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Best Peru Tours In The Land of Inca

Trips to Peru offer 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.

Sample Tours to Peru

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Ultimate Lares Trek with Km 104 to Machu Picchu Adventure (9 days)

Our Ultimate Lares Trek shared departure offers the ideal blend of mountain scenery, glacial lakes, waterfalls, high plains, and charming Andean villages.
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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.
Classic Highlights Cultural Archaeological Ruins

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.
Adventure Archaeological Ruins Classic Highlights Trekking

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.
Classic Highlights Cultural Wildlife Archaeological Ruins

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 (10 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.
Archaeological Ruins Honeymoon Luxury Trekking Adventure

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.
Adventure Classic Highlights Luxury Off the Beaten Path Temples Wildlife Active

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.
Adventure Archaeological Ruins Classic Highlights Cultural Family Trekking

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.
Adventure Archaeological Ruins Cultural Off the Beaten Path Trekking

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.
Archaeological Ruins Cultural Off the Beaten Path Trekking Adventure

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.
Active Adventure Cultural Off the Beaten Path Trekking

Ultimate Ecuador & Peru Highlights (27 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.
Classic Highlights Luxury Temples Wildlife Active

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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Highlights of Peru

The Classic Inca Trail

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

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

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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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!

Lima

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.

Peruvian Amazon

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.

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 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.

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