Mysterious Inca ruins, piquant piscos and the mist-cloaked Andes mountains beckon explorers
Venture to the land of the sun on Peru holidays and you’ll be richly rewarded with world-class trekking, mysterious ruins, vast natural wonders, a majestic rainforest, seemingly-magical floating islands, and mind boggling ancient riddles… for Peru is a country that’s only just beginning to offer up its secrets. Once home to the sun-worshipping Inca civilisation, bought to its knees by gold hungry Europeans, the glorious mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu was only uncovered in the last century.
On a Peru trip with Exodus, there are a wide range of adventure and activities. Aside from some of the world’s best trekking, there’s rafting, zip wires and bike trails, all yours for the taking. A backdrop of the wildest imaginable landscapes, from frozen peaks peeping through clouds to the deepest rainforest – where you can sleep in a riverside jungle lodge – is home to a wonderful selection of wildlife.
Or why not try our Private Group Adventure in Peru?
Are you looking to book a holiday with a group of your friends, family or other half? With our Private Group Adventures, you can now experience the Peru trip with people who matter the most. Enjoy the freedom to travel with your own private group, including the flexibility to choose your departure date and add on days at the end of the trip, should you wish to extend your stay. So, if you’d like to celebrate your birthday with friends, a wedding anniversary or simply book a holiday to Peru with the ones you love, just let us know your group size and dates, and we’ll do the rest. Find out more information about our Private Group Adventures.
1. Tackle the Inca Trail: Trekking the Inca Trail will leave you gasping with astonishment. Pass through Inca ruins and exotic cloud forests as you walk the worn Inca pathways to the glorious citadel of Machu Picchu.
2. Marvel at Machu Picchu: At thismysterious lost city, hidden for hundreds of years above the clouds, the view of its ruins and terraces set high amid the Andes is perhaps the most famous in the world.
3. Island-hop on Lake Titicaca: Clear azure-blue waters are punctuated by ancient man-made floating islands, where indigenous communities with centuries-old customs await.
4. Gaze over Colca Canyon: This 100km-long, 3000m-deep canyon is surrounded by volcanoes, with snow-capped mountains in the distance. It’s home to decoratively adorned Quechua women, traditional Peruvian villages, and families of condors cruising on thermals above.
5. Solve the mystery of the Nazca Lines: Super-sized neoglyphs of animals, abstract symbols and geometric shapes etched into the desert, the Nazca Lines are spread across an astounding 500 sq km, and only visible from the sky.
FAQs on Peru Holidays
How many days in Peru is enough?
While you could spend a lifetime uncovering the wonders of Peru, we recommend visiting for between 7 and 20 days, depending on what you’d like to see on your Peru trip. Our Peru Explorer trip guides you on a comprehensive tour of southern Peru, taking in epic sites such as the Andes and Amazon, or if you have a little less time, set off on a 7-day trek along the Inca Trail and discover the archaeological city of Cuzco in the Peruvian Andes.
Is Lima worth visiting?
Affectionately known as the Valley of the Kings, Lima is a Peruvian gem with lots to offer. Whether you want to admire the colonial-style architecture, sample world-class food, walk along the iconic malecón pathway or explore the city’s catacombs, Lima is definitely worth visiting on our Peru holidays.
What is the best way to travel in Peru?
One of the best ways to explore Peru is on foot as you’ll get closer to the country’s beating heart. Our guided Peru tours are led by experts with a wealth of knowledge who’ll take you off the beaten track and pass down centuries-old secrets that you wouldn’t discover otherwise. Peru travel is exhilarating and many of our guided Peru trekking holidays include point-to-point walking with full porterage so that all you have to do is soak up the incredible scenery.
How many days do you need in Machu Picchu?
New regulations have been put into place for Machu Picchu tours and visitors are allowed a maximum of four hours inside the site itself. However, this is ample time to appreciate the dramatic mountain scenery and explore this architectural wonder.
How difficult is walking around Machu Picchu?
Aside from the lengthy Machu Picchu treks, walking around the site of Machu Picchu itself is relatively easy for anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness and mobility as you’ll need to navigate some steps and acclimatise to the high altitude.
Is walking the only way to get to Machu Picchu?
Although there are several walking routes to take, the Salcantay route and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are two of the most popular walking holidays in Peru. If, however, you don’t feel you have the right level of fitness to complete the Machu Picchu hike to the summit, there are two trains that can take you Aguas Calientes Station where you’ll then need to take a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Can you walk the Inca Trail without a guide?
Prior to 2001, it was possible to walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu without a guide, but since then new regulations mean that you must always be accompanied by a guide. At Exodus, all our Peru trekking holidays along the Inca Trail are guided, meaning you’ll enjoy all the benefits of having one of our highly experienced leaders on hand.
How difficult is it to hike the Inca Trail?
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is no easy feat and we have graded it as a moderate trek (level 3), which means you will require a good level of fitness to tackle the steep ascents. As you’ll be reaching a maximum altitude or 4,215m, we also recommend that you physically prepare beforehand and don’t choose this route if you have medical conditions that could affect your health.