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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Peru, Peru. My heart's lighthouse

Steven Patrick Morrissey

Peru

Peru, the land where Spanish, indigenous, African and Asian influences mix, where trails wend their way through deep valleys and over high passes, past half-forgotten Inca ruins to reach the citadel at Machu Picchu.  Fly over the geoglyphs etched into the desert at Nazca, visit remote communities and see how old ways live on at Lake Titicaca, explore colonial towns such as Cuzco and Arequipa and join the locals tasting the many culinary treats on offer in Lima.

When to go

The best time to travel to Peru is the dry season from April through October.  Visiting Peru in April and May you will see lush landscapes and flowers in bloom, while September and October are also great months to travel to Peru.

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Lima

Underneath its frenzied appearance, Peru's capital has a sophistication all its own.  Stately museums, edgy art galleries and great restaurants all reflect the history and mixture of cultures Peru is famous for.

 

Cuzco

A splendid blend of ancient Inca fortresses, temples and colonial Spanish churches and mansions, Cuzco is for many a highlight of their trip to Peru.  Explore its many plazas, museums and shops and while away the hours just wandering its winding streets.

 

Machu Picchu

This ancient Inca citadel, forgotten until the early 20th century, is for many the reason they came to Peru in the first place.  An air of grandeur, mystery and spirituality pervades the fortress, perched high above the valley below.

 

Sacred Valley

This scenic valley, lined with high terraced mountains and sprinkled with Inca Ruins and traditional markets, is an easy day trip from Cuzco.

 

Inca trail

One of the most popular treks in the world, the Inca Trail follows ancient pathways to the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu.  Beautiful scenery, ancient ruins and high passes are hallmarks of the trek.  Permits go on sale each fall for the next year - you should book that far ahead of time for the busy summer season.  Alternatives exist though, so if you cannot get a permit, let us help you find another great trek!

 

Amazon

Huge tracts of rainforest extend from the eastern flank of the Andes all the way to the Brazilian coast, and it is here that you can discover a biodiversity so rich it boggles the mind.  Wildlife spotting, birdwatching, walks through the jungle and canoe trips to salt licks are but some of the activities on offer.

 

Lake Titicaca

The largest lake in South America, considered to be the birthplace of the sun, is home to many indigenous highland cultures.  Visit the floating Uros Islands or enjoy a homestay at pretty Taquile Island.

 

Arequipa & the Colca Canyon

Guarded by three volcanoes, pretty Arquipa, with its baroque mansions and churches, is a good place to discover Peruvian cuisine.  It is also the gateway to the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest.  Its ever-changing scenery make for a great place to hike.

 

Nazca Lines

No one knows who made the Nazca lines, or why.  What we do know is that these ancient geometric lines are worth a visit!

 

Seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu

Get up early and travel on foot or by bus to the citadel to see the sun rise over the surrounding mountains and light up this ancient fortress.  However you approach the ruins, seeing them by sunrise is an experience not to be missed.

 

Peruvian cuisine

Guinea pig anyone?  While this may be Peru's most (in)famous dish, Peruvian cuisine is something not to be missed.  Ceviche should be on the top of your list and don't forget to try causa (potatoes & avocado), lomo saltado (stir-fry), anticuchos (grilled meat skewers), roast chicken and lucuma ice cream.  Ask us about our cooking classes and we'll show you how to make some delightful dishes!

 

Hiking the Inca Trail

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas, discovering the fortresses they built.  Hike through cloud forests and over high mountain passes.  On your last day, see the sun rise over Machu Picchu - truly an unforgettable experience.

 

Lake Titicaca homestay

Overnight in a traditional Andean home on an island in Lake Titicaca.  Get up with the sun, wander through the village or across the island and see where your feet will take you.

 

Into the Amazon

Go on foot or by (motorized) canoe and discover the enormously rich biodiversity of the largest undisturbed forest in the world.  Trek to a macaw lick and watch in awe as hundreds of birds fly in on the still forest air.  Spot caiman and capybaras from the bow of your boat.  Day or night, the jungle will relutantly offer up its secrets.  Sssh - did you hear that?  Could that be a jaguar?

 

Explore museums

Peru has some outstanding museums.  From the catacombs and the Archaeological and National Museums in Lima to the convent and Museum of pre-Colombian art in Cuzco, the monastery in Arequipa and the spectacular museum in Lambayeque housing the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, Peruvian museums are world-class.

 

Fly over the Nazca Lines

More than 10,000 lines, figures and shapes crowd the desert around Nazca and they are best experienced from a small aircraft.

 

See condors soar over Colca

The world's second deepest canyon is the place in Peru to watch condors gracefully circle on the thermal winds, slowly making their way downriver.

Suggested Tours

Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

 

Tour code: GMSV

 

Why we love this trip: an easy-paced discovery of Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. 

 

Places visited: Lima, Pisac, Moray, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Cuzco

 

Signature Experiences: see the sun rise over Machu Picchu, Peruvian cuisine, explore museums in Lima and Cuzco

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: hotels

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch,

1 dinner

 

Transport: Minibus/van, train, plane, walking.

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1899

Peru in depth

 

Tour code: EAPX

 

Why we love this trip: Travel in comfort while seeing all the highlights of Peru.  Optional hike on the Inca Trail.

 

Places visited: Lima, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands, Cuzco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo & the Sacred Valley, optional Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Amazon jungle

 

Signature Experiences: seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu, Peruvian cuisine, optional hiking the Inca Trail, into the Amazon, explore museums, fly over the Nazca Lines, see condors soar over Colca

 

Length: 22 days

 

Accommodation: 18 nights comfortable premium hotels, 2 nights jungle lodges all with en-suite facilities; optional Inca Trail trek, 3 nights full service camping replace 3 hotel nights

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners (additional meals on Inca Trail option)

 

Transport: Minibus, train, plane (Inca trail option on foot)

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3995

 

Inca Trail, Amazon & Titicaca

 

Tour code: ETPJ

 

Why we love this trip: the combination of Inca Trail, Amazon and a homestay will give you a great overview of Peruvian nature and culture.

 

Places visited: Lima, Amazon Jungle, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

 

Signature Experiences: seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu, Peruvian cuisine, hiking the Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca homestay, into the Amazon, explore museums

 

Length: 15 days

 

Accommodation: 7 nights hotel with en suite rooms, 3 nights rainforest lodge, 1 night homestay, 3 nights full-service camping

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners

 

Transport: flights, private vehicle, bus

 

Departures: set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3230

Classic Inca Trail

 

Tour code: ETPT

 

Why we love this trip: the combination of Inca Trail Sacred Valley and Cuzco, give you a great introduction to Peruvian history and culture.

 

Places visited: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

 

Signature Experiences: seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu, Peruvian cuisine, hiking the Inca Trail, explore museums

 

Length: 9 days

 

Accommodation: 5 nights hotel with en suite rooms, 3 nights full-service camping

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

 

Transport: private vehicle, train, on foot

 

Departures: set small-group dates and daily private departures, yearround except February.  Ask about our extensions to the Amazon and Lake Titicaca

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1495