviche is a popular dish of fresh fish cured in lemon juice and spices. Lomo saltado is a tangy concoction of stir fried beef, peppers and onions on top of rice. Aji de gallina is a chunks of chicken bathed in a spicy cream sauce served on rice.

 


  • Voltage: 220V, 60Hz. Wall outlets in Peru usually accept Type-C two prong Europlugs, Type-A two prong US plugs and Type-B three prong plugs.
  • Visas: Valid passport with or without visa depending on your nationality. Inquire at your nearest Peruvian Embassy or Consulate. All nationalities need a tourist or embarkation card to enter Peru. An embarkation card will be issued at frontiers or on the aircraft before landing. This card must be retained and displayed when departing from Peru.
  • Money: The official Peruvian currency is the nuevo sol (S/), plural nuevo soles. There are notes of 10, 20, 50, 100 & 200 soles. Coinage comes in denominations of 1, 2 & 5 soles and 5, 10, 20, & 50 centimos.
  • Payment methods: Aside from local currency, US Dollars are generally accepted everywhere. Note that torn or damaged US Dollar notes are rarely accepted for exchange. Major foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are no longer widely accepted and can be difficult to exchange outside major cities.
  • Health & Vaccinations: Aside from routine vaccines, it is recommended travellers to Peru are vaccinated Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Inoculation against Yellow Fever is recommended for travel to elevations below 2,300m in departments of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, Ucayali, Puno, Cusco, Junín, Pasco, and Huánuco, and designated areas of far north of Apurimac, far northern Huancavelica, far north-eastern Ancash, eastern La Libertad, northern and eastern Cajamarca, northern and north-eastern Ayacucho, and eastern Piura. Not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to Lima and areas above 2,300m including the city of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and the Inka Trail. Travellers to elevations below 2000m including travel to Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado are recommended to take precautions against Malaria (inoculation or medication).

 


  • Machu Picchu Peru’s most famous attraction is a must-see for any visitor. Located amid stunning mountainous peaks and hidden by Andean rainforest, these Inka ruins possess a mystical attraction.
  • Cusco The former capital of the Inka Empire is a marvellous blend of indigenous masonry and Spanish architecture. Explore Cusco’s labyrinthine paved alleyways and multitude of fascinating monuments.
  • Amazon Jungle More than 60% of Peru is located in the Amazon basin which is home to countless unique species of birds, mammals, fish and flora. Take daily expeditions to observe wildlife from your lodge based deep in the rainforest.
  • Arequipa Overlooked by the imposing Misti volcano, Peru’s second city was originally hewn from white volcanic stone. Arequipa boasts a captivating colonial centre and mesmerizing museums. The city is famed for its cuisine which reflects its location between the Pacific and the Andes.
  • Lake Titicaca The vast body of water which spans the Peru-Bolivia border is the mythological origin of the Inka people. The indigenous community of the buoyant reed islands of Uros use centuries-old techniques to keep the islands afloat. On the steep slopes of Titicaca’s islands, the traditional lake-dwelling culture is a glimpse into a bygone era.
  • Colca Canyon Said to be the deepest canyon on the American Continent, located between Arequipa and Puno in Southern Peru. Famous for its population of Andean Condors which have the widest wingspan of any terrestrial bird.
  •  Nazca Lines Located on the desert plains south-west of Lima, a series of vast enigmatic geoglyphs made by a prehistoric people. The rocky lines are so large that the complete images can only be seen from the air. Overflights operate daily and you can observe images including: monkey, spider, man, hands and hummingbird.


In the Highlands, there are two main seasons, the wet and the dry. The wettest months are during the temperate summertime from December-March. The driest months are May-August which usually feature clear skies, cool days and cold nights.

The climate in the Amazon jungle is tropical all year round. The summer wet season swells the rivers during December-April while cooler temperatures prevail during the relatively drier winter season May-August.

The Pacific Coast experiences a humid, overcast winter from June-September. During December-March, summertime temperatures can peak in the low 30sºC.