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Best Peru Tours In The Land of Inca

Peru is a land of incredible natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and mysterious ancient ruins. The lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is just one of many ancient ruins making this the best Peru tours destination for the explorer-at-heart. Even amid the natural splendor of the country, it is difficult not to notice the cultural, historical and political roots of Peru, observable in the diverse architecture and cityscapes.

Highlights of Peru

The Classic Inca Trail

The classic trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a magnificent experience for travelers in physical condition to hike for up to ten hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. On the last morning of your Peru tour, we arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train.

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Amazon Expeditions

The Tambopata National Reserve and the adjacent Bahuaje-Sonene National Park are home to over 20,000 plant species, over 900 species of birds, 91 mammals, 1,630 butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more. It is also a haven for the Amazon's largest, most spectacular and most endangered predators - the jaguar, the giant otter, the harpy eagle and the black caiman.

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Rich Culture

Peru is fiercely proud of its cultural heritage, and this is evidenced in the dress, language, food and just about everything else you'll see here. From the floating villages of Lake Titicaca, to the pumping heart of modern Lima, one can eat, drink and dance their way from border to border, and still not see everything. You will find Peruvians welcoming, warm and just as curious to learn about you.

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Peru Shared Departure (10 days)

This unique special group departure is scheduled to start September 1st and has limited spaces. Your journey begins in Cusco with a scenic train ride to discover the enchanting ruins and fascinating history behind this world renowned destination.
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Adventure to Machu Picchu (7 days)

Want to visit the majestic ruins without having to camp or hike for days? This is the itinerary for you. Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in comfort.
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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (9 days)

The legendary Inca Trail is a bucket list item for any trekking enthusiast. The limited permits to hike this route are at an all-time high demand, so please begin planning for this adventure five to six months in advance.
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Peru Discovery: Trekking, Exploration & Wildlife (10 days)

This trip showcases Peru's most well known wonders, including Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest.
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Adventure to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca (9 days)

Beginning in Cusco, this itinerary takes you through the Sacred Valley, trekking to Machu Picchu and ending at the shores of Lake Titicaca, to experience this unique way of life.
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Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu (11 days)

Hike to Machu Picchu in style along the Salkantay Route. By day, enjoy one of Peru's most beautiful and challenging treks. By night, relax in luxury mountain lodges reserved for your trekking group.
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Luxury Travel In Peru: The Inca Trail & The Amazon (12 days)

Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley on your way to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After, fly down to the Amazon Rainforest, for a truly luxury Amazon Rainforest experience. Stay in some of the most luxurious hotels and lodges in all South America.
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Luxury Peru Explorer (16 days)

Witness the best of Peru in luxury exploring the wonders of Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon.
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Short Inca Trail & Lares Weavers Way Trek (8 days)

Spend two nights camping off the beaten track following the lesser known Lares Weaver's Way route, followed by a full day of trekking along the famous Inca Trail - beginning at KM 104 and ending with your final descent into Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu and Lares Mountain Lodge Exploration (8 days)

Take in the Andean culture along the Lares route to Machu Picchu. Skip the tents, and spend every night on the trek in a new lodge overlooking different sections of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
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Cusco, Inca Quarry Trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (8 days)

Looking to embark on the road less traveled? This itinerary offers the perfect exploration of Peru's famous highlights, while discovering the hidden treasures and natural beauty, far from the crowds.
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Seven Day Trek to Choquequirao (9 days)

The Inca site of Choquequirao is found at the end of a rarely-hiked seven day trek, one of the most challenging and rewarding in Peru. Choquequirao is more remote, and more beloved by local trekkers than its more famous cousin Machu Picchu.
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Apu's Trail Andean Lodge to Lodge Trek (5 days)

Venture along the road less traveled, with a breathtaking five day trek in the Vilcanota's Cordillera. This route is known as the “Camino del Apu Ausangate”, located in close proximity of the highest Sacred Mountain in the Department of Cusco.
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Ultimate Ecuador & Peru Highlights (28 days)

This trip highlights the best of what Peru and Ecuador have to offer in luxury and style. This 28-day itinerary has it all, from the jungles of the Amazon to the exotic wildlife in the Galapagos and the fascinating ancient ruins of Peru.
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Private Peru Explorer (12 days)

Explore the capital Lima, before flying over the Andes to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Journey by train to Machu Picchu, and then by plane to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
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A Few Words About the Best Peru Tours

Yes, Machu Picchu is in Peru. And yes, it should be on your bucket list. But, in addition to the Inca-masterminded wonder of the world, there’s a multitude of other bucket list-worthy experiences to include in a Peru tour. The nation is unbeatable for its diverse array of cultures, gastronomy, archaeology, architecture, and wilderness. Plus, Peruvians are among the world's finest craftsmen and friendliest hosts in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to delve into ancient civilizations, taste exotic delicacies and take in landscapes ranging from arid sierra to tropical rainforest!

Lima: Capital of Cuisine & Culture

Lima is the place to eat. Considered a gastronomical capital of South America, the port city's cuisine reflects its layered history of indigenous, Spanish, African, Asian, and Italian influences. Prepare for uniquely tantalizing platos criollos (creole dishes), and make sure to try mazamorra morada (a sweet custard made of local purple corn).

To take your Lima culinary experience to the next level, visit Huaca Pucllana to relish ceviche and pisco sours inside a pre-Incan complex. Finally, refresh yourself with a cold Inca Kola, the bright yellow Peruvian version of coca cola; or, in the tradition of a genuine limeño (Lima native), sip a hot, thick emoliente (herbal tea). Above all, don't forget to stop for coffee. Peru is the world's large producer of organic beans and the best Peru tours include a visit to a local roastery to watch, learn and savor.

Between meals, admire Lima's colonial charm in the main square (designed by Francisco Pizarro in 1535) surrounded by the Presidential Palace, Santo Domingo monastery, and 17th-century cathedral. Inside the cathedral is an impressive collection of Baroque oil paintings and sculptures, and a tour can be arranged for a behind-the-scenes visit to the Archbishop's Palace and Church of San Francisco.

To get a feel for capital's modern flair, meander into the San Isidro Garden District for a glimpse of Peruvian luxury with lavish residences and beautiful parks. The suburbs of Miraflores and Barranco are also great options for nightlife, shipping, gastronomy, music, art galleries and museums

Nazca Lines

Nazca, a town on Peru’s southern coast, was once the base of the ancient Nazca civilization. The Nazca people are famous for their network of puquios (underground water channels), which still irrigate adjacent fields of cotton, corn, beans, potatoes and fruit. The best place to see the construction is in Cantalloc, a series of spiral blowholes just outside of the city. Even more impressive are the Nazca Lines, huge representations of animals, humans and other geometries on a vast plateau made by removing surface stone to expose underlying lighter colored earth. The area is so expansive that a scenic flight is the only way to appreciate its grandeur.

Nazca tours depart from Lima and can easily be incorporated into a greater Peru tour. From Lima, the drive down the southern coast to Nazca takes about four hours, and the coastal town of Paracas makes an excellent overnight stopover. The town sits just north of the Paracas Peninsula, an area of rich biodiversity within the Paracas National Reserve. The peninsula and its famous cathedral are explorable by bicycle, but for a bit more adventure you can take a quick boat ride to the Ballestas Islands and immerse yourself in a remarkable ecosystem full of Humboldt penguins, sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, terns, boobies, and vultures.

Cusco: Launch into the Andes

Cusco is the place to begin your excursion to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and countless other nearby wonders. The former Inca capital has become the unofficial capital of the Southern Sierra region, and excellent connections by rail, road and air have made Cusco the arrival destination for most Peru tours.

The city itself is delightful: layers of Inca walls and colonial Spanish architecture adorn the San Blas historical district, and museums offer workshop tours of coffee and chocolate production. In the vibrant San Pedro food market, festively-dressed indigenous locals serve local delicacies like grilled alpaca steak, cuy (guinea pig), and aji de gallina (spicy, cheesy shredded chicken). The Sacsayhuaman ruins, where Pizarro's men battled the Incas in 1536, are located on a hill above the city. Farther up the road are the less-visited Inca ruins of Tambomachay, Pucapucara, and Qenko, all of which can be visited in the same day.

Although Cusco won't leave you wanting much, you'll find an entirely new level of awe once you pry yourself away from the colonial charm for an immersion in the captivating world of the Andes. You'll have an array of world-class landscapes, archaeological sites and living cultures at your fingertips. Nearby "best tours Peru" highlights include the culturally dense Sacred Valley and the geological phenomenon called Rainbow Mountain (locally known as Vinicunca). The greater Cusco Region also includes the Cordillera Vilcabamba and its majestic Salkantay peak, the expansive remote ruins of Choquequirao, and, of course, Machu Picchu.

Lake Titicaca

Peru's southeastern border with Bolivia bisects Lake Titicaca and the surrounding altiplano (highlands). The lake is mesmerizing for its unbelievable size, deep blue color and diverse wildlife as well as the fascinating myriad of cultures practicing traditional farming, fishing, and crafting within the lake’s unique microclimate.

Puno is the main port city on the Peru side of Lake Titicaca, and the rail route from Cusco to Puno is considered one of the Great Train Journeys of the World. There is also an airport in the nearby town of Juliaca, making Lake Titicaca a great option for all trips to Peru.

The lake itself features ancient man-made islands constructed from native tortora reeds, mysterious chullpas (pre-Incan burial tombs), Inca ruins, and an impressive variety of indigenous clothing, handicrafts, music and cuisine. Canoe and bike tours are a lovely way to take in all the lake has to offer amid idyllic scenery.

Colca Canyon

West of Lake Titicaca is Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons (13,640 ft) and an intriguing biosphere. The canyon hosts three microclimates: cold, dry highlands where llamas and alpacas are raised, a temperate middle zone where alpine crops are farmed, and the canyon floor where it's warm enough to grow fruit and avocados. Panoramic views can be seen from the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, where condors are spotted almost every day soaring high above. Local communities welcome visitors, and the village of Yanque is a must-visit for its view of the ancient colcas (pre-Incan adobe granaries).

Yura's Highway connects Colca Canyon and Arequipa, the nearest main city. The drive is yet another remarkable scenic journey past salt mines, mountains, and highlands inhabited by alpacas, llamas and vicuñas.

Peruvian Amazon

Don´t forget that half of Peru is Amazon Rainforest! A lodge stay on the Madre de Dios River, just a quick flight northeast from Cusco, is the perfect complement to a high-altitude mountain itinerary and an unforgettable part of comprehensive Peru tours.

Amazon excursions from Puerto Maldonado include a boat transfer from the city to a river lodge, where guests are provided options for daily safari-like activities. The Tambopata National Reserve sets the stage for boat tours in search giant river otters, macaws, howler monkeys, caimans, and anacondas. Nighttime rainforest excursions provide the opportunity to see nightjars, owls and capybaras; furthermore, at the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, you can traverse a network of platforms and bridges for a bird’s-eye perspective of the Amazonian ecosystem and resident toucans, squirrel monkeys, and three-toed sloths.

Unlike coastal Peru, the Amazonian region is subject to a considerable rainy season. October to April is the wettest, but also the best time to explore by boat and see a higher concentration of water animals. During the dry season, May to September, there are more hiking options to explore the rainforest.
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