PERU & THE INCA TRAIL
Between the parched coastal desert and the lush expanse of the Amazon rainforest, Peru is a place in tune with its ancient past and rich colonial tradition. From the ruins of Machu Picchu, voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, to snow-capped mountains, brightly hued tropical birds and vibrant local markets - many travellers believe Peru to be the most colourful nation in South America.
While trekking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous journeys, there are many other incredible experiences to be had. Cusco's traditional markets, historic archaeological sites and excellent cafes, make this city a visitor's favourite; while other highlights include the Colca Canyon - a gorge twice as deep as the Grand Canyon; the mysterious Nazca Lines, and Lake Titicaca's native island communities.
Cusco The heart of the Incan Empire and gateway to the nearby Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Cusco was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Its many markets and colonial architecture will take your breath away as you acclimatise for your journey to Machu Picchu. The cobble-stoned streets are dotted with ancient Incan buildings, as well as Baroque structures from the colonial period like the Grand Cathedral. This magical city also has an exciting nightlife with cafes, restaurants and bars for all tastes.
Machu Picchu Known as the 'Lost City of the Incas' after its rediscovery in 1911, Machu Picchu or 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language, is located high on a mountain top. The fabled Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world's most popular trekking routes today. Surrounded by agricultural terraces, Machu Picchu may have been used as a secret ceremonial city, with palaces, temples and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. Seeing the sunrise over these cloud shrouded ruins is an unforgettable experience.
Lake Titicaca The highest navigable lake in the world is located in the high plains between Peru & Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is a sacred place for the Inca civilization, as according to the Incan mythology, this was where the world was created, when the god Viracocha came out of the lake and created the sun, the stars and the first people. Travel to the fascinating reed island communities of the Uros Indians and discover the villagers' traditional cultures, illustrated in their local artisans' handiwork and way of life.
Our Peru & Inca Trail Holidays
15 days | Peru | Hotels
Discover the highlights of Peru on this 14 day adventure. Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and our classic train ride to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, will be sure to amaze, as you journey through this land of contrasts and breathtaking scenery.
Highlights: Colca Canyon | Lake Titicaca | Machu PicchuView tour
22 days | Peru | Hotels/Camping
Coastal desert, snowy Andean peaks, the high altiplano and lush cloud forest form the incredible country of Peru. Visit the mysterious Nazca Lines, the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and stay with a local island community in Lake Titicaca.
Highlights: Nazca Lines | Machu Picchu | Lake TiticacaView tour
9 days | Peru | Camping/Hotels
The Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu is one of the greatest and most rewarding treks on Earth. Explore vibrant Cusco followed by the four day Inca Trail as it climbs across mountain passes towards the Sun Gate for a spectacular sunrise.
Highlights: Cusco | 4 days hiking the Inca TrailView tour