Peru is a mind-bogglingly dramatic destination. With a spectacular Pacific coastline, lush Amazonian jungle and the soaring spine of the Andes Mountains running along its length, it's a natural wonderland.
Peru must see & do
1Hike the Inca Trail to the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu
2Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines
3Cruise picturesque Lake Titcaca
4The colonial cities of Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa and Trujillo
5Stay in a luxurious eco-lodge in the Amazon jungle
Some of our favourite Peru tours
Cities & Places in Peru
For millennia this land was a cherished prize for conquerors. From the peaceful Norte Chico civilisation to the enigmatic Nazcas, the sun-worshipping Incas and the Spanish conquistadors – each conquest can be felt in the complex cities and edifices they left behind.
The magnificent mountain top stronghold of Machu Picchu is the rock star destination, but Peru was the favourite child when the lords of travel were handing out highlights. The Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley, Colca Canyon and the Nazca Lines are all fascinating destinations in their own right. Culturally, modern Peru is a melting pot of Hispanic and indigenous cultures with a lively cuisine, a calendar thick with festivals and a delicious frothy local drink, the Pisco Sour. We'll drink to your amazing-ness, Peru!
Peru Must See
- Watch the sunrise from Machu Picchu's Sun Gate
- Close your eyes and gobble grilled guinea pig
- Spot condors soaring over Colca Canyon
- Load up a llama and trek the Lares trail
- Stay in a jungle lodge in the Amazon Jungle
Experiences in Peru
Trekking the Inca Trail is top of Peru's must-do list, but there is plenty more to keep you busy. An adventure tour in Peru could take you hiking in the Andes, bird watching in Paracas National Park, cruising across Lake Titicaca or staying in the heart of the Amazon Jungle. History buffs will have plenty to discover, as stories of ancient empires rising and falling are visible all around in the ancient stone cities and ruins. Or take a food tour of Peru to inspire your tastebuds with cerviche, antichucho, and the local specialty, roasted guinea pig.
Inca Trail tours
You can take a quick four-day Inca Trail tour or combine your hike with a tour visiting the highlights of Peru. We've got every trekking option covered.
The Amazon Rainforest is the world's greatest ecosystem – spot monkeys, caiman, otters, tree frogs and enough bird life to keep the most avid twitcher incredibly busy.
Younger kids will love exploring Cuzco, the Amazon and Machu Picchu, and older kids will rise to the challenge of the demanding Inca Trail trek.
Peruvians may have shared quinoa with the world but they kept all the best recipes for themselves. Try quinoa soup, quinoa atamalada stew and even a quinoa mousse for dessert!
Walking and trekking tours
There's the classic Inca Trail, great alternative hikes to Machu Picchu, and loads of brilliant trekking opportunities in the Andes, Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash Range.
Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to visit island communities, or float down the Amazon on a riverboat with a naturalist guide, watching out for wildlife.
Combine your Peru tour with a journey through the salt plains of Bolivia, the colourful markets of Ecuador or a cruise through the wildlife playground of the Galapagos Islands.