Visit Peru’s main attractions and destinations with one of our Peru group tours.
Get your first glimpse of the iconic Machu Picchu, be fascinated by the island cultures of Lake Titicaca and the Inca ruins of Sun Island (Bolivia), fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines, adventure through spectacular landscapes on a Sacred Valley tour, hike the exciting Inca trail path, discover the impressive adobe city of Chan Chan, and explore the Amazon jungle to experience na
Arequipa is one of the most popular destinations in Peru. Founded in 1540, Arequipa is known as “the White City” for the sillar stone architecture of its churches, temples and monasteries. The historic center has been recognized as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site.
Arequipa is an ideal destination to admire historical monuments, explore living cultures, enjoy adventure and nature and taste the best cuisines of Peru. From here you can visit the Valley of the Volcanoes, the famous Colca Valley and Colca Canyon, and natural areas such as Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve and Lagunas de Mejia.
WithIn Arequipa you can take a city tour visiting the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Jesuit Church and Cloister, San Francisco Church and Plaza, the San Lorenzo neighborhood, and the restored Monasterio de Santa Catalina, which today allows visitors to get a glimpse of 17th century Arequipa. From there you can go to Yanahuara Viewpoint which is located on a hill overlooking the city and surrounding countryside.
From Arequipa, take a journey north west to see the deep valleys and beautiful agricultural terraces of the Colca Canyon, one of Peru’s natural wonders. Go to Pampa Cañahuas national reserve to see wild vicuñas and to Tocra to see alpacas, llamas and an array of birds such as flamingoes, ibis, Andean geese, ducks and the Andean eagle. Then head over to the “Kara Kara” viewpoint to see the volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m).
To wind down and relax take a visit to the thermal springs and pools in La Calera and then get up early the next day for the ride to Cruz del Condor where you can witness the flight of the condors and admire the impressive geographical scene created by the Colca River. You can then head back to Chivay, the capital of the Caylloma province, and stop in the typical villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque along the way.
PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA
The folklore capital of Puno and the famous islands of Lake Titicaca are must sees in Peru. Puno is the land of the legendary Aymara people and the Tiahuanaco culture. Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world and is home to the floating islands of Uros. On the islands of Amantani and Taquile you can share memorable experiences with the native inhabitants. In February, the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the traditions of the people of Puno. For archaeological tourism treasures, living cultures and biodiversity, you won’t want to miss Puno and Lake Titicaca.
CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU
The biggest and most visited tourist attraction in Peru is Cusco, which was the largest city and capital of the Inca Empire and was later taken over by the Spanish conquerors. Today Cusco showcases architecture that fuses Inca and Spanish styles. A visit to mystical and enigmatic Machu Picchu is the highlight of a tour Peru. For its historical value and beauty, Cusco and Machu Picchu, are considered World Heritage Sites.
In addition to Machu Picchu you can visit the Urubamba Valley, Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo and take a horseback ride to Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. And if you’d like something more adventurous, you can raft on the Urubamba River or mountain bike in the highland plateaus. Whatever your interests, Cusco has a wide variety of places that you can visit for a mixture of culture, nature and adventure.
Iquitos is an excellent option to enjoy nature and the biodiversity of the Amazon forests. From Iquitos, board a riverboat to visit shelters and lodges located in the jungle, and for the more adventurous activities you can venture deep into protected Reserves and National Parks. Allpahuayo-Mishana and Pacaya-Samiria, with their lush flora and fauna, are ideal for bird watching and viewing ayahuasca rituals.
NAZCA AND PARACAS
The Nazca Lines is one of the most unique archeological places in the world, full of mystery and mysticism, with fantastic figures and perfectly long lines that extend for miles which are the works of an ancient Peruvian civilization.
From Nazca, the Paracas National Reserve is an excellent add on. The reserve is a top ecological destination for lovers of nature and birds, especially on a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. This UNESCO Natural Heritage Site also offers historical and cultural attractions.
Lima, the capital of Peru, boasts a wonderful historic center with beautiful colonial constructions which has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. In Lima, you can also visit the best museums in Peru, see pre-Hispanic archaeological sites such as Caral, watch a variety of cultural shows and visit entertainment centers, luxury casinos and gaming houses. Lima also has excellent beaches in the south for relaxing and surfing. And last but not least, indulge in Lima’s world-renowned cuisine.