Peru has astounded the world with its huge desert glyphs, ancient empires and a centuries-old surviving culture.
Almost two thousand years ago, the Peruvian ancients drew enormous geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert to communicate with their gods. A millennium later, the Inca built their empire at Machu Picchu, a resplendent city soaring over the Andes. When the Spanish settled Cusco, they founded their beautiful yet devastating colonies of cathedrals, palaces and plazas. Today, these ancient mysteries and stunning sights are just part of Peru’s grand story.
What people say
Fantastic insight into the lives of Peruvian and Bolivian people. Tour guide was exceptional which made the difference between a good and fantastic holiday.
What people say
The ancient civilisations of Peru were nothing short of astounding, and this Peregrine trip allows you to improve your understanding of them as well as to experience at close hand the current vibrancy.
Peru travel highlights
Feel commanding at Lima
After the Spanish conquest, Lima became the most powerful city in South America. Structures like the city cathedral attest to its former glory.
Wander the temples of Machu Picchu
Your first glimpse of ‘The Lost City’ will steal your breath away, and as you scale the mysterious site, it only gets more wondrous.
Cruise through Lake Titicaca
If the sapphire waters and the stately mountains aren’t enough, this significant lake hosts the fascinating Uros tribe who live on artificial islands.
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Peru tour reviews
Our Peru trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 313 reviews in the last year.
Peruvian Wonders, January 2016
This trip was well planned, organised and undertaken. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend it to others. Our leader, Norma, was amazing and certainly enriched our holiday with her knowledge, skill and hospitality. Tip: don't bother with the city walk/tour on the last day in Lima - we were bundled into taxis and taken to the city centre through horrendous traffic - our taxi was air conditioned but the driver did not turn it on! We were suffocatingly hot in the back seat with the sun beating down on us! My husband had been unwell and was suffering. Our local leader was useless... instead of pointing out city highlights along the way she chatted to the taxi driver about the politics of Peru. When we arrived in the city centre for a walking tour we were hurried from one spot to another with little information given...and no offer of the opportunity to purchase water or to rest in shade. Very poor! This last day really spoilt what had been a wonderful trip to that point.
Review submitted 08 Feb 2016
Peru Uncovered- Independent Journey, January 2016
Great way to see Peru highlights. Independent travel option worked really well for us.
Review submitted 04 Feb 2016
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Peru holiday information
Capital city Lima Popula...
Local culture of Peru
Most Peruvians are of Amerindian, Spanish or African descent – usually a blend of all t...
Geography & environment
Peru is a coastal nation in western South America. It borders on the Pacific Ocean and ...
Shopping guide to Peru
Due to so much of Peru relying on an informal economy of street stalls and open-air mar...
Peru festival calendar
Inti Raymi Originating with the ancient Incas, the ‘Festival of the Sun’ is still ce...
Food & drink in Peru
Peru travel is that much more exciting when you get to try the local cuisine. Peru’s na...
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Peru travel FAQs
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
Tipping isn’t common practice in Peru. Some upmarket restaurants include a 10% surcharge and there’s no need to tip on top of this unless you want to.
You’ll be able to access internet in major cities and towns but not outside these areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in urban areas but not in rural and remote places. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Peru has both western-style toilets and basic squat toilets. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Short ride on a public city bus = 1 PEN
- 1 hour of internet use in a cyber café = 3 PEN
- Bottle of beer = 4 PEN
- Street cart snack/lunch = 6 PEN
- Lunch in a café = 15 PEN
- Dinner at a nice restaurant = 30 PEN
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Peru. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card in places like hotels, restaurants and tourist-oriented shops, however you’ll need cash to make purchases from most local businesses.
You’ll find plenty of ATMs in major centres but they are less common in rural and remote places.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/peru/public-holidays
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|Essence of South America||21||$5,536||View Trip|
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