Peru Holidays

Peru holidays are perfect for adventurous travellers keen to explore one of South America’s most enchanting countries. Picture lush valleys filled with Incan ruins, lakes dotted with islands and mystical desert carvings. Highlights include trekking the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, exploring the cobbled streets of historic Cuzco and hiking to Andean villages in the Sacred Valley.

For city sightseeing, head to the capital Lima, which is filled with ancient cathedrals and gourmet food or Spanish-colonial Arequipa, which is surrounded by volcanic peaks. On the world’s highest navigable lake Titicaca, you’ll get to visit the Uros people who live on floating reed islands. Don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Nazca Lines - these giant inscriptions were carved into the Peruvian desert centuries ago.

Destination Highlights
  • Sail on Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the historic Cusco
  • See Nazca Lines in the desert
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Machu Piccu
  • Hike the famous Inca Trail
  • Sight see in Lima

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Belmond Miraflores Park

Lima

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Belmond Miraflores Park
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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Cuzco

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Guide Price

£2,119 pp

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

Approx. 12–13 hours; direct flights are available from London Gatwick three times a week March to October. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

Currency

PEN - Peruvian Sol

Visa Information

British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Peru for stays of up to 90 days.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Peru.

We know you’re looking for a life-changing holiday, and you’ll get that in Peru, a land of bucolic landscapes and pre-Columbian history. So visit Cuzco, the cradle of the Incan Empire and of course, the iconic Machu Picchu. Don’t overlook Lima either, a compelling capital city on the Pacific coast home to archaeological relics from the Moche civilisation. Stroll around the boho Barrancos neighbourhood and try the ceviche with a tangy pisco sour – you won’t regret it.

  • Machu Picchu

    Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu

    No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting Machu Picchu. This famous UNESCO site dates back to 1450 and is nestled on a cloud topped hill which towers at 2,350 metres high in the Andes. Tour the ruins of former temples and palaces and take in the magnificent views of this World Wonder from the guard tower. For the full experience, hike the 26 mile long Inca Trail to the site.

  • Lake Titicaca

    Lake Titicaca

    Lake Titicaca straddles Peru and Bolivia and is the world’s highest navigable lake, which is set 3,810 metres above sea level. Stay in Puno, a town filled with Aymara, Andean and Quechuan Indian culture and an ideal base for boat trips. Sail Lake Titicaca and visit unique floating reed islands that are home to the Uros people before exploring beautiful Taquille Island.

  • Nazca Lines

    Nazca Lines

    The Nazca Lines are Peru’s most mysterious UNESCO site - a set of huge desert geoglyphs that stretch over 50 miles. Although no one knows what the inscriptions mean, it’s thought that they were created between 400 and 650 AD by the Nazca people and may have religious importance. Get an aerial view of these remarkable carvings on a helicopter flight.

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Travel in style to Machu Picchu, the ‘City in the Sky’, on the luxury 1920s-style Belmond Hiram Bingham train. If you're on a budget, look at the three-star and four-star options.”

  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Taking the acrobatic flight over the mystical Nazca Lines is one of my best memories of Peru – but make sure to take travel sickness tablets before boarding as it can be quite a bumpy ride.”

  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    Gina

    Destination Specialist

    “Explore Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail. Nothing is more rewarding than hiking for four days to be greeted with an amazing view over the sacred Machu Picchu – be sure to book early as only 200 hikers are allowed on the trail each day.”

Our Peru destinations

Peru

Arequipa

Arequipa

Peru

Cuzco

Cuzco

Peru

Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley

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Lima

Lima

Peru

Puno

Puno

Types of Peru holidays

Peru Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Peru take approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes. There are currently seasonal direct flight options from London Gatwick to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima with British Airways two-three times a week. Alternatively, LATAM Airlines, Air Europa, Air France and Iberia offer various indirect options.

Machu Picchu is located in the Andes Mountains, around 50 miles northwest of Cuzco in Peru, South America. It sits approximately 2,430 metres above sea level in the Urubamba River valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

The Inca Trail Hike is 26 miles long and is one of the most famous, and scenic hiking trails on Earth. Hikers typically start the trail 50 miles along the railway between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes and finish at the famous Machu Picchu.

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