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 rain-forest!
When to Go
While a trip to Peru will be sure to impress anytime of year, depending upon your travel preferences some times of year are better than others
. “High” season falls between the months of June to August, which is actually winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The winter has the best weather for trekking, therefore making it the most ideal time to visit Machu Picchu. While temperatures may be a little bit more chilly ( with mid-30s lows and mid-60s highs), there is a lot less rainfall making trails more accessible.
However, if you’re hoping to avoid large crowds then you may consider visiting Peru during a shoulder or off season. It is worth noting that if your main draw to Peru is Machu Picchu that the “wet season” is likely to put a damper on your efforts. Heavy rains December through March make for muddy trails and the historical site is often closed for maintenance the entire month of February.
But, if you are more interested in Peru’s coastal and rain-forest regions, you’ll find that off-season provides the same wildlife viewing and better beach weather, not to mention cheaper flights.
What to Do
For many, Peru immediately brings to mind the famous ruins of Machu Picchu
. And while this is site worthy of any bucket list, Peru has much to offer travelers beyond this ancient Incan city. Take a look at some of Peru’s noteworthy sites and activities below. Don’t know where to start? One of our Peru travel specialists can help create the perfect custom itinerary based on your travel interests in preferences whether your an avid adventurer, a history buff, or both!
Peru’s thriving capital city is a hub for all things culture and cuisine
. Considered the gastronomic capital of South America, Lima is the place to eat whether your a seasoned foodie or not. This port city’s cuisine aptly reflects its layered history of indigenous, Spanish, African, Asian and Italian influences. From tantalizing platos criollos ( creole dishes) to mazamorra morada ( a sweet custard made from local purple corn), there is something to satisfy every palate.
Between meals, admire Lima’s diverse architecture from the spanish-influenced squares to the modern San Isidro Garden District.
The Nazca Lines
Located in a desert on Peru’s southern coast the town of Nazca lies at what was once the base of the ancient Nazca civilization. Today, you’ll find relics of this once thriving civilization in the Nazca lines, huge representations of animals, humans and other geometrics carved into a vast rock plateau.
Nazca tours depart from Lima, making them easy to incorporate into a more comprehensive tours of Peru. The drive down the southern coast to Nazca takes about four hours, but the coastal town of Pracas makes an excellent overnight stopover. The town sits just north of Paracas Peninsula, an area of rich biodiversity within the Paracas National Reserve. The peninsula - which is easily explored via bicycle - is famous for its colonial era cathedrals. For the more adventurous, 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.
With Machu Picchu often taking center stage, it's often forgotten that half of Peru is Amazon Rainforest! A lodge stay on the Madre de Dios River, is the perfect complement to a high-altitude mountain itinerary and an unforgettable part of a Peru tour.
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 during which you’ll have the opportunity to spot giant river otters, macaws, howler monkeys, caimans, and anacondas.
Nighttime rainforest excursions provide the opportunity to see night-jars, owls, and capybara; furthermore, at the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, you can traverse a network of platoforms and bridges for a bird’s-eye perspective of the Amazonian ecosystem and resident toucans, squirrel monkeys, and three-toed sloths.
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 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.
Machu Picchu Tours
While it is clear that Peru has much to offer beyond Machu Picchu, many travelers will understandably still want to get an up close and personal look
with this unparalleled lens into an ancient civilization.
Whether you want to dedicate your entire trip to trekking to Machu Picchu
or hope to have a more comprehensive look at the country
, our Peru travel experts will help you craft an ideal custom itinerary.
Get in touch with one of them today to start planning!