Explore the White City
Arequipa

Explore the White City

Take a guided tour of Peru’s historic second city, la Ciudad Blanca (the White City). Arequipa is distinguished by its UNESCO-listed colonial era architecture, fiery cuisine and dramatic setting in the shadow of snow-capped volcanoes.

Typical stay: 2 days

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See the "birthplace of South American culture"
Chavín de Huántar

See the "birthplace of South American culture"

Chavín de Huántar, in Peru's central highlands, dates back to around 1,000 BC and was once one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Andean civilisation.

Typical stay: 1 day

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Hike to Choquequirao
Choquequirao

Hike to Choquequirao

Machu Picchu’s quieter and much harder to reach “sister city” in the rugged Vilcabamba region. Indeed, if any Inca ruin can give the more celebrated site a run for its money, it’s this one.

Typical stay: 5 days

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Explore coastal cultures
Trujillo

Explore coastal cultures

The Inca steal all the limelight but in historical terms they were mere upstarts. Visit Chan Chan, the Moche Valley and Sipán on Peru’s northern coast for a sense of Peruvian culture before the age of the Inca.

Typical stay: 3 days

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Discover historic Cusco
Cusco

Discover historic Cusco

Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, combines pre-Colombian heritage with colonial-era architecture and vibrant contemporary city life. You can (and should) spend some time exploring solo, but a good quality guided tour will visit the popular sites of Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral, while avoiding the tourist traps and giving you an insight into the stories behind this fascinating city.

Typical stay: 2 days

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Visit Peru’s other 'lost city'
Chachapoyas & Kuelap

Visit Peru’s other 'lost city'

While the crowds flock to Machu Picchu take a real adventure to the ruins of Kuélap, in the northern Andes. Predating Machu Picchu by some 900 years, Kuélap offers a glimpse of the diversity of Peru's Pre-Columbian civilisations.

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Trekking in Huaraz
Huaraz

Trekking in Huaraz

There are some fine and justifiably world-famous treks in the Cusco and Sacred Valley region, including the Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay and Ausangate. But for something completely different consider hiking a portion of the Qhapaq Ñan, the 'original' Inca Trail, or head to the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash around the city of Huaraz.

Typical stay: 8 days

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Eat like a king in Lima
Lima

Eat like a king in Lima

Lima’s chefs cook up a storm with the fruits of the sea, mountains and jungle. But it’s not all fine dining and exclusive restaurants: Peru’s is an egalitarian cuisine and you’ll find excellent food at street stalls, local markets and neighbourhood cantinas.

Typical stay: 3 days

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Meet a thriving indigenous culture
Sacred Valley

Meet a thriving indigenous culture

Peru is a predominantly indigenous society, which long predates Hispanic influence. Get off the tourist trail in the Sacred Valley and you’ll encounter a distinctive culture of traditional music, festivals and intricate crafts.

Typical stay: 5 days

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Explore Lima's arts scene
Lima

Explore Lima's arts scene

Frequently seen as little more than a transit hub for Machu Picchu, Lima is in fact one of Latin America's great cities. World-leading gastronomy jostles with a flourishing arts scene, easily filling several days of deep cultural immersion.

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Birdwatching in Manú National Park
Manú National Park

Birdwatching in Manú National Park

Head to Manú National Park for some of the best birdwatching anywhere on earth. Peru’s largest national park is home to around 10 percent of the world’s bird species and is one of the most diverse protected areas on earth.

Typical stay: 5 days

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Take a guided visit of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Take a guided visit of Machu Picchu

Yes it’s famous and busy, but for a perfectly valid reason: Machu Picchu remains one of the world’s preeminent archaeological sites. In spite of the crowds, an expert guide will bring the place to life and help you make sense of the Inca’s incredible ingenuity. You’ll have the option of climbing the adjacent Huayna Picchu for spectacular views, and can return for a second day exploring if you wish.

Typical stay: 2 days

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Explore ruins and storied histories
Sacred Valley

Explore ruins and storied histories

The glorious Sacred Valley connects Cusco with Machu Picchu and is dotted with ruins, including Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Moras, Moray, as well as many lesser-visited spots. Try to get off the beaten path and you’ll quickly encounter a slice of authentic Andean life.

Typical stay: 2 days

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Visit a luxury Amazon eco-lodge
Puerto Maldonado

Visit a luxury Amazon eco-lodge

Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern Amazon basin is a wildlife wonderland. Spend a few nights in a full-service jungle lodge and take guided excursions birdwatching, climbing canopy walkways, hiking and canoeing.

Typical stay: 3 days

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Overland from Puno to Cusco
Cusco

Overland from Puno to Cusco

Much better than the short flight from Puno (via Juliaca) to Cusco is a road-trip by minivan, giving you a more immersive view of life in this remote and rural Andean landscape. For a true taste of luxury, try the Andean Explorer train which conveys you to Cusco in classic style.

Typical stay: 1 day

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The lake at the top of the world
Lake Titicaca

The lake at the top of the world

Lake Titicaca, on the shores of the town of Puno, is the world’s highest navigable lake. A quality tour will show you some incredible views, a storied indigenous history and beautiful remote islands, while avoiding some of the over-visited tourist traps.

Typical stay: 2 days

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Sample cocina Arequipeña
Arequipa

Sample cocina Arequipeña

With numerous quality cafes and restaurants, Peru’s second city is deeply proud of its fiery culinary tradition, cocina Arequipeña. Look out for spicy rocoto relleno, pastel de papas (potato pie) and a delicious seafood stew called chupe de camarones.

Typical stay: 2 days

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Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca

Isla Suasi, in a quiet corner of Lake Titicaca, is the only privately-owned island on the lake and is home to an incredible eco-lodge. Suasi promises the soothing isolation of island life, gentle strolls, and exploring the shoreline by canoe.

Typical stay: 2 days

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The flight of the condor in Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon

The flight of the condor in Colca Canyon

Head to the second-deepest canyon in the world to see the endangered Andean condor. The Incas thought of the condors as God’s messenger and references to this majestic bird are often found within Incan architecture.

Typical stay: 2 days

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Visit the gateway to the Amazon
Iquitos

Visit the gateway to the Amazon

Iquitos, in the northern Amazon is only accessible by boat or plane. Luxurious jungle lodges offer watery nature-spotting adventures by canoe and boat (look out for the pink river dolphin), and the city itself is a jumble of lively markets and bustling streets with a distinctly frontier vibe.

Typical stay: 4 days

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See the Amazon by luxury cruise
Iquitos

See the Amazon by luxury cruise

From Iquitos board a luxurious river cruise ship for an intimate voyage down the Amazon River to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Swim and kayak from the boat and keep an eye out for macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, river otters, river dolphins and more.

Typical stay: 3 days

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See another side to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

See another side to Machu Picchu

For a different perspective of the ruins and a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains and valleys, try the moderate hike up adjacent Huayna Picchu. Additional permit is required, our recommended tour operators will be happy to assist.

Typical stay: 1 day

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Meet Andean culture in the Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley

Meet Andean culture in the Sacred Valley

Despite the Spanish colonial influence, Peruvian indigenous culture thrives in the Sacred Valley. The village of Ollantaytambo has been inhabited since the 13th century, and nearby Pisac has a vibrant (if somewhat touristy) market. A good guide will help you branch off the tourist trail for a better perspective.

Typical stay: 2 days

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