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Peru

Sublime landscapes, wildlife, history, culture - Peru has more than its fair share. Its famed snow-capped Andean peaks shelter the temples and fortresses of the Inca and other pre-Columbian cultures, linked by a network of paved trails. 

Much of Peru’s territory lies in the Amazon basin, swathed in tropical forest, surviving virtually untouched; but its diversity of exotic wildlife and vegetation is surprisingly accessible. Peru’s arid coastline is dotted with the haunting remnants of ancient cultures -easy to visit, a bit harder to decipher, always fascinating. Above and beside of all of this, the Spanish colonial heritage has survived to provide a living record of the richness of its art and architecture, from humble village to imperial city, the visitor is spoilt for choice. The markets, music and fiestas of contemporary Peru just add to the colour.

This is a country with a long tradition of welcoming visitors, and caters for both grass roots and luxury travel.

Our insider tips for Peru

Isabelle
It’s the obvious one, but Machu Picchu always exceeds expectations, for its spectacular mountain site, superb masonry, and the magnificent view over the celebrated Inca ruins from the Gate of the Sun.
Sophie Barber

Exploring Cusco on foot, dropping into markets and arty cafés as you travel through the city’s history of two empires: Inca temples, baroque churches, stone-flagged plazas.

Paul

Biking or horse riding in the exquisite countryside of the ever fertile Sacred Valley, former breadbasket of the Inca civilisation.

Jack

A few days in the jungle of Amazonia, surprisingly accessible, yet with a feeling of total remoteness; spying monkeys, alligators, turtles, toucans, macaws and a myriad of butterflies.

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  • Client Comments

    Machu Picchu was the most memorable part of the trip. The rain forest was fun. We loved the Andean Express train journey too.

    MdlATS, London | August 2015 | 35 - 50 | Family
  • Client Comments

    "We were so thrilled to have the 3 nights in Cusco - a) we all LOVED La Casona so much (the amazing bathrooms, the fireplaces (lit) in the bedrooms, the staff, the ambience, etc, and b) we SO enjoyed all the amazing restaurants in Cusco (we are food and wine lovers, so had a great time!). Machu Picchu was absolutely AMAZING too - something to remember forever. We did love Hotel B in Lima too, but of course we were jet-lagged and only there for 1 night....We had an amazing time in Peru - the highlight being Machu Picchu. I would strongly suggest that people should stay at the Sanctuary Lodge at the site to get the best from the experience. We loved Peru - and really loved Cusco."

    JH, London | April 2015 | 50 - 65 | Family
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: "Impossible to pick! Machu Picchu, the floating Uros Islands, the Nazca Lines, and seeing the condors were all incredible experiences that we will never forget."

    KF, Reading | November 2014 | Under 35 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "The aim was always to get to Machu Pichu and we did it in style all the way. MP was everything we expected. Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu hotel all fab as was the Hiram Bingham train ride back to Cusco."

    JE, London | November 2014 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "Obviously Machu Pichu was a highlight but Ollaytaytambo was impressive, Chinchero was lovely and Cusco was fantastic [we're looking into buying a house there!] the Vistadome, particularly with the staff on the return journey to Cusco, who put on a fashion show, music and dancing for us, which they genuinely seemed to enjoy too, was fantastic. I'd also really recommend Huaco Pacllano in Lima - I'd never seen a site like it before."

    SAG, Hythe | October 2014 | 35 - 50 | With Friends
  • Client Comments

    "We saw some amazing scenery, the train was wonderful and Machu Picchu unbelievable."

    PS, Stanmore | September 2014 | 50 - 65
  • Client Comments

    "It was the overall experience that was important and I keep finding myself recalling small details that were entrancing at the time and then got lost in the next bout of sensory overload. In the end, I'd say it was the fact that I was able to speak almost nothing but Spanish for the duration of my trip that gave and gives me the greatest pleasure. Partly this is satisfaction that I adapted my Castillian Spanish so well to Peru. More importantly, I know that I got much more out of my guided tours because my guides were able to convey subtleties in their own language that would have got lost in translation. This is one of the key pluses of the 'tailor made' model. Having mainly private tours and excursions meant that I rarely had to compromise on this, for me, key aspect of the experience."

    DM, Nottingham | July 2014 | 65 and over | Solo Traveller
  • Client Comments

    I had a fantastic trip in Peru, meeting friendly people and seeing some wonderful sites. All the agents in Peru were prompt and very helpful. 
    KU, Crouch Hill | June 2013 | Under 35 | Solo Traveller
  • Client Comments

    "All of it was memorable in different ways as the culture is so different. We found the Peruvian people helpful and cheerful. We enjoyed Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, along with all of the trips and transfers."

    GH, Keighley | June 2014 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "The people, mixing with the Peruvian people in the markets, talking and laughing with them."

    JL, Cobham | June 2014 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Amazing

    "It is difficult to pick out just one experience from such a plethora of new ones. There was so much to see and absorb in Peru which was fascinating, but Machu Picchu must rate very highly in our list of memorable events on the mainland as must the whole Colca Canyon experience including the drives through the Highlands to Chivay."

    ND, | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    Very enjoyable

    "The most enjoyable… having chocolate pancakes in the narrow cobbled streets of Cusco. And in the mountain village of Aguas Calientas. And in lots of other places. The kids having fun with the cats at the cat park of Lima. Meeting a mountain family and finding out about their way of life. This included meeting their guinea pigs – kept purely for their meat.”

    LBM, South Africa | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    We had a private tour, which we think was the best way to do this sort of trip.  Although we had only 9 days in Peru in the Cuzco area, we managed to cover an extensive amount of material in depth and the whole trip was unforgettable.  The local organisation was superb - punctual, knowledgeable, reliable, etc.
    PS, Reading | May 2013 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    “The food in Brazil and Peru was amazing. This was unexpectedly the best foodie holiday we ever had.”
    NV, Bethnal Green | April 2013 | Under 35 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    “It is great to know that you are going to have a fantastic holiday every time you travel to Peru.
    JL, Cobham | October 2012 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    “The most enjoyable… Having chocolate pancakes in the narrow cobbled streets of Cusco. And in the mountain village of Aguas Calientas. And in lots of other places. The kids having fun with the cats at the cat park of Lima. Meeting a mountain family and finding out about their way of life. This included meeting their guinea pigs – kept purely for their meat.” 
    LBM, South Africa | September 2012 | 35 - 50 | Family
  • Client Comments

    A short note of thanks for organising our Peruvian holiday. The fast moving itinerary went exactly to plan, all the accommodation was excellent and exactly as you described....We all thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks and will recommend JLA to friends.
    AF, Chiswick | September 2012 | 50 - 65 | With Friends
  • Client Comments

    The whole holiday was memorable and the flow and way it had been planned was excellent - we had a build up that allowed us to visit other parts of Peru, acclimatise and take in the history, culture and natural scenery before capping it off with the Inca trail and Machu Picchu! 
    AB, Reading | August 2012 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    “We enjoyed all the places we visited on our holiday in Peru, and the experience was enhanced by friendly and knowledgeable local guides.  The spectacular scenery we saw will stay in our minds for quite some time.” 
    MM, Newcastle Upon Thyne | August 2012 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable aspect: “, Macchu Pichu and Peru in general, especially in Cusco. We bought ourselves an open top bus ride in Cusco which was excellent value and was well worth doing. We also enjoyed an excellent 4 hour historical city tour in Lima which was a good way to learn about the city.”
    DP, Watford | May 2012 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: “Colca Canyon, Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu without doubt. The journey from Ingapirca to Cuenca was very beautiful.” 
    CR, Truro | April 2012 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: “The jungle was fantastic and being alone in Lake Titicaca as well.” 
    SD, South Ealing | March 2012 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    It was all good and every location was special so cannot choose one in particular.
    BC, Beckenham | March 2012 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    A fantastic travel company for Peru. Highly respected locally. The whole Itinerary was flawless with extremely professional local reps in Peru. I believe the Inca trail company in Cusco to be the best there!
    JD, Swansea | January 2012 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: “Probably visiting the islands on Lake Titicaca followed closely by HB train and Machu Picchu"

    TS, Birmingham | December 2011 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    We really enjoyed the whole trip and found the Peruvian people very friendly and helpful and determined to better themselves and their country.
    SJ, Cambridge | June 2013 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    We love Peru and the people every time we go back it is a memorable experience. 
    JL, Cobham | June 2011 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Highlights:- It is difficult to pick out just one experience from such a plethora of new ones.  There was so much to see and absorb in Peru which was fascinating but Machu Picchu must rate very highly in our list of memorable events on the mainland as must the whole Colca Canyon experience including the drives through the Highlands to Chivay.
    ND, Lewes | July 2011 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    “The range of experiences was like an assault course on the senses. The geography, the cultural diversity, the wildlife, the colours.” 
    RC, Ealing | September 2010 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Fantastic!

    “We enjoyed all the places we visited on our holiday in Peru, and the experience was enhanced by friendly and knowledgeable local guides. The spectacular scenery we saw will stay in our minds for quite some time.”

    MM, Newcastle upon Tyne | June 2013
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