Overview

Unforgettable landscapes, fascinating wildlife, history and culture - Peru offers it all for visitors. The country's famous snow-capped Andean summits cradle the fortresses and temples left behind by the Inca and other ancient cultures, tied together by a system of paved trails.

A large area of Peru is in the Amazon basin, cloaked in lush tropical forests. Despite this, the country’s diverse and unique wildlife and flora are surprisingly accessible. The country’s coastline is dotted with fascinating ruined reminders of ancient cultures. Woven amongst this natural and historical wonder, Spanish colonial heritage remains prominent, providing a living record of rich architecture and art. Visitors to Peru are spoilt for choice, from impressive imperial cities to humble, welcoming villages. Adding to the colour of Peru’s contemporary culture are many fiestas, markets and music styles.

Peru has a long tradition of welcoming visitors and caters for both grassroots and luxury travel. Follow in the footsteps of Michael Bond’s bear on our From Paddington to Peru family holiday. Get off the beaten track as a solo traveller on our 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.

With over 40 years of experience in creating award-winning tailor-made holidays and escorted group tours to Central and South America, contact Our Peru Travel Experts to start planning your holiday to Peru.

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Holidays Peru

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

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A Taste of Peru

12 days from £4,110pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Active Peru: The Santa Cruz Trek

10 days from £2,150pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Active Peru: Cycling, rafting and the Inca Trail

12 days from £3,600pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Things to do

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Weather in Peru

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 notably 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 around by boat and the cloud offers 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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  • Carrie
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Lina
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Heloise
    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    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.

  • Alex
    Alex Walker - Travel Expert

    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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