Overview

Sublime landscapes, wildlife, history, culture - Peru has more than its fair share. The country's famed snow-capped Andean peaks shelter the temples and fortresses of the Inca and other pre-Columbian cultures, linked by a network of paved trails.

Much of Peru’s territory lies in the Amazon basin, swathed in tropical forest, surviving virtually untouched; but its diversity of exotic wildlife and vegetation is surprisingly accessible. Peru’s arid coastline is dotted with the haunting remnants of ancient cultures -easy to visit, a bit harder to decipher, always fascinating. Above and beside of all of this, the Spanish colonial heritage has survived to provide a living record of the richness of its art and architecture, from humble village to imperial city, the visitor is spoilt for choice. The markets, music and fiestas of contemporary Peru just add to the colour.

This is a country with a long tradition of welcoming visitors, and caters for both grass roots and luxury travel.

So whether you’re a family looking to follow the footsteps of Michael Bond’s clumsy bear on our From Paddington to Peru holiday; or a solo traveller looking to get off-the-beaten track on our Peru: beyond the Sacred Valley with the Lares Adventure holiday; or perhaps you’re looking to join an escorted group tour like our Condor: Peru in Depth Group Tour – our Peru holidays and tours offer so much for all types of travellers. With history, wildlife, adventure and an incredible gastronomic scene, contact our Travel Experts and start planning your holiday to Peru.

With over 40 years of experience in creating award-winning tailor-made holidays and escorted group tours to Central and South America, our Travel Experts are best placed to plan you the perfect itinerary. Contact us today to start planning your trip to Peru.

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From expertly designed Private Journeys to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.

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A Taste of Peru

12 days from £3,720pp

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Active Peru: The Santa Cruz Trek

10 days from £1,150pp

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Active Peru: Cycling, rafting and the Inca Trail

12 days from £3,042pp

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We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.

Where to go when - our guide to Peru

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The weather in Peru is wide and varied

Peru is an all-year destination, but its variety of landscapes from coastal plain to high Andes and lowland Amazon jungle means that the weather may be optimum for a visit at different times in the various locations. The rich Inca and Spanish colonial heritage is on show in a number of fiestas and other cultural events you may wish to factor into the timing of your holiday in Peru.

The mountainous region of the Andes, including Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the trekking region of Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca, is at its best from May to October, when the sun shines with just a little rain. December to April are the wetter months, however landscapes are greener, with fields full of crops. The region receives more foreign visitors in July and August; May and September are quieter. Religious-inspired fiestas abound, most notable the Inca festival of Inti Raymi on 24 June, Christmas and the moveable feast of Easter.

During the Amazon’s high water season (December to May) it’s easier to get round by boat and the cloud offers a protection from the strong sun. The somewhat hotter dry season (June to November) is sunnier and better for wildlife-spotting from jungle trails.

The coastal strip is mostly desert, warm and sunny all year, including the oases at Nazca and Arequipa with little precipitation. It is usually cool and misty in Lima from April to November, however outside this period the weather is pleasantly warm and sunny with plenty of life in the pavement cafés and bars.

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Real Latin american experts

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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