Peru

Lima

Peru's unfairly overlooked capital

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Peru's sprawling capital city is often overlooked by time-poor visitors en route to more photogenic locations, but dwell a while and you'll find a complex city with onionskin layers of history and excellent museums, a proud contemporary culture, genuinely diverse neighbourhoods, and a world-leading food scene.

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  • Cusco

    Cusco

    Capital of the Inca
    Seat of the Inca Empire, Cusco is the epicentre for Peru's tourism industry, drawing millions of visitors en route to Machu Picchu and adventures in the Sacred Valley...Read more
  • Sacred Valley

    Sacred Valley

    Peru's spiritual heartland
    As the Urubamba River descends from Cusco, eventually connecting with tributaries of the mighty Amazon, it has carved out a sweep of valley whose beauty defies imagination...Read more
  • Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu

    Peru's archaeological rock star
    If you're coming to Peru you'll almost certainly visit the ruins that have come to define the entire country...Read more
  • Arequipa

    Arequipa

    Peru's elegant White City
    Peru's second city is an elegant, refined counterweight to Lima's unbridled freneticism...Read more
  • Colca Canyon

    Colca Canyon

    Flight of the condor
    Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon but a fraction of the width, the Colca Canyon cuts a dramatic scar across Peru's southern Andes...Read more
  • Lake Titicaca

    Lake Titicaca

    Shimmering heart of the Andean universe
    A tranquil expanse of turquoise water seemingly at the roof of the world, Lake Titicaca was revered as the birthplace of Peru's original civilisations and the centre of the indigenous cosmos...Read more
  • Puerto Maldonado

    Puerto Maldonado

    Accessible Amazonian adventures
    Puerto Maldonado, in Peru's southern Amazon, is the most accessible entrance to the jungle...Read more
  • Iquitos

    Iquitos

    The jungle city
    Famous for being accessible only by air or boat, Iquitos lies in Peru's distant north-eastern Amazon with a distinct frontier vibe to match...Read more
  • Chavín de Huántar

    Chavín de Huántar

    "Birthplace of South American culture”
    If you have an interest in Andean civilisation, Chavín de Huántar is vastly more significant than the famed Machu Picchu, but with a fraction of the crowds...Read more
  • Choquequirao

    Choquequirao

    Machu Picchu without the crowds (for now)
    Machu Picchu 2...Read more
  • Trujillo

    Northern historical heartlands
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  • Chiclayo

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  • Chachapoyas & Kuelap

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  • Huaraz

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  • Arica

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  • Manú National Park

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  • Choquechaca

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Classic Peru & Machu Picchu

The classic route to Peru's most popular highlights
Approx. 6 days
Lima (1 days) → Cusco (2) → Sacred Valley (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Lima (1)
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Machu Picchu & Amazon Cruise

Small-ship luxury cruise with Machu Picchu
Approx. 9 days
Lima (1 days) → Iquitos (3) → Cusco (2) → Sacred Valley (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Lima (1)
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Machu Picchu & Amazon Lodge

See Peru from rainforest eco-lodge to mountain empires
Approx. 9 days
Lima (1 days) → Puerto Maldonado (3) → Cusco (2) → Sacred Valley (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Lima (1)
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Highlights of Peru

A grand tour of Peru's mountain civilisation
Approx. 12 days
Lima (1 days) → Arequipa (2) → Colca Canyon (1) → Lake Titicaca (2) → Cusco (2) → Sacred Valley (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Lima (1)
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Qhapaq Ñan Trek to Huanuco Pampa

Explore Peru's grand route of the Incas
Approx. 12 days
Lima (1 days) → Cusco (1) → Sacred Valley (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Cusco (1) → Huaraz (5) → Huaraz (1) → Lima (1)
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Active Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Trek

Explore Peru's grand route of the Incas
Approx. 8 days
Lima (1 days) → Sacred Valley (1) → Sacred Valley (1) → Choquechaca (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Cusco (1) → Lima (1)
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Iguazu Falls & Andean Highlights

A grand tour of Peru and Brazil
Approx. 15 days
Lima (1 days) → Puerto Maldonado (3) → Sacred Valley (2) → Machu Picchu (1) → Cusco (2) → Iguazu Falls (2) → Rio de Janeiro (3)
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Things to do in Lima

Our recommended experiences and activities

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.

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.

Where to go in Peru

Our recommended places

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