Destination

Peru Holidays

Magnificent Inca ruins

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
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT -5
  • Currency PEN - Peruvian Sol
  • Visa Information British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Peru.
  • Language Spanish
  • 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.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Peru.

Top Tips from our Experts

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

“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

“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 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.

Unique

Belmond Miraflores Park

Lima

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Belmond Miraflores Park
Unique

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Cuzco

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Guide Price

£2,119 pp

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Our Peru destinations

Peru

Arequipa

Arequipa

Peru

Cuzco

Cuzco

Peru

Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley

Peru

Lima

Lima

Peru

Puno

Puno

Types of Peru holidays

Peru Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Peru Tours

Tours

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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