• Andean condor, Peru

Why holidays to Peru are truly unique

Why holidays to Peru are truly unique

Peru is blessed with more archaeological wonders than any other country in South America, and whilst the most famous of these, Machu Picchu, is usually on people’s wish-lists, the ‘Land of the Incas’ offers so much more to tempt the avid traveller on a holiday to Peru. Straddling the heady heights of the Tropical Andes, red-hued desert sits on one side, dense Amazonian rainforest on the other, with towering peaks and glaciers in between; this is a varied wonderland of Incan fables, atmospheric cities, breathtaking scenery and pre-Hispanic heritage. 

Culture flair and connections

Culture flair and connections

Culturally, Peru has an authentic and strong Andean culture that is still evident from the colourful costumes of rural communities to the Incan families that can be seen on the infamous route. This combined with a rise in luxury accommodation in both the larger cities and some remote areas makes it a great mix of authentic and luxurious, covering wildlife, archaeology, anthropology… and relaxation!

Using the lively capital Lima as a base, it is possible to experience the highlights of Peru through a combination of short internal flights alongside rail and road transport. Those looking to extend their visit to Latin America will find easy connections with Bolivia and Ecuador. We recommend advance booking for the Inca Trail due to permits, which have strict daily limits, but we can also advise on many alternative treks should the original trek be full. Please bear in mind that altitude sickness rarely causes serious problems but a few days to acclimatise in Cuzco or Titicaca is recommended.

Local ladies, Peru


The highlands of the country, generally visited in the north, are where the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Blanca form the ideal hiking destination, with treks to turquoise lagoons and dramatic scenery. The lost city of Peru, Machu Picchu is more than deserving of its fame. Sitting on a mountain top in an isolated spot clouded in mists, these mysterious ruins are truly astounding to behold and if you journey along the original trail of the Incas passing indigenous Quechuas en route, the sight will feel even more rewarding. Cuzco is the starting point but so much more, a whirlwind city of myths and spirits, with a fusion of Inca and Hispanic architecture.

Other highlights include the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, with its unique floating reed islands, the remote landscapes of the Sacred Valley and Colca Canyon, where you can even stay at the base of the canyon and spot Andean condors, the mystifying geometric lines of Nazca and the Amazon rainforest around Iquitos.

Lost cities, mysterious ruins, bustling markets and mystifying lines in the ground. Peru is a land of myths and legend, as well as ancient history.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Salkantay Lodge, Peru

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